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Product Details

  • Series: Sherlock Holmes
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723578303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723578307
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,732,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Davies whose vocal versatality is very evident in his exciting reading of one of Sherlock Holmes greatest cases. -- Sherlock Holmes Society Of London District Messenger Newspaper March 2002 Issue DM219 Written by Roger Johnson Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Ian Davies gives a fine performance of this Sherlock Holmes story, bringing to life the great detective and his colleague, Watson. Davies provides a suitably highbrow British persona when portraying the detective, and delivers equally fine performances for the other characters. The production, however, has some background noise and skips appear periodically throughout the recording, and the entire piece is burned as one track on the CD and it is impossible to bookmark one's place. That said, Conan Doyle's story is what any Sherlock Holmes fan would expect, and Davies does the sleuth great justice in the reading. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you like listening to "a good read" Silver Blaze is highly recommended.
G. L. Jeffery
If you enjoy the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, you are in for a real treat listening to David Davies vibrant and incredible rendition.
Roz M.
SILVER BLAZE is a great story by Arthur Conan Doyle and may have been considered one of his favorites.
Bentley

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Sean Buvala on June 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"To call this CD only a 'reading' of the classic Sherlock Holmes story of 'Silver Blaze' would be to devalue the beauty of this performance. Although you may have heard recordings of the Sherlock Holmes work read before with distance and haughty affectation, none of that is present in Mr. Davies storytelling performance. This CD features one man, many voices and a hefty portion of talent. This performance is fresh, approachable and inviting." -Storyteller.net Reviews
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bentley on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
SILVER BLAZE is a great story by Arthur Conan Doyle and may have been considered one of his favorites. A brilliant horse which was a favorite with the racing public goes missing and the worse is feared. Where was the first favorite for the Wessex cup? Coupled with the beloved horse's unknown whereabouts was evidence of a drugged stable boy and a murdered trainer. What happened to the horse, how did the stable boy get drugged and who killed the trainer?

This is a great story and is delivered admirably. Holmes even shows humility in this story which is certainly not a quality that he was well known for. He says to Watson: "Because I made a blunder, my dear Watson - which is, I am afraid, a more common occurrence than anyone would think who only knew me through your memoirs."

This story also shows Holmes to have his own moral compass and has him playing a "Robin Hood" of sorts in determining who should be exonerated and given amnesty. We see Holmes has his own unique sense of right from wrong!

As Kyle Freeman wrote in his Introduction to Volume I of the Sherlock Holmes anthology, " The first in the series, "Silver Blaze," pleased Conan Doyle so much that he bet his wife a shilling she couldn't solve the mystery. The story has some of the most brilliant writing in the Holmes Canon, particularly what is probably
the most famous of all Holmes's deductions: "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time", which has come to be known by the prosaic phrase "the dog that didn't bark." In polls of various Holmes Societies around the world, it regularly rates as one of the top ten stories."

I recommend this story highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roz M. on May 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoy the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, you are in for a real treat listening to David Davies vibrant and incredible rendition. Looking forward to future "readings" by D. Davies. You will too, once you've experience this exciting reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Jeffery on May 7, 2002
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Dave Davies dramatic rendition of this Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes classic tale is well worth a listen. Dave's obvious talent for dramatic reading comes through beautifully and the production quality is excellent. Hopefully David will not stop with just this one but will continue right through the entire cannon. If you like listening to "a good read" Silver Blaze is highly recommended.
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I confess - this is the first Sherlock Holmes I remember reading. It's a short story, it took me less than two hours to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It contains the memorable line - the curious incident of the dog in the night-time - and a curious incident it is. The story concerns a thoroughbred racehorse stolen from his stables a night or so before a big race and the murder of his owner that same night. Naturally the police have tried but failed to solve the crime, and Holmes is called upon. The style is very similar to Agatha Christie, with numerous clever clues, conundrums, and curious incidents, quite impossible to unravel (unless you're Sherlock Holmes of course!). Holmes must be a lot cleverer than me, because he worked it out pretty quickly. A very clever and surprising end. I shan't say anymore than (as always) it was the least likely suspect what done it.
If you haven't read any Sherlock Holmes, or would like to return to him, I'd recommend this read. I'd also recommended to those who enjoy pitting their wits against the cleverest of detectives.
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