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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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.
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.
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!
I highly recommend copying the Table of Contents and Audible Guide in SantaFePainter's review, and then download the book in multiple parts. That way you can jump directly to the part and chapter of the Holmes story you want - because with almost 60 hours of stories, you don't want to try to jump around blindly. Nor do you want to listen to them all in order, because some are quite clearly better than others (ACD created some great characters and wrote some terrific stories, but he wrote some duds, too). I never would have purchased this without the directory to guide me......but since it's here and available (I took a photo to store on my smartphone), I happily bought and am listening to some great stories. I intersperse listening to Holmes stories between listening to other books and plays.
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......
Amazing. Wish it never ended. REALLY REALLY?!?!??! 1900ish. I can't believe how well all the stories hold up.
I am really sad I finished them. I think I'll start it all again!! Guess I won't be buying anymore books soon.
What is there to say - if you are a fan then having the complete works with wonderful narration is a must.
Watson - its elementary.
I've read all the Sherlock Holmes more than once. I've also read a couple of his other fictional works, and recently listened to a biography of Doyle.
When I listen rather than read, I'm forced into a more measured pace that gives me a chance to observe and ruminate. Listening rather than reading made a powerful difference for the Holmes canon. I found the character of Holmes more sympathetic than before, and I was blown away by the diversity of Doyle's knowledge and imagination.
Simon Vance was superb as the narrator -- his reading was appropriate to the time and place and at the same time transparent. I haven't listened to any other presentations, so I can't compare them, but Vance's performance was key to my newfound appreciation.
What I'm trying to say -- if you've read these and didn't think you'd look at them again, try listening. It opened them up to me in a whole new way. And my husband, who complained mightily when these were on the bedtime program, did an about-face and started asking for them.
"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.
"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!
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.
"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!
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.
"love sherlock holmes, love simon vance"
my favourite stories from when I was a child, read perfectly by simon vance
classic literature - you can't fault it
I have listened to his anne rice narrations and everything he does is excellent
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
"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".
"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
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