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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,593 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: December 1999 ISBN:
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A nobleman is killed in his own manor with a uniquely American weapon - a sawed-off shotgun, and Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest detective, is asked to solve the murder. The investigation takes Holmes and his intrepid companion Watson from Sussex England to America's Pennsylvania, where he tangles with a terrorist organization of Irish miners known as the Scowrers - and his arch-enemy, the fiendish Professor Moriarity. The Valley of Fear is one of only four full-length novels starring Sherlock Holmes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 2/17/2014

    " Although I'll be shot by Holmes enthusiasts for saying this, I really don't find Moriarty to be an interesting arch-enemy. It may be the choppy way in which most Holmes anthologies are produced. If the anthologies would list stories according to the chronology of the story timeline, as opposed to the publication timeline, it would be harder to miss the little details that carry distinctive plot elements from story to story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 2/1/2014

    " I didn't love the ending...maybe I was just halfway asleep when I read it but I don't understand the connection between Moriarty and the crime that is described. It seems like the connection was just thrown in at the beginning and end, but it actually had no connection to the story. Otherwise I thought it was interesting and fun to read like all the other Sherlock Holmes books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 1/26/2014

    " 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 Mary | 1/8/2014

    " As always, Doyle delights. This later novel is much improved from his earlier ones, especially with the exposition of the events beyond the mystery (as the story in America from The Study in Scarlet). I highly recommend all of the Holmes stories to anyone, but especially this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 1/7/2014

    " Great little story; did not expect the twist near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/6/2014

    " Reminded me a lot of A Study in Scarlet but was much more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 12/22/2013

    " 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 Scott L. | 11/30/2013

    " Very good compilation of Holmes stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kagome | 11/29/2013

    " Fascinating book. A real mystery "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie (a.k.a. QE3) | 11/26/2013

    " Meh. Watson's narrating was a bit pompous. Plus Arthur Conan Doyle has never been able to write Americans too terribly convincingly. My least favorite. Fairly interesting, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arwen56 | 11/2/2013

    " Praticamente due romanzi in uno: dapprima la storia "gialla" propriamente detta e poi la ricostruzione del retroscena. Piacevolissimo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/14/2013

    " I love Sherlock Holmes' character, and he was only in the first half, then the very end, so those were definitely my favorite parts. But, the second half that doesn't have Holmes was still interesting. We listened to this while puzzling, and it was time very enjoyably spent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saeeda | 7/20/2013

    " a very good book Probably one of the best of doyle work and refelects the early american culture and life very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Petree | 5/4/2013

    " **This book is not the same edition that I read. Part 1 was much more interesting than part II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meli | 3/24/2013

    " No es mi favorito, pero tiene uno de esos giros de trama que te dejan sonriendo por lo brillantes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siti Nurul Amalia | 1/1/2013

    " Nggak begitu bagus. Soalnya Sherlock Holmesnya cuma muncul di awal sama akhir "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aviva Dassen | 11/8/2012

    " Possibly one of the best novels I've ever read. Loved the ending, and I'm happy I didn't stop reading when things seemed to get a bit dull. I finished it in one day. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Byrd | 10/24/2012

    " The first half was really super super fun! The second half was the back story, which was still good, but there was no Sherlock Holmes, which is the best part of reading a Sherlock Holmes novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 10/17/2012

    " I have a complete set of Sherlock Holmes books and I haven't read half of them. This one is a short novel, and only nominally a Holmes story at all. Enjoyable enough as entertainment. I think part of the subtext of this one is: "Watch out England! The Americans will get you!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 7/6/2012

    " The whole case is solved in the first half of the book and the second half is more of an explanation/back story for why the murder happened. I didn't like that so much, it took me a while to get through and finish it. I enjoy the way "Watson" writes better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie | 6/5/2011

    " Twist ending I never saw coming! I did find it slightly odd the way that the story was split into the Holmes story and the Douglas story but once I hit the end, it was better. Another amazing story by Doyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 4/7/2011

    " Amazing and clever book! I don't know why they do not teach this one is school's rather than the Hound of Baskerville. "

  • 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 1/11/2011

    " The murder of a wealthy landowner in an English country manor is traced back to the actions of a Pinkerton detective in a crime-ridden American mining town. This, in my opinion, is one of the best of the Sherlock Holmes stories. "

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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.