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Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Fred Williams Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781481559478
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This volume presents some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s unduly neglected masterworks of suspense. Each begins in a quietly factual way, which makes all the more dramatic the crescendo of fear and puzzlement that ensues as each startling new circumstance is revealed. Even without his supremely logical brainchild Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle shows that his tales are unbeatable for thrills and excitement. This is a great opportunity for the listener to discover a new facet of the master’s ability to mystify and enthrall.

Included in this collection are six tales of terror:

“The Horror of the Heights”

“The Leather Funnel”

“The New Catacomb”

“The Case of Lady Sannox”

“The Terror of Blue John Gap”

“The Brazilian Cat”

And seven tales of mystery:

“The Lost Special”

“The Beetle-Hunter”

“The Man with the Watches”

“The Japanned Box”

“The Black Doctor”

“The Jew’s Breastplate”

“The Nightmare Room”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/12/2011

    " Man, the A. C. Doyle can knock 'em out. Yeah, there are a few lackluster mystery types towards the end, but there are some genuinely creepy things here. Question for discussion: why aren't we scared of doppelgangers anymore? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivan | 11/21/2010

    " Fun short stories, some "supernatural," some not. But not as good as the Sherlock Holmes stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 3/4/2010

    " Conan Doyle really was a master of the short story, wasn't he? Nearly the equal of Poe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 11/8/2009

    " Not Doyle's greatest works but some decent spooky stories and a couple of freaky monsters although one tale pulled a Scooby Doo on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 8/18/2009

    " When the tale is expertly executed the experience of reading a short story can be easily regarded as an invaluable rarefied experience. Here is a compendium of many sharply driven thrillers. One of my favorites is "The New Catacomb". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 2/5/2009

    " This was much darker and more morbid than Sherlock Holmes. Don't read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CJ | 7/1/2008

    " If you want horror, read Lovecraft. If you want Mystery, read one of the Sherlock Holmes series. Skip this one. "

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

Fred Williams, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, works in theater, film, television, and radio in England, Ireland, and America. Besides narrating audiobooks, he is a performer in living-history reenactments, an archer, and a poet.