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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II

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Sherlock Holmes is the most famous of all fictional detectives. This audiobook presents three of his most exciting cases: "A Scandal in Bohemia," "Silver Blaze," and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches." Each story is narrated by Holmes's inquisitive friend and assistant, Dr. Watson, in a recording that AudioFile found "fresh and fun."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572701427
  • Publisher: Audio Partners Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both a doctor and a believer in spirits, which may partly explain why his Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved detectives: Holmes always approaches his cases with the gentility and logic of a scientist, but the stories are suffused with an aura of the supernatural. Narrated by devoted assistant Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's adventures were so addictive that fans protested the master deducer's "death" in 1893 and Doyle had to resurrect him.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Not as illustrated as they would like you to believe

    I will assume that the reader of this review has read Sherlock Holmes before and is trying to pick which one of several options to download for his library. I will leave content analysis for other reviewers and discuss the technical merits of this particular download. The text is well edited, all the pages are there, and the links work, but their idea of "illustrated" means one microscopic picture every several stories. I have a copy in hardback of the same stories and there are usually half a dozen or so pictures for each story. It is still closer to the mark than anything else I have tried.

    53 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Awesome Book!

    Sherlock Holmes is a great role model for young children from the ages of 8-12. I stared reading his stories when I was 7, I am 9 now and have been reading them ever since. See I think Holmes would be my favorite person but Nancy Drew is my role model. But I get my tecnices and judgment from Holmes but my courge and pride of sleuthing from Nancy. But they must be the bestpeople in my book life. They are my best friends. Now you can see I would oviously love to read Nancy Drew. So if you guessed I loved to read them you are right. What I do is read a Holmes book and then I Nancy Drew book. I hope you liked my review!

    24 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Great book, but you can get it free

    I love the sherlock stories. I just wanted to say this book is legally available free (because apparently the copyright has expired on the original books) from Project Gutenberg (google it) along with my others.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Loved it more than I expected to!

    I loved the first Holmes story so much that I decided to buy this full edition instead of continuing to put up with the frequent typos in the free scanned version. However, I already found one mistake: the link to Chapter 4 of The Sign of Four takes me to a much later story instead. I hope this paid e-book isn't as full of mistakes as the free version, or I'll be annoyed, since you can't return an e-book (I don't think so anyway).

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    LOVE Sherlock Holmes

    Summary:
    This book contains relatively short stories of Holmes' adventures and mysteries with Watson. The first story, "A Study in Scarlet" introduces the reader to John H. Watson, a doctor who had just come back from the war in Afghanistan and Sherlock Holmes, a "consulting detective." The two men has become roommate through a common friend, and began their first case together with the peculiar murder of Enoch J. Drebber. With his detailed analysis of the crime, he was able to figure out the culprit while the two main officers on the case struggled to even get a lead. The second part of this story explains the event that lead up to the murder, and how Holmes figures everything out. The other stories I have read so far include The Sign of Four, and "A Scandal in Bohemia" which all follow how Holmes and Watson solve mysteries together.

    Themes:
    There are many themes incorporated into the series of Sherlock Holmes, with some being more obvious that others. For example friendships deepen with time and as you read the stories you can see the friendship between Holmes and Watson deepen as they solve more mysteries.

    Likes:
    I really like this book, and can say that I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, and have been one even before the movies came out. Some things that I noticed that I really enjoyed in the book was its use of metaphors. Being written in Watson's point of view also was a good choice on the author's part. It keeps the readers in suspense and wanting to know more, and try to figure out the mystery ourselves. The reader is also in awe when Holmes reveals the culprit and how he deduced all of it.

    Dislikes:
    I didn't really dislike anything except the use of advanced vocabulary at times. Also since this was written by an Englishman, their are some provincial words and phrases that I don't understand.

    Who should read:
    I would recommend this book to anyone, in high school or older, who likes mysteries. If you enjoy a challenge and have a pretty advanced vocabulary, some could even start reading these stories in middle school. People who also enjoyed the movies will probably also enjoy these.

    Recommendations:
    I would also recommend the second and third books of this collection. They are worth their money, even if you can find most the the stories online now.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Great Idea . . . Needs to be better Quality

    I loved the idea of having all the stories in one place not in two like the bound copies. The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is because my copy is missing two pages out of A Study in Scarlet. I read a couple of shorter stories before I went back to read the first novel and had no problems with them but A Study in Scarlet is missing two pages, so far. The really frustrating part is that the two pages that are missing are in mid conversation. The page before has Holmes and Watson talking and then a blank page and then the story continues. The missing page contains the rest of their conversation! Annoying.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2000

    The beginning book of thrilling mysteries told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Volume 1 of the Sherlock Holmes series is absolutely great for introducing the great detective Sherlock Homes and his companion, Dr. Watson, who has accompanied Holmes in many of his adventures. This book includes all different types of mysteries, like murder, crime, blackmail, and other bloodthirsty mysteries. It's a thrilling book, and I recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries. This book will definitely make you want to buy the second volume!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    Intoxicating

    Having been acquainted with Sherlock Holmes in film and T.V. from Basil Rathbone to Robert Downey jr., I thought I would pick up one of collections to see if the stories were really any good. The Bantam Classics version was priced right, the stories were in chronlogical order, and the introduction was spot on and gave a good overview of the book. A fast entertaining read(1000 plus pages), well recommended. Oh, by the way, I think I like the Jeremy Brett version of Holmes of all of them.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    Absolutey Brilliant!

    I'm not in any way a fan of crime/mystery books. Never have been, and never will be perhaps. However, I could not put this book down. For me, it was purely my love for and interest in the characters Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson, and I was completely satisfied. There was such chemistry between the two men. Also, the stories kept me guessing, and despite the fact that they seemed a bit redundant, all well done and unique. Intensly fascinating, surprisingly witty, deeply intimate, and wonderfully engaging, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories draw you in and take hold of you imagination. A wonderlful world to be lost in on a rainy day.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    Only one word... fabulous!

    I remember reading the kids versions of these stories years ago, and I appreciate them now more than I did back then. I bought this version because it had every Sherlock Holmes story for a really low price. Having it on my Nook beat having to carry my 4 inch hardback version to work everyday! I could get lost in these stories for hours. Doyle must have been in interesting man to be able to turn out such stimulating works. I would have liked to spend and afternoon on a porch talking to him... or better yet in the famed sitting room on Baker Street! A true classic, and a must read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

    A must for Holmes fans

    I love Sherlock Holmes and I loved this audio dramatization. It's not like an audio book being read by someone, it's like listening to a play. Each well known and awesome performer a different character. Each character a different voice. Plus there were sound effects that brought you into the scene. It was so much better. I wish all audio books were like this.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Fantastic!

    Absolutely an amazing read! I felt smarter just by reading it! Its a truly wonderful collection that will entertain anyone with a craving for a good book. I highly suggest this collection to any sort of reader. The short stories are great for a quick fix while the novels allow room for pondering and deduction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Sherlock!!!

    I never really took interest in Sherlock Holmes until I first started watching the TV show wih Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Then I read the stories and fell in love with them!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Sherlocked

    .......... I believe in Sherlock Holmes

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Yeah

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Amazing

    I love Sherlock and it was great to get all of his adventures in one book for only 2.99. This volume is a must buy and I have not had any of the problems detailed in the other reviews despite finishibg all 1638 pages of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Excellent series

    This is my first time reading through the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I am very glad I purchased this edition. The format is easy to read, and it's easy to navigate to different stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    interesting must rad

    If you want some amazing mysteries, Sherlock Holmes is for you. It's a challenging book but definitely worth your time. I like the mysteries which seem so impossible and yet they turn out to be so obvious and interesting. Some of the best are Case of Identity, Red-Headed League, Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip and, if you'd want a thriller, Sign of Four . Watson, the narrator and Sherlock's companion, like most readers, also tries to figure out Holmes' methods but, like most of us, has to have them explained over and over an over again. It's thanks to him I wasn't left in the dark. Sherlock Holmes is all in all captivating, smart and to good to drop or even put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Fun series of short stories.

    I have been meaning to read Sherlock Holmes stories for years but have never quite pulled it off. Picking up the audio cd was a good idea because it allowed me to listen and enjoy what I hadn't been able to simply sit down with.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Dominatrix

    Great, yet only 1,712 pages

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