Sherlock Holmes - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

  • by Jonathan Barnes
  • Narrated by Nicholas Briggs, Richard Earl
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four decades. Four cases. One solution.
From the plains of Afghanistan to the alleyways of Victorian London, from the dark heart of the English countryside to the ruin of Europe after the Great War, join Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in a quartet of astonishing new investigations which span their lifelong friendship and beyond....


What the Critics Say

"Briggs and Earl now a definitive audio Holmes and Watson." (Sci-Fi Bulletin)
"Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl are, as ever, sublime in the roles that they have made their own." (Tim, Mass Movement)
"Briggs, Earl and Barnes, director Ken Bentley and the rest of the fine cast are to be congratulated." (Roger Johnson, Sherlock Holmes Gazette)
"Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl, now a firmly established team...." (Sherlock Holmes Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Ok stories, impractical format

More akin to a full dramatisation than a 'narrated' audio book, these are pretty decent tales. Certainly much better than the original pastiches Bert Coules churned out at the end of the BBC collections.

Obviously not as good as classic ACD, but there is definitely strong parallels with e.g The Crooked Man and maybe A Study In Scarlet or the Resident Patient. Anyway, the writers have done a petty good job.

Audio quality is fine, production is decent.

I would say however that these don't really work in the Audible format. There are four stories on here, about 80 chapters - but none of the chapters are named, so you can't eg fall asleep when the story ends because you don't know which chapter is which.

Also there is interviews with the authors between the stories - this kind of breaks the 4th wall and sounds like an ego massage exercise for the writers. No offence chaps but do we need an interview with you? It takes away from the pleasure of getting lost in the stories.

If each story was in its own chapter, that would be much more practical. As it stands this is the first and last Big Finish production I'll get through Audible - it's just a weak platform.
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Where does Sherlock Holmes - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far my favourite.

What did you like best about this story?

This has very clever writing and the performances are outstanding.

What does Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The actors portrayal brings the story to life - it is like having Holmes and Watson on the room with you!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Holmes and Watson: An exciting new era

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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2015
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions