Return of Sherlock Holmes – Volume I

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Volume I

The Adventure of the Empty House | The Adventure of the Norwood Builder | The Adventure of the Six Napoleons | The Adventure of the Three Students

Read by David Timson


When Sherlock Holmes met his demise in The Adventure of the Final Problem, published in 1893, the distress of the unsuspecting reading public was profound. For years fans showed no signs of letting Sherlock Holmes lie down and die. Eventually, Doyle saw fit to continue his Holmes’ canon and wrote a series of thirteen short stories – The Return of Sherlock Holmes – published in 1905. The series begins, inevitably, with the shock re-appearance of the master detective in The Adventure of the Empty House. This, plus three others are included in Naxos AudioBooks’ first volume of Doyle’s continuation of the famous bloodhound-of-a-genius, read by master storyteller David Timson. Though he has been away, it seems that Holmes has lost none of his remarkable qualities.

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    Running Time: 3 h 32 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-516-1
    Cat. no.:NA330112
    Download size:52 MB
    Released:January 2004
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  • The Adventure of the Empty House
  • The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
  • The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
  • The Adventure of the Three Students


Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

The lush, romantic notes of an Arthur Foote string quartet welcome listeners to this beautifully produced, thoroughly satisfying rendition of four Holmes stories. English actor David Timson, who has performed six previous Holmes compilations for Naxos, clearly appreciates Conan Doyle’s clever writing. Holmes is masterful, but never Basil Rathbonish; Watson is solid, but not stolid; Lestrade is ingratiating, with an accent that reveals his determination to rise socially. Even the minor characters – a stubborn servant, a careful shopkeeper – are placed in context with accents that reveal class and personality. Timson’s sensitive pacing and varied intonation make conversations spring to life, intensify dramatic moments, and highlight Conan Doyle’s often disregarded humor. The liner, with CD-track detail and story notes written by Timson, is a bonus. A lovely package.

A.C.S., AudioFile

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