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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,807 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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The Sign of Four is the second book that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote featuring the now famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his partner, Dr. John Watson. The book begins with Holmes taking cocaine since he has no work and he needs something to keep him from feeling bored. Fortunately, a case shows up at his doorstep, involving a young lady who has been receiving a pearl every year in the mail since the time of her father’s disappearance. The lady, Mary Morstan, has now been contacted by the sender who wants to meet her, and she would like Holmes and Watson to come along in case she needs any help.

So far, the case has all the elements necessary for an intriguing mystery—a damsel in distress (who eventually becomes the wife of Dr. Watson), a restless detective, and the mystery of the annual pearl. What does it all mean? When Mary Morstan, Holmes and Watson reach the rendezvous, they meet a man named Thaddeus Sholto who reveals to Mary that their respective fathers were in possession of a treasure they had brought over from India. He says that his brother Bartholomew has now discovered the whereabouts of this treasure and they want to share it with her.

However, when they go to the place where they are to meet Bartholomew, they find that he is dead and the treasure stolen. Holmes, with his usual acuity, examines the scene of the crime and states that there were two men involved, one with a wooden leg and the other extremely agile. So it is now up to Holmes and Watson to track down these perpetrators and discover what happened. Plus, what exactly is "the sign of the four" which they find in one of Mary Morstan’s father’s papers?

In an extremely dexterous narrative which spans several decades, Conan Doyle weaves together a fantastic story involving India, convicts, stolen treasure and, of course, the damsel in distress. Holmes once again succeeds in astonishing readers with his hound-like skills, noticing things that mere mortals would never pay attention to. In our day and age, we often take the accomplishments of forensic teams for granted but in Conan Doyle’s time, so much attention to detail was not a matter of course. People didn’t naturally look for strands of hair or signs of shoe polish, all of which Holmes does. In many ways, although fictional, he is responsible for the way in which we regard crime-solving today.

Conan Doyle was himself a doctor by profession and based the character of Holmes on one of his university teachers, Joseph Bell, a man whose attention to detail and skills of deduction were beyond compare. Holmes’ predilection for melancholia in the absence of work was echoed in Conan Doyle’s life, especially in his later years when he started to wonder whether there is life after death. He published several books and short stories, some of them featuring Holmes and others of a non-fiction nature. He married twice and had five children.

Download The Sign of Four audiobook now from The Audio Bookstore to get a glimpse of the dark and mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle’s storytelling is intense and compelling, pulling you in like a whirlpool to release you at the end when the mystery has been unraveled.

Greed, betrayal, and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Sherlock Holmes is rescued from boredom by the strange case of Jonathan Small and the tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge. The mystery leads Holmes and Dr. Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't like it quite as much as A Study in Scarlet. I didn't get nearly as caught up in the background behind the crime and wasn't as invested in the revenge but I still really enjoyed it. I love Sherlock Holmes and it's fun to read about him being clever/solving crimes/etc. Also, I like the descriptions of old timey England. Probably going to move on to "Adventures" next but I'm really looking forward to The Hound of the Baskervilles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Barker | 2/12/2014

    " A great yarn, but modern readers may frown at some of the Victorian attitudes; particularly regarding race. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/31/2014

    " I know I read this book a long time ago. This paperback has been on my bookshelf for a very long time. I really enjoyed this mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. There's a murder in a locked room, missing treasure, a vanished steam ship... What more could a mystery fan want? I'm glad I decided to reread this classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Cuevas | 1/22/2014

    " All of the Sherlock Holmes stories are my favorite. I have probably re-read these stories more often than any other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/20/2014

    " I totally forgot that I read this. A year and a half later, yes! Mary Morston! You go marry that nice John Watson, will you? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/19/2014

    " Nice Sherlock Holmes story, but I was missing something. I have to re-read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Kottke | 1/13/2014

    " The second stop in my chronological path through the original Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes canon. More action-packed, yet in the end not quite as satisfying as "A Study in Scarlet," it's a take-off on Chaucer's "Pardoner's Tale," with greed as the motivator for revenge this time. I'm enjoying Doyle's conversation scenes between Holmes and Watson, in which Holmes elucidates on how his mind works and the science of observation, as well as the moments when Holmes is on the scene of the crime and demonstrating said science. I'm not so much enjoying the back-loaded exposition, where the investigation comes to a standstill about 2/3 of the way through the novel whilst the suspect(s) narrate their schemes. I'm curious to see how the short stories balance the main narrative and the back stories that explain the mystery. Onward! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chels | 1/10/2014

    " Better than the first one, though I get really anxious for the criminal to finish his tale by the end...However, I recognize this is necessary for closure purposes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/3/2014

    " Another good start to the Sherlock Holmes series. I love a good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tac Anderson | 12/28/2013

    " Better than the first, not quite as good as the first collection of short stories, "The Adventures of..." One of the most interesting facts about this book is that it establishes Sherlock as a manic depressive, cocaine addict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 10/25/2013

    " I definitely enjoyed this one but it was less complicated than I thought, and I think I liked 'A Study in Scarlet' more. But there's still plenty here to keep me interested in Holmes as a character and I'll definitely tackle the short stories later on. "

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

    " Holmes is still pompous, but structure of the novel is much more natural and the tale itself is wonderfully gripping! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby Wilson | 6/28/2013

    " Better than 'A Study in Scarlet' I think, just a more coherent story. Not bad :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/21/2013

    " I am simply in love with Sherlock Holmes. To create a character in both he and Watson that keep you turning the pages is sheer genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Janoski | 1/19/2013

    " Not as suspenseful as others. This book is where you get introduced to Toby the dog! And also discover Holmes's love affair with cocaine. Ha. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/2/2013

    " Eh maybe I shouldn't have read the two back to back. This one didn't pull me in like the other at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/2/2012

    " Good Sherlock Holmes fare. Very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati Decarlo | 7/31/2012

    " Holmes never disappoints - another great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 6/19/2012

    " It's almost funny reading it now as an adult, to discover how much pervasive misogyny carried throughout the Holmes novels. Women are either villians, or in desperate need of assistance, and overwhelmingly lack any and all common sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/13/2012

    " Engaging, but doesn't quite pay off on the promised intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 4/7/2012

    " To say the least, this was an interesting story. Besides the cocaine, I liked it. Although not his best (by far), it is as Doyle-ish as it gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/22/2012

    " Not as engrossing as "A Study in Scarlet," but just as entertaining thanks to Watson's head-over-heels commentary and the exotic premises that lead to so much background storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 7/28/2011

    " The Sign of Four : detective stories :: Gang of Four : alt rock "

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

    " Not as good as book number 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The Angels have the Phone Box & Emmaline ♥ Supermegafoxymawesomehot ♥ | 5/14/2011

    " i love sherlock holmes books LAAAAAA "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 4/10/2011

    " Still reading it. So far I love it! "

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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

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.