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The Baker Street Dozen

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  10 reviews
It’s elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries—twelve timeless classics performed as radio theater, linked by violin music interludes.

The great Sir John Gielgud stars as the sleuth of Baker Street, with Ralph Richardson as his venerable companion, Dr. Watson, and Orson Welles as the nefarious Professor Moriarty. With three...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Congdon & Weed (first published 1987)
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Towards the end of his writing career, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was asked to list his 12 favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. This book contains all those stories plus one more. Each is accompanied an essay written by a noted “Sherlockian,” Isaac Asimov among them. The book also has some other interesting trivia, such as a list of the 12 worst stories and the most intriguing women characters. I’ve always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, mostly because I’m fascinated by the characters the...more
Wonderful! A Baker Street Dozen (Audio) was so much fun to listen to! I am going to be bummed out for awhile now with each story I listen to on my drives. The sound effects and differnt character voices for each story made you feel like you were watching Sherlock and Watson even more then if you were reading them. You felt like a fly on the wall. You heard them poor their drinks, their voices changed with every emotion, there was music and sounds from the street. There was gunfire and screams an...more
It's listening to the full radio dramatizations, which is seriously amazing.

Oh, dear. I like the idea of this a lot better than the actual audio book. First of all, the violin playing is possibly the most ear-wrenching irritation I've had on an audio book. And I've heard some bad narrators, so that's saying something.

Then, the stories aren't in any semblance of order. This wouldn't be so bad if the "last Holmes story ever" wasn't on, like, Disc 2, and the tale of how Holmes and Watson ended up l...more
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If I could I'd probably really give it a 3.5. It was entertaining to read all the stories together that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle noted as his favorites, and it was mostly interesting to see the reactions and comments of the collected "Sherlockians" in between, though the essays varied widely in quality. I'd probably recommend this only to the most invested/devoted Sherlock Holmes fans. With the slew of new Sherlock and Sherlock-like media out in the last few years,...more
It's enjoyable to listen to these stories as dramatizations. Quite enjoyable to hear them pretty much as they were originally written.
I first acquired this book in high school, after finding that I enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles. When I read it then, I skipped all the essays reflecting on what about each story qualified it as one of Doyle's or Baker Street aficionados' favorites. Upon picking up the book recently, I found those essays as entertaining as the stories themselves. In particular I enjoyed Isaac Asimov's lone negative critique of "The Adventure of the Final Problem".
These dramatized episodes of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes are a true delight. With a cast consisting of Sir John Gielgud as Holmes and Ralph Richardson as Watson as well as Orson Welles as Moriarty, these short stories come alive with excitement as Holmes solves the cases. This audio version complete with sound effects will take you back to Holmes’ England and what life was like then.
Scott Wright
Classic radio drama audio. Fun voices if you can stand the dramatized idea. I like it so it was great for me. A fun selection of stories. All of them fairly short so a quick listen made it enjoyable.
The violin playing though you need to fast forard through. It will kill your ear drumbs if played at the same level as the rest of the audio.
Radio dramas of a 13 Holmes stories. I love radio drama and enjoyed this, with performances by A-list actors.
Oct 26, 2007 Shoryl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes, Mystery fans
Shelves: mystery
So, obviously, I'm not a huge mystery fan if you look through my books. But, Pj Doyle is a long-time family friend, and so I had to get a copy of the book.

To my surprise, not only did I enjoy the 13 (a baker's dozen) Holmes stories, but I was amused by the essays as well.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record...more
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