The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Classic, 2014
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.


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A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

I purchased the Kindle version of this 4-volume Complete Sherlock Holmes set before this was available. Hopefully, Amazon will Whispersync this pair some day. In the meantime I hope that this TOC outline will help some listeners find particular stories they might be looking for.

The Audible Part/Chapter Notes refer to the 7-part download. My setting is for downloading in one file, but on very large volumes Audible breaks them up anyway. My notations for (Part # Chapter #) refer to the Audible download "Part" and the "Chapter" within each part.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (Part 1 Chapter 1)


1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes
2 The Science of Deduction (Part 1 Chapter 2)
3 The Lauriston Garden Mystery (Part 1 Chapter 3)
4 What John Rance Had to Tell (Part 1 Chapter 4)
5 Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor (Part 1 Chapter 5)
6 Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do (Part 1 Chapter 6)
7 Light in the Darkness (Part 1 Chapter 7)
Part 2 The COUNTRY of the SAINTS (Part 1 Chapter 8)
1 On the Great Alkali Plain
2 The Flower of Utah (Part 1 Chapter 9)
3 John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet (Part 1 Chapter 10)
4 A Flight for Life (Part 1 Chapter 11)
5 The Avenging Angels Part 1 Chapter 12)
6 A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D. (Part 1 Chapter 13)
7 The Conclusion (Part 1 Chapter 14)

THE SIGN OF FOUR (Part 1 Chapter 15)
1 The Science of Deduction
2 The Statement of the Case (Part 1 Chapter 16)
3 In Quest of a Solution (Part 1 Chapter 17)
4 The Story of the Bald-Headed Man (Part 1 Chapter 18)
5 Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge (Part 1 Chapter 19)
6 Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration (Part 1 Chapter 20)
7 The Episode of the Barrel (Part 1 Chapter 21
8 The Baker Street Irregulars (Part 1 Chapter 22)
9 A Break in the Chain (Part 1 Chapter 23
10 The End of the Islander (Part 1 Chapter 24)
11 The Great Agra Treasure (Part 1 Chapter 25)
12 The Strange Story of Jonathan Small (Part 1 Chapter 26)

A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League (Part 2 Chapter 2)
A Case of Identity (Part 2 Chapter 3)
The Boscombe Valley Mystery (Part 2 Chapter 4)
The Five Orange Pips (Part 2 Chapter 5)
The Man with the Twisted Lip (Part 2 Chapter 6)
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (Part 2 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Speckled Band (Part 2 Chapter 8)
The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (Part 2 Chapter 9)
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (Part 2 Chapter 10)
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (Part 2 Chapter 11)
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (Part 2 Chapter 12)

VOLUME II (Part 3 Chapter 1)

Silver Blaze
The Yellow Face (Part 3 Chapter 3)
The Stock-Broker’s Clerk (Part 3 Chapter 4)
The "Gloria Scott" (Part 3 Chapter 5)
The Musgrave Ritual (Part 3 Chapter 6)
The Reigate Puzzle (Part 3 Chapter 7)
The Crooked Man (Part 3 Chapter 8)
The Resident Patient (Part 3 Chapter 9)
The Greek Interpreter (Part 3 Chapter 10)
The Naval Treaty (Part 3 Chapter 11)
The Final Problem (Part 3 Chapter 12)

1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes
2 The Curse of the Baskervilles (Part 3 Chapter 14)
3 The Problem (Part 3 Chapter 15)
4 Sir Henry Baskerville (Part 3 Chapter 16)
5 Three Broken Threads (Part 3 Chapter 17)
6 Baskerville Hall (Part 4 Chapter 2)
7 The Stapletons of Merripit House (Part 4 Chapter 3)
8 First Report of Dr. Watson (Part 4 Chapter 4)
9 Second Report of Dr. Watson (Part 4 Chapter 5)
10 Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson (Part 4 Chapter 6)
11 The Man on the Tor (Part 4 Chapter 7)
12 Death on the Moor (Part 4 Chapter 8)
13 Fixing the Nets (Part 4 Chapter 9)
14 The Hound of the Baskervilles (Part 4 Chapter 10)
15 A Retrospection (Part 4 Chapter 11)

VOLUME III (Part 4 Chapter 12)

The Adventure of the Empty House
The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (Part 4 Chapter 13)
The Adventure of the Dancing Men (Part 4 Chapter 14)
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (Part 4 Chapter 15)
The Adventure of the Priory School (Part 4 Chapter 16)
The Adventure of Black Peter (Part 4 Chapter 17)
The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (Part 5 Chapter 2)
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (Part 5 Chapter 3)
The Adventure of the Three Students (Part 5 Chapter 4)
The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (Part 5 Chapter 5)
The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter (Part 5 Chapter 6)
The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (Part 5 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Second Stain (Part 5 Chapter 8)

THE VALLEY OF FEAR (Part 5 Chapter 9)
1 The Warning
2 Sherlock Holmes Discourses (Part 5 Chapter 10)
3 The Tragedy of Birlstone (Part 5 Chapter 11)
4 Darkness (Part 5 Chapter 12)
5 The People of the Drama (Part 5 Chapter 13)
6 A Dawning Light (Part 5 Chapter 14)
7 The Solution (Part 5 Chapter 15)
Part 2 THE SCOWRERS (Part 5 Chapter 16)
1 The Man
2 The Bodymaster (Part 5 Chapter 17)
3 Lodge 341, Vermissa (Part 5 Chapter 18)
4 The Valley of Fear (Part 6 Chapter 2)
5 The Darkest Hour (Part 6 Chapter 3)
6 Danger (Part 6 Chapter 4)
7 The Trapping of Birdy Edwards (Part 6 Chapter 5)
Epilogue (Part 6 Chapter 6)


PREFACE His Last Bow
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (Part 6 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Red Circle (Part 6 Chapter 8)
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (Part 6 Chapter 10)
The Adventure of the Dying Detective (Part 6 Chapter 11)
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (Part 6 Chapter 12)
The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (Part 6 Chapter 13)
HIS LAST BOW An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes (Part 7 Chapter 2)

PREFACE The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (Part 7 Chapter 4)
The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (Part 7 Chapter 5)
The Adventure of the Three Gables (Part 7 Chapter 6)
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (Part 7 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (Part 7 Chapter 8)
The Problem of Thor Bridge (Part 7 Chapter 9)
The Adventure of the Creeping Man (Part 7 Chapter 10)
The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (Part 7 Chapter 11)
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (Part 7 Chapter 12)
The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (Part 7 Chapter 13)
The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (Part 7 Chapter 14)
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- SantaFePainter "Santa Fe Painter"

Almost perfect

Simon Vance is the perfect narrator for Holmes; I was hoping he'd do them someday, and now suddenly out of nowhere he's done all of them. Absolutely no complaints about the narration. I recently listenend to all the stories read by Derek Jacobi, and now I'm in the process of listening to them again. As always, Vance's perfectly modulated voice brings out nuances I've missed, despite having read (and listened to) the stories many, many times.

Despite the crime-solving framework, these really aren't plot-driven stories. What I enjoy more than anything - and the thing I remember most vividly - is the wonderful variety of characters that inhabit this world. Holmes is at the top of the list, but Watson has his own charm and mystery (not the least of which is the way his war wound moves around). And the clients! Jabez Wilson. All the women named Violet. The wonderful thumbnail sketch of the budding young psychopath in "The Copper Beeches." The dying John Turner. Mycroft. Stapleton. Barrymore and his wife. And to top them all off, the dog in the night-time.

The stories are not all first-rate. I could do without most of the stories in "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes," and there are a couple of duds in the earlier collections. But even some of the duds - like "A Case of Identity" - have a fascinating character study at their core. And the duds are outnumbered by one tightly-packed gem after another.

My only complaint is the same one others have mentioned: the way the books have been divided up across the files. It would have been convenient if the series were grouped into files by book rather than by an arbitrary file length.

But that's really a minor quibble, and in any case it may change if the publisher listens to feedback. It doesn't affect my rating. If you're on the fence about which Holmes collection to get, get this one.
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- Tad Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio