The Favorite Stories of Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes Essentials, Vol. 1

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, read by various narrators, BBC/AudioGO, abridged, four CDs, 4.5 hrs., $16.95 ISBN 978-1-60998-060-3
These gripping, full-cast radio dramas from the BBC bring to life some of Conan Doyle's most beloved Sherlock Holmes stories, including "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Musgrave Ritual," "The Empty House," and "The Dancing Men." In each adaptation, accompanied by music and slick sound effects, Holmes use observation and deduction to discover the truth about strange hieroglyphics, a secret society, a missing photograph, long-lost treasure, and much more. Supported by a host of talented players, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams demonstrate wonderful chemistry as Holmes and Watson. Merrison portrays Holmes as confident, curt, and excitable, while Williams's Watson perfectly captures the diligent, doting assistant. A real treat for Holmes fans, these stories, particularly "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," offer real moments of excitement and even terror. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 12/20/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Audio
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