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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By: (1859-1930)

A concoction of twelve stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is the third book in the original Sherlock Holmes series. It shadows the experiences of detective Sherlock Holmes, an enigmatic genius, as he tries to unravel the mystery of each investigation he partakes in. Set in late 19th century London, the novel not only creates a successful mystery plot, but also circulates through real locations including Hyde Park, the river Thames, St George’s Church in Hanover Square, as well as adding fictional places to spice things up. The vibrant reoccurring illustrations of London’s means of transportation are also worth noting.

The novel begins in the famous apartment 221B Baker Street, home to Sherlock Holmes who is visited by clients in need of assistance in resolving various issues. Unsurprisingly, Sherlock Holmes works his magic in order to find a logical solution to each mystery. Narrated through the perspective of Dr. Watson, Holmes’s close friend and companion, he serves as a monitor as he accompanies or is given a full account of the sequence of events surrounding investigation details. Watson then documents each adventure and shares it with the readers which in turn act as memoirs of Holmes’s achievements. This type of narration only enhances the sense of mystery surrounding each case because of the occasional missing detail and leaves the reader wondering about the next course of action. Interestingly, Holmes offers logical explanations for each of his solutions, but nevertheless manages to keep the audience on their toes. Family fortune, reputation, social status and moral weakness are just some of the themes Doyle explores in his novel of suspense and mystery.

Doyle’s use of 19th century English jargon proves to be a delightful read, whilst still maintaining a lucid style easy to follow and understand. Apart from its classification as an ageless example of the crime/mystery genre, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a seminal classic functioning as a foundation on which modern mystery stories are mirrored to.

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THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

by

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

I. A Scandal in Bohemia II. The Red headed League III. A Case of Identity IV. The Boscombe Valley Mystery V. The Five Orange Pips VI. The Man with the Twisted Lip VII. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle VIII. The Adventure of the Speckled Band IX. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb X. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor XI. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet XII. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

ADVENTURE I. A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA

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To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 17, 2014
Mr Smith is by far my favourite person to listen to.
July 14, 2014
Thank you a lots. This is just fantastic.
Reviewer: - June 2, 2014
Subject: Sherlock Holmes
The narrator is simply outstanding in reading skill & he brought whole story playing in front of my eyes.
Reviewer: - May 27, 2014
Great narrating, I enjoyed these very much.
Reviewer: - May 18, 2014
Great narrating, I enjoyed these very much.
Reviewer: - April 25, 2014
Fantastic narration. I find myself wishing that all of the Sherlock Holmes stories were narrated by the same person! I enjoyed these recordings very much!
Reviewer: - March 13, 2014
Great narration. Mr. Smith brings the life to characters and suspense to the plot.
Reviewer: - February 9, 2014
Subject: Sherlock Holmes
As always Sherlock Holmes stories are never boring.The reading by Marc Smith is excellent.
January 28, 2014
Give my compliments to the narrator. Thank you for delivering these classic stories in the auditory medium.
Reviewer: - January 13, 2014
Subject: Great Narration
I've just finished the first six parts downloaded from iTunes podcast app. Mr. Smith Narration is crisp and clear. Even at 1.5x speed, I had no trouble following the stories. Thanks.


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