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Thrifty Thursday: Audio The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #JIAM

Posted June 8, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , , | 0 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Audio  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  #JIAMThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Published by Tantor Audio on January 18, 2010
Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Audio | B&N | Goodreads
four-stars

A colonel receives five seeds in the mail—and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries—and many more—are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world's most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction.

This gripping collection includes many of the famous cases—and great strokes of brilliance—that make the legendary detective one of fiction's most popular creations.

Included in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are:

"A Scandal in Bohemia,"
"The Red-Headed League,"
"A Case of Identity,"
"The Boscombe Valley Mystery,"
"The Five Orange Pips,"
"The Man with the Twisted Lip,"
"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,"
"The Adventure of the Speckled Band,"
"The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb,"
"The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor,"
"The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet,"
and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

 

     

 

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Tantor freebie on January 18, 2017  (currently $6.99 to $23.26 as of writing this post)

Overall rating 4.29 with 181,280 ratings and 4,802 reviews

 

I get emails occasionally from Tantor with a free audio download. So since June is Audiobook Month, I decided it was a very appropriate Thrifty Thursday selection. This is a classic mystery tale, set in the late 1800s in England.

Who doesn’t love a British accent? I am listening to many more of my books set in England for just this reason. Simon Prebble does a fine job with male and female voices differentiated. I could distinguish which character was speaking for the main ones. The pacing seemed a little slow; I know there are options on some players to change the speed but I never use it.  He made it a pleasure to listen.

I have read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a few times, and some of the stories separately. It was interesting to listen to an audio version. This included some but not all of the short stories. The synopsis as well as the link above, to Goodreads, lists the 10 stories in this edition. It lists as third in a series and the Goodreads series includes 9 volumes.

I’ve always enjoyed mysteries and Sherlock Holmes is classic and witty. This particular set was still clever but the solutions did not seem to bring justice to very many. In fact, some did not even get to know the truth (because they wouldn’t believe it and it would only hurt them more). So while I enjoy the ingenuity of learning the truth about the mystery, I found these to be less satisfying. Perhaps, it is related to the clear lack of rights of women in this time period. Still, I will always be happy to read or listen to these classic tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

Listen to a clip here.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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Thrifty Thursday: Wicked Beautiful by J. T. Geissinger

Thrifty Thursday: Wicked Beautiful by J. T. Geissinger

Posted May 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

       The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on April 12, 2017  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.05 with 2,610 ratings and 423 reviews   I remember seeing some favorable reviews when Wicked Beautiful was released last year. So when it came up as a Kindle freebie, I snapped it up immediately. I’m so glad I did. Victoria and Parker are a couple of people who have had really tough situations in their past. They have somehow, survived and thrived, even through their heartbreak. They are strong, successful and fun. Their friends are interesting characters,too and loyal. The dialogue is sexy and snarky. The feelings here are big and […]


Thrifty Thursday: The Clue by Carolyn Wells

Thrifty Thursday: The Clue by Carolyn Wells

Posted April 13, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on April 2, 2017  (currently $0.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.53 with 184 ratings and 29 reviews   A classic mystery is a great change of pace for me. I enjoy the historical societal nuances and the writing style. The Clue was originally published in 1909. Life was certainly slower and simpler in this time period. Sadly, the roles of women were often defined by the men of their family or marriage. There are 159 pages in this book and it seemed to take forever to read. I have to wonder if the pages are longer than normal length? Anyway, […]


Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

           The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on February 25, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.98 with 2,853 ratings and 223 reviews   I had a lot of trouble with reading my Kindle freebies during the COYER challenge. A LOT. It’s not so much a problem when I am reading one a month for a Thrifty Thursday post. I can choose one with a more well-known author which is the first of a series or I got free years back. The quality of books I have access to read (which anyone can get at the library, it just takes longer) is so high I’ve gotten […]


French Roast by Ava Miles

French Roast by Ava Miles

Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

             Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short. Kindle freebie on August 12, 2015  (currently $4.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.91 with 2,066 ratings and 181 reviews   This would be a Thrifty Thursday review except Thursday was busy. I’m trying to get most of my reviews published related to the COYER challenge (Clean Out Your Electronic Reads) so here we go. I was SO excited when I got this as a Kindle freebie. I had read the first one and liked it. I remembered that Jonetta likes this series and she reviewed French Roast, just before I got it. She gave it 5 […]


Thrifty Thursday: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Thrifty Thursday: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted February 16, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 20, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.10 with 7,258 ratings and 397 reviews   I’m a fan of the Midnight Breed Series. I listened to books 1-10 on audio last year since the author would be at NOLA Storycon. I meant to just listen to one and then move on to another author but I got sucked into the overall story arc and just kept going. This novella was a freebie I got four years ago and it’s odd I didn’t read it first to be in order. It did, however, come out after the first 10 books […]


Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 16, 2016  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.0 with 8 ratings and 3 reviews   This would be an unlikely choice except I have been reading more science fiction and Kelly Meding is an author I have wanted to try. The blurb is longish and does not match my sense of Oracle.  The title doesn’t seem to fit, either. The beginning felt slow with the world-building.  Once I got to know a few of the characters, and care about them, it was interesting. There was action throughout, so it’s odd the beginning didn’t quite capture me. Olivia and Nick are my […]


Thrifty Thursday:  John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Thrifty Thursday: John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on November 23, 2016  (currently FREE as of writing this post) This is a special edition of Thrifty Thursday which is akin to Jennifer’s Read It, Track It where I am reading more “free” books for the COYER Winter Storm Challenge   1000 Yards is a prequel novella in the John Milton series. It is a detailed, political operation by a coldly rational assassin.  Milton is obviously skilled and intelligent. Although, he seems to be having health issues; it is not developed. It is frightening in its suspense and the unemotional progression of events. Similar to 1000 Yards, Tartantula is another mission from […]