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 :)
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