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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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    Evan James 08-29-11
    Evan James 08-29-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Newhall, CA, United States 06-21-11
    Bruce Newhall, CA, United States 06-21-11
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    "Brilliantly read and so entertaining"

    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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    dcrandall 05-24-11
    dcrandall 05-24-11 Member Since 2006
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    "I made a mistake writing this review"

    I was listening to " A Study in Scarlet" and had thought that I read reached the end of the story and started " The Sign of Four" I got confused with story about a man and a child lost in Idoho and saved by Mormoms then forced to live their way of life. I researched this story and found that it was not the same. After I saw another person review I discovered that this was still "A Study in Scarlet" I rated this low because I thought the download was incorrect. However I found that this is part of A Study in Scarlet after doing some more research.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jason WINTER HAVEN, FL, United States 03-22-11
    jason WINTER HAVEN, FL, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "wonderful"

    This is a wonderful series of stories with a narrator that has the ability to bring a listener to another place and time. He is able to keep the different character separate and distinct!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Da Readah 01-12-11
    Da Readah 01-12-11
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    "Wonderful stories, wonderfully read!"

    I didn't expect to enjoy these stories, despite the high ratings. When I first loaded my mp3 player, I ignored this book for several days, preferring to listen yet again to two other books I've listened to many, many times (Catching Fire and Mockingjay, vols 2 & 3 of the Hunger Games trilogy).

    When I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about, I was very pleasantly surprised! The stories are interest grabbing and the reader is most excellent. Now I must get the rest in this series--and keep my eyes and ears open for the reader.

    Reader Charlton Griffen: Wow, you're good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca florence, OR, United States 01-08-11
    rebecca florence, OR, United States 01-08-11
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    "Okay"

    Pretty good. The narrator does a great job but I'm not as much a fan of Sherlock Holmes as I was hoping I would be. The best story was A Study in Scarlet, but after that I began to lose interest.

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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 01-03-11
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "It's like time traveling"

    Obviously well written, and the stories are interesting. But, what comes through most is the opening gap between modern culture and the world described by A.C. Doyle. For example, the character Holmes deduces that a man's wife doesn't love him anymore because she, "doesn't brush his suit anymore." Is this a euphemism or what? This could be good material for a historian studying the period.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yennta L.A., CA 12-05-12
    Yennta L.A., CA 12-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrendous Reader!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Charlton Griffin?

    Yes, Sir Arthur, No Griffin


    What could Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    fine book


    How could the performance have been better?

    This reader gasps LOUDLY at the beginnings of sentences. It sounds as if he's about to dive into deep water. This is NOT an exaggeration. When he doesn't gasp (sometimes he doesn't) you're afraid he's going to strangle because he hasn't taken that deep noisy breath. Seriously. Unlistenable.


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

    Major anger at Audible for featuring such a badly read book.


    Any additional comments?

    avoid this reader at all costs until he learns how to breath.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mar-z Camp Hill, PA 03-02-11
    Mar-z Camp Hill, PA 03-02-11 Listener Since 2005

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    "puzzled???"

    What is the significance of skipping to the mormon story line in the middle of part one? is something wrong the copy i downloaded???? if not this is a poor transition to the next part of the story

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mouse Pilot Mountain, NC, United States 09-25-14
    Mouse Pilot Mountain, NC, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration detracted from my enjoyment"

    I have always loved Sherlock Holmes, so I was surprised to find this audiobook only "ho-hum." After hearing a different narrator, I realized it was Charlton Griffin's reading that sapped the joy out of my favorite tales. I didn't find anything about his performance particularly bad or bothersome, but it was uncompelling. In contrast, Simon Vance's performance in Brilliance Audio's _The Complete Sherlock Holmes_ brought the excitement back in just a few sentences, and I thus highly recommend that audiobook over this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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