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A Study in Scarlet is a detective novel by British author Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1886, the story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become two of the most famous characters in popular fiction. 

The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes, an amateur detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." 

Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.

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An Introduction to Sherlock Holmes and Watson

Although this is far from Arthur Conan Doyles best work it is a great way to be familiarized with his stories.


The opening of the work taking place in Afghanistan gives it a timeless quality which shows the more things change the more
they stay the same.

This is always true when dealing with a Classic work like a Sherlock Holmes story which is not dated although it was written before the 20th Century.

The Narrator reads quickly and in a way helps you maintain your interest.The story like its characters are fully developed and
the story is entertaining.



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great tail

loved it very much and I did a great job with the first Sherlock Holmes story I loved it very much it was very enjoyable and beautiful amazingly well written of course a very good listen
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Fantastic listen!

Loved this great reading of a classic tale. The narrator gave an amazing performance with unique voices for each character. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mary
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  • 07-19-18

Great Narration

A Study in Scarlet is Doyles first book in the Sherlock Holmes series. It follows Watson and Holmes' introductions to each other, and how these two become room mates and eventual friends. Christopher Preece did an excellent job in the narration, pulling you in and not wanting to stop listening. His portrayal of Utahians during the 19th century was very realistic and made even better by the fact he has an English accent.

Great listen, worth the credit!

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Really great narrator!

A great narrator with a smooth style of articulating. I would imagine that the author's desired voice would have been the present narrator. He takes many different perspectives and matches character with the many that pop up.

The story is well written. It reads elegantly almost as if in the palm of your hand was a mirror to the past, detailed like a fine painting.

I have not inquired yet, through the other Sherlock Holmes works, though I plan to continue through the series. This has been a first for me.

One part that I felt could have been improved on, now I say this in relation to the author's shortcomings, was his development on the main character, Sherlock Holmes. The main focus, is a thorough point of view that reads like a regular man's journal would, about his accounts on city expeditions and examinations of eloquent design.

It is a tale that will remain in my library.


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Awesome Reading of a Classic!!

I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes since I was a young adult. I have read a few books, seen several movies and absolutely love the TV series Elementary (for the most part). However, you just can't beat an excellent narration of the original! I really enjoyed learning of Holmes and Watson's introduction and beginning relationship. This was wonderful to listen to and Christopher Preece truly brings the story to life. He reads at a really nice pace and gives the voices the proper accents! I loved it. If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan then you can't miss this! This is a must have!

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Watson meets Sherlock

I've read a couple of Sherlock books and never really paid attention to the order they;re written in so it was an unexpected pleasure to find this book contains Watson meeting Sherlock for the first time.

I love how the mystery is constructed and the clues that Sherlock is able to put together and use to solve the crime. I find the way Sherlock's mind works fascinating and these book leave me thoughtful and intrigued.

Lovely to listen to, the narrator did excellent character voices and the delivery conveyed the feeling in the book.

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Vintage Doyle You Won't Want to Miss

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You can never go wrong with the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. We are all familiar with them, but I had never read this particular story, so I found it of great interest. It dealt in great details with Watson's life and the reasons he came to become Sherlock's right hand assistant. I did like that part. There was a little disconnect when the story jumped back to the mystery of the murder and for a moment I thought my device had jumped to another story. It was a way to introduce a society of Mormons and their leader Brigham Young, that caused this revenge game, but maybe not the best way. Eventually I caught up with it and was able to get back into the developing story. It might not be the best example of Doyle's narrative, but you'll still enjoy it. I was a little taken aback by the narrator's interpretation of Sherlock. I understand that the character is supposed to be a genius with little time for preambles, but the narrator spoke so quickly that at times the sentences came out a little garbled. Maybe a little less rushed would have made for a better listening experience.

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A classic Holmes tale

A Study in Scarlet - One of the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries. A must for all lovers of Holmes. There is nothing I can say about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing that hasn't been said.
The narration is great and gives a feel for the times and places. Christopher Preece does credit to a well known and often narrated tale.
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A great listen.

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Great Listen

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This audiobook is very well performed by Christopher Preece and is a great rendition of the first of the Sherlock Holmes novels. Preece gives great personality to each of the characters and is a very captivating reader. My only criticism would be that he can speak a bit fast sometimes, specifically when he's reading for the character of Sherlock. It is not too much of a problem, entirely, as it is meant to be an aspect of the character, but it was a bit hard to follow if I wasn't paying complete attention. As a note, I do listen at 1.0x speed.

The story is great, a classic to be sure, but not as perfect as I had thought going in. This is understandable as this is Conan Doyle's first in his series of Sherlock Holmes novels. This is actually my first time reading the story myself, and I was surprised towards the derogatory depiction of Mormonism in the second half of the novel. Despite that, it served as a plot point towards the motivation of the antagonist of the story. As a fan of the Sherlock TV show, I thought this original point on how the antagonist is out for revenge is much stronger.

Overall, the performance was excellent, and the story was very well written despite not having aged as well as it could have.