A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters in any genre. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were married in 1855. At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Holder Place, Sandhurst.
This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and Sheffield. Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship's doctor on the SS Macumba during a voyage to the West African coast.
He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabs dorsal is in 1885. In 1885, Conan Doyle married Louisa Hawkins, known as 'Louie'. Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely Platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive.
My father, who apparently understood that kids, who learned alphabetic and numerical character recognition as early as possible, could work their way through the often indistinctly lit corridors of knowledge, the mastery of which would pay huge rewards for effort expended. It was not long until other options relating to clearer communication presented themselves in the form of realizing that how knowledge was delivered, was not, in the disciplined mind, of such consequence that its value could not be appreciated. The reviews that regarded the female voice as being inappropriate for the Sherlock Holmes audiobooks, was a surprise; especially when the works are read by volunteers who have to be much more dedication than one who reads to be entertained.
These kind folks who volunteer obviously have a benevolent purpose that extends beyond the effort to enjoy the work being read. As I listened to the files, I certainly knew the difference between a male and female voice doing the reading.
Having owned and listened to original radio broadcasts by Gordon/Lovell, Hector/West, Rathbone/Bruce, Conway/Bruce, Gielgud/Richardson and others, I was eager to hear even more Sherlock Holmes from this collection. The reader's bedroom voice totally undermines the impact and drama of these original stories.
The only notable 'woman' in the entire canon is Irene Adler...who would not have properly lent the necessary gravity to these timeless stories. The readers are very good at speaking the words but would be better suited to a different genre of books.
I realize it is free, and I do appreciate people's efforts; however, if I did a recording (and I am guessing I would sound terrible) I think I would want to know. Anyway, It is sad to see people arguing here, but I think the one-person makes a good point.
Ya know, giving just one star to a poor performance is OK, if one feels that way, but sheesh, let's do it with a little class without being caustic or insulting. A new reader has heard themselves first before we come along and inevitably they'd be their own worst critic and maybe even a wee tad embarrassed to boot.
Hopefully they'll practice a little and give it another try, maybe even armed with a little encouragement and some sage advice instead of unproductive, neanderthal, snide remarks. Red-headed league is about a bank robbery, speckled band is about a murdering uncle, and in most of them, Sherlock Holmes gets his man.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does a nice job of drawing the reader in with each mystery. I would have rated it lower if it was a chapter book because it would have meant lost story line.
Take a rest, you're going to develop high blood pressure. I admit that “on paper”, Librium cares only for quantity, not quality, of performance: “To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.” Even so, many reviewers do share with me some form of quality standard.
Thanks, @mikezane, @michael19 and Christopher for your civility and your clearly and politely stated disagreement with my standards. They will not be guided to this Librium Volunteer recording ........ http://www.archive.org/details/shsof .... as being of higher quality than this piece.
*********************************************** My standards (mine because this is my review, so don’t argue) help guide potential listeners and help some readers. A great reader can, and does, well convey the art, era and atmosphere the original author intended.
So, a 5-star performance necessarily involves (as in all movies, stage and radio plays) appropriate self-casting, meaning (1) accent, sex and age of the reader appropriately matched, as the author would have, to the narrator or main character; (2) reading style suited to the piece being read; and (3) appropriate preparation by the reader in rehearsal, tempo, emphasis and pronunciation. This isn’t personal; it’s a review of listen ability compared to the quality a reading could be.
Because the stories are truly classics and I do give stars for effort. If you're looking for professional readings with accent- and sex-matching performances, this may not be your cup of tea. If you're looking for free, public domain recordings of Doyle's wonderful adventures, lovingly offered by amateur, volunteer readers, this is a worthy example of many such by Librium.
Everyone is welcome to volunteer, and we don't discriminate based on accent, reading style or national origin. All these books are made by volunteers and are available for free, so I suggest you understand the time and effort that is put into making these audiobooks.
For the record, I did not enjoy that quite as much, probably due to my own dovetailed interests here. Painfully, I must dock one star for the typos (enumerated at the Web site provided in the Comments section below) which, while not diminishing from this unique book, may frustrate would-besolvers. Welcome to our free e-books collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old.
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