The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, awardwinning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form. The contents of this recording are presented by date of publication as follows:A Study in Scarlett (novel – 1887) 4 hours, 45 minutesThe Sign of Four (novel – 1890) 4 hours, 39 minutesAdventures of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories – 18911892) 10 hours, 52 minutesThe Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (11 short stories – 18921893) 9 hours, 21 minutesThe Return of Sherlock Holmes (13 short stories – 19031904) 12 hours, 12 minutesThe Hound of the Baskervilles (novel – 19011902) 6 hours, 18 minutesThe Valley of Fear (novel – 19141915) 6 hours, 7 minutesHis Last Bow (8 short stories – 19081917) 7 hours, 30 minutesThe Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories – 19211927) 9 hours
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|Listening Length||70 hours and 48 minutes|
|Author||Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 12, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,489 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Literature Anthologies
#5 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#43 in Short Stories Anthologies
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Collector's Library) Hardcover – October 9, 2012
Series: Collector's Library
Hardcover: 712 pages
Publisher: Collector's Library Editions (October 9, 2012)
It took a long time to find an edition that meets all these requirements, but this one did:
* All 4 novels and 56 stories in one collection.
* All original illustrations by Sidney Paget.
* Recent enough printing to be on acid-free paper.
* Decent multi-column typesetting (particularly, not tiny print running all the way across a large page).
* Quality, full cloth binding.
The only drawback in this edition is the quality of the illustrations. They are poorly digitized and reprinted, especially apparent on the enlarged ones. A simple photocopy would have worked a lot better. But they're passable.
I bought this book a few years ago, and read it through, but it didn't occur to me to verify whether the title's claim of completeness was true. But going back and looking for a specific story just now, I discovered that the last volume, _The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes_ is missing 10 of the 12 stories it should have. It has the 1st 2 stories, and an article on Holmes' "personalia".
I don't know if the book had all stories in the beginning and the missing 10 were removed in an update or whether it was always missing those stories.
In any event, I have changed my rating from 5 stars to 1 star and will probably delete the book from my library. I'll also be avoiding any other content by the publisher of this book.
But... to the writing. I am amazed as how relevant and current day the reading Sir Doyle's stories feel. These are stories written from 1886 into the early 1900's. I expected the writing to be much more dated and stiff than it was, the writing flowed easily and naturally. My expectations stemmed from reading a lot of H Beam Piper stories from the 1950's that felt very dated, so when I picked up these stories I expected to be much worse. Other than a few words here and there that no longer held the same context, and some not used at all anymore... I found myself quite enjoying the writing of Sir Doyle. Many of the stories were like novella's or short stories, while some are longer and more engaged. Hard to tell with a lack of a useful index with this book.
I'm more than halfway through the collection right now, I've stopped to give myself some non-Sherlock life experience and something to look forward to when the winter kicks in.
Taking 1 star off for the lack of an index that works on my Kindle. For such a large group of books, the index is really, really needed here.
Highly recommend the purchase of this collection if you a fan of the detective work like Sherlock. Best $1 you will spend for a long time!
My objection to this Kindle book is not directed at the author in any way whatsoever and I want that to be clearly understood. I am running Kindle for PC on my laptop and do not own a Kindle device. I don't know where the bug is but the formatting on this Kindle book is absolutely horrible. I tried everything that I know (and I'm a fairly advanced user) to make the formatting come out correctly but to no avail. The specific problems were that many of the illustrations were either cut in half and justified to opposite sides of the page. Other illustrations were jumbled completely. The word wrapping didn't work at all correctly in over half of the book, leaving the text for a single sentence jumbled at random on the left side of the screen. In about fifty percent of the book it was okay. The rest was horribly catastrophic.
Like I said this could be a problem with Kindle for PC in combination with this book because other books seem to work fine. It may work fine on an actual Kindle. But I would buy a different version than this if I had to do it all over again.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2022
The tiny price represents fantastic value. Having an active table of contents is a must. Why? Because its all here, as far as I can see - all the stories, novels, novellas - and having to page through them to find you're favourite would be a pain.
I'd go further. If you find a free kindle book, before you acquire it, check that the table of contents is active, and if its not, buy it, as there is always a bargain version with this invaluable function.
Back to Sherlock: what a fellow! Enjoy!
Examining this through my powerful double lens, Watson, I perceive that it is a Kindle edition, which means we have a collection of all the short stories, together with the four novels, in one e-book reader which takes up the space of a paperback in the pocket of my ulster cape.
You mean you can read it on the train, Holmes?
Certainly, Watson, or in a hansom cab, or the basket of a balloon, or even on Dartmoor, as long as you keep an eye open for the Hound of the Baskervilles. It's the perfect holiday companion.
Not even a three-pipe problem, my dear fellow. Make a long arm and pass me my violin, would you?
Got the Kindle version btw as had read that the book was somewhat cumbersome. The Kindle experience is perfect as ever and having the dictionary to hand is a G-dsend with some of the more obscure/ancient words!
Ridiculously cheap via Kindle too....why on Earth would you NOT want to read these timeless works of art?