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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

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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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    Jane Rae Wilkens Stillwater, MN USA 05-11-14
    Jane Rae Wilkens Stillwater, MN USA 05-11-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    18 of 19 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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette 02-06-14
    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.

    20 of 23 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T.J. Connolly South Lyon, MI 04-24-16
    T.J. Connolly South Lyon, MI 04-24-16
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    "Great narration!"

    I am impressed with Mr. Griffin's ability to narrate. He has flawlessly changed cadence and tone for each character to make a wonderful listening experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Fischer VA, USA 05-10-15
    G. Fischer VA, USA 05-10-15

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    "Classics on excellence"

    The classic tales of the great Victorian detective come to life in this wonderful recording.

    Sound and performance of the narrator are crisp and clean, you'll easily hear the different characters in the nuances of the change of tone in his voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Park 03-26-15
    Sylvia Park 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "MUST LISTEN TO!!"

    Loved the narrator, had different voices for all the characters! Couldn't stop listening to it!! Totally recommend it to Sherlock fans!

    2 of 2 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 2016

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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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Harris 08-29-14
    Jeff 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Baumbach 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's a bit elementary with Holmes"

    I feel accomplished getting through all these stories finally. Now that I've finished them I can say that they are entertaining; the longer stories are at least. For posterity this a great piece of literary treasure but there are so many little mysteries that it seems at times that Doyle was going through the motions producing so many formulaic stories. After the first few stories one realizes that it's not our fault for not seeing the clues that Holmes sees: the facts at the end fit his theories not what the reader sees with his mind.

    Charlton Griffin is a pretty talented narrator but after about the 50th hour or so of listening the characters all start to sound the same. Still a commendable if not monumental effort on his part.

    If you want something to fill in the gaps between the end of your credits and the delivery of new ones, then definitely download this collection. 70 hours!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • SARAH
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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.


    23 of 23 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?

    18 of 18 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?

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • V
    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.


    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.


    20 of 21 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.

    7 of 7 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.


    7 of 7 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.


    13 of 14 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.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Almost the complete stories of Sherlock Holmes"
    What did you like most about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes?

    It's almost complete and unabridged so little irrelevant snippets of information usually cut from the abridged version are interesting and new.


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

    Personally I think that native English speakers should be used for English works, just as American speakers should be used for American works.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audio book the other month, even if it's not the full cannon, Silver Blaze doesn't seem to be there. It does have almost all the Sherlock Holms stories, over 70 hours. The only problem is that the reader is American and obviously comes from the same part of England as Dick Van Dyke. I half expected him to have Holmes saying something like " It's quite obvious Watson, Colonel Morston was shot in the eye with a rare tropical poisoned dart. He died of um diddle um diddle um diddle eye"
    Also listening to the appalling pronunciation at first was annoying, but later amusing in the extreme. The perilous boat chase down the "River Tims" or that well known city of Prog in the Check Republic, or as it should be pronounced, by him at least as the Chock Repobolick . I can understand the American pronunciation differing slightly, but he pronounced it wrongly on more than one occasion.
    The unforgettable electronic allarm going off halfway through "A study in scarlet"
    The other thing is that he only has one forign accent, slightly Irish with Indian undertones. So no mater weather they are Russian, or Greek they all have a slight Irish brogue.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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