A review of this audio book based on 1954 radio shows...
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For Sale: Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen Radio Shows
It’s elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries―twelve timeless classics performed as radio theater, linked by violin music interludes.
The great Sir John Gielgud stars as the sleuth of Baker Street, with Ralph Richardson as his venerable companion, Dr. Watson, and Orson Welles as the nefarious Professor Moriarty. With three giants of the theater in such colorful roles, it’s no mystery why this collection is so popular.
Includes: “The Blue Carbuncle”“A Case of Identity”“Charles August Milverton”“The Dying Detective”“The Final Problem”“The Golden Pince-Nez”“The Norwood Builder”“A Scandal in Bohemia”“The Second Stain”“The Six Napoleons”“The Solitary Cyclist”“The Speckled Band”
- Publisher: HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (July 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598879162
- ISBN-13: 978-1598879162
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
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I'm 25. I first heard Gielgud and Richardson's "The Speckled Band" back when I was in 6th grade. I found copies of the Baker Street Dozen stories at my local library, and would constantly check them out, over and over again. Around 8 or 9 years ago, I bought my own copies in a cassette boxed set, which have since worn out.
From the Most Flourishing Era of British Theatre since Shakespeare's Time: a Must for Holmes Fanatics and even Casual Readers
Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson are magnificent actors, whose era was the greatest flourishing of British theater since Shakespeare's time. I only took off one star because four episodes of this magnificent version are omitted, which seems ludicrous. Why not just raise the price a little? The only other complete series costs a fortune, so they could have easily included all episodes for $50 and still attracted Holme-o-philes.
Great way to pass the time on long drives.
Some excellent radio dramatizations of Doyle's work. My only complaint is that the announcer kept referring to "Dr. James Watson" instead of John Watson. Orson Welles gives a very subdued performance as Professor Moriarty which I found to be a unique interpretation. Sometimes the music got irritating, but overall I enjoyed listening to these in the car during my long commute and Gielgud and Richardson made it an enjoyable way to pass the time.
This is a "classic" take on the classic tales. It has amazing 20th century lions doing the acting (Geilgud, Welles, etc.) so you can hardly go wrong. If you're American you may find the accents a bit dense at times, but they do a great job giving an as-written rendition of A. C. Doyle's work.
Listening material for when one is forced to lay still for a long time. Great.
Yesteryear still alive!!!!
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Efforts of John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson are stellar. Their chemistry is undeniable.
My only disappointment in this series is that I would have liked ...
As I have noted elsewhere, I use books on CD as a travel companion on long motor trips. My only disappointment in this series is that I would have liked it to be more chronological in feel. The stories seemed to jump around in Holmes' career and that made it harder to follow. Overall it was a solid addition to my growing library.
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These great recordings were made for the BBC in 1954 and were first aired in the UK that year and in the US in early 1955. The casting is perfect John Gielgud as Holmes and Ralph Richardson as Watson could not be beaten for a radio broadcast, and this probably still holds true to this day 53 years later. Although I think Jeremy Brett would push Gielgud close even without the visual aspect.
Holmes stories to hear again
Famous voices for the well known characters. Good quality speaking and sounds - except for the squeaky violin strings that irritate quickly.
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