A Study in Scarlet

  • by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by David Timson
  • 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Study in Scarlet was the very first Sherlock Holmes novel. Here, in the most remarkably precise manner, Doyle produced two of the most well-known characters in English fiction. Their individual traits and their relationships, their ambitions and foibles are introduced against the backdrop of an exciting story of revenge and persistence, which starts in Victorian England but moves to the American West, and the environment of the early Mormon communities.


Audible Editor Reviews

Both the first novel to feature Sherlock Holmes and the first detective story to use a magnifying glass as a tool, A Study in Scarlet was a groundbreaking work in 1887. Stage actor and BBC Radio Drama veteran David Timson performs this 2009 rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story, voicing Holmes with a daring and perspicacity that draws listeners in to the action. A murder mystery featuring writing on the wall (in blood) as well as historical flashbacks to a Utah where Brigham Young is a pioneer, A Study in Scarlet will charm modern listeners with its shrewd sleuthing and timeless intrigue.


What the Critics Say

"The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art's supremacy over life." (Christopher Morley)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great story, audio could be better

This is a great story to listen to but the audio can be quite annoying as it has a hiss that sounds each time the voice stops. I listened to the whole book thru and really enjoyed it althought it got a bit confusing when part 2 started as it was difficult to realise that it was in anyway connnected with part 1 for quite a while. As usual, Conan-Doyle doesn't let you down though and it was a great listen....except for that hiss.
Read full review

- Jackie

The First Sherlock Holmes Novel!

I always like to start at the beginning, and with the recent release of the Sherlock Holmes movie, my interest was sparked to find the first Sherlock Holmes novel. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the next year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to his sidekick Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it."

Of particular interest to me was the second part of the story which takes place in the wild frontier of America 1847 and a fantastic and absurd view of the Mormon pioneers. Doyle's depiction of the Latter-day Saints' organization as being steeped in kidnapping, murder and enslavement was laughable. Conan Doyle's daughter has stated: "You know, father would be the first to admit that his first Sherlock Holmes novel was full of errors about the Mormons". Years after Conan Doyle's death, Levi Edgar Young, a descendant of Brigham Young and a Mormon general authority, claimed that Conan Doyle had privately apologized, saying that "He [Conan Doyle] said he had been misled by writings of the time about the Church".

Historical misrepresentation aside, this is a great novel and a terrific murder mystery. Perhaps not the greatest of Doyle's works, but it was entertaining and a the beginning of a great character.
Read full review

- Benjamin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks