Murder by Moonlight and Other Mysteries: New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volumes 19-24 (New Adventures of Shelock Holmes) Audio CD – Audiobook, October 3, 2006
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When Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were chosen to play Holmes and Watson in the 1939 film The Hound of the Baskervilles, no one realized that they would be forever linked with the characters of the great detective and his loyal friend. The immediate success of the film led to their being chosen to portray Holmes and Watson on the radio for 8 years in 213 episodes of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0743564677
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743564670
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 5.75 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged Edition (October 3, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,186,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But, from a story point of view, this collection is only fair. Some of the stories have been adapted from the cannon and others related in some manner. Overall the stories are only ok - partly from the time constraints and partly from the writting itself.
From a historical point of view (being made during WWII, etc) they are a snapshot of that time period. It's also interesting to hear the actual commericals.
And lastly there are some comments from people involved in some way with the actual production. Those are pretty interesting as well.
UPDATE 6/6/24/13 -- BTW - So far there has been one episode where Rathbone was not Sherlock Holmes. It had someone by the name of Tom Conway. But boy, did he sound like Rathbone! Unless you listened really close you probably wouldn't have noticed. The biggest difference was the sponsor was no longer Petri Wine but some hair product company. Overall it served it's purpose - it will be interesting to see if there are anymore non-Rathbone shows on this set. Others claim 4 in total but I've not listened to all of them yet.
Sound quality is pretty good for the age of the recordings. They could have been 'brushed up' some but not much. If they had fiddled with them more, of course, the cost of this product would have been considerably higher. Since the size of the audience is not huge I understand why they didn't do much to improve the sound. I don't mean to imply the sound is horrible - it's acceptable and that's about it.
I am listening to this collection when I drive back and forth from work. It has nice to have this in place of music or the verbal firworks that passes for talk radio today. If the traffic isn't too bad this makes my commute a lot more pleasant.
The product came quickly in perfect shape. Price was very low for this hard to find product.
Overall rating is 7.5 to 8.0 out of 10.
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OK - I've listened to all of them and Conway does 4 of them as others have stated. However, he sure does sound like Rathbone. The stories did seem a better (overall) than the previous 2 collections. I just wish more of them would be found and released!! As far as I know only about 25% of the shows have survived.
"The Book of Tobit" is a hilariously predictable episode, which I don't actually mean as a criticism. It places Holmes in a rather unique situation, which leads him to take Watson's friendship for granted even more heartlessly than usual. Watson, of course, remains loyal. "Murder Beyond the Mountains" is a story set during Holmes' travels in Tibet, when he was supposedly dead after the Reichenbach Falls incident; thus Watson appears only as narrator. Although the story is interesting, the logic of Holmes' solution of the mystery did not quite convince me. It's also morbidly amusing to note that writers Denis Green and Anthony Boucher resort for the second time on these CDs to the same ghoulish method of murdering a male Chinese character.
"The Manor House Case" is based on a reference to an unchronicled investigation in Conan Doyle's "The Greek Interpreter", and is commendable for its precise faithfulness to the Canonical reference to the incident, a characteristic not always found in Holmes pastiches. This story also once again places Holmes and Watson in an amusingly novel situation as Watson attempts to investigate a mystery himself (and, gratifyingly, makes a somewhat better job of it than one might expect of Bruce's Watson). "The Adventure of the Stuttering Ghost" was the very first Tom Conway episode. Conway's portrayal of Holmes, while completely professional and convincing (much more than can be said of some actors who have tackled the role), seems very much like a slightly inferior version of Rathbone's interpretation.
"The Great Gandolfo" is a story set in Holmes' retirement, involving a stage magician and his assistant, as well as Holmes' brother Mycroft. It is an extremely frustrating episode because it seems obvious that there should be a further plot twist at the end which Holmes and Mycroft have missed. It seems to me that they end up letting a very clever woman get away with murder and espionage. "The Adventure of the Original Hamlet", another Tom Conway episode, is an effectively melodramatic Moriarty story.
"Murder by Moonlight" finds Holmes and Watson on a steamship to India in 1894. It is interestingly integrated with an earlier episode, "The Vanishing White Elephant", by Watson's telling us that this adventure happened while he and Holmes were on their way to that one. "The Singular Affair of the Coptic Compass" is another Tom Conway episode involving Moriarty. I found the significance to the story of the eponymous compass to be an interesting plot twist, but some listeners may well feel cheated by it.
"The Gunpowder Plot", a particularly memorable episode, takes place on Guy Fawkes Day and sees Holmes and Watson attempting to avert a latter-day version of Guy Fawkes' intended crime. Especially amusing is the sequence in which Holmes and Watson pretend to be building inspectors, with Rathbone utilizing his flawless Cockney accent. "The Babbling Butler", another Tom Conway show, features a memorable guest character in the form of a cruelly biting society wit.
In "The Accidental Murderess", Holmes and Watson are walking through the woods of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's hometown, when Holmes is shot and slightly wounded by a married couple, the wife of which has previously been accused of murder. This one will keep you guessing for a while. "The Adventure of the Blarney Stone" ends this CD set, and Simon & Schuster Audio's Holmes-Rathbone series, very disappointingly. As an American of Irish descent, I was actually deeply offended by this story's stereotypical depiction of the Irish as drunks who talk constantly about "the little people", and whose police refuse to conduct a murder investigation on St. Patrick's Day!