Narrator: Simon Prebble
Published by Tantor Audio on January 18, 2010
Length: 10 hours
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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.
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