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First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

Doyle ended up writing four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson. All but four are told in the first person by Watson, two by Holmes, and two are written in the third person. Together, this series of beautifully written Victorian literature has sold more copies than any other books in the English language, with the exceptions of the Bible and Shakespeare.

Volume 1 in this series consists of two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, followed by a collection of short stories entitled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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excellent classic and excellent narrator

I really enjoyed this. Many great Sherlock Holmes mysteries. First one didn't do it for me and I thought I wouldn't enjoy it but after that, all good. Perfect Narrator for this.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • ArpPlat
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 02-09-11

Best Listen till Date

I think Conan Doyle is brilliant !! Loved all of the stories :-) :-)
Its a great listen !!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • jon
  • auburn, NY, United States
  • 06-17-10

sherlock holmes - volume 1

this is a must listen for anyone who is a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle!

you might have heard abridged versions on the radio, but these blow those away.

a very enjoyable listen

15 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Definitive

The narrator is perfect, the stories memorable, the experience comfort food for the mind. This the Holmes to buy and cherish.

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  • Kenneth
  • LEESBURG, VA, United States
  • 06-29-13

Shockingly Modern

I’ve been sampling the “classics” more for a few years. I have mixed feelings about the classics, as a group. Both time and the “wisdom of the crowd” are a powerful filter, but sometimes the gap in world views is a problem. For example Aristotle’s word view was just too un-modern for me glean much from his writings. In contrast Plato requires only a modest ability to explore less modern paradigm and many of his gyms are trivially transported to a modern context.

Sherlock Holms felt like it was written today and merely set in the past. It was truly amazing. The only tell was slight aversion to gore (which I rather think is not such a bad thing).

It is targeted at the young reader, but very inter-generational. It’s the perfect book to read to your children or grandchildren.

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  • Tom
  • Macquarie Hills, Australia
  • 03-19-13

What an unexpected treat!

I never realised how rich and interesting all the characters in these stories were.

While the plots are predictable, the solutions to the mysteries, the unexpected outcomes, and the fascinating people that inhabit the Holmes/Watson universe make it all worth it.

I get it now: Sherlock Holmes is cool, and I am a convert.

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  • Jimi
  • QUINCY, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 02-20-13

elimentery

Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

I think thay both have grate values like all books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sherlock is the book John Watson is the narrator.

What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

Yes he did the book vary good and it's a hard book to do.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but I think it holds it's place in time.Being one of best set of story's from the past in it's gender.

Any additional comments?

Classic imagined cases of crimes that keeps you intoxicated for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A must have collection

For every fan, excellent performance and pace.

I have read almost every Holmes story as have most fans, this narrator doesn't disappoint the listener.

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  • Lisa
  • United States
  • 01-21-13

Timeless and excellent

I had never read any or Doyle's work until audible had a free story read by Alan Cumming. I downloaded the story because you can't beat free and I always wanted to try Doyle's work. I listened as Alan Cumming gave a stellar performance and I was hooked. I saw this complete stories vol 1 on sale and decided to buy it. I'm glad I did. Griffin does a good job with narrating the stories and the stories are entertaining and timeless. I would recommend this to my friends definitely. I hope that the other volumes go on sale too so I can get his complete works.
As said before, I also wish there was a list of stories included in the description, but its easy enough to look up online ?

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  • Neil
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 01-03-13

Fantastic

I didn't like the first one, which was Doyles first but after that this book was fantastic. I had to listen to each episode before stopping the car. This included the Sign of Four which I bought separately but it is included in the compete. I prefer this version of the Sign of Four. I read most of Conan Doyles-Sherlock Holmes when I was a teenager and became a great fan then. This was to me a very good narration and fantastic telling of Sir Arthurs work. I found myself trying to solve the mystery before Holmes but only got close on the last the Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful