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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (133,710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781441839497
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Doctor Watson, returned fresh from Afghanistan with an injured arm and shattered nerves from illness, moves to London on a pension. He is most introduced to Sherlock Holmes, with whom he rooms for some time. He is skeptical about Holmes' self-professed deductive powers, and so Holmes allows him to tag along on a case that the police cannot solve. Needless to say, Holmes thoroughly impresses Watson with his deductive powers, and promises to keep records of all of Holmes' cases so that his excellent detecting doesn't go unrewarded. The first part of A Study in Scarlet leads to the arrest of the murderer, and the second part provides the story of the murderer's life and motives, previously unexplained. Part two takes the listener across the ocean to the original settlement of Salt Lake City in Utah, and a story of hardship, love, greed, Mormons, and revenge, and then back to London to sort out the explanations.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Palmreader | 1/27/2014

    " Nothing is like Sherlock Holmes, nothing ever can be like reading these for the first time. I wish I could recapture that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Prendergast | 1/16/2014

    " Quick read. Even quicker if you picture Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as the characters. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/24/2013

    " Let me start by saying that I made the mistake of watching every single episode of BBC' s "Sherlock" before reading this book. I thought the very first episode would ruin everything for me. However, once I started reading, I was surprised to find that the book and the show had parallel, but different plots all at the same time. I was already looking for the cab driver before the mystery even started. I was convinced, about halfway through that the book had run out of surprises for me. Although , as I entered into the second part of the book, it was a completely different story... or so it seemed. No less enjoyable than the first, but different. At first I was a little upset and wanted to hear more from Holmes and Watson. As the story went on, I started to recognize names and it suddenly all made since. As they say, "knowing is half the battle." Once I started to understand the direction of the story, it became more enjoyable and entertaining. Of course this book is an introduction, more than anything, of our dear Sherlock' s abilities and of the growing relationship between him and Watson. I recently began the second book, and I can see right away that it picks up right where we left off. I am enjoying the second one more and hope to continue to enjoy the series and see the friendship grow between the two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leelan | 12/11/2013

    " Great introduction to two classic characters. Ritchie was right. Holmes and Watson are young men in the prime and fire of their lives. Not the old men portrayed by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce thought those old movies were great in their day. Robert Downey Jr.and Jude Law seem to fit the descriptions that Doyle originally wrote much better than the actors in the old movies of the 1940's. I may reread the entire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Roberts | 12/10/2013

    " The first half was fantastic but after the first part was completely irrelevant and I lost interest halfway through part two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megane | 12/5/2013

    " I've wanted to read a Sherlock Holmes for a long time now! The BBC show 'Sherlock Holmes' made me take the plunge and I'm not disappointed at all! I'll definitely read the other ones sometime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/2/2013

    " My second SH book and I have to say I am hooked. I loved the interlude explaining Hope's background. Very romantic. The descriptive scenes allow me to visualize easily how the story unfolds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fauzia Khairani | 9/30/2013

    " Conversation between Holmes and Watson is the best part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Hardisty | 9/11/2013

    " Of course this book is one of the classics. So I felt it was about time I read it properly! Sherlock Holmes will alway be a masterpiece of English literature and I will certainly be reading the rest of the novels this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 9/8/2013

    " A Sherlock Holmes classic. What more is there to say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karena | 6/3/2013

    " Saving review for the podcast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missyjohnson1 | 2/1/2013

    " can't believe I waited so long to read a Sherlock Holmes book! very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/31/2012

    " It had been far too many years since last I visited my old friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street. Splendid stuff indeed. "How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/13/2012

    " Overall loved it! Great first part introducing Holmes, made me fall in love with the characters all over again. The second part was a bit challenging to get into but once you were up to speed it all fell into place perfectly. Very cool introduction to a series I'm looking forward to navigating... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Bush | 11/21/2011

    " I read this because I started watching BBC Sherlock and wanted to see the differences. It definitely brings a different light to the show and made me want to read more of the Sherlock series. Pretty damn fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth J Allen | 10/31/2011

    " Sherlock is Sherlock and Sherlock is amazing. To say his logic is impressive is an understatement. I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Parimala | 6/15/2011

    " Reading Sherlock Holmes as a kid was a revelation. The closest thing to it was watching forensics cases on Discovery channel years later. Sherlock Holmes rocks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anshul | 6/12/2011

    " truly riveting ..even when u read the stories a second time ..owned it once .. now lost the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 6/12/2011

    " Bought when I was 13, this was one of the few books I brought with me to America when I left Scotland 7 years later. After 20 more years these yellow dogeared pages add a hint of age to this other Scotsman's stories from another century. The stories can be enjoyed today as always before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/11/2011

    " worth reading them all for perspective
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/9/2011

    " I liked it. The stories are very unpredictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allegra | 5/26/2011

    " People often disregard the fact that Doyle was a brilliant author and instead talk about the groundbreaking Holmes--which really is just a testimony to Doyle. I loved these stories and have read every single one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 barnsley | 5/26/2011

    " although i find it a bit over wordy at times, and thyere seems to be LESS detection than i'd always imagined, i'm glad i finally decided to read them. "

  • 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

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.