Emmy award-winning actor Sir Derek Jacobi reads all 12 stories from this last collection to feature Holmes and Watson.
©2012 Grateful acknowledgment to Conan Doyle Estate Ltd for the use of The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, protected by copyright in the United States of America. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"The Performance Puts You In The Story"
Yes because it's a collection of short stories and I like that best.
A proper old accent and sense of drama.
It is not easy to find a book both my husband and I would enjoy listening to on a long trip and this was perfect. My need for mystery, his love of classics, it all worked out together. Also, since it was short stories, our attention stayed high with each new mystery.
You'll enjoy the historic piece at the beginning of the author talking to the audience.
"Interesting & little known short stories"
Audiobook contains little-known short stories on Sherlock Holmes & his adventures with trusty sidekick Watson.
Dr. Watson as he is a complementary character to Holmes.
Elementary my dear Watson
Derek Jacobi narrates the stories so well that I could just imagine the scenes as if they were in a movie or tv series. He does however expend effort on the Southern American accents which do not seem to sit well on his British accent. That is, at times he makes some of the American characters sound drunk. Overall, excellent narration which brings to life the main characters and the stories.
"Excellent in every way except the end is missing!"
It troubled me that the last story "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman" ended rather abruptly, Holmes still seems to be giving his explanation and there isn't the typical Holmes / Watson reflection at the end. I dug out the novel and there is about half a page missing! It's not just my download because the "Audible hopes you've enjoyed this programme" is still at the end of the recording.
This really isn't acceptable, the idea that you could listen to almost a whole novel and then be denied the ending isn't what you expect from Audible. When Audible resolve this issue I will give this audiobook the 5 stars the stories and narration deserve.
"The casebook of Sherlock Homes"
Beautifully read by David Jacobi who brings each case vibrantly alive. A wonderful mixture of bedtime (in my case!) short stories, each one totally different.
Having listened to much of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes I was keen to listen to these outings. Derek Jacobi's narration is brilliant as always. I found the mysteries here are not quite as gripping as some of those I have listened to before but still very entertaining. This is a collection of short stories.
Great stories, great narration, Arthur Conan Doyle had such an immense imagination to come up with so many of these shorter stories. They nip along at a pace, each one suitable for a commute to work. Whenever I watch the TV adaptations I wonder why they seem so slow?!
I'd recommend to a friend, definitely! It was a fantastic listen, the stories lived up to all I had heard on the books. It was quite easy to dip in and out of too with the short stories so it was pretty accessible which was handy.
I would have to say my most memorable moment was the monkey man.. you'll understand when you get there!
You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.
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