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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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    David South Hedland, Australia 03-30-10
    David South Hedland, Australia 03-30-10 Member Since 2005
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    "mouth watering"

    The only problem I have with this series is that I am awaiting the next episode with impatience! I bought this after much comparing, I wanted a voice I could enjoy, one who could do a variety of voices, and a series that didn't end up costing a lot, as I intend to own every story. This is value for money, and worth the wait. The only improvement possible is a multiple cast, but I chose cost over that.
    Well done! and thanks for getting back to me - there will be three volumes when finished, and the second is ready and due to be offered for download any time now.

    97 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 06-25-12
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 06-25-12 Member Since 2010

    I love learning, teaching, and exploring!

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    "Wish there was a list of titles"

    I really enjoyed listening to this collection of Sherlock Holes stories. I just wish there was an easy to find list of the stories for reference The narration was fantastic. The short stories were a nice length; I often listened to them on the way to work. Each story contained an individual plot/case yet there were many times references to previous cases, providing a connection between stories. It was interesting to see the Holmes and Watson characters develop throughout the collection.

    I started listening to this collection because of the Sherlock TV show produced by BBC. The show was great and surprisingly fits with the classic stories quite well.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Cedar park, TX, United States 07-25-11
    Justin Cedar park, TX, United States 07-25-11
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    "Reason you've heard of Sherlock Holmes"

    There's a reason you've heard of Sherlock Holmes before ever cracking a page or hearing the narration.
    These stories are great, things explained and you're never left in the dark as to what is happening.
    That was my biggest fear with mystery novels, that I never knew what was going on till the very end explanation.

    This Audio book narrator is TOP notch, I don't think I've heard any better, and only a few on the same level.
    This is absolutely worth getting without a doubt! A voice for every character and they all come to life.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    T. Japan 04-11-12
    T. Japan 04-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "a list of what you'll find in Volume 1"

    A Study in Scarlet (novel; 1887)

    The Sign of the Four (novel; 1890)

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (short stories, published in The Strand between July, 1891 and December, 1892):

    A Scandal in Bohemia
    The Red-Headed League
    A Case of Identity
    The Boscombe Valley Mystery
    The Five Orange Pips
    The Man with the Twisted Lip
    The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
    The Adventure of the Speckled Band
    The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
    The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
    The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
    The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

    From what I can tell from a quick internet search, Volume 1 of this audiobook covers the Holmes cannon faithfully from the first. I'm eager to start Volume 2 to see if the coverage will be as comprehensive.

    I liked Charlton Griffin's Sherlock and Dr. Watson, but I didn't like his portrayal of any of the female characters (they sounded so wimpy and foolish, even when they were written otherwise).

    I read several of the short stories, out of order, years ago. Listening to this audiobook to "read" the cannon from start to finish is great because I can follow the character development of Homles and Watson, and their relationship.

    60 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Erie, CO, United States 03-25-11
    Teresa Erie, CO, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved this Narration!"

    If you are an audiobook addict as I am, you will probably agree that a mediocre narrator can make a fantastic book awful and a mediocre book un-“readable.” I did not find Charlton Griffin’s performance at all mediocre! I love all of the Sherlock Holmes stories and enjoyed every hour of this narration.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-11-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Stories that are Universal, Timeless, & Elementary"

    I gave this four stars, but that is a little unfair. I probably need to break it down a little better. ACD's first couple novellas (Study in Scarlet; Sign of Four) were interesting but just didn't hold together well. I could easily deduce what Doyle was trying to do with Study in Scarlet, but he just didn't pull it off (3 stars). Sign of Four was a tad better fit for Doyle (3.5 stars), but still not quite up to my expectations.

    ACD's true form is the short story. His longer pieces just don't hold up quite as well as Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (5 stars). ACD is a master of the short story. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has very few duds. It is clear that not only was Doyle breaking new ground, but he absolutely pwned the form (and would for the next century). It is rare to find a literary work that sold so well initially (the Strand sold Holmes like crazy) and still appears relevant and popular today (from t.v. shows like Sherlock to Bones). That is the brilliance of Doyle's detective stories: they are universal, they are timeless, and they are -- elementary.

    Griffin does a fantastic job at bringing Holmes to life.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    R Esk, Australia 12-08-12
    R Esk, Australia 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too many mistakes"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

    These are great stories that have stood the test of time and work well in the audiobook format.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Charlton Griffin?

    I have great admiration for the actors who read these audiobooks and can produce a range of accents and never get them mixed up. So I am willing to forgive a few lapses in this regard. However, the frequency of missed accents and mispronunciations did detract from my enjoyment of the book. There were occasions where it was clear that the reader did not comprehend the words he was reading. For example, "bowing" with a violin bow not bending from the waist; "a propos" and "in situ" mispronounced; "house' and "horse" getting mixed up - and many more.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    they call me trouble 05-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes"

    Very delightful to listen to, the stories are well read.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Serge Henderson, NV USA 12-05-12
    Serge Henderson, NV USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "classic"

    What a great way to experience the genius at Baker Street! The narration was well done, and the adventures were as compelling as I remember.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevebo Denver, CO USA 12-31-10
    Stevebo Denver, CO USA 12-31-10 Member Since 2006

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    "A fine set of stories that are well narrated..."

    I read a few Sherlock Holmes stories many years ago but had no idea that so many were written by Conan Doyle. The stories are of a length that is easy to digest and the excellent narration by Charlton Griffin (tops in my book, up there with Frank Muller and Simon Vance) brings the stories to life with his various character impersonations. I probably like Griffin's narration with a woman's voice the best of any narrator. The women often sound somewhat fickle, but for the late 1800s this wouldn't be too out of step with the times.

    The length of each story is such that it can be "read" at a good pace leading to excitement to hear the next story. The voice characterization for Holmes is spot on. Having seen the older movies that featured Basil Rathbone as Holmes, I found myself picturing him as the Holmes character thanks to Griffin's narration.

    You will find humor in these stories as well, especially when Holmes must tolerate the incompetence of others around him. At such a cheap price with good audio quality, a top-shelf narration by Griffin, and intriguing stories, this is a must-buy.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    "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...

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    11/18/11
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    "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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • V. I. Osborne Broad
    PENZANCE, United Kingdom
    6/27/12
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    "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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    SOUTH CROYDON, United Kingdom
    8/1/12
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    "Accent"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    TUNBRIDGE WELLS, United Kingdom
    4/19/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rocio
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    3/20/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    Merseyside, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "Easy listening"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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