A Study in Scarlet

  • by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by David Timson
  • 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Study in Scarlet was the very first Sherlock Holmes novel. Here, in the most remarkably precise manner, Doyle produced two of the most well-known characters in English fiction. Their individual traits and their relationships, their ambitions and foibles are introduced against the backdrop of an exciting story of revenge and persistence, which starts in Victorian England but moves to the American West, and the environment of the early Mormon communities.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Both the first novel to feature Sherlock Holmes and the first detective story to use a magnifying glass as a tool, A Study in Scarlet was a groundbreaking work in 1887. Stage actor and BBC Radio Drama veteran David Timson performs this 2009 rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story, voicing Holmes with a daring and perspicacity that draws listeners in to the action. A murder mystery featuring writing on the wall (in blood) as well as historical flashbacks to a Utah where Brigham Young is a pioneer, A Study in Scarlet will charm modern listeners with its shrewd sleuthing and timeless intrigue.


What the Critics Say

"The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art's supremacy over life." (Christopher Morley)


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Customer Reviews

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A must-listen for fans of Sherlock Holmes

If your enjoy Sherlock Holme's stories you'll enjoy this book as not only is it a first-class story that, by the end, draws all the complex threads together in a satisfying way, but it also gives the background to Holme's scientific approach to sleuthing and how he and Dr Watson came to be a team. The reader is excellent as he carries the listener to and fro across the Atlantic in this epic story.
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- Kirstine


Sherlock Holmes at his best. Intriguing, captivating, ingenious and charming. I can see why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has stood the test of time. I wonderful listen especially if you want to be entertained and uplifted.
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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-08-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks