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Sherlock Holmes Essentials: The Favorite Stories of Conan Doyle


Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective is one of the most enduringly popular sleuths of all time. This value-priced six-story series has the consistency of the same team of directors, producers, dramatizers and leading actors, including Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson.
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Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective is one of the most enduringly popular sleuths of all time. This value-priced six-story series has the consistency of the same team of directors, producers, dramatizers and leading actors, including Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart companion, Dr. John Watson, are brought to life in six entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable radio dramatizations. Over the course of these classic stories beautifully adapted for radio, Holmes is confronted with mysteries involving the Ku Klux Klan; foreign spies; his arch nemesis, professor James Moriarty; and a murder so hideous that it may be of supernatural design. The listener is pulled into Holmes’s Victorian London through the effective but judicious use of sound effects, e.g., a fire burning in the hearth at 221B Baker Street or the clopping of hooves on cobblestones. The entire cast is first-rate, but it’s Clive Merrison and Michael Williams as Holmes and Watson who make these audio adventures so enjoyable. Their portrayals of the two iconic figures are ably realized, with Merrison bringing a bit more humanity to his interpretation of the Great Detective than is usual, while Williams infuses his Watson with a strength and courage that is often overlooked. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly
These gripping, full-cast radio dramas from the BBC bring to life some of Conan Doyle's most beloved Sherlock Holmes stories, including "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Musgrave Ritual," "The Empty House," and "The Dancing Men." In each adaptation, accompanied by music and slick sound effects, Holmes use observation and deduction to discover the truth about strange hieroglyphics, a secret society, a missing photograph, long-lost treasure, and much more. Supported by a host of talented players, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams demonstrate wonderful chemistry as Holmes and Watson. Merrison portrays Holmes as confident, curt, and excitable, while Williams's Watson perfectly captures the diligent, doting assistant. A real treat for Holmes fans, these stories, particularly "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," offer real moments of excitement and even terror. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609982997
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Series: Volume Two Series
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh and studied medicine. He began writing while he tried to grow his practice and, with 1887’s A Study in Scarlet, created Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous literary characters of all time.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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