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.
(P)2009 Audio Connoisseur
the presentation of plot
The murderer--- you have to follow to the end to appreciate
good character impersonations
watson--he would be relaxed than holmes
loved the plot was surprised by the twist. the storey lingers. be patient just when i thought i had lost the plot there it was.
The narrator is wonderful! It makes the book the best listen. I like Sherlock Holmes but it was great to listen to.
A classic series for a reason! The narrator is fantastic! The character of Holmes is enthralling. I now recognize how often modern fictional detectives mimic Sherlock's observation skills. I also like the short length of these mysteries, I often listen to one or two between other books to break it up a little. Listen and realize why these stories have lasted and been duplicated for over a hundred years!
Artist and teacher in Texas
Smart, funny, enlightening
I love hearing how the original author wrote these famous characters, and the original plots. I also enjoyed the way the parts were read. His portrails and voices of the characters were very entertaining, especially the ladies!
The ladies voices
Master sluth strikes again
Really helped me understand the characters!
Certainly, it is wonderful to listen to the language used and the characters have been brought to life in this series
Dr Watson, who is always entranced, bemused and astounded.
The joy of having a story read to you, and his voice and the inflections are marvellous
Sherlock Holmes I presume?
Narration was good, but I listen to audio books based on convenience. Print versions are always better.
Holmes, for obvious reason
Watson, I always thought his would be the most objective view
listened to this on the way back from Disney - usually my wife and kids aren't into audio books - but this one captured their interest. I've never read Sherlock Holmes so this was a treat for me. On to volume 2!
I would highly recomend this entertaining mystery series to everyone. So very well written and wonderfully read.
We enjoyed volume 1 so much we went on to purchase other volumes also!
i'd recommend this series for sure. holmes is the greatest detective in history, picking up on details that most would miss. he was CSI before CSI was even in the alphabet!
a case in scarlet was the first holmes story, and from the beginning you are hooked! his eye for detail and his rapid thought process are detailed very well, and as the stories go on, the character fully develops. even if you've read these before, it's great to listen to them as it adds yet another layer on to the sherlock persona.
i have not listened to any of griffin's other works yet, but can't wait to. he does a great job narrating as watson and giving voice to holmes.
ummm, i guess i'd have to go with sherlock. why? because he's sherlock!
classics are classic for a reason!
The Conan Doyle writings are in my top 3 favorite books, have been since I was 15, and I'm a long way from that now. These are unabridged, so, of course, the story is 5 stars. The performance is really wonderful also. This narrator captures the spirit and that certain je ne sais quoi that exists in Holmes in my head. I am pretty sensitive to the breathing into the mike, or the spit rolling around in the narrator's mouth, or vocal fry. Whatever Mr. Griffin did was spot on for me, down to the last breath!
Just another reason to feed my Holmes obsession.
"Great material, but..."
I don't want to overstate my problem with this, because not everybody will be so fussy - but I cannot *stand* the choice of an American narrator.
It's not that the guy reading it is 'bad at his job'. Not at all. If I were to find him the narrator of an American novel, I expect he might be excellent. But because he's not British, a). his accents are slightly off, and b). he mispronounces certain words in a way that really, really jars.
For instance; "lab-ra-tory". I'm sorry, but a physician in Victorian England would have pronounced it, "lab-ora-tory". "Enth-oo-siasm" should be sounded, "enth-yoo-siasm". And when the narrator attempts to 'gentrify' certain words, he changes the vowels inappropriately - yes, "bath" becomes "barth", but "fancy" does not become "farncy". That's all within the first three minutes.
If you're as finickity as I am, it's intolerable. I couldn't get past the first quarter of an hour. All that said, the stories are great so, if you're not fussed by such things, feel free to ignore me. I'm stunned, though, that nobody has reported this already...
"The Wrong Reader"
The actor is seriously miscast. He not only cannot sustain an English accent but pronounces words in ways that do not exist in any spoken version of English that I know of. The most prominent and annoying of these is that he pronounces the 'l' in Holmes (and in 'folk'). Deeply disappointing, as I bought all the volumes of the short stories.
"Great but with definate cringe moments."
Oh thank you, thank you to the other reviewers. I thought it was just me! There has to be a problem when the sounding of those missplaced 'l's in Holmes actually make me flinch. I love these stories and the narrator made a good effort but why? Don't tell me there wasn't a single actual english actor to read these oh so english books! Hovering undecided over the buy button for volume two.
"Good stories but I did not like the narrator"
I found the narrator's different accents irritating. When listening to stories I go off into my own little bubble of imagination, picturing the characters, but this narrator's accents would pop that bubble.
"Excellent stories, dreadful narrator"
Wonderful to get back to the originals after the various films, tv series and books and compare the character of Conan Doyle's Holmes and Watson with the numerous alternatives offered today. I bought all three but am deeply frustrated at the choice of narrator. I gave up on the attempt to list the numerous everyday words which jarred, but above all he pronounces the central character 'Hawlms' instead of 'Homes' which grates on the ears over and over and over.
It's too late for me, and I will listen to them all (gritting my teeth) but please, Audible, consider redoing them?
I found the accent of the narrator irritating, but I never thought he was American. I thought he was doing Historically Informed Performance with authentic late Victorian vowels: Dorg for dog, orficer for officer and meek for make. That was irritating, although probably no more corny than the stories themselves. But doing women and children in falsetto is really off putting. The cockney accents are overdone.
But no worse than Dick Van Dyke's valiant and famous attempts at cockney in Mary Poppins.
The two novels (Study in Scarlet and Sign of Four) are not a patch on the short stories once Doyle had got into his stride.
"Fabulous stories hidden behind an AWFUL accent!"
It is soooo easy to make this a success- the stories are well established and successful, but the choice of narrator is atrocious. Think American trying to do an Anglo/Indian accent with a heavy cockney leaning plus a smattering of 1930's BBC announcer. It would be better if he had stuck to his US accent instead of making too cringing to listen. Has made me want to look in to refunds/returns to Audible for the first time in three years' membership.
"Beautiful literature, spoilt only by the narrator"
I adore these stories, so wonderfully written. I would recommend these books to anyone. The English language at it's literary best. However, this book misses a 5 star rating based purely on the narrator. Conan-Doyle's Holmes demands a native English speaker. Whilst this is one of the better English accents I've heard from an American, there is some laughable pronunciation 'orff' (off) and 'lorng' (long) 'parssenger' etc etc.
But, all in all the writing is strong enough to withstand this onslaught. It greatly depends on how particular you are about these things... If you want these stories in all their glory, then the only narrator is Derek Jacobi.
Lots of other reviews mention the annoying habit of the narrator mispronouncing some of the quintessentially English words. I thought I would find this equally annoying. However, I was able to get past this and lose myself in the plots and dialogue between Holmes and Watson. The recording is some 20 hours long and once I was into the collection, the mispronunciations faded into inconsequence. Great value for money for your "credit" too. However, with so many marvellous British voices to choose from, the question is why did they choose an American? That being said, for Holmes fans who can listen to the book whilst picturing Basil Rathbone in his distinctive coat and deerstalker, you won't be disappointed.
"A good book a good narration"
The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes is a very good book and this narration is as well as the it was expexted, very close to the book so is very easy to follow the book while listening, making this audiobook a very good option for those who are learning English and need to practice but also for those who enjoy hearing well-tell stories.
The only but is that sometimes the speed of the narration is a little bit fast.
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