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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (66,962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Originally named A Tangled Skein, this is the first Sherlock Holmes story. The real strength and the unique quality of the novel lies in the introduction of Holmes and Watson to each other - and those dark early scenes when a corpse is discovered in a derelict house in southeast London. The ultimate crusader against crime and criminals, Holmes' genius is revealed here for the very first time. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacey | 2/13/2014

    " Mystery novels aren't really my thing, but I really liked this story. It was relatively quick and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Dorr | 1/29/2014

    " Getting started with the Sherlock canon. Kind of a weird turn to focus half the book on the backstory of a character, but it was a fun read overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleman Concannon | 1/24/2014

    " Well written. Great start for Holmes, but too short/simple mystery. Change in narrative in middle off-putting/good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Fordham | 1/19/2014

    " First Sherlock Holmes story. Great fun, though a bit long on the exposition at the end. Still worth the time if you enjoy Sherlock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hristina Ivanova | 1/12/2014

    " I've read almost every story about our good friends Holmes and Watson and no one of them has ever disappointed me. I really enjoyed that one. It was twisted and didn't really knew the truth until the author himself gave it away. In a nutshell- I really liked and enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/8/2014

    " "The public hisses at me but I applaud myself in my own house and simultaneously contemplate the money in my chest." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Upasana | 1/3/2014

    " Introduction to the world's best and only consulting detective Mr.Sherlock Holmes. This book is divided in two parts, second being a bit slow. Despite being slow, I was able to finish it so as to move on to the other adventures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dani | 11/14/2013

    " I got bored. So I couldn't finish it. Will probably pick up another Sherlock novel some other time but this one isn't for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Doherty | 11/1/2013

    " I thought this was an excellent book! Although, I hated the chapters that introduced Jefferson Hope in America and all the mormonism. I practically skim read them and eagerly waited for a return to the present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pratik Pantode | 10/30/2013

    " It establishes the character of SH in a good way. Clear and concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niko | 10/29/2013

    " A wonderful debut of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. I'm impressed by holmes' unparalleled knowledge in the science of deduction and of criminal justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inez | 9/14/2013

    " I mean, Conan Doyle is brilliant. 'Nuff said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 9/5/2013

    " The way the author built a very complex crime, and to have it work in the favor of the main character's logic was just wonderful.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 5/1/2013

    " *adds to list of addictions* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie Tighe | 11/22/2012

    " Three and a half stars. I liked it quite a bit, but not sure Holmes is necessarily for me. I'll probably stick to the BBC series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/1/2012

    " Please see my review of the series under the main title: The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes: Strand (Magazine) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farren | 10/20/2012

    " Enjoyable and thrilling.......and the same question how did Sherlock Holmes solved the mystery so quickly? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/5/2012

    " I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Conan Doyle's writing. His obvious sense of humor makes the writing interesting and compelled me to read on. After getting hooked on the BBC Sherlock, I had to see what the real deal was all about. It did not disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti Henger | 9/22/2011

    " I probably shouldn't rate it this low because the writing is great, I just could not get into it:-( maybe ill try the Hound of Baskerville at some point- but for now I'm putting this collection away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 7/25/2011

    " Shorter than I expected, and with a lengthy diversion right in the middle... this was the fussiest and least-pleaseing of Doyle's Sherlock tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 5/22/2011

    " don't think i can add to the feverish fan base on this one-- super enjoyable. love that ACD was an MD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes when I was a kid, but that was from movies and TV series. I had never read any of the books, until now. While not literary, this is a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prashansa | 5/16/2011

    " Well the 1st two chapters were boring as they were just an introduction about Sherlock Holmes but dude, the rest of the book rocks. Holmes is so clever, must say. The starting of Part-2 was boring but then it became good. For other details -Read the Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/11/2011

    " It was a great book! I couldn't put it down. The mystery was so interesting. Also I love how Holmes reveals himself after a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 5/10/2011

    " I love the anti-Mormon sentiment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 4/28/2011

    " Very interesting read, it is impressive how much of Sherlock Holmes is established in his first appearance. The digression into the ways of the Mormons is fascinating if odd, though vital to the story. "

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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.