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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: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date:
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In this second Sherlock Holmes novel, the indomitable sleuth is visited by a woman in distress. Each year for the past six years, on the anniversary of her father’s mysterious disappearance ten years ago, Miss Mary Morstan has been receiving pearls, she knows not why or from whom. This time, her anonymous benefactor wants to meet. In the letter, he promises to reveal the mystery and to “right the wrongs” against her. “If you distrust me,” he writes, “bring two friends.” And so she approaches Holmes and Watson. Naturally the great detective cannot pass up such a singular puzzle, so he and Watson agree to accompany her to the mysterious meeting. The ensuing investigation turns up a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog, and a love affair.

From London to India and back again, this case once more reveals the incomparable talents of the world’s only consulting detective.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Of all the Holmes stories it is The Sign of the Four which remains persistently in my memory.”

    Graham Greene

  • “In The Sign of the Four Sir Arthur Conan Doyle weaves a story that stretches from London to India…Holmes finds himself enmeshed in a crime involving two murders, a wooden-legged man, a budding love story, and the theft of an Indian treasure. Add to this a depiction of Colonial India during the time of the 1857 rebellion and you have one of the more intriguing Holmes stories…Three-time Audie nominee, Ralph Cosham, in a voice reminiscent of Nigel Bruce who played Dr. Watson in early Hollywood films of the Holmes canon, brings the right tenor and feeling to the work. This is classic, well executed and well worth visiting again.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/20/2014

    " This was a great story. I actually found myself more amused by Doyle's colorful characters than by the mystery itself. Dr. Watson is often so stoic that it's hilarious, and I loved the pompous inspector, the hypochondriac hookah addict and the surly one legged man. This book is great deal of fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Krista | 2/20/2014

    " If I could give five stars to characters, then Sherlock Holmes is a five-star character. A morphine-taking, violin-playing manic depressive who always manages to deduce the impossible. This story was good in the beginning, but it seemed to lose steam as Watson's narrative lost Holmes. I think the fault was in the fact that the exposition was longer than the adventure. However, for a mystery of just 100 pages, it was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corry L. | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoy Dr. Watson's narration and I find the Holmes novels quite enjoyable. This novel fortunately avoids the mind-numbing tedium of non-Watsonian narration that made A Study in Scarlet unfinishable for me. The version I read (not this one) has excellent and hilarious footnotes, as well. Apparently there's a whole field of Holmsian scholarship in which people treat Holmes and Watson as real people and chastise Watson for all his inaccuracies and inconsistencies. Very odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cameron | 2/17/2014

    " This is a good book but I was glad that it was short. There was a great deduction part at the begining that I read over and over. the mystery itself was good but not as I hoped it would be. the explination at the end was OK but I still was able to read it through with no problems. Again Doyle needs to give us the background of the bad guy and he really needs to stop doing that. A good quick read. "

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