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The Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes (BBC Dramatization) Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO; Dramatization edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602830452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602830455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The BBC Radio Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Cd set outshines them all.
Jim
This collection by the BBC is far and away the best and most entertaining Holmes programs you will ever find, either on audio or on the screen.
BSXX
Each of the short stories runs about 40-45 minutes and the novel adaptations are about 80-85 minutes in length.
Darrell Heath

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Heath on May 26, 2007
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I first became a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories when I was only about 11 or 12 years of age and that was a very long time ago indeed. Since then I have seen and heard literally hundreds of adaptations of these classic tales over the years and when it comes to audio dramatizations this set from the BBC is by far the best I've ever listened to.

Back in 1989 the BBC undertook the enormous task of adapting all of the original Holmes stories and novels into radio plays. Enlisting the talents of actors Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson as well as the very talented writer and producer of radio dramas Mr. Bert Coules everything seemed to fall into perfect place for this series. The writing, acting, music and sound effects are all top notch and the listener is immediately transported to Victorian England. Whether it be foggy London, the mean streets of the Limehouse district to the moors of Devonshire this series takes you there.

All too often actors playing Holmes take the lazy route and simply think that by adopting the commonly conceived caricature of Holmes as nothing more than a pipe smoking detective rattling off a few brilliant deductions with a smug air is all there is to a Holmes portrayal. Fortunately Merrison (who also looks a lot like Sidney Paget's original illustrations of Holmes) is not that kind of actor. Its obvious he takes the role seriously and he brilliantly conveys all the many facets of Holmes' character. Merrison's Holmes is not just a caricature he's arrogant, petulant, eccentric, melodramatic, ruthless, compassionate and a loyal to friend to Watson. He's everything Doyle tells us Holmes is and more. But most important of all Merrison succeeds in making Holmes a living, breathing human being.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By BSXX on June 29, 2007
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I have been a Sherlock Holmes reader and listener for as long as I can remember. I have read many of Doyle's original stories (many years ago), listened to all of the available Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce audio's and seen all of their movies, alot of the Hobbs & Shelley audio versions, most of the Stanley / Shirley versions, and many of the Jeremy Brett movies. This collection by the BBC is far and away the best and most entertaining Holmes programs you will ever find, either on audio or on the screen. These two actors are the best Holmes and Watson you will ever hear or see (so far anyhow). I have a nostalgic affection for the Rathbone/Bruce programs and still listen to them when I travel, but they do not compare with these programs. In my opinion, even the excellent Jeremy Brett / Edward Hardwicke television programs don't have the edge and the flair of these BBC audio dramas.

The quality of the sound and sound effects, the quality and attention to every detail and every minor part or charactor, the drama, the humor, and the brilliant acting make these a gem for Sherlock Holmes listeners. You feel like you are in the hansom cab with Holmes and Watson. Just listening to Holmes and Watson banter back and forth in their British accent is entertaining by itself.

I still enjoy the old Rathbone and Bruce radio dramas, but the modern technology utilized in this production shines through and takes you to a different level than the old radio dramas could ever reach. The actors portraying Holmes and Watson are top notch and take the characters to a far higher level than I have ever seen or heard before. Whatever Rathbone and Bruce had that allowed them to work so well together, these 2 (Merrison and Williams) had it as well. Oustanding performances.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim on November 29, 2007
I have listened to many of the Sherlock Holmes recordings in the marketplace. The BBC Radio Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Cd set outshines them all.

The production values are outstanding, and Clive Merrison is a great Holmes.

Don't let the price scare you - it works out to just over $2.50 per CD
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian on November 20, 2007
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I don't think there is any better audio production than this set of dramas. It easily compares with the best radio drama of the 40's and 50's when you had Orson Welles, Arch Obler, Norman McDonnell, William Spier and Carlton E. Morse producing alot of sterling work. This set harkens back to that kind of quality. Before everybody moved to television. The writing,the acting, the sound effects are superb. Audio is unique. I think it is the best medium for creating atmosphere. With this set,you are literally transported back in time to late 19th century London and it's environs and colorful characters(including our two heroes). There is no doubt with this set. The BBC simply does audio drama the way it's supposed to be done. SUPERB!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Levine on September 6, 2008
This is THE comprehensive, all-inclusive, multi-cast audio edition from BBC Radio. Remember that these were radio shows of approximately 45-minutes (uninterrupted) or, in the case of the books such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, two 45-minute radio shows. This means that they are edited, abridgements to fit the format. Yet these are much more true to the original than the American radio shows of the forties (Basil Rathbone & others), which were limited to about 20 minutes (a 30-minute format interrupted by two long commercials and other announcements).
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