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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,680 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: David Ian Davies Publisher: One Voice Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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When an Englishwoman receives mysterious gifts of pearls and a letter promising to right wrongs done to her, she calls upon Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to investigate. This classic work of detective fiction is the second of Conan Doyle's books to feature Holmes and Watson.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/29/2014

    " Quick and fun read. I sometimes wished it wasn't written in first person, though, so it could be a little more thrilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Liong | 1/24/2014

    " A little boring to be honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petim | 1/22/2014

    " The strange story of a man with a wooden leg and his little black assistant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Tuholski | 1/20/2014

    " I love the character of Sherlock Holmes and they are certainly fun stories to read but I have no delusions about Doyle's greatness. He certainly defined, or at least popularized, the mystery genre and should absolutely be acknowledged for creating such a monument of a character, but at the same time, I am not particularly impressed with his writing abilities or even his story-telling abilities in some parts. I approach Doyle in the same way I think about Jules Verne: Verne popularized (and nearly created) the science-fiction genre and some of his ideas and stories are outstanding. . . when put in their context. As a modern day reader, however, Verne's writing is more of an historical curiosity than anything else. When I read Twenty Thousand Leagues, I wasn't drawn in to the story or in love with the characters and I didn't come away from the story with a different perspective on anything. It was still a fun story (albeit a bit dry in parts, but I'll give it to him since he was simply writing in the style of the time), but I wouldn't call Jules Verne a Great Writer. I credit Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the same way: he accomplished many things with his Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories and they are still entertaining to read, but he was not a Great Writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DC | 1/16/2014

    " The story's pretty cool, with the detective work and the boat race really exciting. It gets pretty rambly and long at some part though... ^^; "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pearl Vick | 12/24/2013

    " Sherlock; Watson's first wife; India; pearls; murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/9/2013

    " Could have used less action, more detection work by Holmes. About the last third of the book is a chase, then a LONG exposition speech by the criminal in the best Scooby Doo tradition-he does everything but say, "And I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you meddling detective!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farah | 12/8/2013

    " This is the second full Holmes novel. It was written soon after the intro novel A Study in Scarlet. It turned out to be really good and fascinating. Watson ends up marrying the woman in trouble! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron Etchart | 12/7/2013

    " I'm reading through all of the Sherlock Holmes books, but this one wasn't my favorite. There are certainly fascinating elements to it, but I wasn't drawn into the story as much as the first book, A Study in Scarlet. Still a good, rather quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Bigby | 10/12/2013

    " Sherlock never disappoints. I have read this book several times and enjoy it each time. Somehow it is comforting that Sherlock Holmes can always manage to put things in the right light. This particular story has a bit of romance in it with Dr. Watson which makes it even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 9/1/2013

    " Better than the first novel. I love the final line of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 7/29/2013

    " What else could possibly be said about this story? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/19/2013

    " Not as engaging as I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette Brown | 7/4/2013

    " Listened to the audio book from librivox.org "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/1/2013

    " My second Sherlock Holmes this year. A very good story, but not as in-depth as a Study in Scarlet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 6/12/2013

    " An enjoyable book, but despite it's brief length, it takes too much time in the criminal's back story. This seems to be a trend in Sherlock Holmes novels. After the mystery is solved we get a lengthy and bizarre back story to the criminal. This happened with a Study in Scarlet as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 3/17/2013

    " A fun tale with great atmosphere. This story was more difficult to follow than A Study in Scarlet, however. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle | 11/15/2012

    " Amazing!!!!! Even better than a Study in Scarlet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 9/25/2012

    " This started very well, but it lost me a little in the second half. More interesting look at the personal life of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. As it didn't hold my attention as well as I expected - only 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flaviodefalcao | 7/9/2012

    " It was one of the best stories that I have ever read. I like very much Sherlock Holmes. The style of tells the story, going slowly, till the time that you realize you can't let the book away anymore "

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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

David Ian Davies is a product of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Emigrating to California early in life, he did many Shakespearean plays at the Globe and other theaters in Hollywood. He has been devoted to voice-over work for many years.