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Publisher's Summary

Recognised as the ultimate dramatisation of Conan Doyle's famous stories, these recordings have been acclaimed since their reissue by Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks in 1995. They have been carefully remastered so that the sound is as good as possible without destroying the unique ambience of the original performances.

Contents:
"The Blackmailer": Holmes resorts to some lawbreaking of his own in the pursuit of essential evidence on a powerful blackmailer.

"A Scandal in Bohemia": A delicate case involving an ardent monarch and an indiscreet photograph leads Holmes to the one person he could not outwit: the beautiful Irene Adler.

"Silverblaze": Holmes searches for a murderer and a missing racehorse called Silverblaze.

"The Speckled Band": Holmes and Watson are entreated by a woman to get to the bottom of her sister's horrible and mysterious death.

Public Domain (P)2010 Heritage Media Limited

What listeners say about The Best of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

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the best of sherlock holmes

I loved the audiobook.
there was nothing I didn't like about the book.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who like mysteries

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Cool.

The actor voicing Sherlock does sound like Jeremy Brett, from the '80s adaptation. Great stuff overall.

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The Best of Sherlock Holmes

Loved it. I have liked Sherlock Holmes stories and movies for many years. They are easy to listen to.

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Very well narrated and entertaining

This series, the Best of Sherlock Holmes (1-4), is one of the better and more entertaining versions of the stories I have listened to.
I have listened to quite a few different versions of Sherlock Holmes on Audible and this version is the one I have enjoyed the most.
All of the characters have been voiced well, no doubt there is some experienced talent there.

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ehh

not the best that I have listened to. the stories were short for my liking.

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  • Lee Grant
  • 02-01-11

Superb productions from a bygone age...

The production is simply lovely with outstanding performances from the cast particularly John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson as Holmes & Watson.

What is lovely is to hear a quality piece from the 1950s. The stories were co-produced by the BBC in the UK and ABC in the USA. This explains the American continuity announcer that loudly and proudly introduces each episode.

The audio quality is very good throughout but watch out for Holmes' violin playing - it does tend to hit the high notes and came as quite a shock through my earbuds.

Naturally the stories are superb and the production team really understood how to make radio drama narrative work well.

Treat yourself to a very reasonably priced treasure...

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  • Long John
  • 01-15-22

Somewhat behind the curve...

Sadly, having listened to Steven Fry's recent versions, this older version sounds pretty naff. Even the famous actors don't make this story come to life so it's rather painful listening. The violin sound track does not improve the overall effect. One to avoid.

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  • VandTFlower
  • 09-29-21

Great performance, shame about the violin!

Classic performances from two superb voices, definitely worth listening too. But too much of the violin makes it a bad choice for a night time listen as we kept being woken up!!!

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  • Mr Me
  • 09-21-22

violin

All very eloquently performed, but that bloody violin is so very frustrating to hear !!

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  • Helen B.
  • 08-18-22

As expected

A solid performance, but the musical intervals were annoying and unnecessary. Can it be removed?

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  • sarahlou
  • 06-23-22

Loved it!

Just as it should be, takes me back to when I watched the series on tv, only thing that can be a little annoying is how loud the violin gets between each part,
But that's the only fault I can find.Loved it , and it's great to introduce young ones to sit Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson if they haven't already read it.

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  • DEANO
  • 06-15-22

Pray Tell

Great listen and performance by two great performers.
I only got into SH after watching Jeremy Brett on Granada repeat episodes, which are excellent and this is quality too.
I can’t believe some reviews on hear slagging off the violin 🎻
1: it’s not on long enough
2: it’s part of the Sherlock adventures
If you’re a fan then you’ll enjoy and theirs murder afoot Watson 😉
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-21

loved it

wonderful voices of Sir John G and Sir Richardson. loved it all! classic Sherlock stories.

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  • Oz
  • 11-08-21

I say wait a fab find

loved the dramatic acting used to bring alive such vivid stories.
I would highly recommend this/these book/s.

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  • Stafford Steve
  • 11-04-21

Classic performances, rather melodramatic for modern tastes

A delight to hear Gielgud and Richardson in these classic radio productions, though the voices and dramatic, indeed at times melodramatic, tones now seem very dated. The recent Derek Jacobi version is probably more to modern tastes.