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Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a perennial favorite, and the audio format offers a vast number of listening choices, with new releases appearing regularly. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories are available in unabridged collections from several audio publishers. Adaptations of the stories are also plentiful--from the radio broadcasts of the 1940s to more restrained versions of the popular stories. Whatever the listener’s preference, Sherlock Holmes is a natural audio adventure.
David Timson, narrator of THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES, describes how he created voices for all 125 characters in the Holmes novels and short stories. His reading from THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND will leave you wanting more! Time: 6:47
Simon Prebble, one of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2009, reveals his favorite Holmes stories and reads us the passage from A STUDY IN SCARLET, in which Conan Doyle establishes the relationship between his two most famous characters. Time: 6:12
Narrator Ralph Cosham has read several collections of Holmes short stories, with the most recent collection released earlier this month. He speaks about his "affinity for Dr. Watson" as a storyteller and gives us a taste of his new reading of THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Time: 6:26
Yuri Rasovsky, award-winning audio dramatist and AudioFile contributing editor, describes how producers use sound to create atmosphere and even the feeling of fog in Holmes radio dramas. He looks at various Holmes productions and explains why there's always room for new interpretations of these timeless stories. Time: 6:33
Illustration by Hemesh Alles copyright Naxos AudioBooks
David Timson, photo by David Crosswaite
Simon Prebble, photo by John Hanson
Ralph Cosham, photo by Grover Gardner
Video and podcasts of David Timson courtesy of Naxos AudioBooks, video produced by Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins