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Sherlock Holmes - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

Sherlock Holmes - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

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Publisher's Summary

Four decades. Four cases. One solution.

From the plains of Afghanistan to the alleyways of Victorian London, from the dark heart of the English countryside to the ruin of Europe after the Great War, join Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in a quartet of astonishing new investigations which span their lifelong friendship and beyond....

©2013 Big Finish Productions (P)2013 Big Finish Productions

What the Critics Say

"Briggs and Earl now a definitive audio Holmes and Watson." (Sci-Fi Bulletin)

"Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl are, as ever, sublime in the roles that they have made their own." (Tim, Mass Movement)

"Briggs, Earl and Barnes, director Ken Bentley and the rest of the fine cast are to be congratulated." (Roger Johnson, Sherlock Holmes Gazette)

"Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl, now a firmly established team...." (Sherlock Holmes Journal)

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    reading listener london 22/06/2017
    reading listener london 22/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Ok stories, impractical format"

    More akin to a full dramatisation than a 'narrated' audio book, these are pretty decent tales. Certainly much better than the original pastiches Bert Coules churned out at the end of the BBC collections.

    Obviously not as good as classic ACD, but there is definitely strong parallels with e.g The Crooked Man and maybe A Study In Scarlet or the Resident Patient. Anyway, the writers have done a petty good job.

    Audio quality is fine, production is decent.

    I would say however that these don't really work in the Audible format. There are four stories on here, about 80 chapters - but none of the chapters are named, so you can't eg fall asleep when the story ends because you don't know which chapter is which.

    Also there is interviews with the authors between the stories - this kind of breaks the 4th wall and sounds like an ego massage exercise for the writers. No offence chaps but do we need an interview with you? It takes away from the pleasure of getting lost in the stories.

    If each story was in its own chapter, that would be much more practical. As it stands this is the first and last Big Finish production I'll get through Audible - it's just a weak platform.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Hall UK 28/08/2016
    S. Hall UK 28/08/2016
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    "Not for me"

    I could not take to this format and found the stories just wrong for Sherlock and Watson. Also dont know why each actor had to introduce themselves either.

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  • Lanna S. Seuret
    Sacramento, California
    22/01/16
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    "WE ARE SO ACCUSTOMED TO HIS SUCCESSES, HOWEVER….."
    Any additional comments?

    Everything contributed to the success of this production: the theme music was somber, but active and moving, creating interest, even intrigue; the sound effects very good; the writing creatively contiguous, while the story wove together and back on itself, the acting excellent. However, I was not prepared for the intense sadness I would feel. Didn't Holmes admit his imperfections in cases unsolved? Yes, but the authors here make us understand in our gut, the consequences as Dr. Watson never before wrote to those with whom Holmes interacted, and
    with those whom he was trying to save. The good, often costly, still seemed to outweigh the
    bad, until now.

    It appears to be a series of unrelated stories, starting very interestingly with Dr. Watson in Afghanistan, trying to save a British citizen or officer sequestered amoung some natives. It is really too late, especially without proper medicines, but seems to end well, with Dr. Watson's life unimperiled, and only a small package to deliver somewhere in London upon his return. The next story, again, seemingly unrelated, is soon revealed to be absolutely, but somewhat mysteriously
    connected; and so, too with the next stories.

    My recommendation would be to listen to less than the whole train of tales at once. As before mentioned, I became so sad at Holmes' remorse, and truly humble admittance of misjudgment to
    the man he would have aided, I cried myself. Same with the next story. If you can remain blythe in the face of such pain, then you may want to finish it all the way through. The stories are each
    unique, like differently cut precious gems on a necklace, but you will understand what connects them.

    At this writing, I have not finished the last story, where Holmes' and Watson's relationship seems to have changed somewhat, perhaps more toward an equilibrium of truer mutual respect, but it will be a while before my desire to go back into such emotional desolation - no, that's a bit too strong but bear with- has recharged itself.

    Still, very well and creatively written!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Duemer
    South Colton, NY USA
    06/02/16
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    "Didn’t Expect a Chat show"
    What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes?

    The plots of these faux-Holmes stories are not bad, though the attempt to update and modernize the sensibility is wrong-headed.And why in the world would the producers imagine that listeners want to hear the actors chatting informally about the stories between each episode? A very self-satisfied lot they are, too.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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