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"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.
I'd read the story a while ago.
Everything. The man is talented.
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.
Jacobi and Holmes. Perfect combination.
Derek Jacobi's voices and tone are superb.
The best part of this story is the story, of course. I love Conan Doyle.
The different voices and tones in his voice.
I've read this story several times but this was my first time listening to it. This classic will never cease to be exciting to me. The Narrator does a great job too, could not to keep it going and almost finished it in one session. Almost.
Derek Jacobi is brilliant! His interpretation of Holmes & Watson is spot on. The characters come to life when he reads & you forget that it is just one person reading & not a diverse cast.
I never finish anyth ... except books
Sherlock Holmes will always stand the test of time. "A Study in Scarlet" is just an example of how Doyle crafts his art in the most intricate and suspenseful fashion.
Thoroughly enjoyed Jacobi's narration on STUDY IN SCARLET, but didn't realize there was a 2nd story afterwards which was a romance about the Mormon's and the settling of Utah. I lost interest in the 2nd story. I may go back and finish one day, but the story just didn't hold my interest.
First of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is worthwhile as an introduction to characters and a good story. Later stories are more familiar but this a great place to start.
Jacobi is a great narrator for many things but does lousy americna accents and this book had a lot of americans in it-at least in part two. so part two was much more unpleasant to lsiten to than part one
One of my favorite Holmes stories, narrated flawlessly by one of my favorite actors. I listened the first time from beginning to end. The second time I did it in 2 parts. I will be listening again in future I'm sure.
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.
"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.
"The Beginning of it All"
Meeting, Murder, Investigation
There so many, it's difficult to pick one.
He was just so natural and brought every character to life.
I remember reading this one years ago and especially The Adventures of Sherlock Homes, which was my first foray into this amazing character. This is the best book to start with, as it tells of how Watson and Holmes met, began to live together and Watson's first experience of assisting him in a myrder investigation.
It can often be so easy to laugh at the blunders the police make, but that's really because we often know the stories. Gregson and Lestrade certainly make blunders in this book and especially Gregson in his arrest of the wrong person. However, we must look at it from the point of view of the police. Gregson's arrest was understandable at the time, but Holmes, although he wins in the end, doesn't sneer at the police, in fact, before the criminal is revealed, he assures Gregson and Lestrade that he is fully prepared to take responsibility if he messes up. But you do feel for the police as they get more frustrated. They want their man, which is natural.
This is an excellent book and if you haven't tried Sherlock Holmes, I urge you to begin.
"Fabulous and Underrated"
I had never read any Sherlock Holmes at all, but was pleasantly surprised by the first half of this book as quite a delightful little English frolic.
The second half of the book, though, is completely different. The first half is your typical set up - crime scene, Sherlock being obscure and then, ta-da! He has your man. The second half then tells the back-story of the perpetrator, and is like an entirely different book - set in pioneer country, and is so atmospheric, a million miles away from Baker Street. I was totally absorbed in the story of Jefferson Hope. How has this story never been told on its own before? By the time it catches up with present day London, I'd quite forgotten about Sherlock. The book then ends with the formulaic, "and this is how I did it" which is just a couple of chapters of Sherlock rambling on, frankly, but the story of Jefferson Hope really stuck with me, and I realised that was the real story, and not Sherlock at all.
I'm looking forward to reading other Sherlock Holmes stories to see if any of the other tales comes close to this.
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