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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date:
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Two American travelers have been killed—one with poison, the other with a knife through the heart—and the only clues at the scene are a woman’s wedding ring and the German word for “vengeance” written in blood. The military surgeon Dr. John Watson is brought in to investigate, along with his clever, arrogant new roommate, Sherlock Holmes. Thus begins one of the most famous crime-solving partnerships of all time and the debut of one of literature’s most remarkable detectives.

Doyle borrowed his major elements—the detective of superhuman intellect; cases as fantastical as they are criminal; the final, dramatic resolution—from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, adding his own distinctive touches: a strong feeling for the atmosphere of late Victorian London, an interest in the methods of science, and a chivalric concern for justice and the oppressed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Holmes] is probably the only literary creation since the creations of Dickens which has really passed into the life and language of the people.”

    G. K. Chesterton

  • “Valuable to Sherlockians as the beginning of an ageless saga, this novel is also an interesting mystery…Sure to be a hit with mystery readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “The end of a detective story is always the most entertaining part, and listeners and fans of Holmes and Watson will have little difficulty staying with this performance until its climax.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline Bartels | 2/20/2014

    " Re-read these this past weekend because we are doing both for Book Day 2013 in April and I forgot how much I love Sherlock Holmes as a character even if he is a cocky jerk at times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shauna | 1/30/2014

    " I read some Sherlock Holmes stories way back in jr. high and really enjoyed them. I was a little worried about reading more, for fear I would no longer like the style. However, I was relieved to find I still enjoyed the mystery and Sherlock's quirky personality. Definitly worth reading, though the short stories might be a better place to start for some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Line | 1/22/2014

    " It was amazing. The best crime i have ever read. I feared it might be a bit dull but that was not the care at all! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rozonda | 1/1/2014

    " My least favourite Holmes works. The novel is not a format this character does well in-excepting The Hound of the Baskervilles, an absolute masterpiece. "

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