The Valley of Fear

  • by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by John Bolen
  • 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Only Holmes and Watson can get to the bottom of this baffling murder mystery. John Douglas is found in his study, blasted faceless by a sawed-off shotgun. There is no obvious motive or suspect. Douglas and his wife, Ivy, a rich and locally popular couple, have lived for years in the ancient, moated Birlstone Manor House. Despite Douglas' nightly ritual of raising the drawbridge, the perpetrator had somehow concealed himself, shot Douglas, and made a clean getaway. Does the mystery have something to do with the "interesting" relationship between Cecil Baker, Douglas' only friend from his obscure past, and the surprisingly merry widow? There are plenty of clues, including a brand mark on the deceased's arm and the fact that his wedding ring is missing, but not the ring that he always wore above it.

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Worst reading EVER!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

NOBODY would enjoy this.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Valley of Fear?

There were none.


What didn’t you like about John Bolen’s performance?

His reading was terrible. The "accent" he used was sooo false and affected-sounding, it completely took away from the most excellent Sherlock Holmes story.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Valley of Fear?

I would never allow this narrator to read a Sherlock Holmes story.


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- Christina M.

Sometimes the narrator is enough

Struggling to finish this. I have started over numerous times. The good news is the narrator and pace is pleasant; I play audible on this one instead of listening to tv. Today, I begin to listen to the story again. Like the old joke, there must be a pony in there.
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- Lynda L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio