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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes | [Arthur Conan Doyle]

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.
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Publisher's Summary

Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, awardwinning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form. The contents of this recording are presented by date of publication as follows:A Study in Scarlett (novel – 1887) 4 hours, 45 minutesThe Sign of Four (novel – 1890) 4 hours, 39 minutesAdventures of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories – 18911892) 10 hours, 52 minutesThe Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (11 short stories – 18921893) 9 hours, 21 minutesThe Return of Sherlock Holmes (13 short stories – 19031904) 12 hours, 12 minutesThe Hound of the Baskervilles (novel – 19011902) 6 hours, 18 minutesThe Valley of Fear (novel – 19141915) 6 hours, 7 minutesHis Last Bow (8 short stories – 19081917) 7 hours, 30 minutesThe Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories – 19211927) 9 hours

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©1927 Estate of Conan Doyle (P)2013 Audio Connoisseur

What the Critics Say

"Since he received an Audie nomination for Volume I and an Audie Award for Volume II, it’s not surprising that Charlton Griffin gives another extraordinary performance in this volume of Sherlock Holmes works. In addition to impeccable interpretations of familiar characters - Holmes, Watson, Mycroft, and Lestrade - Griffin creates remarkably believable women. Griffin’s narration is fresh, flawless, and completely winning." (AudioFile magazine)

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    Yvette 02-06-14
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    "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"

    Anyone who knows the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle knows if they like them or not. They are a little dated, being originally published between 1887 and 1927, but they are pretty good stories, and quite enjoyable. The only reason that I gave this a 4 is that the reader needs to work on his accents, and his women's voices are somewhat annoying. If you can ignore this, this production is well worth the cost of one credit for over 70 hours of darn good detective stories.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Rae Wilkens Stillwater, MN USA 05-11-14
    Jane Rae Wilkens Stillwater, MN USA 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent complete collection"

    Excellent complete collection of one of my favorite authors. Enjoyed the performance of the narrator who had a good consistent voice for various characters. The quality of the recording was excellent. If you want a complete collection of the Sherlock Holmes (shouldn't everyone have one?), this is the one for you.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 09-27-14
    Benjamin 09-27-14
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    "An interesting, and psychological view on logic."
    Would you listen to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    I hold Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the utmost respect; for his superior logic, morals, and intellect. Sherlock Holmes is the epitome of logical thinking, holding manifesting high principles for proper conduct. (Aside from his drug habits, and his disbelief in the supernatural ;) his intelligence, reason, understanding, thought, brainpower, sense, judgments, are all (very nearly) perfect. But Sherlock NOT was always right, and admitted it when he was not. An important fact, which the new BBC Sherlock Holmes did not have, and he was not rude without reason. He was, simply put, in love with logic. And did not ask for any kind of reword, of fame, or money; but did the work for the works sake alone, and was content. If you have a good taste for logical, or scientific thinking; I think you will enjoy what Arthur Conan Doyle has to offer.


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

    Definitely the quotes, I quote (you might say it is Sherlock’s life motto)
    "When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    I have heard better, Rob Inglis is my favorite, so basically anything that sounds like him is what I’m going to get. Not to say that Charlton Griffin’s performance was bad, on the contrary; he did an amazing job, and a stunning voice.


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

    I have nothing wrong with the title of this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for the advanced reader, because of the large vocabulary, and the intense (and sometimes graphic) descriptions, that follows from being involved with crimes such as murder. To be frank, it would simply go over the heads of the average idiot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teo British Columbia 08-09-14
    Teo British Columbia 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great collection of short stories."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great mysteries and entertaining narration.


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hilarious renditions of female characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 07-22-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 07-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "More collections like this, please!"
    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes?

    This was my very first Audible purchase, and I purchased wisely. I read Sherlock Holmes in bits and pieces while growing up because my dad was an avid fan, so getting this collection for such a bargain seemed like a great idea. Fortunately, I was right.

    This collection covers a huge range of stories, most of which are excellent, some of which fall a little flat. This is, however, to be expected for such a volume of work. Some of it also feels a bit dated, also to be expected from any classic. Anyone interested in the detective mystery genre has to be familiar with Sherlock Holmes, and this particular collection is strongly recommended.

    The narrator, Charlton Griffin, does an excellent job. I listened to a sample of another audiobook covering the same stories, and the narrator was rushing everything. Mr. Griffin takes his time and delivers an outstanding performance. My only point of feedback is that his American accent (as some American characters do present themselves) could use a little bit of work, and his voices for women were a little distracting until you got used to them.


    Any additional comments?

    My subject line says it all. I would very much like to see Audible release more massive collections like this one as bulk purchases.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ames IA 12-06-14
    Amazon Customer Ames IA 12-06-14

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    "The True Version"
    Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top of audiobooks listened to! A real pleasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Multiple stories makes a great free book! Great narration!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The next one I listen to!


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

    The Original Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson


    Any additional comments?

    THANK YOU, Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Koch State College, PA USA 10-07-14
    Scott Koch State College, PA USA 10-07-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Quite an Enjoyable Performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    As a bit of a Holmes nut, I have listened to a number of audio performances of Doyle's stories. I believe that Mr. Griffin's performance captures both Holmes' and Watson's personalities quite admirably. I cannot imagine a better performance.


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

    These stories are in a class with The Lord of the Rings, Tom Sawyer, and Poe's stories. People will be reading/listening to these classics for a long time to come.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    His performance of Holmes in these stories is spot on: Holmes' authoritative voice, his compassionate side, his aloof side, and his arrogant side all come through. His portrayal of Watson is equally well done. Bravo!!!


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris 08-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Book Title Speaks For Itself"
    If you could sum up The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, mysterious, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read a few of the stories here and there but had wanted to go through them all. This audio book gave me the chance to do this. Each story can stand alone on it's own which makes breaking up the listening into small doses easier. It was easy to listen to a few stories, go through another book, then come right back to this.


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I must say I did not like Charlton Griffin at first, but he grew on me. By the end of the stories I enjoyed his narration. The only downside would be his female voice: they all sounded the same, like Mrs. Doubtfire.


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

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Completed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes in any capacity, this is a no-brainer for 1 credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Wachter 08-28-14
    K. Wachter 08-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    "The Best Sherlock Holmes ever"
    Would you listen to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    I've been re-reading the complete stories of Sherlock Holmes every five years for the past 30 years. I try and forget them and return to them when I have a craving. But listening to them read by a talented reader brings a new level of enjoyment to Holmes. I haven't tried listening to this version in the car, but housework, cooking and dishes quickly pass away as I soak up the characters and atmosphere that Doyle created.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    Masterful! He interprets the language and characters perfectly with his voice alone. The violin music between stories is a nice addition. I understand more why my grandparents were in love with their radio dramas.


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

    Pure entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    Wholesome but with a few dated notions about women, social class, and foreign folk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nonie Rasmussen 11-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow the Naration down!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes to be better than the print version?

    No as the narration is far to fast Charlton Griffin sounds like he reading for a contest and the first one to finish is the winner. Any subtle nuances that the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intended the story to have are completely obliterated at the speed of light. I'm returning this version in favor of the 58 hour one read by Simon Vance even though it isn't as complete a version as this one. I'm totally disappointed by the narrator, and will not be ordering any others that he's the narrator of in the future.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Replace Charlton Griffin for a start. Have Simon Vance, or Scott Brick record this lengthier more complete version of the work.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    1/18/14
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    "Disappointed."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having the right person reading it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I cannot fathom why an American actor would be chosen to read such a quintessentially British book. Don't get me wrong, he has a lovely voice and makes a valiant effort at an English accent, but that doesn't help if you still use American pronunciation, e.g. on words like 'lever', 'depot', 'Cecil' and he's obviously not familiar with British place names as many of those have been pronounced incorrectly too. Worst of all something weird happens with the 'O' vowels in places so 'Holmes' has mutated into 'Hormes' and 'dog' into 'dawg'. Really, really disappointed because I love Sherlock stories.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • gypsy
    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
    1/24/14
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    "very poor narration"
    Would you try another book written by Arthur Conan Doyle or narrated by Charlton Griffin?

    love the author but the narrator is terrible


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Charlton Griffin?

    anyone!


    Any additional comments?

    this narrator speeds through the text like a runaway train, he reads far too fast and the story is impossible to listen to, very disappointed. The narrator is supposed to be a professional, but he hardly pauses to breathe. I tried to listen on 0.75 speed but this simply distorted the audio. can I have my credit back please?

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Llanfyllin, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "Great value, but pity about the American narration"

    It is extremely good value to get the entire Sherlock Holmes stories for one credit. I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan since childhood, and they never cease to amaze and entertain me.
    The downside of this recording is the American narration. Charlton Griffin does read extremely well, but his phoney British accent is excruciating to listen to. It really does detract from the enjoyment of the recording. With so many competent British narrators available, why on earth did the producers decide on an American?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Leonard
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "Strange reading for most English of stories"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Staccato delivery - at least in the first couple of stories. The americanisms are irritating (laboratory) and there are occasional mispronunciations. The overall impression is that this is close to sounding like a computer generated reading.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Vanessa
    United Kingdom
    3/6/14
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    "Very poor quality"
    What disappointed you about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes?

    The narrator was trying too hard to do a British accent, although generally it was OK. Why a British actor couldn't have done it I don't understand. There were several sloppy mispronunciations, some due to being English place names (Reading, Berkshire), some just plain wrong (bowing, in relation to playing the violin).
    I do wonder whether I imagined this, but an alarm was sounding in the background towards the end of the first story.
    I'm really disappointed. I love Sherlock Holmes stories, but it was becoming intolerable.


    What didn’t you like about Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    His accent, and lack of attention to reading correctly. Sorry, but it spoiled the story for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stefan
    KINGSTON UPON THAMES, United Kingdom
    1/7/14
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    "The best credit I've ever spent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great addition to anyone's audio collection. Compulsory listening for anyone with even a passing interest in crime fiction.


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

    At over 70 hours I think it would take too much coffee to get through it all in one go!


    Any additional comments?

    This has got to be the best value for money credit I've ever used on Audible! Grab this book before they change their minds and make it a multi-credit purchase.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • S. Blackburn
    Helston, Cornwall, UK
    2/22/14
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    "Multiple different pronunciations of the same name"
    What did you like best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes? What did you like least?

    The stories are great, first time I've heard them.
    The reader pronouncing Lestrade in the first story correctly and then in a future story pronouncing it another way entirely.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    No, not in a million years.


    Do you think The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No because it is the COMPLETE stories of Sherlock Holmes, a follow-up would be more stories thus making this INCOMPLETE.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    2/17/14
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    "Great stories ruined by poor narration"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Charlton Griffin?

    Sorry, no..


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I love the Sherlock Holmes stories and was so pleased to see a compendium collection. However I could not settle to the narration style which was stilted, and frankly sounded as if the reader was a foreigner trying to mimic the received English style of the BBC announcers and actors of the 1930's. So disappointed.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Bönen, Germany
    1/29/14
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    "Where's the FEELING? Narrated in a HURRY!"
    What disappointed you about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes?

    The Narrator, Charlton Griffin, seems to have been given the book 5 minutes BEFORE having to Dictate the stories.He also seems to have been in a hurry as the haste with which the stories are read seems to indicate that the Studio was being paid for by the minute!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT! Stories like these which have stood the test of time, don't seem to have been given any time by this Narrator.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    2/28/14
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    "Holmes hijacked by Mormons?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Decent narration and the material being the complete works of Conan Doyle and not some other rubbish


    What could Arthur Conan Doyle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    ACD is fine - just wish that was what I had bought


    What didn’t you like about Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    Appalling accent - eg Guilaume pronounced Gooey-ayu-me


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger


    Any additional comments?

    After Study in Scarlet we move into Mormon propoganda. What has happened here - has the audio been corrupted?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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