©2008 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"Do you remember the time Sherlock Holmes led Dr. Watson into mortal peril with an animal-loving librarian in a dark and mysterious wood? Or solved a baffling murder that involved a newfangled Otis lift? Of course you don't, as they are a mong the stories created by John Tatylor for this collection of six half-hour plays first broradcast on Radio Five. The scenarios he has invented for the great fictional detective and his sidekick involve a higher proportion of deadly females than usually invaded the pair's clubby Victorian world, but they are still reassuringly reliant on a working knowledge of Britain's railway timetables. This affectionate and respectful not-quite pastiche should delight rather than outrage fans. Although the casting of beefy Simon Callow as Holmes could work only on radio, Nicky Henson makes a fine Watson, his trusting nature a bluff counterpoint to his cerebral companion." (Sunday Times, Audio Book of the Week)
On first coming across this title I had my doubts as to the attention to detail that would be paid to the original Holmes stories. However I found myself pleasently surprised as the stories, although short, are punchy ,well paced and full of the Holmes intrigue. Great performances from Henson and Callow and well written by John Taylor. more please!!
"Good stories, but not by Arthur Conan Doyle"
I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoyed the uniqueness of the 6 mysteries included in this collection. While most of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories keep me wondering right to the end, these seemed to be a bit easier to figure out before the final "reveal", though.
I would recommend the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories first, also available through Audible. Don't be misled as I was, though. There has been an error and the author is listed as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but it is not. These are not any of the original 56 short stories. They are based on the characters by ACD, but the stories are actually written by someone else.
Enjoy, but be aware...
"Poor imitations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"
Some contemporary writers have given us acceptable and enjoyable new stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This particular collection is very disappointing as the solutions are so glaringly obvious from early on that all mystery is lost. The performance is good but does not make up for the boredom of waiting for the ending you have foreseen. Although the likeable Dr Watson is well portrayed, he has been made to seem unbelievably gullible.
The author is John Taylor, NOT Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as another reviewer has made clear, and this should be corrected on Audible as it is misleading.
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