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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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.
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.
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!
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What a gem.
Although Simon Vance does all the characters well, he has captured Sherlock admirably although I do enjoy the lower class characters voices too (you can actually hear the cap in hand as the ask pardon of the guv).
Just get it. Simon Vance is an amazing voice actor and his range of character voices is truly incredible. Highly recommended and highly enjoyable!
Excellent narrator and a great value for 1 credit. Unfortunately, the Audible download is broken into 7 parts, so chapter numbers, volumes, etc. do not coincide and there is no affordance for navigating by volume or chapter title. I bought the Kindle edition just to help me my way around the audiobook.
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.
The series is great, the performance is amazing. really sucks you in!
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Sherlock.. of course
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.
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.
"The ESSENTIAL Sherlock Holmes Collection"
This is THE download of your ENTIRE - LIFE.
If you read, you need this download. There are other complete Sherlock Holmes - they're badly read. Simon Vance is why God invented audiobooks.
I actually look forward to listening to this again. It is a pleasure to listen.
"Essential for any Holmes fan!"
This is the best audiobook I've got so far - absolutely captivating and it really captures the flavour of the original, legendary, stories.
One of my favourite collections, I wasn't sure this would translate well to audio but have been pleasantly surprised and it feels like discovering them all over again.
Excellent performance - capturing Holmes and Watson very well - without making any real effort to "act" the parts. His voice is a perfect vehicle for these stories.
No chance! This is an audiobook that I will be dipping in to for a long, long time to come!
Highly recommended - whether you have read Conan Doyle before, or not!
This audiobook is superb! I'm new to Sherlock Holmes but am now a convert and intend to read all the stories. Sherlock is a great literary creation, who it seems has not been done justice by the various TV and films I've seen. I've had this on while decorating the house for hours on end and I'm just not tiring of hearing of Holmes' and Watson's adventures. The narrator has just the right voice and he does a great job of bringing the characters to life, particulalry Holmes. For stories and narrator performance this is the best audiobook I've bought so far. Add to that the superb value and you just can't go wrong. If you have been disappointed as some other listeners have by other readings of holmes with "unusual" accents or pronunciation, give this a try.
"Stunning stories, excellent performance"
Oh yes, I would recommend this book. The stories are good and Simon Vance performes it with great gusto. The whole is very enjoyable indeed!
It's hard not to pick Sherlock Holmes himself. Mr Vance gives him such a great character, it's a joy to listen to. He really comes to life.
My Vance uses his voice to his best advantage by giving all the characters their own voice, he even does a reasonable female voice! And when he doesn't keep up the, of necessity rather strenuous, use of these female voices continually, they still remain believable. In short, a joy to listen to, time and time again!
The unabridged Sherlock Holmes - come and see!
A must for all Sherlock Holmes lovers!
"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.
"the best audiobook I've listened to"
I listen to the this complete collection over and over again. I find something different everytime and have now bookmarked each chapter so I can find my favourite stories eaaily. Simon vance is brilliant and really brings these amazing stories to life.
The hound of baskervilles and charles august milverton are memorable stories..
Simon vance voice acting is brilliant and I now deliberately listen to books he has voiced as he brings the books to life.
There's been plenty of film adaptations and tv series of the books. The latest being on the BBC, set in modern day andbcompletely faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle's stories
"And yet......and yet...."
It's Holmes, what's not to like? It feels to me like everyone must be familiar with these stories....
There's nothing quite like the orginal Holmes stories....there are many imitators, but that's not quite the same thing now, is it?
Vance's performances are uniformly excellent and were the main reason for me choosing to re-visit the Holmes canon in audibook format. I first came across his work many years ago in a performance of Arturo PerezReverte's "Purity of Blood" and since then I've yet to be disappointed by anything of his to which I have listened.
Holmes stories are many things to many people but I can't really imagine any of them being described as 'moving'. This is not a fault, in my opinion. To use a much-overused phrase "they are what they are".
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
The narration is perfect for these well-known characters
Impossible to pick one moment from the entire works!!
The individual characterisations were well maintained.
I did find it hard to turn it off
I was nervous that there would be catch with buying the whole works, but I'm over halfway through and still going strong
"Familiar Stories Brought to Life"
Even though the Sherlock Holmes stories are familiar to almost everyone through the printed page, films and TV series, the audiobook is a new and refreshing way of experiencing them. Great on car journeys and good value for one member credit: the quantity of material will last for many miles!
Surprisingly, Dr Watson, who emerges as a sympathetic and emotional character.
Simon Vance has a pleasantly mellifluous voice and distinguishes between the dialogue of the different characters effectively but without overdoing the changes of timbre and accent.
Just enjoyable to follow the plots.
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