Doyle ended up writing four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson. All but four are told in the first person by Watson, two by Holmes, and two are written in the third person. Together, this series of beautifully written Victorian literature has sold more copies than any other books in the English language, with the exceptions of the Bible and Shakespeare.
Volume 1 in this series consists of two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, followed by a collection of short stories entitled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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Intersting! I heard lots I didn't know about Sherlock Holmes and the ways of life in those times, though no "Elementary, my dear Watson." I enjoyed the full books more than the short stories, but all were thought-provoking and intriguing, while satisfyingly unravelled in the end.
I loved the first volume of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. This is a series that I had never attempted before now. I am very happy to say that they are delightful and highly entertaining. Mr Griffin is an excellent narrator and truly brought Holmes and Watson to life! I would only say one thing bothered me was his interpretation of the female characters in which they all seemed to be the same generic "female" voice. However, I quickly overlooked this and let the sheer joy of these stories wash over me. I am excited to listen to the other two volumes!
This was nicely done and kept my attention. never got boring, couldn't wait to kep listening when i had to stop.
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I'm a long-time Sherlock Holmes fan and was delighted to discover the complete series here.
The narrator, Charlton Griffin deserves his Audie awards for narration. His performance as Watson is inimitable.
Sadly, Griffin makes some silly mistakes that would have been picked up by any English (not American) producer: For example, in part one he pronounces the word "disconsolate" incorrectly, as well as pronouncing the word "lithe" and "lith," which doesn't make any sense.
The place in London whose name is spelled Streatham is actually pronounced "Strettam" -- something that Griffin and his producers are unaware of.
I'm about three quarters through "The Sign of Four" and some of his pronunciations in that story, littered as it is with Indian English and turn-of-the-century place names are disconcerting.
It mars an otherwise consummate performance of some of the best detective stories in fiction.
Holmes's relationship to his sidekick Watson set the scene for many imitators. I know a woman who has written a thesis on this interplay between the main character and the sidekick -- a relationship which is often more nuanced and deeper than any love interest there may be.
Griffin's characterisation brings these stories to life in a way very different from the printed page. His accents are quite masterful.
It's just a pity he makes those elementary mistakes of pronunciation. Don't let it put you off -- I recommend this edition wholeheartedly.
Absolutely. These are great old detective stories. What's not to like? ;-)
Holmes' intent, direct manner of speaking surprised me at first, but perfectly fit his character.
I have loved Holmes since I was a kid, and hearing these stories again is just fabulous.
I love to read, but my life is so busy that I don't have time for it anymore. Thanks to Audible I can still enjoy my favorite books!
The stories of Sherlock Holmes are both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. From listening to these stories, I have found that both my writing and vocabulary skills have greatly improved.
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I had never heard of Charlton Griffin before. Overall, I was pleased with his performance. He is quite a skilled narrator. He does a wonderful job of distinguishing between the various British accents and his American accents are also quite good. My only issue is that it was often difficult to distinguish between the female characters because many of them sounded the same.
I certainly did WANT to listen to the whole book at once, but I didn't have the time. I tend to listen to my books when I'm at work for the most part, so I saved this one for when I was working and it lasted me a whole three days.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is quickly becoming my favorite author of all time!
Carlton Griffin does an amazing job characterizing each character. I never had to wonder who was speaking and at times I had to listen carefully to see if there were different readers. I love Old Time Radio Sherlock Holmes and this is very similar. Great job and the reader has a great voice... I could listen to him read the phone book.
Griffin is the right man for the job of narrating these excellent stories. You're far better off spending a credit on this than watching the Ritchie movie.
The true genius of these works is brought to another level by the narrator Charlton Griffin. His reading is impeccable, and vocal characterizations are masterful. A totally entertaining experience!
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