"There's a scarlet thread of murder running through the colorless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it."
From the moment Dr. John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.
In A Study in Scarlet, Holmes and Watson's first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence, but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.
The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem, he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge.
If you could sum up A Study in Scarlet in three words, what would they be?
Classic given life!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes! I was always wondering whodunit.
Have you listened to any of Marnye Young’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. As good if not better. She does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Don't blink or you'll miss whodunit!
Any additional comments?
When I'd heard Marnye Young was narrating "A Study In Scarlet," I immediately snapped it up. For sometime now, I've been wanting to read the first Sherlock Holmes mystery, and knowing how great she is at narrating, I jumped at the chance to listen to her bring the characters to life. And she did just that!
Review of narration: To my delight, as I listened, it felt as though I was in the same room, as if a live play were carrying on before me. Marnye did an amazing job of breathing life into each and every character. Not once was I ever confused about which character was speaking. From Sherlock to Dr. Watson... Scotland Yard Detectives to Midwest Americans... Male and female... Young and old... Marnye managed a perfect voice for each of them.
For readers who always say, "The book is better than the movie..." I say, try audio books! Audio books are the best of both worlds! Every time I found myself driving, cleaning house, or walking the aisles of Walmart, I slipped in my earbuds and listened to a great story being read by an amazing narrator! I'm a fan indeed, and I'll be seeking more books narrated by Marnye Young!
Review of story: What's not to like? It's Sherlock Holmes! And unlike the movies and TV series, which I still love, Sherlock's skills of deduction are not only amazing, he tells you how he came to his conclusions. I often get frustrated with the modern-day Sherlock stories, as I don't believe all the clues are available for me to figure out the culprit.
As I listened and read this story, I started to think that was a trait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thankfully, I was wrong. All the clues were there; Sherlock even pointed them out. I, sadly--even though I usually figure out every mystery I read--missed the culprit. That's okay, though. It was a wonderful mystery, and one I plan to read and listen to several more times.
I highly recommend this story--and especially with the narration!
Happy Reading / Listening!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A delightful classic, brought to life by a new voice!
What did you like best about this story?
The narrator drew me in to the story with her superb storytelling. It's a rare and beautiful talent to be able to take the listener from reality and take them inside the story--to make them part of the tale.