The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Part 1


(4.3 stars; 126 reviews)

And so, reader, farewell to Sherlock Holmes! These are positively the last stories. There is some disagreement as to their quality, and some claim that Conan Doyle was writing more experimentally, rather than to the conventional Sherlock Holmes formula. Not all the stories are narrated by the faithful Watson, and the stories are regarded as the darkest of the Holmes canon, with some unusual villains.

Part 2 of this audio book will available as soon as it is recorded.

Please note: Section 5, The Adventure of the Three Gables, includes language which, though normal for the time it was written, is now regarded as highly unacceptable racial slurs. Anyone who finds this too offensive may wish to omit this story. Indeed, any listener who would understandably prefer to avoid my poor attempt at American accents, may prefer not to listen to a number of these stories. Conan Doyle seemed to like American villains. … (summary by Ruth Golding)


This book is part of the Legamus collection. It is public domain in the European Union, where it is hosted on Legamus' servers. It may not be legally accessed in the United States.

Reviews

just no

(1 stars)

I am really interested in listening to the stories themselves but I cannot get passed the reader. I really did try, but her voice as Sherlock sounds as if he is on his deathbed and when she speaks as Watson it seems like he is a creepy Igor type or my precious!...really wish someone else would read this.

A BIT DIFFERENT BUT GOOD

(4.5 stars)

The stories are, as one person has already noted, a little darker than the earlier collections, but they are certainly not over the line. This slight could be attributed to the aging of the author rather than any boredom with the character. The story lines seem to be crafted with the unmatched craft of Doyle, and I certainly look forward to the second volume. The reader did a professional job, but my preference is for these narratives to be read by a man.

Sherlock Holmes

(5 stars)

Very well read by Ruth Gilding and can't wait for the rest of this volume to be ready to listen to. I just enjoy all of the many Sherlock Holmes readings OTR programs and books to enjoy Doyle's great detectives cases narrated by Dr Watson. Ruth does s very good job of reading this as all is accustomed to with her great readings!

(3 stars)

Fairly nice read. I do believe that Holmes's speech pattern is to slow. She may want to differentiate him from other characters but the voice does not fit the man.

Grace

(3.5 stars)

Good reading. I don't particularly like the voice she uses for Watson when she changes from narrator to conversation with Sherlock. Since it is Watson narrating it seems the voices should stay the same. After listening to David Clark read all the other Sherlock stories it was also hard to change readers for I thoroughly enjoyed him, but this reader does a good job and I enjoyed her more as I got used to her.

well done

(5 stars)

I love Holmes regardless of the reader. But, with that said, this reader was really good. Appropriate emotion and inflections without the feeling of patronization which some attempts at accents leave.

Good Stories

(4 stars)

They aren't dark by today's standards but are slightly more compared to the other Holmes stories. In the 3 Gables there were a couple of times where Holmes' thinking seemed a bit slow. The Creeping Man was too out there for me. Still, I really enjoyed the stories & how some were from Holmes' diary. It was a nice change to hear some cases from his point of view.

(3 stars)

I am having a hard time loading this book but I'll keep on trying.