The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

  • by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

With his devoted Dr Watson, Holmes emerges from his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street to grapple with the forces of treachery, intrigue and evil, including the diabolical Professor Moriarty.


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It's obvious after he's explained it.

More great stories from Conan Doyle. This volume contains a series of twelve short stories which are excellently read by Derek Jacobi. It contains the second collection of stories (collated over period 1892-1893), after 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891-1892 collection). I stupidly read the third collection ('The Return Of...') before 'The Memoirs..'. At least now I know where he is returning from! Where he goes is covered in the last short story of this book - 'The Adventure of the Final Problem'. Holmes came back due to popular pressure on the author. Highly recommended book.
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- Sara


The older British public seem to prefer their “classics” read in deep, resonant, “classic BBC” voices, out of a belief that it lends gravity to our profound literary heritage. Factors influencing that preference would be the regular diet of recordings of Shakespeare plays received in school, and the popular costume dramas seen at the cinema, on TV, and heard on the radio. Ironically, we also have a love of authenticity, but only when it suits us ! From an audio book perspective, we should want the narrative of Dracula read with an Irish accent, and the Count’s dialogue a la Bela Lugosi : “Leeson to zem, ze cheeldren of ze nat. What mewsic zay mek !” But contrary as ever, most of us want the lot Christopher Lee style.

So how do we want our Sherlock read, then ? In the rich Edinburgh accent of Conan Doyle ? In the very English tones of Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett ? I have to admit a personal fondness for the voices of Basil Rathbone, and the bumbling Watson of Nigel Stock. But as the vast majority of the narrative is from the notebooks of Doctor Watson, a comic, Stock-like voice might begin to try one’s patience after a while. Would an American accent seem inappropriate ? Of course it would, just as you would not expect Stephen Fry to attempt re-makes of John Wayne movies ! ( That would indeed be the day ! ! )

If money is no object, and you love Sherlock, get all three ! Realistically, prioritising your requirements is the best way forward : cost, completeness, or sound.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited