The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (AmazonClassics Edition) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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What made Sherlock Holmes a household name and cultural icon? This very first collection of stories featuring the astute sleuth and his loyal assistant, Dr. Watson. In these twelve ingenious mysteries, Holmes is embroiled in betrayal, abduction, thievery, deception, and murder. Relying on logic, driven by instinct, and employing his uncanny powers of observation, Holmes cracks the cases that elude Scotland Yard. For him, it’s rather elementary.
This Baker Street dozen by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is all the evidence listeners will need to understand why Sherlock Holmes is an enduring legend in detective fiction.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, this edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Arthur Conan Doyle|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 23, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #50,146 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#268 in Fiction Short Stories
#504 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,385 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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This book is organized into twelve tales which include the following: A scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, A case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley mystery, The five orange pips, The man with the twisted lip, The blue carbuncle, The speckled band, The engineer's thumb, The noble bachelor, The beryl coronet and The copper beeches.
In conclusion, if you are a Sherlock Holmes reader you will want to have your own copy of this book for your personal library. On the other hand, if you are a true fan you probably have already read this book. However, if you are not familiar with the great Sherlock Holmes and desire to learn why he is one of the most popular and well-known detectives in the world, pick up a copy of this wonderful text. The twelve short stories will give you a sample of the legendary Sherlock Holmes method of solving mysteries. A great read.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
But I digress...
Sherlock started out a bit slowly for me (as classics tend to do). It took me about an adventure and a half to get used to Doyle's formal writing style. But once I got the hang of the lingo, it was smooth sailing from there. True, many of the 12 adventures were very similar to each other - almost a same story, different time sort of thing - but I still loved it. Sherlock is a charming nutcase, and I loved seeing Watson go along with all of his best buddy's strangely genius ideas.
Many of the stories involve lessons from Holmes to his friend, colleague and chronicler Dr. John Watson. He will explain, for example, how he can determine a man's fall in fortune by the worn condition of his old business suit, the chaffing on his hatband or the depth his razor shaved his cheek as he looked at one side of his face in a mirror. These lessons in deduction have been parodied many times on film; indeed, the originals often seem to be consciously aware of their own absurdity.
One of the most celebrated Holmes stories is the first in the collection: "A Scandal in Bohemia." This is one of the few examples where Holmes is unable to triumph as he is outmaneuvered by, of all people, a woman. On more than one occasion Holmes will refer to one case where he did not solve and wrap up all the loose ends of a mystery in his usual manner although he does not always specify that the person that outsmarted him was a woman. Holmes takes understandable pride in his mental prowess and this story, strategically placed as the first in the first collection of stories about him, reveals that this pride can be wounded. His repeated reference to it is proof that he has never forgotten this failure.
Often the stories include standard melodramatic elements--the unsuspecting governess in a vast household in which one forbidden wing of the estate contains scandalous secrets, obsessively jealous or possessive fathers exerting ironclad control over submissive daughters, The stories often pose Holmes' outsider status against an inept police officer, usually the dense Scotland Yard detective Lestrade. This is a familiar pattern in detective fiction following down through non-comformist private detectives such as Philip Marlowe.
The stories are often self-referential as Holmes more than once refers to Watson's distortion of the `facts' of a case or observes that Watson has embellished some details to make the tales more readable rather than presenting Holmes' deductive lectures in their pure or unvarnished state. Holmes is often the professor explaining his methods to his very astute student Watson, who inevitably always comes up short by missing sometimes just one trifling detail that makes all the difference in leading to the truth of the matter.
Often if one takes the mystery setup of the stories at face value they are fairly standard mystery fare. There are other more intricate, more masterfully constructed mysteries. The element that transcends the genre is Holmes himself. Doyle modeled Holmes on his medical doctor guru Joseph Bell and incorporated the teacher/pupil relationship of himself and Bell into the Holmes/Watson relationship. He even modeled Holmes' physical appearance on the much less physically appealing Bell, despite the image that was projected by the original illustrator which formed the template for all future film and stage portrayals of Holmes.
Many heroes need a sidekick or witness and Watson fulfills both roles for Holmes. He is the Boswell to Holmes' Johnson. He is also the surrogate ordinary man observing the observer, presenting his superior master in a way that renders him more understandable and relatable to mere mortals. The tales belong even more to him that they do to Holmes. We never get Holmes' own account of any of these incidents; we only see him as Watson sees him. This dynamic between the genius and his witness is what has ensured that the Holmes stories are still being read over a century after they were written.
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Here then we can see Sherlock at work, and it has to be admitted that the character is actually much better created for the short tales than for longer novel length features, as Conan Doyle was able to keep the stories tighter and more focused, without having to go into too much extraneous details. Of course, many of us have read these and all the other tales numerous times and know what the story is about just by the case name, but who cares, they are great escapism and always highly enjoyable to read. And that goes for even the fact that his so-called deductive skills could really go quite awry, which has meant some really good parodies over the years.
What ever Holmes is called upon to investigate he does it with some aplomb and at times inventiveness, all with Dr Watson ready to write down his exploits. Whether he is stopping a bank robbery, preventing someone from going to prison for a crime that they did not commit, or other nefarious deeds, so there is never a dull moment here as our intrepid sleuth, with all his foibles gets to work, and makes barbed remarks about his more professional colleagues in the police force.
Holmes was not the first fictional detective but he soon usurped others to make him still the world’s most famous detective, and although people still today write stories incorporating him it is Conan Doyle’s originals that we all still turn to when wanting something to take us away from the troubles of life.
I've been putting off reading Sherlock Holmes for the longest time. I've finally read them now and all the stories were very good indeed. Worth a read.