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Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

(Sherlock Holmes #1-9)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,667 ratings  ·  285 reviews
This collection includes all 4 original novels and 47 short stories about Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery!
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted L
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Published August 8th 2014 (first published 1894)
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Rating: 3.5-3.75 stars?
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten stars would be too few for A C Doyle in the interpretation of Stephen Fry ... two Masters meet ..... and give delight to readers ......
Gio Listmaker
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gio by: Andrea

Stephen Fry Narrates Sherlock Holmes

The Characters Come To Life

Image result for Stephen fry gif sherlock

The Different Voices Are Amazing

Highly Recommend
Amazing narration of (mostly) amazing stories.

This is a great listen and a splendid investment of one 15-dollar Audible credit:) It's wonderful to get to reread Sherlock Holmes mysteries for the first time since secondary school and to find them still gripping and cool. Also, Fry's prefaces to each volume is a delight.
Michael Perkins
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read these stories many times over the years. My first versions, which I bought in the 70's, were a set of paperbacks as a boxed set. Often I would take one of the paperbacks along to keep me company and entertain while in waiting rooms or at a hotel for a night. Eventually the paperback pages grew yellow and began to crumble, but I still have them.

I do not usually read mysteries or thrillers, I prefer film or TV depictions, but Holmes has always been an exception. Stephen Fry is the perfe
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply the best!

(Except if you are listening to the US version of the Audible audiobook which, at the time of writing, is missing the final book in the Holmes canon...because of copyright reasons, apparently.)
Auntie Terror
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
What can I say? This was brilliant. [Prtf]
Melissa Rose
How does one review the complete anthology of Sherlock Holmes adventures?

These classical works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are such a huge part of contemporary literature that I find it difficult to convey my thoughts suitably.

Nevertheless, as some who had never read Sherlock Holmes before, Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection was an amazing introduction; Stephen Fry did a brilliant job of immersing the reader in each of the adventures.

As such, I believe that with 72 hours of Sherlockian
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, classics
Between fact and fiction is a space where legend dwells. It is where Holmes and Watson will always live. ~ Stephen Fry

Almost 72 glorious hours spent listening to the wonderful Stephen Fry bring Holmes and Watson to life can hardly be considered a waste of time. His love for these stories is so palpable, it makes even the most boring case a delight to listen to!

I also really loved his personal introductions which sometimes explained the role Holmes has played in his own life, or philosophized o
Sarah-Grace (Fully Booked)
I had read the complete Sherlock Holmes a couple times. First time when I was 12 year old, that was my summer vacation. Listening to Stephen Fry narrate made it exciting and new again for me. Also it is awesome that I saw the movie he was in as Mycroft.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I just love Sherlock Holmes and it was great to be able to set back and listen to Stephen Fry reading these stories and also given us some interesting information about the tales and Arthur Conan Doyle own private thoughts
Sheila Beaumont
It's not quite complete (the "Casebook" is omitted), but this is the best and liveliest narration of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels I've ever heard. Stephen Fry does a brilliant job of it, and his introductions are fascinating. ...more
Rachel England-Brassy
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A wonderful experience, despite the attitude towards women being of it's time and the stories also have overtures of racism too.
Despite all that I still love them all.
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

Absolutely wonderful.

Stephen Fry does an amazing job narrating this and his introductions to each book were a joy. I honestly think that this is a collection that everyone who loves audio books should consider adding to their library. I will add the disclaimer that I adore Stephen Fry though and would likely be happy with him reading the phone book. This however is not the phone book. It is the enigmatic Holmes and his Watson.

I had some issues with various cases, mostly the sexism and racism t
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, i-own
2435 pages or in audio book, 71 hrs 58 mins. Let’s call it 72 hours.
All four novels and five short story collections.
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of Four
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

It even includes the only work written in third person pov [it was originally a stage play]. It is very odd to have things happening without Dr Watson there to descri
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-read
Sherlock Holmes stories are remarkable, and with Stephen Fry as narrator, it's a magical story! ...more
Marek Canavan
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the Sherlock Holmes stories tally up to about 70 hours of content (maybe a bit less with upping the speed :p ) and the whole experience was so enjoyable.
I definitely preferred the novels to the short stories, simply for the fact that much more background and character development can occur.
The characters of Sherlock and Watson and the writing of Conan Doyle is so strong that I was as invested in the characters and plot in the first story and the last. However, I would've liked some more
Ms K
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In basically a month, I listened to all 70 hours of Stephen Fry’s reading of every Sherlock Holmes story ever published. There could be no better reader for this than Stephen Fry, and his introductions to the different collections contributed to my appreciation of the cultural significance of these tales. I have subsequently watched a few episodes of Sherlock and being able to spot the references and Easter eggs is quite satisfying. I didn’t really feel like the promised development of Holmes as ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes is reliably good-not-great for me, and still worth the occasional nostalgic re-read.
This will take some time... 72 hours of Sherlock Holmes, phew.

I expect that I'll have listened to most of these previously but Stephen Fry narrates them so deliciously and these stories never seem to get old that it'll be hours of audio fun. :)

Wow, I've done it! 2 1/2 months and 73 hours later, I've listened to EVERY SINGLE SHERLOCK HOLMES story ever published! They are all deliciously ingenious, some more than others but it's amazing how 100 years later, they are still captivating and withstand
Jazzy Lemon
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read, Stephen does all the accents and makes the stories such a pleasure !
Nancie Lafferty
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Masterful narration by Stephen Fry of a timeless set of detective stories. Thanks Audible for producing this wonderful experience - and free, even!!
This here is a true literary classic!

The Sherlock Holmes collection of novels and short stories is in it's entirety, a work of art. This massive audio-collection of 72 hours includes all of Holmes's stories, and a true delight to listen to. Especially so because of the added context and flare given by narrator Stephen Fry (who in his own right is a SH fan).

In short this is an almost mandatory example of quality literature for any old school detective stories.

As a side note I would like to a
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
I am totally in love with this collection. It's taken me 3 decades to finally appreciate the GENIUS of Sherlock Holmes and my Dear Watson. There are so many great stories in this collection. I think A Study in Scarlett was my favorite but many other short stories were equally as brilliant. I'm totally hooked, so much so that I'm considering STARTING the series again. This was 70+ hours of bliss! Highly recommended for anyone who loves Mysteries.

Stephen Fry's narration was UTTERLY brilliant.

I wis
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always wanted to read the Sherlock Holmes books but I'm glad I waited for this set.

This single title contains all the novels as well as 4 of the 5 short stories (I don't know why they left out the case-book) and its delivered spectacularly by Stephen Fry.

I'm only through the first book and partially into the second but I feel safe to say that giving the entire collection 5 stars at this point is a no-brainer.

Best part is, you can own it for free is you sign up for a 30-day membership to Audibl
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime. Having all of Sherlock's adventures in one place is awesome enough, but Stephen Fry does a masterful job of bringing the audio version to life. At times I felt as if I was watching the stories unfurl, not listening. Highly recommended for those new to -and familiar with - the Conan Doyle masterpiece. ...more
Alex ♈
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my 1st authors, who made me love reading.

It's a classic, it's a literature.

So, why not to reread it for 175th time? 😉

66 stories, it will be marked as read at least 10 times 😎👩🏻‍🎓
Erik Warming
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Sherlock Holmes - 72 hours with Steven Fry. Loved it!

But I did cheat a bit, taking breaks with others books, as this is a heavy meal to go through in one sitting.
Stick a fork in it! It's done!

I don't regret the time and money spent on this, it's generally pretty good. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take that you 71 hour bitch! I think I’ve been working on this for more than a year!
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is u

Other books in the series

Sherlock Holmes (9 books)
  • A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
  • The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #6)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
  • The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)

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