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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: William Sutherland Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455178261
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Tales for a Winter’s Night brings together eight Arthur Conan Doyle mystery classics that originally appeared in the Strand between July 1898 and January 1899. When first gathered into one volume in 1908, the book was entitled Round the Fire Stories, since the author recommended that they be read ideally “round the fire” upon a winter’s night.

According to Barzun and Taylor in Catalogue of Crime, “As one reads ‘The Man with the Watches,’ ‘The Lost Special,’ ‘The Jew’s Breastplate,’ ‘The Black Doctor,’ and the rest, one marvels again at Doyle’s natural gift of storytelling…The stories are worth reading even around a radiator.” Other stories include “The Club-Footed Grocer,” “The Sealed Room,” “The Brazilian Cat,” and “B.24.”

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  • “Sutherland is the perfect narrator for these tales…His voice possesses just the right amount of wonder and creepiness. Conan Doyle imbues these cleverly plotted stories with twists, turns, and clues, much like those in his Sherlock Holmes canon…A historical yet timeless classic.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 3/31/2010

    " A lot of fun (I just wish I knew what "B.24" meant). Maybe it's the cell the guy was in--or the number of his appeal. Probably best of all was "The Brazilian Cat." "

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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.