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David Ian Davies

David is a product of the London Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art. Emigrating to California early in life, he did many Shakespearian plays at the Globe and other theatres in Hollywood and after signing with the Tisherman Agency’s wonderful Vanessa Gilbert has been devoted to Voice Over work for many years. Under One Voice Recordings, his company, David has published eight major audio books.


With the entire Canon recently completed, One Voice Recordings has now reached a milestone in the Sherlock Holmes audio saga, with several titles on compact disc and all stories available as downloads from the world’s most respected audiobook sites. Below are excerpts from master Sherlockian Charles Prepolec’s review. 

 

Sherlock Holmes Audiobook Profile: One Voice Recordings

 

Audio programs, including full-cast dramatizations, audiobooks, and radio plays, have long been a staple of the Sherlockian world. Although not generally as high profile as the many film and television interpretations of Sherlock Holmes and his chronicler Dr. Watson, the range of actors to essay the roles and the quality of productions, are just as varied and every bit as entertaining. The listening experience however, is happily far less passive than television or film, as the listener is required to make use of his imagination to give form to the voice-work. If the voice-work fits the character, the listener may easily conjure his perfect Holmes and Watson in his mind’s eye, or have his favorite illustration by Paget or Dorr Steele brought to vivid life!  

 

Although without enhancement through music or sound effects, to refer to David’s “One Voice Recordings” Sherlock Holmes productions as simply dramatic readings is a major understatement, as he brings a wonderful range of distinctly unique voices into play as he essays each of the characters, creating a marvelously layered and rich listening experience that showcases Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterful use of language. The reliable mainstay and backbone to his Sherlockian recordings is his grand approach to Watson. Here we have a warm, slightly older Watson with a hint of gruffness to his voice, that to my imagination conjures up a restrained Nigel Bruce without any hint of the bumbling simpleton of the films. The old campaigner, concerned medico, reliable friend and consummate story-teller are all present in this audio Watson.

 

As with the casting of Bruce opposite Rathbone in the Fox and Universal films, the reason for the Bruce-type voice is the same, to create sharp contrast to Holmes. Davies’ Holmes is a model of Canonical fidelity. A high-pitched, somewhat strident, occasionally nasal quality, is the hallmark of Davies’ approach. Never quite smug or arrogant, yet always laced with a hint of bemused superiority, Davies’ Holmes works effectively as he crosses through the many facets of Holmes peculiar range, moving flawlessly from abject lethargy to razor-sharp intensity when roused. At times I can hear the child-like exclamation of joy or warm-hearted laugh reminiscent of Jeremy Brett’s characterization in the Granada television series, and I mean that in a most complimentary sense, as these elements beautifully fit my perception of the Canonical Holmes. 

 

The other characters that populate the Sherlockian landscape are handled with equal aplomb. Dr. Mortimer’s piping bird-like oddness on meeting Holmes or Mrs. Barrymore’s grief-stricken confession of her relationship to Selden are wonderful moments, both of which exemplify Davies’ considerable talents in producing memorable and diverse vocal renditions.