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Grade 7 Up-Four short stories of mystery and intrigue by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are performed radio theater style by the St. Charles Players: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," "A Scandal in Bohemia," and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot." The narration is acceptable, although some characters sound flat and their British accent is too obviously forced. However, this detracts little from the overall entertainment value of the stories. The overall aural quality could be improved; a slight hissing can be heard throughout the narration. Though at times Holmes comes across as haughty, listeners become caught up in learning how he ingeniously solves the cases using clues that Watson, the other investigators, and most listeners miss. Fine for individual or group listening, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes could be used for entertainment or for a unit on the mystery genre in English classes. The lack of strong female characters in these stories may warrant including alternate classic mysteries with strong women, such as Simon Brett's Mrs. Pargeter, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton, or Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax. A nice feature of this package is that each short story is completed with one cassette. Unless you have a great demand for classic mysteries, this audiobook is an additional purchase.
Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theAudio Cassetteedition.
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ISBN-10:  0192835084
ISBN-13:  978-0192835086
Author:  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher:  Oxford University Press, USA
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review by . October 21, 2010
Kindle, as all people should know, offers a host of free books, including classics. Here is a chance to reread books that you haven't read in ages. This version of twelve of Doyle's Holmes tales is, of course, splendid, far better than watching the TV versions. Rereading the stories bring surprizes. For example, I did not know that Watson was married. I had seen speculations that he and Holmes were homosexuals, this is ok, but disproved by the second page of the first story. I also did not know …
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