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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455175635
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A body on the London Underground; the strange disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax; a parcel containing some coarse salt and two freshly severed human ears. This collection of eight world-famous cases from Doctor Watson’s portfolio illustrates the singular mental faculties of Sherlock Holmes. In the course of his investigations, Holmes himself is struck down by a virulent Eastern disease, and we are reintroduced to his remarkable brother Mycroft: “all other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience.” Finally, with the approach of the German War, Holmes emerges from retirement among his books and bees on the South Downs to lay his unique intellect at the disposal of the British Government, with the historic results disclosed in “His Last Bow.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] flawlessly produced audiobook edition is ably narrated by the multi-voiced Frederick Davidson.”

    Reviewer’s Bookwatch

  • “Quintessential Holmes…Reader Frederick Davidson portrays the erudite, witty Holmes with considerable aplomb…Davidson’s style is well suited to the tone of these timeless stories.”

    AudioFile

  • “These cases, ably read by Frederick Davidson…show that Conan Doyle knew how to keep Holmes current with the changing political environment. Recommended for all public libraries.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anie | 2/20/2014

    " A short and enjoyable---if not particularly spectacular---collection. If you're not particularly into Sherlock Holmes, you can pass this one up. If you really likes the Holmes stories, read it, enjoy it, and move on to the Case Book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Munson | 2/17/2014

    " "His Last Bow" is the next to the last book in the original Sherlock Holmes set of stories and also the next to the last collection of short stories. The plot lines are probably the most creative of the Holmes stories that I've read so far...but they aren't as much fun to read. Doyle doesn't provide all of the necessary clues for the reader to solve the mystery. Almost all of the stories' solutions involve things that Holmes found out while he was away from Watson...so key pieces of evidence are missing when you try to solve the crimes yourself. "His Last Bow" still contains fun and entertaining adventures...but it's not as engaging as most of the other Sherlock Holmes books. I felt too detached from the solution process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/12/2014

    " Another set of enjoyable stories though I have found Holmes is starting to get a little predictable. I guess that happens after so many stories. The banter between Holmes and Watson, while still enjoyable, is also getting a little repetitive and familiar. But, I like it! Familiarity, often, is a good thing and I find a lot of comfort in "hanging out" with these two. Can't believe I'm about to start on the last collection! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 miss | 2/11/2014

    " Selalu mencintai kisah Holmes. Petualangan Detektif Yang Sekarat pastinya jadi kasus yang paling kusukai. ^^ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen E | 1/27/2014

    " A collection of late Holmes stories. It was actually fairly weak, especially the last story. (Mystery? What mystery? It was all a bit of WWI patriotic fluff. Since when does Holmes care about current affairs?) [June 2010] "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/23/2014

    " Disappointing compared to the rest of the holmes' books. Feels like an afterthought. Did like the "the dying detective", it was the only one to break out of the standard conan doyle formula. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/20/2014

    " I was surprised at how good 'His Last Bow' was. While not an absolute masterpiece like The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, it is easily on par with The Return of Sherlock Holmes. I think part of the genius of Sherlock Holmes is how easily the primary charcter allows for adaption to the patterns of the time and the age he is read. Sherlock Holmes is like a literary dress form stand, upon which the fashions of every age can and do hang. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/13/2014

    " Not as good as the previous books but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 1/12/2014

    " Read from The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enigmaticblue | 1/3/2014

    " Putting aside the fact that apparently Holmes and Watson lost touch, I really liked this collection of stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 12/23/2013

    " Again, typical plot. Kind of predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie | 12/21/2013

    " All of the stories were amazing but the last was my favorite. Only Sherlock Holmes would spend two years in a disguise to unravel a German plot on the eve of World War I. It was amazing as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suchandra | 12/18/2013

    " am addicted to the narration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...no matter how far I wander, I keep coming back to Sherlock Holmes' and Dr. Watson's adventures in crime :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 12/15/2013

    " I've listened to a lot of Sherlock Holmes stories on CD, and read the longer ones, but hadn't read a collection of shorts like this before. I thought it was a good collection of varying stories, all interesting and showing the classic Holmes techniques that make the stories so much fun to read. I still think I prefer Hound of the Baskervilles, though, just because it is longer and thus the plot is more developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 12/10/2013

    " Early Holmes was the good stuff. At this point, the character gets played with a bit, with both good and bad results. Worth a read for sure, but be prepared for a change in atmosphere from previous Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/5/2013

    " One of the better collection of short stories put together by Doyle, also one of the latter (I believe). As always, the cases are fully explained at the ending ... no sooner. Not really done in a cheesy way, luckily. Well written. Good plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alvina | 11/29/2013

    " review bareng ikutan event @bacaklasik tanggal 22 ah :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 11/29/2013

    " One reads Conan Doyle more for the atmosphere and the remarkable character of Sherlock Holmes than the tricky little mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roshni | 11/29/2013

    " Not much of a mystery compared to his other books. Short and more denouement than actual action. Doyle can do much better than this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 9/27/2013

    " Enjoyed it much more than I expected to! This was my first ever Sherlock Holmes, and I intend to read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jed L | 8/22/2013

    " This was the least of all the Holmes books I have read thus far. None of the stories were particularly memorable. But as always, each story was a least a little intriguing, if sometimes a bit predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 8/20/2013

    " Not as good as the previous books but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/19/2013

    " Another solid collection of Holmes' adventures. I particularly enjoy "His Last Bow". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Petree | 11/10/2012

    " **This book is not the same edition that I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 6/9/2012

    " more of sherlock's detective work. always pleasant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zonnah | 6/1/2012

    " Out of all the Sherlock books so far this one was my least favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 2/27/2012

    " This first edition was actually published by George H Doran Company, and it has 308 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Upasana | 2/19/2012

    " Loved it! Another set of thrilling cases for detective Holmes to solve and he does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa DeHart | 12/11/2011

    " Great stories to end the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roshni | 10/25/2011

    " Not much of a mystery compared to his other books. Short and more denouement than actual action. Doyle can do much better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty | 8/30/2011

    " As with all short story collections some of these tales were far better than others. I very much enjoyed it, however, and I love the varied situations which Holmes is put into. If I meet a detective more intriguing and intelligent than he is then I will be astounded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell Grant | 7/6/2011

    " Holmes goes out with a bang in this one, with the strongest collection of short stories since he died the first go around! Truth be told, the weakest is actually "His Last Bow". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tharun jagateri | 6/14/2011

    " a trully amazing read if you are a sherlock holmes fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.P. | 6/9/2011

    " With all due respect to Agatha Christie and a tip of the hat to Hercule Poirot, there is no better fictional detective than Sherlock Holmes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie | 5/19/2011

    " All of the stories were amazing but the last was my favorite. Only Sherlock Holmes would spend two years in a disguise to unravel a German plot on the eve of World War I. It was amazing as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/21/2011

    " Another enjoyable collection of stories. My favorite was the Adventure of the Dying Detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 miss | 1/20/2011

    " Selalu mencintai kisah Holmes. Petualangan Detektif Yang Sekarat pastinya jadi kasus yang paling kusukai. ^^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/10/2011

    " Almost through my rereading of the Canon in a year. This one was shorter than I remembered it, and Doyle is definitely recycling some of his earlier plots, but there is some really nice writing, particularly in the title story. Still a 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/12/2010

    " The short story His Last Bow is terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 11/22/2010

    " Another episode involving my all-time favorite sleuth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy | 11/21/2010

    " Let me just say I love Sherlock Holmes. I would totally marry him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/3/2010

    " Some good stories, one of which takes place on the eve of World War I. Apparently this story was written when World War I was in its third year, and Doyle inserted a bit of propaganda into the story. Definitely some enjoyable stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/2/2010

    " Another solid collection of Holmes' adventures. I particularly enjoy "His Last Bow". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 6/25/2010

    " More stories of Sherlock Holmes with a surprising tale at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/14/2010

    " Includes the Adventure of the Dying Detective, a story that further proves to me the Sherlock Holmes series is a tender bromance masquerading as crime novels. Maybe this is a strange reaction, but I just think it's so adorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/6/2010

    " One of the better collection of short stories put together by Doyle, also one of the latter (I believe). As always, the cases are fully explained at the ending ... no sooner. Not really done in a cheesy way, luckily. Well written. Good plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 2/27/2009

    " I really like all the Holmes books a whole lot and I feel anyone who enjoys mysteries would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Maddox | 11/20/2008

    " As with all the Sherlock short stories its a good bed time book, easy to pick up and put down but written with a warm that makes the beloved characters spring to life in your minds eye "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Liebhaber | 4/16/2008

    " Excellent, as always. More classic Holmes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/15/2007

    " Man, it's getting bad when I can figure out a Sherlock Holmes story. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xandretta | 5/22/2005

    " Am still enjoying these. Crazy to think there is only one collection left! "

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About the Author
Author Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.