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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

By: David Marcum,I. Watson,D. Tyrer,Jayantika Ganguly,Mark Mower,GC Rosenquist,David Beckwith,Tracy Revels,Robert Stapleton,Stephen Herczeg
Narrated by: Kevin E. Green
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Summary

There is a persistent and incorrect idea, reinforced by countless film misrepresentations, that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were always staid and dull British chaps of middle years (or older), with Holmes a spry, cranky, and impatient eccentric, and Watson a white-haired and portly Boobus Brittanicus, à la Nigel Bruce. Students of the true and canonical Sherlock Holmes know this to be a falsehood. 

When we first meet them on January 1, 1881, Holmes is still 26 years old (although he will turn 27 in just a few days), and Watson, already a wounded war veteran, is only 28. During the three-year period between early 1881 and late 1883, through all of the early adventures which cemented their lifelong friendship, Holmes was still in his 20s, with Watson just a little over a year older. This idea is difficult for many to accept, as they cling to the image of Our Heroes as senior citizens. 

This volume, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Early Adventures, is an amazing collection of some of Holmes and Watson’s fascinating cases that occurred during those first three years in Baker Street, when Holmes was creating his unique profession of consulting detective and Watson was still recovering from the war wounds that he’d received in Afghanistan and slowly returning to the business of being a civilian doctor. Included are 31 new stories in three companion volumes by some of today’s best Sherlockian pasticheurs, as well as an excerpt from the beginning of A Study in Scarlet, detailing the initial meeting of Holmes and Watson in early 1881, as well as possibly the most famous canonical tale, “The Speckled Band” (occurring in April 1883), and “The Resident Patient”, with its original restored opening text as it first appeared in The Strand magazine, indicating that this adventure occurred toward the end of the first year of Holmes and Watson’s residency at 221b Baker Street. 

Join us as we climb the 17 steps to Our Heroes’ sitting room. You’ll find that they haven’t lived there quite as long in these early days, and possibly they aren’t as quite as old as you might have pictured them....

©2019 Derrick Belanger (P)2021 Derrick Belanger

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Early adventures of Holmes & Watson during the 3 years 1881-83, there are 31 stories in all some I have heard and even watched a few on tv but nonetheless a great collection. As always the narration is good and never fail to disappoint the Sherlock Holmes clans, and are excellent to listen to about a fictitious British icon.

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Really enjoyable - narration was brilliant

I have only recently got into Sherlock Holmes books/audio and this is a great way of doing this for the novice. The narration is just perfect. Each story was easy to listen and just the right length.

All in all so pleased I found this and would fully recommend.

I was given a free copy via the book club audible listeners from the narrator but this in no way impacted my review.

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Excellent Read

I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes tales since childhoodand this book does not let you down. They are totally in keeping with the originals and equally as good. I found that I could not choose a favourite as they are equally a good. The narrator only increased my liking of the tales. I highly recommend this book.
Full Disclosure. I was given this book in return for an honest review.

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  • 24-05-22

Dear narrator and editor:

With all due respect, It’s pronounced “DUFRAYNE”. Not “DUFRAYSUNAY”.

Watson is slow-witted enough to exasperate, without having to cringe at your basic oversights and shortcomings at completing the task at hand.

No offense / nothing personal. Just seems like… isn’t that part of your job? Otherwise great performance.

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  • Chris S
  • 04-01-22

Another great book!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson Early Adventures Book 2 is a really enjoyable read. It contains many Holmes short stories that are engaging and well written. The narration by Kevin E. Green is wonderful and brings the stories to life.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 17-12-21

enjoyable

I enjoyed the team efforts of Watson and Holmes sleuthing through one mystery after another. Their sharp wit and keen observation skills are unparalleled. I may be biased though. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life.