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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
Written by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in this collection of stories from the unique fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's original short stories.

The 12 dramatisations are 'A Scandal in Bohemia'; 'The Red-Headed League'; 'A Case of Identity'; 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery'; 'The Five Orange Pips'; 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'; 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle'; 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band'; 'The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb'; 'The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor'; 'The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet'; and 'The Adventure of the Copper Beeches'.

In these 12 stories, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson investigate a compromising photograph, a murder case with Australian connections, a disreputable opium den, a Christmas goose, a ruined ancestral estate, a disastrous wedding day, a house with frightening secrets and several other baffling circumstances.

Among the large supporting cast are Sarah Badel, Andrew Sachs, James Grout, James Wilby, Sam West, Stephen Tompkinson and Imogen Stubbs.

Public Domain (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-18

The Definitive Holmes

Without question, the greatest and most faithful adaptation of Holmes in any medium. Merrison and Williams capture Holmes and Watson like no other duo before or since. They are truly a joy to listen to and the dramatization are enticing from start to finish.

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  • Ethan Muse
  • 15-08-19

Please label the tracks

This is a fantastic version of Sherlock Holmes and definitely deserves a 5-star rating. I really want to update my rating to give it one. Once Audible fixes it, I will. What’s wrong with it? It is spread out over 180 tracks running an average of about three minutes each. That’s fine if they want to do that. But please LABEL THEM so we can know what’s what. If I want to listen to, say, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, I have absolutely no idea what track to go to in order to start it.

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  • 09-03-19

Titles and chapter numbers of individual stories

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

1) A Scandal in Bohemia: Chapter 1 - Chapter 15

2) The Red-Headed League: Chapter 16 - Chapter 30

3) A Case of Identity: Chapter 31 - Chapter 45

4) The Boscombe Valley Mystery: Chapter 46 - Chapter 60

5) The Five Orange Pips: Chapter 61 - Chapter 75

6) The Man with the Twisted Lip: Chapter 76 - Chapter 90

7) The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle: Chapter 91 - Chapter 105

8) The Adventure of the Speckled Band: Chapter 106 - Chapter 120

9) The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb: Chapter 121 - Chapter 135

10) The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor: Chapter 136 - Chapter 150

11) The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet: Chapter 151 - Chapter 165

12) The Adventure of the Copper Beeches: Chapter 166 - Chapter 180

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  • Marty
  • 12-03-18

Only let down by the recording.

What did you like most about The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes?

One of the best drama audio versions of Holmes.

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The audio book does not have separate starts and ends to each story only one long continuation.
Would be better to be able to find the start of one of the stories.

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  • J. Tomasevic
  • 23-02-18

Definitive

To say these adaptations are the best still feels like an understatement. This quality could never be bettered. Monumental.

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  • Simon James Holton
  • 14-12-19

Great but annoying chapter divisions and titles

really like this but its divided into hundreds of chapters of a few minutes each, just labelled by their number rather than the name of the story. makes it really hard to listen to! please change this

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  • Nirmal Lotay
  • 28-08-18

Adv of Sherlock Holmes bbc radio

Excellent well structured audiobook. BBC will always do a brilliant job. This version has multiple stories that excellently played out and put together

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  • John Bloodworth
  • 26-07-18

Perfection

Drama, intrigue, high production value and top notch acting makes for a perfectly dramatic audio experience.

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  • Meefam
  • 10-07-18

Excellent adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

The best cast, arrangement and drama of Sherlock Holmes in audio format.
I absolutely loved every minute of my listening and intend to buy the rest of the series.

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  • Pamela
  • 01-04-20

Perfect Watson and Holmes dramatization.

These adaptations are the best comfort -listening possible. The cast is excellent and completely conveys the world of Holmes and Watson creating such a vivid world it is hard not to believe in some parallel world they exist. These are brilliant adaptations of the stories and I can only totally recommend these dramatizations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-20

Brilliantly adapted by the BBC

Quite simply this is a fantastic production. Brilliantly adapted for audio and brilliantly acted too. It’s of a style that you’ll either love or hate, but I loved it!

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  • Sean
  • 17-01-20

Loved it

I really loved this book. The collection of short cases as seen through the eyes of Dr Watson. The clever methods Holmes uses to sleuth out the answers and the great acting and sound design. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-19

excellent reading of an excellent novel

There is nothing not to love about this reading. well recorded, well directed, and written by one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-19

Great dramatization of Classic Conan Doyle

I love the short story format and the BBC dramatizations. Doyle's writing style is very descriptive and when combined with the speakers accents and sound effects, create a very vivid experience of England in the 1800s!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-18

Masterful text and wonderful acting.

All actors of high calibre and execution of great text well done.Tthis makes for great entertainment and suspense.