Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated Classics Collection 2)

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9780785407157: Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated Classics Collection 2)
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This series features classic tales retold with attractive color illustrations. Educators using the Dale-Chall vocabulary system adapted each title. Each 70-page, softcover book retains key phrases and quotations from the original classics.

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Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866, in England. At age 7, he suffered a broken leg. While resting his injury, Wells started reading books. As he grew older, he continued to enjoy reading and school. At 14, young Wells quit school to help his struggling family. Fortunately, he received a scholarship in 1883 and began studying science at a school in London. Soon after, Wells started writing. Some of his works, like The War of the Worlds, combine his love for storytelling and science.

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A harrowing read from cover to cover, THE INVISIBLE MAN is perfect for the audio format. The action-packed plot, eccentric characters, and entertaining dialogue could overwhelm a narrator, but British actor Daniel Philpott is the man for the job. His voice is energetic throughout the book and echoes the author's ironic tone. His vocal characterizations are wonderfully diverse, running the gamut from elderly busybodies to country constables. Much of the dialogue is exceedingly humorous because of Philpott's range of accents. The Invisible Man, insanely egotistical, is brought to life by Philpott's portrayal of his infuriated outbursts and scattered thoughts. Even though Wells's protagonist is difficult to imagine, Philpott's narrative skill makes it clear why this novel is such a memorable classic. --D.M.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

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