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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Conan Doyle , Top Five Books , Sidney Paget
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Four short stories of mystery and intrigue by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are performed radio theater style by the St. Charles Players: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," "A Scandal in Bohemia," and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot." The narration is acceptable, although some characters sound flat and their British accent is too obviously forced. However, this detracts little from the overall entertainment value of the stories. The overall aural quality could be improved; a slight hissing can be heard throughout the narration. Though at times Holmes comes across as haughty, listeners become caught up in learning how he ingeniously solves the cases using clues that Watson, the other investigators, and most listeners miss. Fine for individual or group listening, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes could be used for entertainment or for a unit on the mystery genre in English classes. The lack of strong female characters in these stories may warrant including alternate classic mysteries with strong women, such as Simon Brett's Mrs. Pargeter, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton, or Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax. A nice feature of this package is that each short story is completed with one cassette. Unless you have a great demand for classic mysteries, this audiobook is an additional purchase.
Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Perfect bite-size treats ... you'll be hooked inside two pages Independent

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2938 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Top Five Books (June 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JMW46U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My dear Holmes May 16 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Everybody knows him -- the pipe-smoking detective on Baker Street (with or without the movie-added deerstalker), who is able to deduce all sorts of things just by glancing at a person. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" shows off Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first collection of short stories involving Holmes, mingling human psychology with sometimes bizarre mysteries.

Holmes is visited by the masked King of Bohemia, who has a slight problem: he's engaged to a princess, but his former lover Irene Adler has a compromising letter that could jeopardize his future marriage. But Adler has a formidable brain of her own. Then Holmes is hired by a man who was hired by the mysterious Red-Headed League, and given a strange job... which is somehow connected to a criminal undertaking.

Among the other strange cases that Holmes and Watson undertake -- a missing fiance, a strange murder in Boscombe Valley, a dead man who was sent five orange seeds, a woman whose husband has utterly vanished, a blue jewel hidden in a Christmas turkey, a dead woman whose last words were "it was the band, the speckled band!", a young engineer given a dream job, an American heiress who vanishes directly after her wedding, a broken beryl coronet, and a young woman given a surreally weird job.

Sherlock Holmes mysteries come in two types:
1. The case is completely baffling, and Holmes is needed to unravel the knot of obscure clues.
2. The case seems straightforward, but Holmes is needed to connect seemingly unrelated clues to the crime in order to find the REAL perpetrator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE A MYSTERY, ESPECIALLY THIS ONE! Jan. 19 2010
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Who doesn't love a good mystery, especially one by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? His creation Sherlock Holmes is the prototype for countless modern detective writers and continues to entertain us with unparalleled stories sparked by Holmes's brilliance and powers of reasoning. Abetted by his unforgettable sidekick, Dr. Watson, he is called upon to solve not only the most puzzling but the most dastardly cases.

We might say these adventures ably narrated by Ralph Cosham are a synthesis of Doyle's work. There are 12 stories in all from A Scandal in Bohemia to The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. It would be impossible for this listener/reader to pick a favorite but one that stands out in my mind is The Beryl Coronet.

First published in 1892 this story features a banker, Arthur Holder, who makes a sizeable loan to an established citizen. The Beryl Coronet, which is extremely valuable is left as security. Holder determines the Coronet would not be secure in the bank, so he takes it home and puts it in his personal safe. That night he's awakened by strange noises and finds Arthur, his son, with the Coronet in his hand. This scene is witnessed by Holder's niece, Mary, who keels over when she sees the broken Coronet.

Arthur seems most certainly to be guilty of damaging the priceless object yet Holmes remains to be convinced (as he so often is). Several issues muddy the waters - Arthur refuses to say anything; he will not admit guilt or claim innocence. How could he have broken the Coronet when Holmes who is quite strong cannot begin to do so? Fortunately, footprints in the snow outside Holder's house lead Holmes to the real thief.

Narrator Cosham who has been nominated several times for an Audie Award and whose readings have been named "Audio Best of the Year" by Publishers Weekly is the perfect voice for these stories - resonant, clear with timing that adds to the suspense.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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Format:Paperback
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES are here collected into a single volume in this Penguin edition. Two compediums of short stories published after the detective's introduction in the novels A STUDY IN SCARLET and THE SIGN OF FOUR, these are concise bits that are just as good a first exposure to Holmes as the novels.
Because the cases of Sherlock Holmes, dutifully chronicled by his companion Dr. Watson, may not appeal to everyone, I won't focus here on reviewing the stories themselves, as it is the features of this particular edition that are of note.
Iain Pears' introduction is quite enlightening, showing the tendency of Arthur Conan Doyle to make the troubles in Holmes' stories come from England's colonies, which is strange considering Conan Doyle's support of equality and respect for all peoples. Pears' also discusses the change in the style of the Holmes stories, from the rational youth of Conan Doyle to the latter days of his life when he was interested in spiritualism and mysticism.
There are footnotes to each story, compiled by Ed Glinert. An expert on literature set in London, Glinert explains the geographical settings of the Holmes stories, and defines anachronistic terms that are no longer use. He also points out the mistakes Arthur Conan Doyle frequently made in his stories, which are often quite amusing (Watson's wife calling him by the wrong name, contradicting timelines, etc).
Because of the illuminating introduction and the helpful footnotes, I'd recommend over any others this edition of THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still great
You can solve most of these before the end, but that only because we have been raised on detective strategies. And, it started here (or just about).
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Colquhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Intro
I've already read the Sherlock Holmes stories, but after watching Sherlock on BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Scarlett
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
This collection is very long to read. After several stories, you find that there is not much variety. The stories are different but it comes out the same. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Maurice
4.0 out of 5 stars Sir Arthur Canon Doyle; a fluid and renowned writer
Being neither a reader of Canon Doyle's nor a particular fan of mystery novels, I felt it was time to delve into both. Read more
Published on June 26 2012 by Ronald W. Maron
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I love these stories and the new BBC series Sherlock. Fun to see the new characters on the cover of the classic stories. Highly recommended!
Published on Dec 29 2011 by Anthea
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A mysterious photograph. A disappearing company. A man with two identities. All this and more in the book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection
Sherlock Holmes isn't just for kids. I just finished reading this collection and it was an absolute delight. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book
If you like cuddling up and reading a comfortabele book. This is the one. U will never not be amazed by the famous Sherlock Holmes. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003 by Faeza S Ghani
4.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistant in quality.
I like most of the stories in this book (a merger of 2 seperate anthologies) but some are quite bad. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2002 by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of the best Holmes tales.
Forget all those new prime time crime shows, this collection is much more entertaining. The fun of this book is really in trying to solve the mystery before Holmes comes up and... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by Marc Kerins
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