The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He was devised by Scottish author and doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his prowess at using logic and astute observation to solve cases. He is perhaps the most famous fictional detective, and indeed one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters. Join Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes, in Holmes' fourth book. (summary from Wikipedia and TBOL3)(8 hr 34 min)
|Silver Blaze||46:00||Read by David Jaquay|
|The yellow face||42:26||Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz|
|The stock-broker's clerk||39:24||Read by Kristine Bekere|
|The "Gloria Scott"||45:41||Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz|
|The Musgrave ritual||47:48||Read by Gesine|
|The Reigate puzzle||39:01||Read by J A Carter|
|The crooked man||39:43||Read by Robin Cotter|
|The resident patient||49:02||Read by Mary Anderson|
|The Greek interpreter||41:00||Read by Martin Clifton|
|The naval treaty||1:06:15||Read by rdmagpie|
|The final problem||58:16||Read by TBOL3|
Mix of talented and terrible readers.
I realize librivox is volunteer, but some readers are just making a mess of the classics. Some of these are just impossible to listen to. One reader had a barely intelligible foreign accent. One read monotone. These were like hearing fingernails on a blackboard. That said, many others were decent and enjoyable.
I have always enjoyed listening to the Librivox recordings - until now. Most of the readers were wonderful. It's the few that weren't that have ruined this version. There's the reader whose accent is so thick that she's unintelligible, and the one whose monotone reading was almost unbearable, and finally the reader for the last chapter that was indescribably awful that made listening to this almost painful. I really enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes, but the few bad apples in this bunch of mostly wonderful readers has spoiled the whole bunch.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are ageless classics. I enjoy listening to them while doing yard work and home improvement type projects. Doyle's writing and characters are strong, his plots are convoluted and complex and these stories put you right into the streets outside of 221B Baker Street waiting to enter and marvel at the observational and deductive genius that is Sherlock Holmes. The reader chosen to mutilate "The Final Problem" is completely horrible. This is one of the most memorable of the Holmes stories and having this individual stumble through pronunciation(rep-e-tillian?) attempt to use period accents and the pacing of his reading completely ruins the listening experience. Five stars for Doyle. Zero for the Librivox representative who decided this reading was acceptable to represent the number one listed author on the mobile app's most renowned stories.
great until the final problem chapter
It would have been better to have one person do the complete novel. Alternates were sufficient until as others mentioned, the last problem chapter. Sorry, but a bit of QC, or a simple reading/comprehension test before being able to submit for librivox would be ideal.
Could have been better
The story of course was great. A few of the readers were good. The others weren't, I had to give up on the last story it was just killing my ears.
I was skeptical and infuriated at the incessant raggings of the countless seemingly hypocrits on the ending narrator, but why librivox would remotely consider such a half-literate as that mindless chimpanzee is beyond me. I get some people are slow and can't read well, and I understand that, but does that person really have to be the sole narrator of the most dramatic chapter of the entire book? other than that, though this book was it thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I had a wonderful time listening.
11- THE FINAL PROBLEM
Whomever the teenager was who read The Final Problem -- while I'm sure the volunteer effort is appreciated .. the reading should have been left to someone with some reading-aloud skills ... kiddo, your reading skills need a lot of work, if you're going to volunteer to read for the visually impaired. The story should be read in a flowing manner, not in a remedial reading-class style, stumbling over every word, mispronouncing the big words. just halting, and painful to listen to. :( Librivox should have put a stop to this after the first test reading, or first chapter was uploaded.
Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
As usual Mr Holmes And Dr Watson are back for more thrilling action.The readers are tollerable,some great others not so but beggers can't be choosers. For the order in which All Sherlock Holmes collections should be enjoyed check out wikapedia or the sherlock holmes meauseum