From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon

Mattias Boström, trans. from the Swedish by Michael Gallagher, read by Shaun Grindell. HighBridge Audio, , unabridged, 14 CDs, 17 hrs., $44.99 ISBN 978-1-6816-8621-9
Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart companion Dr. Watson have captivated audiences from the late Victorian era to the present day. Unfortunately, the audio edition of this work of literary criticism by Swedish author Boström isn’t nearly as enthralling as its subject. The book chronicles the history and evolution of the Holmes phenomenon and its enduring popularity through the seemingly endless series of incarnations and reincarnations of the legendary detective. There’s a massive amount of ground covered in Boström’s work, and voice actor Grindell presents it all with a simple, deliberately paced reading. While much of the information is fascinating, Grindell adds little excitement to the reading, and robotic pacing dulls down the narrative. The narration makes the audiobook a snoozefest. A Mysterious hardcover. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 10/30/2017
Release date: 08/01/2017
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