The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Classics
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces—from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes—brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning. By his side is Dr. John Watson, his steadfast assistant and our trusty narrator. This set is a must-have for every discriminating bibliophile and Sherlock Holmes fan.
Volume 1 A Study in Scarlet: A Novel A Sign of Four: A Novel Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
Volume 2 Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Novel
Volume 3 The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories The Valley of Fear: A Novel
Volume 4 His Last Bow: A Novel The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories


Audible Editor Reviews

The legendary detective is brought back to life in The Complete Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and is in a complete and unabridged classic audiobook narrated by the talented Simon Vance. Audio listeners can enjoy Doyle’s famous novels and short stories as he takes them on wild, mystery adventures throughout London with the eternally likeable and impossibly skilled character. This book is a feat of literary accomplishments and is available now from Audible.


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The ESSENTIAL Sherlock Holmes Collection

This is THE download of your ENTIRE - LIFE.

If you read, you need this download. There are other complete Sherlock Holmes - they're badly read. Simon Vance is why God invented audiobooks.

I actually look forward to listening to this again. It is a pleasure to listen.

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- SnapWriter

A long and rewarding listen....

Fifty two hours is a long time to pay attention to a narrative but don't let that dissuade you from giving this a go.

The audiobook contains many different stories that are usually 30 - 120 minutes in length so everything can be broken down into much smaller chunks. Audible has also sliced the book into seven downloads so it doesn't fill your device for months on end.

I listen most days for about thirty minutes and it has taken me about five months to get through it and I'm very pleased I did.

The whole book is narrated by Simon Vance who is, as you would expect, wonderfully versatile as his craft. The distinction between the characters is very clear but the main vocal contrast between the two main characters - Holmes and Watson is perfectly pitched. Vance's Sherlock booms with confidence, mischief and intrigue whilst Watson semi-simpers three paces behind his better, hoping that Holmes will propose and they can run off and keep bees together on the South Downs.

Vance's remarkable vocal talent is not to be glossed over and only the imperious Jim Dale could produce the wide range of voices needed for this book.

The stories themselves are mostly well known and Conan-Doyle’s crown jewels such as Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet or The Sign of the Four are brilliantly realised but many of the lesser known treasures really do come to life.

Some of the language is now archaic and sometime a little unpalatable particularly on subjects of race or religion. One should remember that most of the stories are well over a century old and the world has turned since.

However the archaic language provides some laugh-out-loud moments for a puerile mind such as my own - Watson will constantly 'ejaculate' his exclamations and one scene sees a lady arrive at Baker Street on a cold, damp evening where she proceeds to pull and handkerchief from her muff and blow her nose on it - all perfectly innocent but very snigger-able is the mood takes one.

There is a downside and it's a technical one.

The producers of the book or Audible have labelled each of the chapters numerically which fulfils a function but could be so much better over a long book such as this (or indeed any book). The audiobook standard allows for chapters to properly names and it would have been great to have each chapter named according to the story being read. A couple of times, my MP3 player has dropped my position and it has taken me a long time to find it again. Properly labelled chapters would really help this and it wouldn't take much extra effort from the people producing the books.
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- Lee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio