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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Edward Hardwicke Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781538467350
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Motivated by greed and jealousy, the criminal in this classic Sherlock Holmes mystery The Adventure of the Priory School aims to kidnap a young lord—but causes a far greater tragedy. 

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  • “Edward Hardwicke reads British accents and brogue with enterprising style…His rendition of the stricken schoolmaster in Adventures of Priory School rings with clipped, academic tones…An excellent listen for Sherlock Holmes fans.”


  • “Sherlock Holmes stories…are not only the most famous and enduring contribution to detective fiction by any single writer but also probably the most imitated, parodied, and adapted literary works in the language…The detective has since become a staple of the film and television industries.”

    The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

  • “[Sherlock Holmes] became the prototype for the modern mastermind detective. The character generated the most enduring tradition in detective fiction.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

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About the Author
Author Arthur Conan Doyle

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

Edward Hardwicke (1932–2011) was an English actor who primarily played supporting roles on television, in films, and on stage, where he was classically trained. He is well known for the role of Dr. Watson in the Grenada television series The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett. Hardwicke also appeared in a number of films, such as Shadowlands alongside Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth, and the all-star romantic comedy Love Actually.