Memories and Adventures

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Read by Simon Vance

13.97 Hours 12/20/2010 unabridged
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“I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded. I have known what it was to be a poor man and I have known what it was to be fairly affluent. I have sampled every kind of human experience. I have known many of the most remarkable men of my time. I have had a long literary career after a medical training which gave me the MD of Edinburgh…I have traveled as Doctor to a whaler for seven months in the Arctic and afterwards in the West Coast of Africa. I have seen something of three wars: the Sudanese, the South African and the German. My life has been dotted with adventures of all kinds. Finally, I have been constrained to devote my latter years to telling the world the final result of thirty-six years’ study of the occult…Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my Memories and Adventures.”—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Summary

Summary

“I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded. I have known what it was to be a poor man and I have known what it was to be fairly affluent. I have sampled every kind of human experience. I have known many of the most remarkable men of my time. I have had a long literary career after a medical training which gave me the MD of Edinburgh…I have traveled as Doctor to a whaler for seven months in the Arctic and afterwards in the West Coast of Africa. I have seen something of three wars: the Sudanese, the South African and the German. My life has been dotted with adventures of all kinds. Finally, I have been constrained to devote my latter years to telling the world the final result of thirty-six years’ study of the occult…Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my Memories and Adventures.”—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The charming memoirs of Sherlock Holmes’s creator show that he did much more than write detective stories.” AudioFile
“You would think that writing the complete works of Sherlock Holmes would be the accomplishment of a lifetime. Think again. In this autobiography, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes an incredibly adventuresome and full life, of which the authorship of his famous stories was only a small part…[Vance] offers a smooth and professional reading of this exciting book.”  Kliatt

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Reviews

by Nelle 9/13/2017
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Surprisingly Excellent

This man had such an incredibly interesting life. I was expecting to hear mainly about his Sherlock Holmes stores, and we do get that but so much more. He covers his youth in a poor family, his attendance at two schools for boys, his medical training, his service on a whaling ship as a medical assistant, his service as a doctor during the Boer War in South Africa, his two happy marriages, his writing of books of nonfiction history, his visit to the front during World War I where his son was serving, and his experiments with clairvoyance as he came to accept that life continues after death. What was interesting about Sherlock Holmes is that he based that character on a professor he had at the boys’ school who was so adept at knowing things about people based on clues he picked up from their appearance, speech, etc. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is an excellent writer, and it had me looking forward to listening to more of this book each day. The narration is pitch perfect by award-winning narrator Simon Vance (also known here as Robert Whitfield). Highly recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English