The Sign of Four

  • by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by Patrick Tull
  • 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Greed, betrayal, and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Sherlock Holmes is rescued from boredom by the strange case of Jonathan Small and the tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge. The mystery leads Holmes and Dr. Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.

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Audible Editor Reviews

At the outset of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four, the ever-faithful Dr. Watson debates confronting his boss - the brilliant Sherlock Holmes - about his drug problem. The Sign of Four is the second installment in the Holmes series and greatly expands upon the emotional and spiritual sides of the great detective. Performed by British master, Patrick Tull, whose deep voice and impeccable dialect carry the listener, The Sign of Four features a secret pact made between corrupt prison guards and four convicts, and a mysterious string of pearls received by a client of Holmes. While not necessarily a success upon initial publication, The Sign of Four has been dramatically adapted at least 12 times.

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Sherlock is always a winner

Would you listen to The Sign of Four again? Why?

Patrick Tull is one of my favorite readers - I'd be happy to hear him read the phone book (as they say)!


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sign of Four?

I love Sherlock Holmes stories, so really the whole thing was great, though I love it when he comes in to Baker St in disguise and Watson doesn't recognize him.


What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

His voices were stellar, as is the energy of his reading - he dramatizes without it seeming forced or unnatural


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- KIM B. "Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?"

The Sign of Sherlock Holmes! And Cocaine!

This title was available for free as part of Audible/Amazon's WhisperSync promotion, and the decision to pick up or pass on a classic, free Sherlock Holmes tale was, well, elementary.

The story itself is one of the earlier Holmes books - it's the first to detail his "struggles" with cocaine, and introduces us to Mary Morstan. It's an exciting mystery filled with treasure and villainy that uses the East India Trading Company as a backdrop.

Holmes and Watson themselves are great, of course, and that's in no small part due to the narration of Patrick Tull (of Patrick O'Brien fame). gets a solid handle on the characters of Holmes and Watson, and his narration is very easy on the ears. There are, unfortunately, few minor recording errors that apparently went without noticed (flubbed and clipped lines, etc.), but in general, that didn't detract too much from what was a classic story matched with a very fine reading.

If you like, or are curious at all, about why Sherlock Holmes is now a household name, this is worth checking out. But don't be surprised if, like a drug, it leaves you longing for another fix of the master detective.
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- Dave "I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books