Blackstone Audiobooks is pleased to present the first audio recordings ever of the only two Holmes plays written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These new, specially commissioned productions of the Hollywood Theater of the Ear star Audie Award-winning readers Martin Jarvis as Sherlock Holmes and Kristoffer Tabori as Dr. Watson.
In Sherlock Holmes, The Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarity plots with would-be blackmailers to have Holmes killed. And the normally love-proof Holmes falls for an exceptional woman. The play was co-authored by the American matinee idol William Gillette, who played the title sleuth. A smash hit from the beginning, the play remained in Gillette’s repertoire until he retired more than thirty years after its premiere.
What is the secret of the shocking death of poor Enid’s sister? What did she mean by her dying words, "the speckled band?" What danger does Enid face from the brutal Dr. Rylott? Only Holmes can scope out the answer and save the helpless girl from certain death. Sir Arthur adapted The Speckled Band (1910) from his own short story of that name. A stage success on three continents, the play hasn’t received a professional revival for eighty-four years.
When Holmes turned fifty, he retired and became a beekeeper, creating a crisis for his friend Watson, whose income derived from the Holmes stories he contributes to the Strand magazine. Further, the Doctor owes money to mobsters who want either their cash or his blood. The surprising upshot is, as the headlines proclaim, a Ghastly Double Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat, a one-act comedy by producer-director Yuri Rasovsky, here receiving its audiobook premiere.
A unique, must-have audio for all Sherlockians.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.12(w) x 4.78(h) x 1.21(d)|
About the Author
A prolific author of books, short stories, poetry, and more, the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for the creation of one of literature’s most vivid and enduring characters: Sherlock Holmes. Through detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction, Holmes and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step into the swirling fog of Victorian London to rescue the innocent, confound the guilty, and solve the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.
Date of Birth:May 22, 1859
Date of Death:July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:Crowborough, Sussex, England
Education:Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was very excited to find this excellent audio collection at my local library. This full-cast edition contains three works: Sherlock Holmes: A Play in Four Acts by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Speckled Band: An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ghastly Double Murder at Famed Detective's Flat (or Sherlock Holmes Turns Fifty) by Yuri Rasovsky. The first two were excellent - indeed, The Speckled Band was just as captivating as when I first read it in junior high school, even now that I knew the mystery's end. The last one was a short, silly piece of fluff that was only so-so. The readers were all excellent, particularly the one who voiced Sherlock Holmes himself.
This audio recording consists of the two plays written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that feature Sherlock Holmes. The Napoleon of Crime was co-written by actor William Gillette, who starred as Holmes in its stage productions. Holmes matches wits with the evil Moriarty, who hopes to take advantage of Holmes's current case to get the best of Holmes. I enjoyed the drama, especial Martin Jarvis's portrayal of Holmes, but I thought its story line was a little out of character. Holmes actually develops a romantic interest in a woman involved with the case. Could this be William Gillette's influence? Maybe he thought audiences wanted to see him as a romantic hero.The second play is an adaptation of the short story The Speckled Band. This is probably my least favorite Holmes story for a reason I can't reveal without spoiling it for readers unfamiliar with the story. Doyle seems to have added material that wasn't in the short story to get to the right length for a stage production. When Dr. Watson goes to Sherlock's home to consult him about the problem faced by the young lady at the center of the story, he has to wait while Holmes sees a whole string of clients. Although this scene is entertaining, it doesn't quite fit with the rest of the story, and I thought it seemed out of place. The cast did a wonderful job with their voice characterizations.The third drama is a modern satire of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Yuri Rasovsky. It's supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't think it was very funny. I think listeners can safely skip it.