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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2013 Brillance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Amazon Customer 12-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Stories Well Narrated"

    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.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    wfm My House 11-22-15
    wfm My House 11-22-15

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    "Couldn't be better!"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    I have already, doesn't get any better than Holmes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Far too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-17-15
    Karen 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Doyle is a legend; Vance a master narrator."

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Migliore Portland, OR USA 06-02-15
    Andrew Migliore Portland, OR USA 06-02-15 Member Since 2015

    Founder and executive director of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Software Engineering Leader, Grognard, Lovecraftian, Entrepreneur.

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    "Simon Vance is amazing in all the roles"
    If you could sum up The Complete Sherlock Holmes in three words, what would they be?

    What a gem.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it. Simon Vance is an amazing voice actor and his range of character voices is truly incredible. Highly recommended and highly enjoyable!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Audible download is a mess..."
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    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 11-23-15
    Tom 11-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Highly recommended - even if you are familiar with the stories - and the narration couldn't be any better

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    Katey K 11-03-15
    Katey K 11-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Collect great deal.. out of order?"
    Where does The Complete Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The series is great, the performance is amazing. really sucks you in!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    cant give away spoilers


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    If you could take any character from The Complete Sherlock Holmes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sherlock.. of course


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 10-06-15
    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 10-06-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A Great Performance Updates This Classic"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be an excellent introduction to the Sherlock Holmes character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 07-06-15
    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A True Classic"
    What did you love best about The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    I enjoyed how much of these stories were a departure from modern mystery tales and each one was well self contained.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Probably the Final Problem, Hound of Baskerville, and A Study in Scarlet.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    All of them were well done, but he certainly added sophistication and confidence to the voice of Sherlock.


    If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

    The Anthology of Sherlock Holmes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Anderson New York 06-11-15
    A. Anderson New York 06-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A wonderful performance by Simon Vance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    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!


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

    yes.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Holmes of course


    If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

    Mysteries for the thinking man.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the performance as much as I enjoyed the stories. I will look for other books performed by Simon Vance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • SnapWriter
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    5/6/14
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    "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.

    45 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Gareth J. Stringer
    UK
    12/10/13
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    "Essential for any Holmes fan!"
    Where does The Complete Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've got so far - absolutely captivating and it really captures the flavour of the original, legendary, stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    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.


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

    No chance! This is an audiobook that I will be dipping in to for a long, long time to come!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - whether you have read Conan Doyle before, or not!

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Bristol
    7/4/14
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    "Fabulous!"
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    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.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Arwen
    Glastonbury, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "Stunning stories, excellent performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    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!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The unabridged Sherlock Holmes - come and see!


    Any additional comments?

    A must for all Sherlock Holmes lovers!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    4/29/15
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    "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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • kaz
    7/12/14
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    "the best audiobook I've listened to"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    The hound of baskervilles and charles august milverton are memorable stories..


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Simon vance voice acting is brilliant and I now deliberately listen to books he has voiced as he brings the books to life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    Just brilliant

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    RUNCORN, United Kingdom
    3/25/14
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    "And yet......and yet...."
    What did you like most about The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    It's Holmes, what's not to like? It feels to me like everyone must be familiar with these stories....


    What other book might you compare The Complete Sherlock Holmes to, and why?

    There's nothing quite like the orginal Holmes stories....there are many imitators, but that's not quite the same thing now, is it?


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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".


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/1/14
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock obviously - brilliant character and Watson is just a little to stupid to be a favourite!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    All brilliantly done - you can tell the different characters by the voices


    Any additional comments?

    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

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    ST NEOTS, United Kingdom
    9/21/14
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    "Incredible value"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    The narration is perfect for these well-known characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Impossible to pick one moment from the entire works!!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    The individual characterisations were well maintained.


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

    I did find it hard to turn it off


    Any additional comments?

    I was nervous that there would be catch with buying the whole works, but I'm over halfway through and still going strong

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • P. R. Dixon
    7/8/14
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    "Familiar Stories Brought to Life"
    What did you like most about The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Surprisingly, Dr Watson, who emerges as a sympathetic and emotional character.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just enjoyable to follow the plots.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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