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A Study in Scarlet | [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

A Study in Scarlet

Originally named A Tangled Skein, this is the first Sherlock Holmes story. The real strength and the unique quality of the novel lies in the introduction of Holmes and Watson to each other - and those dark early scenes when a corpse is discovered in a derelict house in southeast London. The ultimate crusader against crime and criminals, Holmes' genius is revealed here for the very first time.
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Originally named A Tangled Skein, this is the first Sherlock Holmes story. The real strength and the unique quality of the novel lies in the introduction of Holmes and Watson to each other - and those dark early scenes when a corpse is discovered in a derelict house in southeast London. The ultimate crusader against crime and criminals, Holmes' genius is revealed here for the very first time.

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    Lorraine Poirier 12-14-12
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    "Excellent as expected."
    Where does A Study in Scarlet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper level.


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

    I'd read the story a while ago.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The man is talented.


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

    I listen during my commute. There were times I sat in the driveway until a section ended, but I've read it before, so no, not all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Jacobi and Holmes. Perfect combination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Jordan Colorado 11-04-13
    Felicia Jordan Colorado 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The result of all our study in scarlet ..."

    "That's the result of all our study in scarlet: to get them a testimonial!"

    I've long wanted to experience all of the Sherlock Holmes stories in publication order. When I found a set on Audible narrated by the wonderful British stage actor Derek Jacobi, I could not resist downloading the first two novellas: "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of the Four." I very much enjoyed Jacobi's characterizations, especially of Holmes, Watson and the befuddled Scotland Yard inspectors, Gregson and Lestrade. (His American accents in the story's second half, however, were sometimes painfully awkward.)

    "A Study in Scarlet" introduces the famous partnership of Dr. John Watson and Mr. Sherlock Holmes ("You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive") as well as the brilliant Holmes's methods of observation and deduction. In the first half of the tale, Holmes tracks down and apprehends a murderer bent on chilling revenge. The story's second half relates what happened decades before in Utah to set this determined man on his murderous path.

    Although others have found the shift from Watson's first-person narration to the third-person flashback to be jarring, both narrative threads held my interest. The crime and its solution were put together cleverly and logically, although this is not a fair-play mystery readers can solve for themselves. The denouement was a bit too quick for my tastes; I don't believe Doyle left any loose threads dangling, but I would have appreciated a more fleshed-out ending to balance the long flashback detailing the killer's motive.

    The best part of the story was glimpsing the beginning of the friendship between Holmes and Watson, which would soon captivate the reading public. This was a very enjoyable weekend listen, and I've already queued up "The Sign of the Four" for my next listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Eureka, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Sandy Eureka, CA, United States 01-02-12
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    "Great Listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Study in Scarlet the most enjoyable?

    Derek Jacobi's voices and tone are superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this story is the story, of course. I love Conan Doyle.


    What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different voices and tones in his voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marco El Paso, TX, United States 01-30-12
    Marco El Paso, TX, United States 01-30-12
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    "Jacobi interferes with Arthur Connan Doyle"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Jacobi, usually a great narrator, tries too hard with this classic Sherlock Holmes story. Apparently he thinks that Dr. Watson's genial narrative isn't exciting enough, and needs to be jazzed-up with over-the-top expression. This version is hard to listen to, and obscures the reasons people have loved the Sherlock Holmes stories for a hundred years -- Doyle's writing.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Calm down and just read the story in a factual tone. The writing is sufficiently interesting in itself -- it doesn't need enhancing.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd be first in line to see a faithful version of this story. But I hate revisionist Sherlock Holmes. He was a mortal man with extraordinary gifts, and that's enough for a good movie -- although apparently, I'm the only one who thinks so.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 12-22-11
    Amazon Customer Utah 12-22-11

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    "Disappointing"

    I love Derek Jacobi, and I have always really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so I thought this was a no brainer for me. Wow, was I surprised when it turned into a dis on Mormonism. The LDS people were portrayed as being run by oppressive men who captured unwilling females and made them live polygamy. Although there were cults then and are today who do that, the Mormons never did. The religion is based on free agency, and were among the first to grant women rights that they had to fight for elsewhere. They stood by a woman's right to vote, for example, long before it was fashionable. If I had known, I would never have bought this book. It is so full of untruths that I wanted to cry. I would have stopped listening, but it was a short book, and I was interested to see how it ended. In truth, Conan Doyle used the setting of the Mormons to set up his mystery, that I understand, and from that standpoint, it was a well crafted novel. I just wish he would have been a little more thorough in his research of a noble people who have had their share of name-calling and misrepresentation.

    As I mentioned, I love Derek Jacobi. He is probably my favorite male narrator. But even the great Shakespearean actor had a hard time slaughtering the English language to sound authentically American. It was good for a laugh, though, and maybe the best thing about the book.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Brilliant"

    You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. Also, by reading some of the books you get the added bonus of the second part of the story which gives you the background to the current case. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
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    "A study in Sherlock"

    Having been bored by other audiobooks in the past, I was unsure how Sherlock Holmes would fare. I need not have worried, in the capable voice of Derek Jacobi you find a well modulated voice, with none of the sleep inducing drone of other narrators, and a subtle touch with character voices that doesn't descend into characature. If you want Sherlock on audio it has to be Jacobi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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