Extended Audio Sample

Download Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (66,643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

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 in this 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.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but initial poverty as a young practitioner led him into authorship. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote historical romances and two essays in pseudoscientific fantasy, The Lost World (1912) and The Poison Belt (1913).

Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_000454

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 2/12/2014

    " Overall, it definitely stood up to expectations. Holmes is a quirky genius and entertaining to watch from the viewpoint of Doctor Watson. The transition in the middle as he told about the background of the murder was interesting but confusing as I had no idea what was going on at first. But overall a yay, it was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pratik Pantode | 2/12/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Wilt | 2/4/2014

    " What a wonderful start to a legend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Csaba Berger | 2/1/2014

    " It's a bummer that I watched the film and serial adaptations of this novel because had I been to read the novel first, I might have given 5 stars for rating it. The way how Sherlock and his way of thinking is depicted, along with the other characters, their motives, and all the things that culminate in the clues in the end is amazing. Being in London, and knowing the streets and parks Doyle mentioned, it was also great to feel that these fictional characters live in a London atmosphere in the 19th century. Excellent work, can't wait to move on to The Sign of the Four. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hana | 1/26/2014

    " i picked this up to compare with the bbc versh with (who else!) benedict cumberbatch, ie. current obsession. definitely some twists to the show's first episode, 'a study in pink', but i found it amazing that the book's physical description of sherlock matched benedict almost perfectly. great choice in casting, peeps at the bbc! erm, ok as for the book, the first part went well enough... and then it got weird in the second half. i thought i was reading a scene from Blood Red Road. pioneers and mormons, really? plus i thought doyle was a little harsh on the mormons. on the upside, i wikied mormonism and learned something new. the plot wasn't so mysterious, but i guess the book was more of an introduction to sherlock. he was kind of obnoxious here, i thought, lol. i don't remember him being so in the Hound of Baskerville. or maybe watson was elementary to his 'evolution' in later books? ok i don't know, i'll have to read the rest in the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Green | 1/9/2014

    " The first half is classic Sherlock Holmes, which is pleasant. What really surprised me was Doyle's narrative of the American west in Part II. It is a total departure of style from a London-set mystery, but flowed superbly and showed Doyle's diversity of writing skill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michealbank | 12/25/2013

    " Mostly liked it. Thought the middle part was a little dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg Singer | 11/13/2013

    " I had no idea there would be reference to Mormons and Salt Lake City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yjane Ymas | 11/4/2013

    " First Sherlock Holmes novel that I have read and it got me hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 10/5/2013

    " It was really interesting to see how Sherlock and Holmes first met and how they both went about solving their first case together. I am looking forward to diving into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Bush | 7/14/2013

    " 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 Trudy | 5/25/2013

    " This was great fun. Who knew that Arthur Conan Doyle would write about the Mormans? A wonderful surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katra | 4/11/2013

    " Gross historical inaccuracies, but a fun ready nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chakravarthi Bharati | 10/22/2012

    " This is a first Sherlock holmes novel of Canon Doyle. But, it has logical senses and guessings.It reveals that Holmes is a genius detective only on his subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iain Peters | 8/10/2012

    " I enjoyed this book for the most part, however, the middle section where it goes into the culprit's back story seems a bit pointless. Otherwise, it was a cracking book :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 7/29/2012

    " The fusion between the original stories and the Gatiss/Moffat adaptation continues to blow my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suketa Faulkner | 3/27/2012

    " Loved this book!!!! Can't wait to read more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Rosemary | 11/1/2011

    " Great book! Made watching the series Sherlock all the more fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollins | 7/21/2011

    " Interesting story. It takes me a bit to get into this 19th century style of fiction writing, but I intend to continue with Doyle. "

  • 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. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.