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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 "

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 Narrators

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.