Audie Award Winner, Classic, 2014
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning. By his side is Dr. John Watson, his steadfast assistant and our trusty narrator. This set is a must-have for every discriminating bibliophile and Sherlock Holmes fan.
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I have already, doesn't get any better than Holmes.
Far too many to list.
Complete reading of Sherlock, by a reader that knows how to READ! If not my best audible purchase over the years it has to be in the top three.
I enjoyed how much of these stories were a departure from modern mystery tales and each one was well self contained.
Probably the Final Problem, Hound of Baskerville, and A Study in Scarlet.
All of them were well done, but he certainly added sophistication and confidence to the voice of Sherlock.
The Anthology of Sherlock Holmes
Hard to write a review on a classic; however I've got only a few observations:
- It would have been nice for a few of these stories to have been required reading in high school, or even college.
- There were times were I didn't fully understand what the characters were talking about or referring to since these stories are over 100 years old, and also based in the UK.
- The stories are, for the most part, quick and concise which make for an easy read. They are also a bit "cookie cutter" where each story has a certain structure:
- Beginning of story starts with third party laying their trouble/problem before Sherlock & Dr. Watson.
- Middle portion of story is where the investigation takes place.
- Last part of story involves a confession and Sherlock's account of how he solved the mystery.
The stories of Sherlock Holmes are a nice break from modern day mystery. Today there are so many Easter eggs hidden throughout mystery tales that the reader has to be on constant alert so that when the end is near, everything falls into place and is supposed to make sense. I also feel that media for the last decade has been trying create stories where everything is connected and as the story progresses, the links are discovered and plot lines explained.
The Sherlock Holmes collection does not leave the reader exhausted by trying to keep track of every detail or person the characters interact with, and in most cases, the reader is unable to guess how the story will end or "who dunnit".
Overall, these were great tales and I can fully understand why they're considered to be a classic.
Although a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, this is my first reading of Doyle's complete Sherlock Holmes. Not since Jeremy Brett's exquisite portrayal of Sherlock have I enjoyed the brilliance of the original stories.
Vance's narration is so well acted that the characters come to life; it's more like listening to a play, rather than a book reading.
Despite the length of this book, I believe this is only my first of many readings. This audio production is a magnificent treat!
58 hours of unsearchable material is too much. I am a lifetime fan of Sherlock Holmes short stories, but find the novels dull. I would like to be able to readily skip or locate specific stories. A pdf index of the stories would help tremendously. Simon Vance provides an engaging narration.
Fix part 6 so it loads it's very frustrating don't you monitor your own site???
This is a LONG audible book and is, thus, a great value for a credit.
The book is generally quite enjoyable and it's nice to know Holmes' whole 'canon' collection.
However, a few negatives:
1) A book of this size and complexity (lots of sub-parts) really needs some kind of better organization, introductions, or explanations of structure. I finally wound up downloading some lists from on-line so I'd have some clue where I was at.
2) The collection is quite long which presents some pains.
- It's broken into 7 smaller 'books', which makes it harder to keep track of where you are.
- The the general story format is very similar. So, after a few dozen hours, it gets quite repetitive. I almost stopped about 1/3 and 2/3 through (with intent to return months later when the repetition was less 'fresh.'
3) This is a collection of short stories, with a few novels/novellas thrown in. With so many stories, logical consistency isn't perfect, nor is quality quite consistent. In particular, I definitely enjoyed some of the novels less than most of the short stories.
- Some of of them don't flow very well and are somewhat confusing, especially "A Study in Scarlet" which had me wondering whether I'd somehow jumped to another story.
- "Study in Scarlet" also seemed rife with inaccurate and distorted history, which took away from enjoying a 'period piece.'
Overall, it's an interesting collection and a good value if you're using credits. However, if you're not using credits, I might suggest considering a smaller, more selective collection to avoid some of the negatives mentioned above.
Simon Vance carries all of the stories excellently. He doesn't rush the narrative, and his dialogue keeps the speaker clear in the listener's mind. His accent is perfect.
Holmes is always the fascination here, although Vance's interpretation isn't as over the top as some recent attempts. This Holmes is a professional detective, often caught up in the serious nature of his cases, not a cartoon superhero character.
I suppose a person could listen to it all the way through, but with four novels and something like 50 short stories, there's no need. Each novel and almost every short story stands on its own. I like to keep coming back and listening to new pieces between my other audio books.
This would be an excellent introduction to the Sherlock Holmes character.
Who has not heard of the great detective Sherlock Holmes? The stories, set in the late 1800s are as interesting and entertaining and thought provoking now as they must have been then.
What I did not realize were that this is a collection of short stories. Each case is fairly quick. Nothing is dragged out but you are kept in suspense the whole time as Holmes untangles it all.
But what really makes this collection an absolute joy is the performance by Simon Vance. This is reader's theater of the highest order. His voices, his acting, his character creation take the story to another level.
Arthur Conan Doyle would be very pleased and so will you. I have thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Highly recommended!
Holmes of course
Mysteries for the thinking man.
I loved the performance as much as I enjoyed the stories. I will look for other books performed by Simon Vance.
I love listening to it in the dark, curled up in bed at night. Simon Vance is such a terrific narrator for this work. And what a bang for the buck! 50+ plus hours of great literature, read by the perfect voice.
They are all wonderful. The Valley of Fear is so perfect.
I have a vivid imagination and for the past 40 years, with a cup of tea, a home made scone and my huge, annotated Complete Sherlock Holmes, I've been a happy camper. HOWEVER, now, I can have my tea, turn out the lights, have a perfectly presented complete works to choose from, read to me by the absolutely perfect voice of Simon Vance. First stop, Victorian era England, next stop, dreamland.....I have many other books that Simon Vance has narrated but this is is a marriage of story, production and voice made in heaven.
I listened to this straight thru the first two times and now I just pick a chapter/story at random.
Thank you Brilliance Audio......
Yes - In fact after listening to it for a second time currently (after a 4 month gap) as they are the kind of stories you can listen to time and time again!
Sherlock obviously - brilliant character and Watson is just a little to stupid to be a favourite!
All brilliantly done - you can tell the different characters by the voices
Hours of entertainment - only issue is that it isn't easy to skip between stories! But as these are all in order of publishing its nice to listen to in the order
"A long and rewarding listen...."
Fifty two hours is a long time to pay attention to a narrative but don't let that dissuade you from giving this a go.
The audiobook contains many different stories that are usually 30 - 120 minutes in length so everything can be broken down into much smaller chunks. Audible has also sliced the book into seven downloads so it doesn't fill your device for months on end.
I listen most days for about thirty minutes and it has taken me about five months to get through it and I'm very pleased I did.
The whole book is narrated by Simon Vance who is, as you would expect, wonderfully versatile as his craft. The distinction between the characters is very clear but the main vocal contrast between the two main characters - Holmes and Watson is perfectly pitched. Vance's Sherlock booms with confidence, mischief and intrigue whilst Watson semi-simpers three paces behind his better, hoping that Holmes will propose and they can run off and keep bees together on the South Downs.
Vance's remarkable vocal talent is not to be glossed over and only the imperious Jim Dale could produce the wide range of voices needed for this book.
The stories themselves are mostly well known and Conan-Doyle’s crown jewels such as Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet or The Sign of the Four are brilliantly realised but many of the lesser known treasures really do come to life.
Some of the language is now archaic and sometime a little unpalatable particularly on subjects of race or religion. One should remember that most of the stories are well over a century old and the world has turned since.
However the archaic language provides some laugh-out-loud moments for a puerile mind such as my own - Watson will constantly 'ejaculate' his exclamations and one scene sees a lady arrive at Baker Street on a cold, damp evening where she proceeds to pull and handkerchief from her muff and blow her nose on it - all perfectly innocent but very snigger-able is the mood takes one.
There is a downside and it's a technical one.
The producers of the book or Audible have labelled each of the chapters numerically which fulfils a function but could be so much better over a long book such as this (or indeed any book). The audiobook standard allows for chapters to properly names and it would have been great to have each chapter named according to the story being read. A couple of times, my MP3 player has dropped my position and it has taken me a long time to find it again. Properly labelled chapters would really help this and it wouldn't take much extra effort from the people producing the books.
"An excellent purchase"
Yes. It's unbelievably good value, and I cannot imagine any fan of Sherlock Holmes being disappointed by this.
I imagine a fair few listeners will be in a similar position to my own - they will have read the four novels and a broad sample of the short stories, and have decided to work through the entire canon in publication order, revisiting many, and encountering some for the first time.
The main two, naturally.
I'm deliberately reviewing this before finishing the complete book. So far I've just listened to the first two novels (A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four), but am looking forward to meeting Moriarty, Irene Adler and all the other favourites. Simon Vance distinguishes all the characters by voice, making it very easy to follow.
Not yet, but I was surprised at how interesting the scenes without Holmes or Watson are.
I'm particularly looking forward to the "We're not jealous of you" speech by Lestrade in The Six Napoleons - that was performed so brilliantly in the Jeremy Brett version.
I wouldn't normally review a book I haven't finished, but getting such a superb reading of the first two novels for a single credit means the book has already earned top marks across the board. The fact that we get every other ACD Sherlock Holmes story as well is simply icing on an exceedingly good cake.
"Classic collection... But..."
I love the stories of Conan Doyle and enjoyed listening to the Holmes collection. The narration was good despite a few dodgy accents, Australians sounded more like South Africans and all Americans sounded the same.
The irritating part was the way the collection had been separated to ease the download, almost all parts broke off during the middle of a story. Please take note audible and change it so that the download break happens at the end of a story.
"Excellent - much enjoyed!"
It is remarkable that whatever format you experience the Sherlock Holmes stories they are still a thumping good yarn, with bags of atmosphere and character. Will we ever tire of them?!
This is a terrific 58 hour audiobook - and a snip at the price. Simon Vance does a terrific job - and doesn't not over act or "ham up" his performance. However - despite this being called "The complete Sherlock Holmes" I only seem to have 42 short stories and 4 novels - not the 56 short stories and 4 novels that were written. Either my download had a problem - or this isn't really The *Complete* Sherlock Holmes. I am therefore forced to take off one star in the "Overall" category. (Apologies if the explanation for the missing stories was merely a technical problem from my end.)
I much enjoyed this version, but my view, remains that the best audio version ever made was by the BBC, featuring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson. Together they recorded all the stories in the canon between 1989 and 1998. Alas, I only have it on cassette tape, so it's very inconvenient for me to listen to these days. This version is a delightful and convenient alternative.
Loved it. The best way to get through the entire works in an enjoyable manner. Great narrator, just give it a whirl!
"Everything you should expect"
The character of Sherlock Holmes is a very clearly defined, and any representation of it must in my mind adhere to that formula, and the reading of this book does exactly that!
Consistency and accuracy through the entire book, a pleasure to listen to. On the downside there is no whisper sync which is a shame but that shouldn't put you off!
Simon Vance clearly has an understanding and an affinity for the character, alongside a strong understanding of Victorian life, and culture of the time.His characterisations are consistent and entertaining and his memory of what each characters voice sounds like is faultless
As complete as Sherlock Holmes can get!
For a one credit download this is perhaps excellent value, and as the quality is so high in its reading and its content there is really no good reason not to consider this high quality piece of work!
"I loved every story!"
Wonderful narrator. I loved this collection from start to finish and now I am going to start it again! B
Great classic read for easy listening. A great holiday collection. Must listen for a truly gripping set of stories!!!!! Brilliant
I've enjoyed thoroughly through and through.
I'll be sad when I've finished and leave Sherlock's world.
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