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Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly - see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters in any genre.

Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories were narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson, two having been narrated by Holmes himself, and two others written in the third person. The first two stories, short novels, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887 and Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two serialized novels appeared almost right up to Conan Doyle's death in 1930. 

  • A Study in Scarlet (Starts at Chapter 1), 
  • The Sign of the Four Starts at Chapter 15
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Starts at Chapter 28
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesStarts at Chapter 48
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles Starts at Chapter 61
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes Starts at Chapter 76
  • The Valley of Fear Starts at Chapter 95
  • His Last Bow Starts at Chapter 110
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  • Sau Cheung
  • 2019-09-06

Scalon's narration is superior to Fry's

A few months ago, I purchased the SH collection narrated by Stephen Fry and had a difficult time getting into the series. When the option to buy this series narrated by Stephen Scalon for less then a dollar, I jumped at it. For the first few chapters, I alternated between narrators but it became clear that Scalon's narration was superior to Fry's...at least for my audio pleasure.

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  • Wade Lancaster
  • 2019-11-06

Fully Realized Sherlock Holmes

This is another great Holmes collection. This is just as good as the Frye version. Both narrators are top notch and bring Sherlock to life. So, check out the audible samples and see which one you like best. You know the stories, so I won’t review them. What matters most is the narrator, and this one is great. Highly recommended.

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  • Angelo
  • 2019-08-11

Definitely a Five star purchase.

Excellent compilation!! Loved listening this, I was sad to finish it. It's definitely a five star purchase.

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  • Benswing
  • 2019-09-10

Hours of intrigue

The complete Sherlock Holmes collection is truly a gem. The performance was quite good and the stories got me through a 10,000 mile road trip. Quite enjoyable!

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  • josh lowery
  • 2020-03-17

Brilliant material.

I loved this .. great and beatiful books read by a great orator. Although I must admit some of the female voices are so tedious I wanted to quit listening. Beyond that I loved the book and performance.

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  • Local Book Lover
  • 2020-07-24

Great books deserve better narrator

Excellent stories by a great writer. It's easy to understand why people feel as though Sherlock Holmes was a real person. The reader generally sounds good, although his approximations of women's and children's voices are a bit distracting. He occasionally mispronounces words in odd ways. For example, he says "desert spoon" when presumably "dessert spoon" was intended by the author. In "a Study in Scarlet" he does a passable American accent, yet persists in giving some words a gratingly British pronunciation (eg., "hareeem" instead of "harem"). Throughout, he pronounces "due" as "Jew" and "duty as "jooty"; "deduce" is "de-juice", "duke" is "jook", "leash" is "lash" and "sure" is "shore". There are other odd pronunciations that make me wonder if he understands all the words. It's irritating, and I will try to avoid other books read by this guy. It's difficult to find a particular story, since the book has been divided into numbered "chapters" that don't list the titles.

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  • Gary Wildridge
  • 2020-11-05

Wonderful

the narration was amazing by Stephen Scanlon his voice is forever ingrained as a top Holmes performer.

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  • Ray928
  • 2020-02-01

Hard to navigate

I did not finish this. It seemed like a big hodgepodge of stories in no particular order. It is very long; in 4 parts and they are not labeled and I could not find and table of contents. I just could not get into it. Maybe I'll go back and try some more later.

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  • J. Mac
  • 2020-01-13

A most excellent listen!

Everything about this book was excellent and well done from the narrator to the stories themselves, I will most assuredly listen again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-07

Long but worth the listen.

Loved it! Only remember one chapter where words cut out from whole collection. Also this is very long collection, occasionally switching in parts to a German (for intro and conclusion to sections). This was confusing at first but I didn't mind it once I understood what was going on. should add that I have a good deal of Sir Conan Doyle's works and I do believe it helps if you actually enjoy mysteries.