The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
A Study in Scarlet: A Novel
A Sign of Four: A Novel
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Novel
The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
The Valley of Fear: A Novel
His Last Bow: A Novel
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
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|Listening Length||58 hours and 4 minutes|
|Author||Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 25, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,591 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#123 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#213 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#501 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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In my quest to find the holy grail of Sherlock Holmes literature, aka; THE definitive collection of original, Conan Doyle penned stories, I actually ended up buying (and reading and rereading) 3 different versions. My assessment of all 3 is as follows:
1 - Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DCD53C2/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00DCD53C2&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2)
* This is a perfectly adequate collection. It DOES include all 4 novels and 56 short stories, but the book is all text, with no real illustrations to speak of. When I first purchased it as an ebook, it didn't include all the stories, but before I was even finished reading it, a simple Kindle update added all the rest, making it certifiably "complete." So if you see a review of The Ultimate Collection that says it isn't complete, it's probably just an old review. At any rate, the "Film and Television Adaptations" and Beyond the Canon" synopsis sections at the end of the book are also included, but do not appear in the other Sherlock Holmes collections. Kindle formatting isn't so good in this one, however, unfortunately. Individual story/chapters aren't easily accessible from the drop down menu, as they are in other collected SH books.
2 - The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volumes 1-4 (The Heirloom Collection) - http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B007PT1PEY?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0
* See above. Again, probably not the best Sherlock Holmes collection, but graphics wise, it is certainly the most handsome. It contains all 4 novels and 56 short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Decent color illustrations, but fewer and further between than other editions. Good Kindle formatting.
3 - The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 17) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=x_gr_w_bb?keywords=9781938938160&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20
* The absolute best of the three, in my opinion. This Top Five Classics edition includes all 4 novels and 56 short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Kindle formatting is superb, and best of all, most (if not all) of the classic illustrations that accompanied the original, first run publication of each story are included. Some short stories even have up to three separate illustrations! Pretty much all of the plates are reproduced in pencil/pen & ink drawn black and white, but the quality of the artwork is vastly superior to what appears in most other SH collections.
So for my money, the Top Five Classics edition (#3) is hands down the very best one currently available. Wish I'd known that before I purchased all three, but none of these collections were much more than $3 to $6 each, and the Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection was only 99 cents! So if you don't care about illustrations, design quality, or good Kindle formatting, then you can certainly save a few bucks by choosing that particular version of the book (see #1 above). On a final note, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box IS included in the Top Five Classics book, but appears in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes novel, as opposed to other editions that include it in the collected short story novel, His Last Bow. It's a little confusing at first, with so many "adventures" to keep track of, but rest assured, the Cardboard Box and all the rest really ARE there. So the game's afoot, no matter which edition you choose, but personally, if I had to do it all over again, I'd probably just buy the Top Five Classics edition.
get the hardback edition.
This is a must have for any true Crime/Mystery Fan.
Sherlock Holmes was years ahead of his time, as
he was the first Profiler, the first to do CSI, the first
to master the art of the Interrogation/Interview........
And to him, it was all Elementary.
If you are like me, you put yourself into a book/stories,
and therefore, mentally transport yourself to wherever the
story takes you, and whatever happens.
That is what makes this collection so enjoyable, as you are taken
to all of the dark and unforgiving places, that Sherlock Holmes walked
or was lead into.
I will not recant the stories, as that would take up way to much space
Nor, should you try to read them all, in one sitting.
Take your time, enjoy and analyze each one.
And even after that, you will find, upon rereading the
stories, things that you missed.
As a side note: Beware of some of these bad reviews, I think some of these are for different editions. A customer photo of his/her product posted here is for a two volume set from another publishing house, and others describe a slip case set, not a multi-volume boxed set.
In my younger days, I had the complete set in hardcover. It was a two volume massive tome that took some muscle power just to prop upon my lap. But thanks to modern electronic marvels, this gigantic collection is now available for a ridiculously low price--with illustrations--in a form that I can read on my Kindle, my iPhone or my Macbook Air (my preferred reading method). I can also report that the Table of Contents easily lets me navigate among the stories.
I'm starting from the beginning and reading my way through each and every Sherlock Holmes story. Its a joy to once again uncover Sherlock's unique deductive reasoning skills.
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The fine choice of narrator makes this audiobook a very enjoyable listen - I especially like to listen late at night to help me relax before drifting off to sleep.
The one slight drawback with audiobooks in general is that if you miss a few words or sentences, or want to listen again to a specific passage, you have to go back to the beginning of the chapter / file; you can't just go back a few seconds. Of course, if you're reading the stories in a book, you can read a sentence as many times as you want to and indeed, I bought the paperback edition of the stories as well to compliment the audiobook. This is an equally good buy (it cost me just £5 for 1400+ pages in paperback).
The collection consists of four volumes, with the novels and books of short stories being distributed across them. This leads to one small oddity - the first part of Volume II is "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", which includes the story "The Final Problem" and the apparent death of Holmes. The second part is "The Hound of the Baskervilles", where Holmes is very much alive. Volume III starts with "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", where the story "The Empty House" explains how Holmes survived and in the process concludes the Moriarty mini-arc . So any first-time readers might be slightly puzzled by this, and I am not sure why the publishers placed the "Hound" between.
This is the perfect collection to start!