I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
It starts at 221B Baker Street in London in 1888. The Sign of Four is a complicated little detective novel which was released in 1890. The case is a thoroughly interesting one. The story is excellent, but Simon Prebble's narration makes it even better. It s audio books like this that demonstrate the impact of of incredibly great narration to make the story even better. I highly recommend this quick listen.
I have not read the book, but Prebble's use of accent, inflection, and cadence make it easy to believe that he is speaking different parts, and never once did I have to wonder which part he was voicing.
Doyle was a genius in that he could conceive a sequence of events that would create a set of circumstances and leave a set of evidence that average people would never string together.
I have also listened to Prebble's readings of The Study in Scarlet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This is no less excellent than the other novel or collection of short stories.
At the end, I was moved to seek out more Prebble readings of Doyle work. :)
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
The narrator does an excellent job interpreting this Sherlock Holmes tale...good accents, good pacing. The story itself is not quite as good as some of the Sherlock tales, so I gave it a four, not a five.
The narrator has just the voice for the period, tone and characters in this novel. One of my favourite Holmes' books. Recommended if you haven't read any Arthur Conan Doyle before.
This is the first Sherlock Holmes stories I have ever listened to and it was entertaining. The reader had an excellent voice and both stories keep you interested. Definitely worth a credit :)
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
I’m not sure if I was too distracted for this (which I was), but I just really didn’t click with it. Whereas I picked up on the writing techniques with A STUDY IN SCARLET, I either didn’t pick it up here or just wasn’t in the mood for it with THE SIGN OF FOUR. Surprisingly (for not having read much Sherlock Holmes yet), the “telling” style continues with this novel and there’s a unexpected amount of recounting stories instead of witnessing action. I love the characters as I always do but this story wasn’t a hit for me.
I also just didn’t find this story line as intriguing as I had with A STUDY IN SCARLET. I think it felt a little more “out there” and I felt some disconnect with the end game. It didn’t quite hold its appeal for me but I do always love Watson dearly. I honestly barely remember what happened (although I’m writing this months later) except for the parts that I remembered were a little strange. This one just wasn’t a stand-out for me at all, and I was really bummed because I had become so convinced that I adored all of Sherlock Holmes because I enjoyed A STUDY IN SCARLET so much and I enjoy so many adaptations so it’s kind of a let down to feel so meh about this one. I guess I need to keep reading and see if the styles change any as the mysteries continue!
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