Years and years ago I had read an abridged version for younger readers. So I thought it would be good to read the unabridged version, despite the fact that I remember not liking it all that much before. But I attribute it to the fact that I was younger and didn't really like the writing style.
I'm glad I read it. It is much better than I remember. Although my mind kept trying to remember things instead of letting me just read the book. That did impede on my ability to be completely absorbed by the book. I did find myself trying to figure things out before they did, but that was just fun. Overall it was a very good read. I may even go and read more of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.