At the outset of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four, the ever-faithful Dr. Watson debates confronting his boss - the brilliant Sherlock Holmes - about his drug problem. The Sign of Four is the second installment in the Holmes series and greatly expands upon the emotional and spiritual sides of the great detective. Performed by British master, Patrick Tull, whose deep voice and impeccable dialect carry the listener, The Sign of Four features a secret pact made between corrupt prison guards and four convicts, and a mysterious string of pearls received by a client of Holmes. While not necessarily a success upon initial publication, The Sign of Four has been dramatically adapted at least 12 times.
Greed, betrayal, and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Sherlock Holmes is rescued from boredom by the strange case of Jonathan Small and the tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge. The mystery leads Holmes and Dr. Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.
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Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
You either love the Holmes stories or not, so it's really about the reader. I found Patrick Tull's reading to be just that, "reading" not "performing." For that I took away one star. I could hear no attempt to change voices for each character; however, since the Novella is written as Dr. Watson's documentation of the events (like the other Holmes adventures) this is not really a bad thing. You can just view it as Watson reading his own work. Anyway, I found it perfectly enjoyable and wholeheartedly recommend it to all lovers of the Doyle's "Consulting Detective."
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Patrick Tull is one of my favorite readers - I'd be happy to hear him read the phone book (as they say)!
I love Sherlock Holmes stories, so really the whole thing was great, though I love it when he comes in to Baker St in disguise and Watson doesn't recognize him.
His voices were stellar, as is the energy of his reading - he dramatizes without it seeming forced or unnatural
I can't complain - this was a free book. But compared to the involved fiction of today, this was a "simple" read. Still it was fun and passed the time, But if it weren't free, I wouldn't really recommend using a credit for it. Rather, get it for free off Amazon.com and just read it on the Kindle.
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
This title was available for free as part of Audible/Amazon's WhisperSync promotion, and the decision to pick up or pass on a classic, free Sherlock Holmes tale was, well, elementary.
The story itself is one of the earlier Holmes books - it's the first to detail his "struggles" with cocaine, and introduces us to Mary Morstan. It's an exciting mystery filled with treasure and villainy that uses the East India Trading Company as a backdrop.
Holmes and Watson themselves are great, of course, and that's in no small part due to the narration of Patrick Tull (of Patrick O'Brien fame). gets a solid handle on the characters of Holmes and Watson, and his narration is very easy on the ears. There are, unfortunately, few minor recording errors that apparently went without noticed (flubbed and clipped lines, etc.), but in general, that didn't detract too much from what was a classic story matched with a very fine reading.
If you like, or are curious at all, about why Sherlock Holmes is now a household name, this is worth checking out. But don't be surprised if, like a drug, it leaves you longing for another fix of the master detective.
A young chap who enjoys a cup of tea along with a book. Reading is my addiction that allows me to travel away from the everyday burdens.
Since it is my first. I would say yes, because I do get busy. It is easier to have my headphones in then trying to do things and hold my tablet.
I like how Patrick Tull gives a distinguished voice between the characters. There is only a few times that I got confused over Watson and Sherlock.I enjoyed listening to Patrick's english accent too. It adds the touch to the story as I would do when I read out loud or in my mind.
This is my first audiobook and I loved it. The narrator used different regional accents and stylings for many of the characters. He also was a great actor with his voice, pausing when necessary, raising his voice, lowering his voice, increasing his speed during action.
In addition, the ease of coming back to the book days later and getting right back where I left off. I changed the setting to have the book repeat the last minute which was great because I could remember better where I left off that way.
This is my first Sherlock Holmes book and I had no idea if I would like it because it was written over 100 yrs ago and it had British lingo. It was a very good story and I could follow along easily. It wasn't like Shakespeare or Chaucer.
Sherlock was a bit surprising. I guess in the movies and TV they make him more likable. Of course he was a good detective and I enjoyed his detection work.
The narrator used different regional accents and stylings for many of the characters. He also was a great actor with his voice, pausing when necessary, raising his voice, lowering his voice, increasing his speed during action.
I believe it was the last 3 chapters seemed sort of out of place for the novel. Since this is my first Sherlock Holmes I am not sure if this is a literary device used in all his novels but I didn't like it. Sherlock had already solved the case, the criminal had been arrested, the victims updated, then they have the criminal talk about his crime for it seemed like 3 chapters. It added very little to the story except it gave a prolonged backstory. It just seemed like it was stuck on the back. I think if the backstory had been woven throughout the story it would have flowed better.
I really enjoy hearing the story while driving. The reader does a great job and look forward to hearing more Arthur Conan Doyle stories read by Patrick Tull.
It is a Sherlock Homes story, what is not to like.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I was only casually familiar with Mr. Doyle's master sleuth through movies and pop culture references. That said, I had no idea what a great writer and storyteller Mr. Doyle was until I decided to get this book. Very entertaining and well narrated by Patrick Tull. I definitely recommend this book. While it's not the first in the series, it's still one of the earlier works and makes for a good introduction to the main characters, Sherlock and Mr. Watson.
I have read this book before but now i enjoy listening to audiobooks because my eyes are letting me down.
The narrator was not the best i am sorry to say. He was reading a little too fast and sometimes i had to repeat what i heard before to get it all.
Well performed classic mystery well delivered. It was good entertainment while driving.
Sherlock Holmes is always interesting with a blend of arrogance and compassion
The use of different voices for different characters is brought alive by the narrator.
What happened in the past that now is affecting the present in the life of one young woman?
Good story, good presentation.
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