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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 | [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.
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First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

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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    menary kitchen 08-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "creative but dry"

    I had a hard time maintaining my interest and found that i had to rewind often to get what i had missed

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    ujaval Bangalore, India 03-28-11
    ujaval Bangalore, India 03-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad narrator"

    Very fast and inaudible narrator, worst one I have come across. Had high hopes but totally not worth buying this.

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    Janice 08-24-12
    Janice 08-24-12
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    "If you can't pronounce Holmes..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is only for anyone with a tin ear for the language of Conan Doyle. The narrator has a fine voice but absolutely hashes the various English accents he tries and the cheap sounding effects are lame. Frankly a waste of money. I made the mistake of not listening to a sample first.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Unfortunately Charlton Griffin is way out of his comfort zone with English accents and the strain is painful to listen to.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David San Jose, CA, United States 01-30-12
    David San Jose, CA, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2004

    Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area

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    "Wonderful Stories - Irritating Recording"
    What did you like best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1? What did you like least?

    The stories are still innovative, fun and the character development makes all of this work classic. Despite being written in the late 1800's the stories are timeless

    However - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories occasionally make laughable plot holes. Villains in grease paint makeup and fake beards frequently fool characters and get by Holmes and Watson in some up close interrogations. It seems even being a brilliant author he's still given to making some real research flaws, or perhaps he was fighting deadlines. Who can day why a smart author would allow such dumb, implausible holes in his writing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    Charlton Griffin is an amazing talent - but MAN That Mouth Noise!!!

    Here's a exert of what I mean

    A few elegant words SLUP- more elegant dialog - SLURP - GULP - SMACK - More wonderful speech - SNIFF - SMACK - SLURP.

    Its like they parked the mic next to a large golden retriever while its eating! The mic picked up every little sound his mouth makes. Where was the recording sound tech and why did the editor let this slide?!? You know you can very easily deaden all this noise guys!


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to 2 of the 3 volumes - but I think I'll have to take a break till I do the final 3rd because of the incessant mouth noise in this series.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D 05-26-11
    D 05-26-11
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    "Deal or no deal?"

    This collection is very complete, and you can't argue that you're getting a lot of book for the price, but the quality of the production is very low. Audible page-turns and watch alarms dot the narrative jarringly.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Doha, Qatar 03-30-12
    Christine Doha, Qatar 03-30-12
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    "Wonderful Stories, Badly Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    These are quintessentially English stories and should be read by someone who can pronounce English words. Maybe the performance will appeal to American or other listeners but British buyers should beware. The narrator struggles to sound like his own idea of an Englishman and fails miserably; nobody in the production team has bothered to listen to the performance and point out inconsistencies and mistakes. Even the name 'Holmes' is pronounced in at least three different ways and the narrator struggles, not only with names such as 'Holborn' and 'Cecil' (Sea-sill? You must be joking!) but also with a whole range of words such as 'vary', 'woman', 'secreting' and so many more. A most jarring experience and an example of unforgivably poor editing - even if the reader is not English, he could at least be taught how to pronounce names correctly.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    They are classics for a reason - cleverly plotted and laced with humour, often of a fairly dark nature.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    Absolutely not. I like to listen to American books read by Americans but would avoid any narrator who lacks the professionalism to find out how names should be pronounced and then pronounce them consistently throughout.


    Did The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 inspire you to do anything?

    Find another version read by either an English narrator or one who takes the time to learn how to speak appropriately.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing and definitely not for the connoisseur.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Johansson Wilmington, NC, United States 09-10-11
    Mel Johansson Wilmington, NC, United States 09-10-11 Member Since 2011

    Reader & all-around literate person

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    "Great story, unfortunate narration"

    I actually stopped listening to this and bought an alternate version because the narration had begun to bother me so much that it interfered with my enjoyment of the stories. Griffin has a fine reading voice, but he is clearly not a native Briton--his non-English pronunciation of such words as "inquiry" (a word that occurs frequently in Sherlock Holmes stories!) "clerk" and "secretary" repeatedly punctured my suspension of disbelief. A real shame, as the stories are classics.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Don Cape Girardeau, MO, United States 04-10-11
    Don Cape Girardeau, MO, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    Narration and audio quality were not very good!!! Listen to Sample first!!!! Don't think I will be able to finish this.

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    djinx Central U.S. 04-10-11
    djinx Central U.S. 04-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Listen to Sample first!!!!"

    Narration and audio quality were not very good!!! Listen to Sample first!!!! Don't think I will be able to finish this.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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