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Download His Last Bow: Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,243 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Gathering together in one volume the later exploits of Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective, His Last Bow includes tales published individually between 1908 and 1917. It also contains one early story, 1892's The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, which, with its themes of adultery, was previously considered too scandalous for American audiences.

Here, Holmes must contend with mysterious bearded men, stolen secret submarine plans, a missing lady aristocrat, and his own near-fatal illness.

The stories contained in His Last Bow are The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, The Adventure of the Red Circle, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, The Adventure of the Devil's Foot, and His Last Bow.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Maddox | 2/16/2014

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tharun jagateri | 2/12/2014

    " 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 Terry Bonner | 2/11/2014

    " This is not my favorite volume of the Holmes canon, but it is always fun and well worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Upasana | 2/7/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/26/2014

    " Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a great writer, don't get me wrong. He's very famous and talented and credit is given where it is due. However, Sherlock Holmes isn't my style. I think it's interesting how Holmes solves cases, but I don't find the stories interesting. Therefore, the two stars is because of personal preference, not because of literary merit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas Strom | 1/2/2014

    " A good collection of more Holmes stories. Great detecting as always, only the final story was a huge letdown. Not really worthy as the title story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/31/2013

    " The short story His Last Bow is terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen E | 12/17/2013

    " 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] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aleisha Z Coleman | 12/14/2013

    " lovely collection with the adventures of wisteria lodge being some of the best crime storytelling ever.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 12/13/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 12/6/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 6/1/2013

    " 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 | 5/26/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 5/8/2013

    " I have to admit that I still could not stop - being on many 21 hour buses might have helped, but I was still enjoying them, so that says something! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef | 12/8/2012

    " Frederick Davidson narrates the classic final set of Sherlock Holmes stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/15/2012

    " 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 Kevin | 10/19/2012

    " 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 Eric | 9/5/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jc | 5/16/2012

    " The second to last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories (SH #8), published in 1917. A few of the best known Holmes stories are included in this collection as well as evidence of his retirement to raise bees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randall | 5/14/2012

    " I'm growing tired of this series. Despite being just as good as other collections, I crawled through the text and had no real interest in it. I wish there were more novels and fewer collections. Luckily The Valley of Fear is up next, a full-length with m-f'ing Professor Moriarty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/28/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Yelverton | 7/16/2011

    " Yet another fantastic addition to the greatest mystery book series of all time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/24/2011

    " I adore all Sherlock Holmes tales so I'm a bit biased here :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alvina | 2/21/2011

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

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author

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

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.