The Sign of Four

  • by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman---Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. In the ensuing investigation---which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog, and a love affair---even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, "Isn't it gorgeous!" This audiobook includes the bonus Sherlock Holmes story "The Red-Headed League."

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Simon Prebble Brings Holmes to Life Again

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sign of Four to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book, but Prebble's use of accent, inflection, and cadence make it easy to believe that he is speaking different parts, and never once did I have to wonder which part he was voicing.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Doyle was a genius in that he could conceive a sequence of events that would create a set of circumstances and leave a set of evidence that average people would never string together.


Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have also listened to Prebble's readings of The Study in Scarlet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This is no less excellent than the other novel or collection of short stories.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end, I was moved to seek out more Prebble readings of Doyle work. :)


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- Jon Pennington

Good not great

The narrator does an excellent job interpreting this Sherlock Holmes tale...good accents, good pacing. The story itself is not quite as good as some of the Sherlock tales, so I gave it a four, not a five.
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- Doug "Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-30-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio