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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Riccardi Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781482981919
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Sherlock Holmes is dead—or so most of the world thinks. His fatal plunge over the Reichenbach Falls as he struggled with his archenemy, Moriarty, has been widely reported. But Holmes has escaped and is alive. In his immediate circle, only Holmes’s brother, the lethargic genius Mycroft, knows of his survival. Even Dr. Watson thinks that the great detective is dead. Among his enemies, Sebastian Moran, Moriarty’s chief henchman, knows of Holmes’s probable escape and waits for their inevitable meeting. 

From 1891 to 1894, Holmes wanders through Asia. He is alone, without Watson, without Scotland Yard, armed only with his physical strength and endurance and his revered cold logic and rationality. The adventures recounted in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes range from Lhasa to Katmandu, from the East Indies to the deserts of Rajasthan. In Tibet and throughout the Orient, Holmes is caught up in the diplomatic machinations of British imperialism that Rudyard Kipling dubbed “the Great Game.” He confronts the tsarist agent Dorjiloff, the great art thief Anton Furer, and the mysterious Captain Fantôme. And here, written in Holmes's own words, is the account of “The Giant Rat of Sumatra,” for which until now he so famously thought the world unprepared. 

For Holmes’s fans throughout the world, the stories in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes fill in an enigmatic gap, the cause of so much speculation in the great detective’s career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is filled with fascinating detail about the Orient, and provides an answer as to what Holmes was up to during those missing years. And of course he had to be reunited with his most trustworthy of friends, Dr. John Watson! Who else could possibly relay to us the adventures of the world’s greatest detective?”

    Anne Perry

  • “There’s no way to dance around it: Ted Riccardi’s work is absolutely brilliant. It is as if he is channeling Conan Doyle. Once you’re a few pages into these stories, you would swear that these were newly discovered manuscripts, unearthed by Conan Doyle’s estate. I had the feeling that I had stumbled upon some pulp magazines in an alternate universe where Conan Doyle was still writing. Riccardi has it all down—the cadence, the language, everything. It is as if each and every tale in this volume was written at the turn of the century.” 


  • “These well-written tales, with their convincing local color, do entertain…Sherlockians would have reason to anticipate them with pleasure.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 10/4/2013

    " fun! very much Doyle-ish, though imitated not tritely so. would enjoy further adventures by Riccardi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Rose | 7/22/2013

    " An interesting take on Holmes' years after the falls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pkelsay | 2/17/2013

    " Riccardi does well at keeping a similar tone to Doyle's writing, while offering the reader a well-described new setting in which to showcase Holmes' brilliance. A fun, satisfactory read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/4/2012

    " For the most part I enjoyed the stories and the style in which they were written. However, the author departed rather seriously from Conan Doyle a number of times, particularly when he put so much romance in the stories. There were also some seriously improbable bits, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Dix-McLaughlin | 10/1/2012

    " Great book as Watson evaluates Holmes cases as he hides out in the orient. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurice | 5/20/2012

    " An OK rendering of Sherlock Holmes stories. Learned a lot about India. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meaghan | 3/14/2012

    " The tone of voice and style were off. Someone used a thesaurus too much and the stories were not particularly interesting. I really *wanted* to like this book, but just didn't. "

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About the Author

Ted Riccardi is professor emeritus in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, New York. Among his special interests are the history and cultures of India and Nepal, where he has lived and traveled widely and about which he has written extensively. Riccardi lives in New York City with his wife, Ellen Coon, and their family.

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 thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.