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Out on Audio: Watson – My Life

Out on Audio: Watson – My Life: An Autobiography of Doctor Watson, Comrade and Friend of Sherlock Holmes

In 1936, an elderly Doctor Watson sits at his desk with a dictation machine and, over a two week period, recounts the significant moments in his life. The expected publication of his autobiography never materialized. But in 2017 the wax cylinders containing Watson’s words appeared and have at last been made available to the general public. This, then is the life of Doctor John H Watson.

Now 144 books on the Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Board

Watson – My Life is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out on Audio – Sherlock Holmes and the Sword of Osman

Out on Audio – Sherlock Holmes and the Sword of Osman

It’s 1906. Far from England, the Ottoman Empire ruled by the despotic Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid 11 is on the verge of imploding. Rival Great Powers, especially Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany, sit watching like crows on a fence, ready to rush in to carve up the vast territories, menacing England’s vital overland routes to her Indian possessions. At his medical practice in London’s Marylebone, Watson receives a mystifying telegram. It’s from Holmes. “Dear Watson, if you can throw physic to the dogs for an hour or two I would appreciate meeting at the stone cross at Charing Cross railway station tomorrow noon. I have an assignation with a birdlover at the Stork & Ostrich House in the Regents Park which has excited my curiosity. Yrs. S.H.”

Watson finds the invitation puzzling. Why should such a mundane meeting at a Bird House excite the curiosity of Europe’s most famous investigating detective or anyone else? For old times’ sake, Watson joins his old comrade-in-arms. Within days, Holmes and Watson find themselves aboard HMS Dreadnought en route to Stamboul, a city of fabled opulence, high espionage, and low intrigue. Their mission: at all costs, stop a plot which could bring about the immediate collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Now 142 books on the Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Board

Sherlock Holmes and the Sword of Osman is also available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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The bestselling Sherlock Holmes audio books in February

#1 Scarlet Thread of Murder – Luke Kuhns & Joff Manning – Sherlock Holmes short stories

#2 The Casebook of Inspector Armstrong: Volume I – Martin Daley and Steve White – The first in the Inspector Armstrong series

#3 A Guide to Deduction – Hannah Rogers and Steve White – The ultimate handbook for any aspiring Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Watson

#4 Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries Volume 2 – Gayle Lange Puhl and Kevin E Green

#5 Return To Reichenbach – Geri Schear and Dominic Lopez

#6 Sherlock Holmes the Golden Years – Kim H. Krisco and Richard Di Britannia

#7 The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

Now 141 books on our Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board

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The bestselling Sherlock Holmes audio books in January

#1 Scarlet Thread of Murder – Luke Kuhns & Joff Manning – Sherlock Holmes short stories

#2 A Guide to Deduction – Hannah Rogers and Steve White – The ultimate handbook for any aspiring Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Watson

#3 Sherlock Holmes and the Hunt for Jack the Ripper – Gerard Kelly and  Kevin Theis

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#4 In Unhallowed Rest: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure – John Sutton and  Steve White

#4 Return To Reichenbach – Geri Schear and Dominic Lopez

#4 Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries Volume 1 – Gayle Lange Puhl  and  James Young

#4 The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure – Richard T Ryan and  Nigel Peever

Now 139 books on our Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board

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Out this week on audio – Eliminate the Impossible

Out this week on audio –  Eliminate the Impossible: An Examination of the World of Sherlock Holmes on Page and Screen

Now 94 books on Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board

The book begins with a brief examination of the effect that the stories have had on modern crime literature. It goes on to examine the origins of the character of Holmes himself from his appearance to his drug use and supposed dislike of women. We then move onto a mini-biography of some of the significant characters in the series. Each of the original stories by Conan Doyle is examined in an effort to explain some of the more esoteric aspects and an examination is made of the attempts to form a proper chronology for the stories – as Doyle did not write the stories in strict chronological order. The second half of the book focuses on Holmes’s career on the screen. There is a brief examination of some of the more notable actors to have portrayed Holmes and the films in which they appeared. Finally we look at the possible requirements for a definitive screen portrayal of the canon.

Eliminate the Impossible is also available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USA,  Barnes and Noble,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK, Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), Amazon Kindle,  Kobo,  Nook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

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Sherlock Holmes Audio Books

Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board –  All of these Sherlock Holmes books have been released in audio book format.

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The audio book revolution IS here

I promised I would check back in once we had been up and running with audio books for six months and here we are coming into November following another strong month of sales. This week sees us release our fiftieth audio book. Granted, within the list are around a dozen short stories, but most on the list are novels and one non-fiction title.

So how are the books performing in audio format?

Almost exclusively better than they have done in print. We had hoped our top titles would do well and they have. What has been a very pleasant surprise is that many titles that have struggled in print and ebook have sold well in audio. This is very interesting for us as we have a big back catalogue with mixed sales performance. For all the independent publishers that haven’t jumped on the audio train yet it’s a great time to do so.

The revolution I mention in the title of the article is the mechanism by which we have been able to launch so many titles in such a short period of time – the ACX marketplace. It enables narrators/producers to pick up projects from publishers on a revenue share basis. It’s a little trite to refer to ACX as the Uber of audio books but there are some very interesting parallels.

The biggest one is that like Uber drivers who fit in trips alongside their day job, narrators are able to use ACX as a filler in between paid projects and get a chance to add something quirky and interesting to their portfolio. We are very lucky to be publishing Sherlock Holmes books as many of the actors (lots of narrators are actors) have always wanted to play Holmes and this gives them the chance to bring their voice to The Great Detective.

I’ve been impressed by a few things about our narrators. The first is the range and versatility of the voices produced. I naively thought when we went into this that the majority of narrators would read the stories in the voice of Dr Watson and that would be it. The current record for one of our Holmes Stories (held by Richard Britannia narrating Sherlock Holmes The Golden Years) is more than 40 – yes, forty – different voices. Brilliant. The second has been the self-promotion that the narrators do. I shouldn’t have been surprised with that one as most actors are by definition not introverts. ACX makes it easy to promote by providing lots of reviewer codes.

So, if there are any existing audio fans out there that would like reviewer codes (probably enough to keep them going for life with the rate we are producing them) do get in touch via our Audio Reviewer signup – we have a few slots left.

For those that haven’t tried audio yet can I recommend ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Vatican Cameos’ from Rich Ryan narrated by Nigel Peever. It’s getting wonderful reviews for both the story and narration and received a nice endorsement from NY Times Bestselling author Lee Child [yes, that ‘Reacher’ Lee Child]. We’ve listed all our audiobooks onto our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Board.

The audio book revolution IS indeed here, and long may it continue.

By Steve Emecz

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