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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: John Bolen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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Only Holmes and Watson can get to the bottom of this baffling murder mystery. John Douglas is found in his study, blasted faceless by a sawed-off shotgun. There is no obvious motive or suspect. Douglas and his wife, Ivy, a rich and locally popular couple, have lived for years in the ancient, moated Birlstone Manor House. Despite Douglas' nightly ritual of raising the drawbridge, the perpetrator had somehow concealed himself, shot Douglas, and made a clean getaway.

Does the mystery have something to do with the interesting relationship between Cecil Baker, Douglas' only friend from his obscure past, and the surprisingly merry widow? There are plenty of clues, including a brand mark on the deceased's arm and the fact that his wedding ring is missing, but not the ring that he always wore above it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prasanna M R | 2/12/2014

    " Possibly the best story of Sherlock Holmes, although many cite Baskerville's, i was just amazed by its pacing and telling. The flashback sequence is one of the best of its kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/8/2014

    " I took this to be one of Conan Doyle's attempts to write a story using the trappings of Holmes without writing a Holmes story. Valley of Fear is another one of those tales that makes America seem properly frightening and lawless. In any case, without giving too much away, this could easily be two stories, first a typical Holmes short story and second a story about a criminal union-cum-secret society in coal country. I found the prose more fluid than some of the other Holmes stories I read, but the book itself is not unified. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ange | 2/6/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Clark | 1/26/2014

    " Though this book has a good plot, this is a pretty week Holmes story, as the great detective only appears at the beginning and end, with the majority of the story tells of how the protagonists came to Britain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2014

    " Smilarly to "A Study in Scarlet," the story is actually two stories: First comes the crime-solving with Holmes and Watson, second comes the background story about gangsters in America. While I loved the first part and enjoyed that the case was given more room than one is used to from the short stories, the second part didn't interest me in the least. If I were to average the rating across both parts, I'd probably end up with three stars. However, as one can easily skip the background story and end up with an enjoyable, if shorter, read that way, so I'll give four stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/13/2014

    " Out of all four of Doyle's Holmes novels, I had the lowest expectations for "The Valley of Fear" since I have often read it is the weakest of the four stories. However, after reading the book, I think it is my favorite. Both halves of the book are great and I enjoyed the backstory in "The Valley of Fear", which is the second half, more than the backstory in "A Study in Scarlet". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 1/12/2014

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

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

    " 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 Amanda Webb | 1/2/2014

    " My first Sherlock Holmes book... Weird when you are so used to seeing the character on screen. I shall read more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ManicMyna | 11/17/2013

    " the second half of this tale is vastly different to the first, & when Doyle does this it really stuffs the narrative of the tale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saeeda | 11/12/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariana Sandoval | 10/15/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, its challenging clues made me think about who the suspect could be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 4/14/2013

    " 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 Chas | 3/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2012

    " I enjoyed the first part of the book but the second part was boring as there was no Holmes in it. I felt is was the weakest one I've read so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Davies | 11/30/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 10/5/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Choate | 3/20/2011

    " Moriarty appearance. Other than that... But a classic. "

  • 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

John Bolen brings his extensive theater, film, and television experience to audiobooks. His work in film includes The Land, The Inn Outside the World, Dream Parlor, and the American Film Institute’s Women Directors Workshop short This Is Bill. His television appearances include “CIA: Masters of Deception” on the Discovery Channel. He has performed at many theaters in the Los Angeles area. He is also a playwright and a member of the New Voices Playwrights Theatre.