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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.
Listening material for when one is forced to lay still for a long time. Great.
"I build rare edifices of deduction"
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This 6-CD set contains fully dramatized radio adaptations of twelve stories from the so-called Sherlock Holmes canon -- four novels and fifty-six stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. First aired by the BBC in 1954, these radio plays feature Sir Henry Richardson as Dr. Watson and the incomparable Sir John Gielgud as Sherlock Holmes, with a sinister reading of Dr. Moriarty by Orson Welles.
Classic Stories, Well Adapted and Lovingly Acted
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Three kinds of customers will appreciate this well-remastered collection: (1) Sherlockians, who love all things Doyle; (2) lovers of classic radio drama; (3) afficionados of two of England's finest actors of the modern stage, Sir John Gielgud (playing Holmes) and Sir Ralph Richardson (Watson). Since both actors also possessed two of the twentieth century's most mellifluous stage voices, these dramatizations are a feast for the ear. If you're at least two of these three customers in one, this reasonably priced set may be an irresistible buy. Get it now, before it goes out of print.
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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.
These audiotapes introduced me to Sherlock Holmes
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I first listened to this audio book set a while ago. I definitely knew who Sherlock Holmes was but had never read any of the stories or watched an entire movie about him. I always figured that the stories would be boring and hard to follow. These audio books showed me that I was wrong. As I listened to these I fell deeply in love with the Sherlock Holmes concept and then proceeded to read all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes novels and stories and I also read "The Lost World" and "White Company" by him. For me, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became the author for whom everything he laid his pen to turned to gold.
A great tribute to the master detective...
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I pick this audiobook up recently and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gielgud and Richardson were simply amazing in their respective roles as Holmes & Watson, and I believe the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself would have approved.
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.
John Gielgud as Holmes and Ralph Richardson as Watson - Superb!
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The Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen cd-set is an excellent reproduction of the 1954 BBC radio series. The stories are told in a way that is faithful to the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. There are 13 stories on 6 CD's, so the story lengths are ideal for even relatively short car trips.
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