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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Stashower Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2001 ISBN: 9781415911334
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This compelling biography examines the extraordinary life and strange contrasts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the struggling provincial doctor who became the most popular storyteller of his age when he created Sherlock Holmes. From his youthful exploits aboard a whaling ship, to his often stormy friendships with such figures as Harry Houdini and George Bernard Shaw, Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as any of his adventures. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, Teller of Tales sets aside many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the man behind the legend of Baker Street, with a particular emphasis on the Psychic Crusade that dominated his final years—the work that Conan Doyle himself felt to be "the most important thing in the world."

"[An] excellent biography of the man who created Sherlock Holmes—and who would like to have been remembered for a great deal more."—The New York Times Book Review Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomw | 11/20/2013

    " This waw recommended as part of the bibliography/appendix of "The Sherlockians." I found many things here which can explain how the man wrote and how he thought about logic and life. Recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 11/1/2013

    " A very shallow biography of Conan Doyle. Stylistically it was hard to stay with the flow of the narrative. Some good biographical information but I wouldn't recommend it. There must be a better biography out there somewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Read1000books | 1/27/2013

    " An excellent biography of the author who created Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 9/5/2012

    " bit of a snoozer, but adds a piece to that period of writers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 6/17/2011

    " i loved this book and like sir arthur all the more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 10/3/2009

    " bit of a snoozer, but adds a piece to that period of writers "

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About the Author

Daniel Stashower is an acclaimed biographer, narrative historian, winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony Awards, and recipient of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction. His work includes The Boy Genius and the Mogul and Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle. He is also the author of several mystery novels, including The Houdini Specter. A freelance journalist since 1986, Stashower’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and Connoisseur.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.