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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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An English gentleman is murdered with a uniquely American weapon: a sawed-off shotgun. Since the police are baffled, Sherlock Holmes is asked to solve the murder.

The story is similar in structure to A Study in Scarlet, with the second half taking place in the United States and filling in the history of what led up to the first half. Toward the end, the story comes back to Holmes and Watson. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 2/14/2014

    " Adoro la serie de Arthur Conan Doyle... si te gusta Dr. House, puede que te gusten todos los libros de sherlock holmes "

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

    " I think this was my favorite Sherlock Holmes story that I have read to date. It is dark, interesting and the plot moves well. For the first time I was guessing as to the truth of the matter. Normally I find myself predicting what will happen and most of the time I am right. This time I could pick up on clues but couldn't quite put it together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qube [rV³] | 2/6/2014

    " Good, but not as good as the Hound of Baskerville or Sign of Four. Not ACD's best work. "

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

    " This book was good but he goes back to his old ways of giving the ending and then giving the whole back story of the people involved. I did like this back story much better than the others. Not a bad book but not my favorite Holmes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andalee | 12/5/2013

    " Amazing! I love the variety in the narrative and how different it is from Hounds of Baskerville "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 11/20/2013

    " One man takes on a ruthless criminal gang operating in coal fields... and wins! And then Sherlock Holmes enters the scene... A Conan Doyle classic, The Valley of Fear is in the public domain, with a free electronic copy here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie Surani | 11/19/2013

    " very interesting in the first half, but I was far too satisfied at that point. The second half lost me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Davies | 11/19/2013

    " Typically great Sherlock Holmes book, though didn't really get into the side story set in The Valley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ange | 8/10/2013

    " What can I say? Suggest you read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Reid | 8/10/2013

    " I love mysteries! I enjoyed this one. There's nobody like Sherlock! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Herbst | 7/21/2013

    " I enjoyed the parts set in London but the chapters in Pennsylvania were a bit of a drag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/16/2013

    " As this was the last thing for me to read to complete Doyle's Sherlock works, I wish it had been better. Like A Study in Scarlet, the format of this novel was not my favorite, and there really wasn't enough twists or enough of Sherlock's detective work and the end came back around too jarringly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corry L. | 12/8/2012

    " The first half is fun, the second is not narrated by Watson :( It's more interesting than the non-Watson part of "A Study in Scarlet" but the ending "twist" was obvious and not particularly interesting in the context of the base Holmes/Watson story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Yates | 7/24/2012

    " So the first half was interesting, but then it went into the American back story, seems like a theme with Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. Turn-of-the-century Britons must have been starving for stories about those crazy American Mormons and Masons. Oddly enough I am not so we never finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 3/15/2012

    " This was good. The first half was a great mystery but the second half was a long adventure story explaining one part of the mystery. That part got boring at times. But the book has added a new word to my every day vocabulary (bodymaster) which is always a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CatBookMom | 3/14/2012

    " From Recorded Books 1999, narrated by Patrick Tull "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2011

    " This is what happens when you run out of books while abroad...but actually rather fun in a predictable way. Hadn't realized before that Holmes is such an obnoxious prig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chas | 4/22/2011

    " The weakest of the Sherlock Holmes novels. The first half is overly drawn out, and then grafted to what feels like an entirely separate novel that combines the Crime and Western genres, and whose politics are rather dated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abasi | 3/17/2011

    " Quite similar to A Study in Scarlet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Braden | 3/11/2011

    " Not my favorite Sherlock Holmes novel--the plot dragged, the characters took an agonizingly long time to make up their minds, and the whole thing was pretty much just flat-out boring. Did have an interesting twist at the end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/28/2011

    " I love mysteries! I enjoyed this one. There's nobody like Sherlock! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 2/14/2011

    " Not what I was expecting, which was two stories - the crime and the victim's history. I didn't care about the history, and the case was wrapped up too quickly. It doesn't help when you figure out "whodunnit" before the end, too. Meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/10/2011

    " Among my favorite stories of Sherlock Holmes. Was very tempted to rate it 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/14/2011

    " I think someone didn't want to write a whole Sherlock Holmes book and halfway through it becomes a totally different story. Not bad though! "

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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.