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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 Audiobook

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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    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 04-16-12
    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 04-16-12
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    "Old British Intelligence"

    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.

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    Angela Sandy, Utah United States 02-24-12
    Angela Sandy, Utah United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    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!

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    Michelle Stewartsville, MO, United States 02-23-12
    Michelle Stewartsville, MO, United States 02-23-12
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    "nicely done"

    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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    Gail Lind 02-14-12
    Gail Lind 02-14-12
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    "new to Sherlock!"

    Never read any of the stories, saw a few movies, took a chance and now I'm looking forward to the other two volumes! I'm doing a marathon!

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    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 02-04-12
    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 02-04-12

    Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

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    "A few pronunciation missteps mar great performance"

    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.



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    Jim Matasovsky Upstate, NY, USA 01-17-12
    Jim Matasovsky Upstate, NY, USA 01-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. These are great old detective stories. What's not to like? ;-)


    Which character ??? as performed by Charlton Griffin ??? was your favorite?

    Holmes' intent, direct manner of speaking surprised me at first, but perfectly fit his character.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Holmes since I was a kid, and hearing these stories again is just fabulous.

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    Geoffrey New Albany, IN, United States 01-04-12
    Geoffrey New Albany, IN, United States 01-04-12

    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!

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    "Brilliant, Holmes!!"
    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    At the beginning of


    Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is quickly becoming my favorite author of all time!

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    Jennifer Mexico, NY, United States 10-18-11
    Jennifer Mexico, NY, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great!"

    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.

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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.

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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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