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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Classics

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces—from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes—brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning. By his side is Dr. John Watson, his steadfast assistant and our trusty narrator. This set is a must-have for every discriminating bibliophile and Sherlock Holmes fan.

Volume 1
A Study in Scarlet: A Novel
A Sign of Four: A Novel
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories

Volume 2
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Novel

Volume 3
The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
The Valley of Fear: A Novel

Volume 4
His Last Bow: A Novel
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories

Public Domain (P)2013 Brillance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    wfm My House 11-22-15
    wfm My House 11-22-15

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    "Couldn't be better!"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    I have already, doesn't get any better than Holmes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Far too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    Complete reading of Sherlock, by a reader that knows how to READ! If not my best audible purchase over the years it has to be in the top three.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 07-06-15
    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A True Classic"
    What did you love best about The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    I enjoyed how much of these stories were a departure from modern mystery tales and each one was well self contained.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Probably the Final Problem, Hound of Baskerville, and A Study in Scarlet.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    All of them were well done, but he certainly added sophistication and confidence to the voice of Sherlock.


    If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

    The Anthology of Sherlock Holmes


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to write a review on a classic; however I've got only a few observations:<br/><br/>- It would have been nice for a few of these stories to have been required reading in high school, or even college.<br/>- There were times were I didn't fully understand what the characters were talking about or referring to since these stories are over 100 years old, and also based in the UK.<br/>- The stories are, for the most part, quick and concise which make for an easy read. They are also a bit "cookie cutter" where each story has a certain structure:<br/>- Beginning of story starts with third party laying their trouble/problem before Sherlock & Dr. Watson.<br/>- Middle portion of story is where the investigation takes place.<br/>- Last part of story involves a confession and Sherlock's account of how he solved the mystery.<br/><br/>The stories of Sherlock Holmes are a nice break from modern day mystery. Today there are so many Easter eggs hidden throughout mystery tales that the reader has to be on constant alert so that when the end is near, everything falls into place and is supposed to make sense. I also feel that media for the last decade has been trying create stories where everything is connected and as the story progresses, the links are discovered and plot lines explained.<br/><br/>The Sherlock Holmes collection does not leave the reader exhausted by trying to keep track of every detail or person the characters interact with, and in most cases, the reader is unable to guess how the story will end or "who dunnit". <br/><br/>Overall, these were great tales and I can fully understand why they're considered to be a classic.

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    Karen 06-17-15
    Karen 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Doyle is a legend; Vance a master narrator."

    Although a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, this is my first reading of Doyle's complete Sherlock Holmes. Not since Jeremy Brett's exquisite portrayal of Sherlock have I enjoyed the brilliance of the original stories.
    Vance's narration is so well acted that the characters come to life; it's more like listening to a play, rather than a book reading.
    Despite the length of this book, I believe this is only my first of many readings. This audio production is a magnificent treat!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Stories Well Narrated"

    58 hours of unsearchable material is too much. I am a lifetime fan of Sherlock Holmes short stories, but find the novels dull. I would like to be able to readily skip or locate specific stories. A pdf index of the stories would help tremendously. Simon Vance provides an engaging narration.

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    steve alan 09-08-16
    steve alan 09-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Part6 is defective and won't load. Please fix this. It's been this way for months."

    Fix part 6 so it loads it's very frustrating don't you monitor your own site???

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    James 07-14-16
    James 07-14-16

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    "Good value; long, repetitive, variable quality"

    This is a LONG audible book and is, thus, a great value for a credit.

    The book is generally quite enjoyable and it's nice to know Holmes' whole 'canon' collection.

    However, a few negatives:
    1) A book of this size and complexity (lots of sub-parts) really needs some kind of better organization, introductions, or explanations of structure. I finally wound up downloading some lists from on-line so I'd have some clue where I was at.

    2) The collection is quite long which presents some pains.
    - It's broken into 7 smaller 'books', which makes it harder to keep track of where you are.
    - The the general story format is very similar. So, after a few dozen hours, it gets quite repetitive. I almost stopped about 1/3 and 2/3 through (with intent to return months later when the repetition was less 'fresh.'

    3) This is a collection of short stories, with a few novels/novellas thrown in. With so many stories, logical consistency isn't perfect, nor is quality quite consistent. In particular, I definitely enjoyed some of the novels less than most of the short stories.
    - Some of of them don't flow very well and are somewhat confusing, especially "A Study in Scarlet" which had me wondering whether I'd somehow jumped to another story.
    - "Study in Scarlet" also seemed rife with inaccurate and distorted history, which took away from enjoying a 'period piece.'

    Overall, it's an interesting collection and a good value if you're using credits. However, if you're not using credits, I might suggest considering a smaller, more selective collection to avoid some of the negatives mentioned above.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 11-23-15
    Tom 11-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Highly recommended - even if you are familiar with the stories - and the narration couldn't be any better

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    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 10-06-15
    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 10-06-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A Great Performance Updates This Classic"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    Simon Vance carries all of the stories excellently. He doesn't rush the narrative, and his dialogue keeps the speaker clear in the listener's mind. His accent is perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holmes is always the fascination here, although Vance's interpretation isn't as over the top as some recent attempts. This Holmes is a professional detective, often caught up in the serious nature of his cases, not a cartoon superhero character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I suppose a person could listen to it all the way through, but with four novels and something like 50 short stories, there's no need. Each novel and almost every short story stands on its own. I like to keep coming back and listening to new pieces between my other audio books.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be an excellent introduction to the Sherlock Holmes character.

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    A. Anderson New York 06-11-15
    A. Anderson New York 06-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A wonderful performance by Simon Vance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    Who has not heard of the great detective Sherlock Holmes? The stories, set in the late 1800s are as interesting and entertaining and thought provoking now as they must have been then.<br/><br/>What I did not realize were that this is a collection of short stories. Each case is fairly quick. Nothing is dragged out but you are kept in suspense the whole time as Holmes untangles it all.<br/><br/>But what really makes this collection an absolute joy is the performance by Simon Vance. This is reader's theater of the highest order. His voices, his acting, his character creation take the story to another level.<br/><br/>Arthur Conan Doyle would be very pleased and so will you. I have thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Highly recommended!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Holmes of course


    If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

    Mysteries for the thinking man.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the performance as much as I enjoyed the stories. I will look for other books performed by Simon Vance.

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    Caffeine Queen 03-21-15

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    "ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BOOK IN MY LIBRARY"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes to be better than the print version?

    I love listening to it in the dark, curled up in bed at night. Simon Vance is such a terrific narrator for this work. And what a bang for the buck! 50+ plus hours of great literature, read by the perfect voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    They are all wonderful. The Valley of Fear is so perfect.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have a vivid imagination and for the past 40 years, with a cup of tea, a home made scone and my huge, annotated Complete Sherlock Holmes, I've been a happy camper. HOWEVER, now, I can have my tea, turn out the lights, have a perfectly presented complete works to choose from, read to me by the absolutely perfect voice of Simon Vance. First stop, Victorian era England, next stop, dreamland.....I have many other books that Simon Vance has narrated but this is is a marriage of story, production and voice made in heaven.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this straight thru the first two times and now I just pick a chapter/story at random.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Brilliance Audio......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Melissa
    ST NEOTS, United Kingdom
    9/21/14
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    "Incredible value"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    The narration is perfect for these well-known characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Impossible to pick one moment from the entire works!!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    The individual characterisations were well maintained.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find it hard to turn it off


    Any additional comments?

    I was nervous that there would be catch with buying the whole works, but I'm over halfway through and still going strong

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • gypsy
    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
    6/28/14
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    "love sherlock holmes, love simon vance"
    Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

    my favourite stories from when I was a child, read perfectly by simon vance


    What did you like best about this story?

    classic literature - you can't fault it


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to his anne rice narrations and everything he does is excellent


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Havant, United Kingdom
    5/15/16
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    "An excellent purchase"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's unbelievably good value, and I cannot imagine any fan of Sherlock Holmes being disappointed by this.<br/>I imagine a fair few listeners will be in a similar position to my own - they will have read the four novels and a broad sample of the short stories, and have decided to work through the entire canon in publication order, revisiting many, and encountering some for the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main two, naturally.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    I'm deliberately reviewing this before finishing the complete book. So far I've just listened to the first two novels (A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four), but am looking forward to meeting Moriarty, Irene Adler and all the other favourites. Simon Vance distinguishes all the characters by voice, making it very easy to follow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not yet, but I was surprised at how interesting the scenes without Holmes or Watson are.<br/>I'm particularly looking forward to the "We're not jealous of you" speech by Lestrade in The Six Napoleons - that was performed so brilliantly in the Jeremy Brett version.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't normally review a book I haven't finished, but getting such a superb reading of the first two novels for a single credit means the book has already earned top marks across the board. The fact that we get every other ACD Sherlock Holmes story as well is simply icing on an exceedingly good cake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chill
    England
    2/19/16
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    "Classic collection... But..."

    I love the stories of Conan Doyle and enjoyed listening to the Holmes collection. The narration was good despite a few dodgy accents, Australians sounded more like South Africans and all Americans sounded the same.
    The irritating part was the way the collection had been separated to ease the download, almost all parts broke off during the middle of a story. Please take note audible and change it so that the download break happens at the end of a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Impressions
    Birmingham, UK
    1/20/16
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    "Excellent - much enjoyed!"
    Any additional comments?

    It is remarkable that whatever format you experience the Sherlock Holmes stories they are still a thumping good yarn, with bags of atmosphere and character. Will we ever tire of them?!<br/><br/>This is a terrific 58 hour audiobook - and a snip at the price. Simon Vance does a terrific job - and doesn't not over act or "ham up" his performance. However - despite this being called "The complete Sherlock Holmes" I only seem to have 42 short stories and 4 novels - not the 56 short stories and 4 novels that were written. Either my download had a problem - or this isn't really The *Complete* Sherlock Holmes. I am therefore forced to take off one star in the "Overall" category. (Apologies if the explanation for the missing stories was merely a technical problem from my end.)<br/><br/>I much enjoyed this version, but my view, remains that the best audio version ever made was by the BBC, featuring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson. Together they recorded all the stories in the canon between 1989 and 1998. Alas, I only have it on cassette tape, so it's very inconvenient for me to listen to these days. This version is a delightful and convenient alternative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ken
    4/22/15
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    "Great"

    Loved it. The best way to get through the entire works in an enjoyable manner. Great narrator, just give it a whirl!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Pj Marsh
    Nottingham England
    3/4/15
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    "Everything you should expect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The character of Sherlock Holmes is a very clearly defined, and any representation of it must in my mind adhere to that formula, and the reading of this book does exactly that!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Consistency and accuracy through the entire book, a pleasure to listen to. On the downside there is no whisper sync which is a shame but that shouldn't put you off!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance clearly has an understanding and an affinity for the character, alongside a strong understanding of Victorian life, and culture of the time.His characterisations are consistent and entertaining and his memory of what each characters voice sounds like is faultless


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    As complete as Sherlock Holmes can get!


    Any additional comments?

    For a one credit download this is perhaps excellent value, and as the quality is so high in its reading and its content there is really no good reason not to consider this high quality piece of work!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beebs
    New York, USA
    4/25/15
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    "I loved every story!"

    Wonderful narrator. I loved this collection from start to finish and now I am going to start it again! B

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Philippa
    4/22/15
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    "Excellent read."

    Great classic read for easy listening. A great holiday collection. Must listen for a truly gripping set of stories!!!!! Brilliant

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alan S.
    4/15/15
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    "Awsome"

    Excellent narration.
    I've enjoyed thoroughly through and through.
    I'll be sad when I've finished and leave Sherlock's world.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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