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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859#x2013;1930) was a Scottish physician and writer known around the world for his stories about detective Sherlock Holmes, which all but created the literary field of crime fiction and made the name Sherlock Holmes synonymous with detectives. Aside from the Sherlock Holmes stories, he was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859#x2013;1930) was a Scottish physician and writer known around the world for his stories about detective Sherlock Holmes, which all but created the literary field of crime fiction and made the name Sherlock Holmes synonymous with detectives. Aside from the Sherlock Holmes stories, he was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction. br/br/Conan Doyle wrote four full length Sherlock Holmes novels: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Death. But the famous detective was so popular that Conan Doyle also wrote dozens of short stories, 56 in all, covered in a set of 5 different collections: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, spread out over nearly 40 years. br/br/This edition of The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories is specially formatted with a Table of Contents for every novel and short story, an original introduction and images of Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and scenes from the stories.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859#x2013;1930) was a Scottish physician and writer known around the world for his stories about detective Sherlock Holmes, which all but created the literary field of crime fiction and made the name Sherlock Holmes synonymous with detectives. Aside from the Sherlock Holmes stories, he was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859#x2013;1930) was a Scottish physician and writer known around the world for his stories about detective Sherlock Holmes, which all but created the literary field of crime fiction and made the name Sherlock Holmes synonymous with detectives. Aside from the Sherlock Holmes stories, he was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction. br/br/Conan Doyle wrote four full length Sherlock Holmes novels: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Death. But the famous detective was so popular that Conan Doyle also wrote dozens of short stories, 56 in all, covered in a set of 5 different collections: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, spread out over nearly 40 years. br/br/This edition of The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories is specially formatted with a Table of Contents for every novel and short story, an original introduction and images of Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and scenes from the stories.

30 review for The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    adam bradford

    A few of the things I learned: Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth Never theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment. Also, I now sometimes try to analyze people based on their shoes and pants when sitting on the subway. I have yet to ask anyone if I was accurate about my predictions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rowan Wiese

    Time does not change great literature This was completely entertaining and no matter how old you are it's still great to read over the ones you enjoyed the first time. Several I had not remembered reading. I bought this book at special price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Sherl...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meave

    My copy of this book is a wreck, I have read it so often. My dad gave it to me, I can't remember if it was a birthday or Christmas gift, but regardless it's one of the best books I've ever been given. You just have to read a couple of pages and you fall right into Holmes and Watson's world; it's wonderful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Arah-Lynda

    I have no idea how I let myself get so long in the tooth before finally settling down and reading this collection.  Suffice to say I am glad I finally came to my senses. It is all here, every Sherlock Holmes story ever penned by Arthur Conan Doyle.  There are four complete novels and five books of case studies.  Relax I am not going to even attempt to review every one of these.  That would be tedious for me as well as you. There is no doubt that my hands down favourite of the entire collection was I have no idea how I let myself get so long in the tooth before finally settling down and reading this collection.  Suffice to say I am glad I finally came to my senses. It is all here, every Sherlock Holmes story ever penned by Arthur Conan Doyle.  There are four complete novels and five books of case studies.  Relax I am not going to even attempt to review every one of these.  That would be tedious for me as well as you. There is no doubt that my hands down favourite of the entire collection was The Hound of the Baskervilles, but make no mistake I loved it all. According to Goodreads I started reading this collection on June 23 of this year and I am just now able to close off my review.  With the exception of the novels which I read straight through once I had started them, the balance of the case files I read in between other books.  I must say I truly enjoyed this approach and looked forward to dropping in to see what Sherlock was up to every now and again.   Sadly all good things must come to an end.  It was however an experience I shall never forget and I shall certainly miss Watson and Holmes.  I may have to go back and pay them a visit again sometime.  

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rizwan

    সকুলের শেষে এসএসসির পর পুরো "শারলক হোমস অমনিবাস" টানা পড়ে শেষ করেছিলাম, সমভবত একবসাতেই । কলকাতার তুলি-কলম পরকাশনীর পরকাশিত মণীনদর দততের দুরদানত অসাধারণ পূরনাঙগ অনুবাদ । গভীর মুগধতায় এক বিসময়কর ঘোরের মাঝে ডুবে ছিলাম কয়েকটা দিন । ইতোপূরবে শারলক হোমস কে, কি, কেন এসব সমপরকে তখন আবছা আবছা ধারণা বৈ আর কিছুই জানা ছিল না । এখনকার অতি বিচকষণ ও অভিজঞ পাঠকদের মত আগেভাগেই সব জেনে যাবার কোন সুযোগ ছিল না, একেবারে আনকোরা চোখে নতুন এক জগত আবিষকারের অনাবিল নিখাঁদ আননদের সাথে পরতিটি গলপ পরতিটি পৃষঠা উপভোগ করেছিলা স্কুলের শেষে এসএসসির পর পুরো "শার্লক হোমস অমনিবাস" টানা পড়ে শেষ করেছিলাম, সম্ভবত একবসাতেই । কলকাতার তুলি-কলম প্রকাশনীর প্রকাশিত মণীন্দ্র দত্তের দুর্দান্ত অসাধারণ পূর্নাঙ্গ অনুবাদ । গভীর মুগ্ধতায় এক বিস্ময়কর ঘোরের মাঝে ডুবে ছিলাম কয়েকটা দিন । ইতোপূর্বে শার্লক হোমস কে, কি, কেন এসব সম্পর্কে তখন আবছা আবছা ধারণা বৈ আর কিছুই জানা ছিল না । এখনকার অতি বিচক্ষণ ও অভিজ্ঞ পাঠকদের মত আগেভাগেই সব জেনে যাবার কোন সুযোগ ছিল না, একেবারে আনকোরা চোখে নতুন এক জগত আবিষ্কারের অনাবিল নিখাঁদ আনন্দের সাথে প্রতিটি গল্প প্রতিটি পৃষ্ঠা উপভোগ করেছিলাম । প্রথম উপন্যাস 'আ স্টাডি ইন স্কারলেট'-এ প্রথমবারের মত হোমসের ক্ষুরধার বুদ্ধিদীপ্তির চমকপ্রদ প্রমাণ, মহাজটিল রহস্যকাহিনীর ভেতরেই অপ্রত্যাশিতভাবে হৃদয়ভাঙ্গা এক বিয়োগান্তক প্রেমের গল্প, নিদারুণ কঠিন প্রতিশোধপরায়ণতা । আমি বলা যায় ডয়েলের কল্পনাশক্তির এক ঘুষিতেই কুপোকাত ! কিন্তু সে তো সবে শুরু, বিশ্ববিখ্যাত 'দ্য হাউন্ড অফ দ্য বাস্কারভিলস' পড়ে প্রতিটা মুহুর্তে যে গা শিউরানো শিহরণ, রুদ্ধশ্বাস রোমাঞ্চ আর ক্ষণে ক্ষণে উচ্চরক্তচাপ অনুভব করেছিলাম তা এখনো পরিষ্কার মনে আছে । ভরদুপুর বেলাতেও ভয়াল বাদা'র (জলাভূমি) ভীতিকর পরিবেশের বর্ণনা পড়ে বাস্তবিকই আমার গা কাঁটা দিয়ে উঠছিল । এটি আমার জীবনে পড়া ২য় সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠ রহস্যোপন্যাস (১মটি আগাথা ক্রিস্টি'র অতুলনীয় 'অ্যাণ্ড দেন দেয়ার ওয়ার নান') । 'দ্য সাইন অফ ফোর' আরেকটি অতি অতি অসাধারণরকমের দুর্ধর্ষ রহস্যোপন্যাস; আপাতঃ অসম্ভব সিচুয়েশনে অদ্ভূত এক খুনের ঘটনা, আর পরিস্থিতির সাথে পাল্লা দিয়ে হোমসের বিদ্যুৎগতির তদন্ত ও একের পর এক বুদ্ধির ঝিলিক, দৌড়ের উপরে লন্ডনের এক অন্ধকার প্রাসাদবাড়ির খুনের ঘটনাস্থল থেকে আমাকে নিয়ে ফেলেছিল পৃথিবীর অপর প্রান্তে ব্রিটিশশাসিত ভারতের আগ্রা দূর্গের ফটকে আরেক খুনের ঘটনায়... সবকিছুর সাথে কিভাবে যেন জড়িয়ে গেল রোমাঞ্চকর গুপ্তধন-শিকারের গল্প ! উপন্যাসগুলোর মধ্যে একমাত্র 'দ্য ভ্যালি অফ ফিয়ার' পড়েই সেই মাত্রার মজা পাইনি, তারপরেও ভিন্নস্বাদের কাহিনী হিসেবে ভালই লেগেছিল, মাঝখানে আবার ওয়েস্টার্ন-ধর্মী কিছু ফ্ল্যাশব্যাকও আছে (কয়েকবার পড়ে নিশ্চিত হতে হয়েছিল যে ভুল করে অন্য গল্পে ঢুকে যাইনি!) । হোমসের ছোটগল্পও প্রতিটাই ডিজার্ভিংলি ক্লাসিক, ছোট মরিচে ঝাল বেশির মত, বিশেষত 'দ্য অ্যাডভেঞ্চারস অফ শার্লক হোমস' আর 'দ্য রিটার্ন অফ শার্লক হোমস'-এর সবগুলো গল্প । বলা বাহুল্য 'দ্য মেমোয়ারস অফ শার্লক হোমস'-এরও অধিকাংশ গল্প যথারীতি দারুণ, বিশেষ ভাবে উল্লেখ করতে হয় সংকলনের সর্বশেষ গল্প 'দ্য ফাইনাল প্রবলেম'-এর কথা, যাতে প্রথম ও শেষবারের মত আবির্ভাব ঘটে হোমসের চিরশত্রু ও সবচেয়ে বিপজ্জনক প্রতিপক্ষ ডঃ জেমস মরিয়ার্টির । গল্পের শেষে রাইকেনবাক প্রপাতের গোড়ায় তাদের দুজনার দ্বৈরথ ও তার নাটকীয় সমাপ্তি এমনই ধাক্কা দিবে পাঠককে যা থেকে বোধ করি আক্ষরিক অর্থেই "ক্লিফহ্যাঙ্গার" শব্দটার উৎপত্তি হলেও অবাক হব না । লিখতে গিয়ে এখন খেয়াল হল, 'দ্য কেসবুক অফ শার্লক হোমস' আর 'হিজ লাস্ট বাও'-এর বেশিরভাগ গল্পই কেন জানি এখন একেবারে মনে নাই, তাই মনে হচ্ছে খুব শিঘ্রই অনেক বছর পর আবার রিভাইজ দেয়া দরকার বইটা । পড়েছি তো সেই ১৫ বছর আগে ! দেড় যুগ পর আজ হুট করে স্মৃতিকাতর হয়ে গেলাম শার্লক হোমসের পৃথিবীতে প্রবেশের প্রথম অনুভূতির কথা মনে পড়ায় । বর্তমান প্রজন্ম ও আগামী প্রজন্মের জন্য এখন আফসোস হয়, পৃথিবীটা হাতের মুঠোতে চলে আসায় সম্ভবত আর কখনই তাদের কেউ আমার মত কোনপ্রকার পূর্ব ধারণা ছাড়া সম্পূর্ণ নতুন দৃষ্টিতে শার্লক হোমসের জগত উন্মোচনের আনন্দ আস্বাদন করতে পারবে না । তবে একটা কথা ধ্রুবসত্যঃ হাল আমলে যত নিত্যনতুন সৃজনশীলতাই আনুক না কেন শার্লককে টিভিতে-মুভিতে-বইতে নতুনভাবে নতুন সময়ে নতুন প্রেক্ষাপটে উপস্থাপন করে (আমি নিজেও অবশ্য এসবের ভক্ত ভালরকম), প্রকৃত শার্লক হোমস আর তার ভিক্টোরিয়ান লন্ডনের ২২১-বি বেকার স্ট্রিটে সেইসব যাবতীয় গল্পগাঁথা আর্থার কোনান ডয়েলের লেখাতেই অমর হয়ে আছে যুগ থেকে যুগান্তরে, চিরকাল তাই থাকবে । 'When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.' --Sherlock Holmes, 'The Sign of Four'

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    Most of the stories are similar to one another, but it was nice to read about old England. In my opinion the novels are better than the shorts since Doyle had the opportunity to expand the story into other areas which gave depth and breadth to the stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Наталия Янева

    *Nota bene: Долуописаната сцена не е част от никоя от историите на сър Артър Конан Дойл. Всяка прилика с фикционални лица и събития обаче е напълно умишлена. Квартирата на Шерлок Холмс и д-р Джон Уотсън на ул. „Бейкър“ 221Б, Лондон. Холмс е погълнат от химичен експеримент, а Уотсън седи в кресло пред камината, взира се в пламъците и от време на време се оглежда неспокойно. - Уотсън, убеден съм, че нервната Ви превъзбуда е напълно необоснована. Тихото шумолене, което така често прекъсва хода на м *Nota bene: Долуописаната сцена не е част от никоя от историите на сър Артър Конан Дойл. Всяка прилика с фикционални лица и събития обаче е напълно умишлена. Квартирата на Шерлок Холмс и д-р Джон Уотсън на ул. „Бейкър“ 221Б, Лондон. Холмс е погълнат от химичен експеримент, а Уотсън седи в кресло пред камината, взира се в пламъците и от време на време се оглежда неспокойно. - Уотсън, убеден съм, че нервната Ви превъзбуда е напълно необоснована. Тихото шумолене, което така често прекъсва хода на мислите Ви, не може да бъде нищо друго, освен отгръщане на страниците на книга. Съвсем очевидно е, че някой чете за нас! Явно Вашите описания на скромните ни преживявания са привлекли публика. - Колко смущаващо ти самият да си обектът на нечие изследване… Кой ли би могъл да бъде? - Смятам, че имаме работа с не твърде висока дама, тъмнокоса, с увлечение към викторианската литература. - Холмс, предполагам, че за организиран ум като Вашия тези заключения са напълно логични, но бихте ли… - Лекият аромат, който и двамата долавяме, разбира се, е на жасминов чай – съгласете се, че ако нашият наблюдател беше мъж, по-вероятният му избор би бил стипчив и силен „English breakfast“ например. За интереса на дамата към този тип четива можем да предположим по ритмичното и относително бавно отгръщане на страниците – твърде вероятно става въпрос за препрочитане на абзаци или просто за бавно наслаждаване на текста. Като се замисля може да бъде и някой слабоумен клетник със странни гастрономически навици… Но по-добре е да се придържаме към първото ми предположение. - Но откъде разбрахте, че става въпрос за дребна брюнетка, Холмс?! - Както и сам знаете, драги ми Уотсън, представителките на прекрасния пол, които са наясно със своята… хм, физическа и метафорична висота в обществото, ако мога така да се изразя, често предпочитат по-светски занимания от книгите за двамата старомодни джентълмени. Що се отнася до цвета на косата, тъмнокосите хора статистически винаги са били по-многобройни от светлите, но прибавих този детайл по-скоро за изчерпателност. Мисля, че все пак е безопасно да възприемем заключенията ми като работна хипотеза за момента. - Но какво ще правим? - Предлагам и този път да видим къде ще ни отведе случаят и просто да се оставим да бъдем изследвани… Небезизвестните приключения на двамата лондонски господа се разстилат тържествено, подобно на „Болеро“-то на Морис Равел или пък са жизнерадостни и бързи като „На хубавия син Дунав“ на Щраус-син, но понякога добиват и тревожните нотки на Бетховеновата „Лунна соната“. Бих казала, че Шерлок и Уотсън са една от най-синергичните двойки в литературата, но вече не съм чак толкова малка, че да си въобразявам, че знам всичко. Уотсън винаги задава точните въпроси, които разкриват тихото величие на неповторимия детектив на Артър Конан Дойл. Добрият доктор смирено приема ролята си на втора цигулка (все пак Холмс има завидна практика в тази област на музиката) и на него неизменно може да се разчита – ако не за дедукции, то поне за допълнителен зареден револвер и много кураж. Дарбите на Холмс се простират от разпознаване на аромата на 75 различни парфюма, през 140 вида тютюн, та чак до подробности за личния живот по отпечатъка на обувката. Шерлок неминуемо има и своите слабости – подчертаният уклон към драматизъм и употребата на седемпроцентен разтвор на кокаин са част от примерите, които обаче само добавят благородна патина към мекия блясък на чистия ум. Признавам, че съм напълно пристрастна и прочутото отвратително английско време, изтънчени маниери и високомерни обноски винаги са ми били по-близки, отколкото е допустимо, ако си зърнал Албиона за пръв път едва след като си минал двайсетте. Някой по-запознат от мен с детективските истории би казал, че заключенията на Холмс не само граничат, но и често бродят далеч отвъд границите на вероятното. Аз обаче в доста отношения съм привърженик на по-овехтелите школи, затова обичам като покорен читател да се оставям щастливо да ме водят за носа, особено по толкова словесно издържан начин. Ако сте изкушени да проследите развитието на западната детективска традиция между По и Уилки Колинс от една страна и Агата Кристи и всички останали нови попълнения на жанра от друга, непременно се отбийте на по питие и лула у Шерлок и Уотсън. Няма да съжалявате.

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Books Blender

    Caro Arthur Conan Doyle, So il che rapporto con la tua più famosa creatura non sempre è stato idilliaco. So che sei arrivato perfino a commettere un omicidio pur di sbarazzarti della tua onnipresente e impertinente creatura. Ma… sono contenta che ti sia ricreduto e che Sherlock Holmes, alla fine, sia sopravvissuto anche al suo peggior nemico: il suo stesso creatore. Ora, ci sono mille altre cose che vorrei aggiungere. Ad esempio, potrei dire di come abbia cominciato con "Uno studio in rosso" che Caro Arthur Conan Doyle, So il che rapporto con la tua più famosa creatura non sempre è stato idilliaco. So che sei arrivato perfino a commettere un omicidio pur di sbarazzarti della tua onnipresente e impertinente creatura. Ma… sono contenta che ti sia ricreduto e che Sherlock Holmes, alla fine, sia sopravvissuto anche al suo peggior nemico: il suo stesso creatore. Ora, ci sono mille altre cose che vorrei aggiungere. Ad esempio, potrei dire di come abbia cominciato con "Uno studio in rosso" che avevo ancora una decina d'anni e come, nel corso del tempo, quei racconti e quei libri mi abbiano portato ad appassionarmi sempre più alla letteratura gialla. Potrei dire di come, a Londra, mi sono fermata in contemplazione davanti alla statua di Sherlock Holmes nella famosa Baker Street, pensando al povero Watson, narratore, sempre in secondo piano, di gran parte delle storie di Holmes. Con un certo distacco, datomi anche dalle tante letture accumulate sulle mie spalle, potrei dire che non tutti i racconti sono usciti "con il buco" e che qualche storia è più appassionante e intricata di altre. E potrei dire di come, leggendo queste storie, sia arrivata a comprendere così in profondità i meccanismi della narrazione, da arrivare alla soluzione del caso insieme a Holmes (che soddisfazione!). Potrei dire che queste vicende rapiscono e incantano generazioni e generazioni di lettori da oltre un secolo (un sogno che ogni scrittore spera di raggiungere un giorno)! Potrei dire di come, nonostante in alcuni casi si trattasse di una rilettura, non abbia avvertito noia o insoddisfazione nel leggere storie già conosciute. Ma dirò solo una parola: grazie.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    Most people in the world know who is Sherlock Holmes as the matter of fact, he is one of the most popular fictional characters. 'The Complete stories of Sherlock Holmes with original illustrations the 'strand' magazine'. 4 novels: 'A Study in Scarlet' 'The Sign of the Four' 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' 'The Valley of Fear' 5 books of 56 short stories: 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes': 'A Scandal in Bohenia' 'The Red-Headed League' 'A Case of Identity' 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery' 'The Five Orange Pip Most people in the world know who is Sherlock Holmes as the matter of fact, he is one of the most popular fictional characters. 'The Complete stories of Sherlock Holmes with original illustrations the 'strand' magazine'. 4 novels: 'A Study in Scarlet' 'The Sign of the Four' 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' 'The Valley of Fear' 5 books of 56 short stories: 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes': 'A Scandal in Bohenia' 'The Red-Headed League' 'A Case of Identity' 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery' 'The Five Orange Pips' 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' 'The Blue Carbunde' 'The Speckled Band' 'The Engineer's Thumb' 'The Noble Bachelor' 'The Beryl Coronet' 'The Copper Beeches' 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes': 'Silver Blaze' 'The Yellow Face' 'The Stockbroker's Clerk' 'The Gloria Scott' 'The Reigate Squires' 'The Crooked Man' 'The Resident Patient' 'The Greek Interpreter' 'The Naval Treaty' 'The Final Problem' 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes': 'The Empty House' 'The Norwood Builder' 'The Dancing Men' 'The Solitary Cyclist' 'The Priory School' 'Black Peter' 'Charles Augustus Milverton' 'The Six Napoleons' 'The Three Students' 'The Golden Pince-Nez' 'The Missing Three-Quarter' 'The Abbey Grange' 'The Second Stain' 'His Last Bow': 'Wisteria Lodge' 'The Cardboard Box' 'The Red Circle' 'The Bruce-Partington Plans' 'The Dying Detective' 'The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax' 'The Devil's Foot' 'His Last Bow' 'The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes': 'The Mazarin Stone' 'The Problem of Thor Bridge' 'The Creeping Man' 'The Sussex Vampire' 'The Three Garridebs' 'The Illustrious Client' 'The Three Gables' 'The Blanched Soldier' 'The Lion Mane' 'The Retired Colourman' 'The Veiled Lodger' 'Shoscombe Old Place' 31st August-1st September 2015 'A Study in Scarlet' I love this story. There are lots of twists. Alhamdulillah! 11 October-18 October 2015 'The Sign of the Four' It is a very good story. Alhamdulillah! 22 October-25 October 2015 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' It is a stupendous story! Alhamdulillah! I thought 'The Hound of Baskervilles' is spooky story. 12 November-22 November 2015 'The Valley of Fear' It is a brilliant story Alhamdulillah! 5th December 2015-4 March 2016 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' I have taken a long break from reading this story. AlhamdulIllah, I love it! These twelve short stories are awesome! 7th March 2016-9th March 2016 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' Alhamdulillah! These stories were atupendous stories I love it! 13th March 2016-17th March 2016 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes' These stories are awesome! Alhamdulillah! 8th April 2016-9th April 2016 'His Last Bow' These stories are fantastic stories! Alhamdulillah! 9th April 2016-10 April 'The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes' These stories are very good. Alhamdulillah! in the conclusion, It has taken me to finish read this book between seven and eight months. All of the novels and short stories of The Complete of Sherlock Holmes are stupendous Alhamdulillah! I am really enjoyed reading this book. My name is Sherlock Holmes and the address is 221B Baker Street.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Le Petit Prince (14) versus The Complete Sherlock Holmes (19) It was some time during the summer of 19__ that I received an urgent telegram from Holmes. Arriving at 221B, Baker Street, I was struck by how little he had changed. He was older, to be sure; but his eye was as keen as ever, and his enthusiasm not one whit abated by the passage of the years. "I trust you have brought your passport, Watson?" he said, in lieu of greeting. "We depart for Alg For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Le Petit Prince (14) versus The Complete Sherlock Holmes (19) It was some time during the summer of 19__ that I received an urgent telegram from Holmes. Arriving at 221B, Baker Street, I was struck by how little he had changed. He was older, to be sure; but his eye was as keen as ever, and his enthusiasm not one whit abated by the passage of the years. "I trust you have brought your passport, Watson?" he said, in lieu of greeting. "We depart for Algeria this evening. The cab will be here momentarily." "But Holmes!" I protested, as he hurried me down the stairs. "What -" "We can discuss that once we are on the train," replied Holmes firmly. And, true to his word, he said no more until we were comfortably ensconced in the First Class carriage of the Dover Express. "Now, Watson," said Holmes, after he had carefully packed and lit his pipe, "I wonder if you have heard of a young Frenchman called Saint-E_____. An author and aviator." The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)

  11. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    So, I'm now done with reading this whole 2-volume 1,796-page Sherlock Holmes canon. I spent 10 months reading all the 4 novels and 56 short stories contained herein. I really liked the experience and I am proud of this accomplishment. My first time to read a canon. Before reading this, I thought that the word canon only applied to biblical works. Well, that was the first thing I learned upon adding this book in my currently-reading folder. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in a classy classic manner a So, I'm now done with reading this whole 2-volume 1,796-page Sherlock Holmes canon. I spent 10 months reading all the 4 novels and 56 short stories contained herein. I really liked the experience and I am proud of this accomplishment. My first time to read a canon. Before reading this, I thought that the word canon only applied to biblical works. Well, that was the first thing I learned upon adding this book in my currently-reading folder. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in a classy classic manner and even if his settings were not familiar to me as a Filipino, I appreciated his stories because of the universal messages in them: love of a husband to a wife, a son to a father, a father to his child, etc; the evil in greed especially when it comes to riches and money; that men can be truly friends without homosexuality getting in-between; that we have to respect the people we work with; always be wary of the people around you; and that, if used in moderation, cocaine and morphine can actually make you sharper. I cringed while typing the last one. So, what are my takeaways from Sherlock Holmes? There are three:1. Logical reasoning. He is a keen observer. In almost every company I joined with, there is a safety program and one of the things they teach in the training is to stop and closely look up, down, left, right, front, back for every thing that we see that can cause an accident. I think that if all of us in the company will have that power of keen observation, all factories will have zero unsafe incidents. Not only that, because Holmes has that keen observation, he uses those things that he sees to link them to his hypotheses and when he applies his knowledge in forensics (having a background on medicine), to the things he observes, it results to his power of deduction. 2. Ability to disguise. I am still to see any Sherlock Holmes television episodes or movies but this one makes the story unbelievable for a middle age man like me but interesting enough to engage me while reading. Sherlock Holmes can be anybody: a pheasant, a woman, an old man, a soldier, a dead person, etc. Not only that, some of his characters put disguises too. This fantasy element in the story is entertaining in my mind but it is the least in terms of the practical application of what I learned from Sherlock Holmes. For one, I could not freaking imagine myself dressed like a woman. 3. Forensic skills. From the first few pages of the A Study in Scarlet when the very young Sherlock Holmes told Dr. Watson how to detect blood from the scene, I was mesmerized. Oh, I thought I knew it from my medical technology readings way back 3 decades ago. However, I am not practicing that profession so at times I already forget what I learned before. Sir Conan Doyle really puts his passion into each novel and short story because he incorporated what he learned from medical books but even history, travel and other sciences such as anthropology, handwriting analysis, weaponry, zoology and botany (I still remember the giant jellyfish). He must have been a very well-read gentlemen.My favorite novel of course is The Hound of the Baskervilles followed by The Sign of Four. My top 10 favorite stories are below. Interestingly, while typing this, I checked a website and all, except #1, of my choices are not among the Top 12 Sherlockians' choices haha.1.The Final Problem (Memoirs) - 5 stars 2. His Last Bow (Last Bow) - 5 stars 3. The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (Case Book) - 5 stars 4. The Five Orange Pips (Adventures) - 4 stars 5. The Copper Beeches (Adventures) - 4 stars 6. The Naval Treaty (Memoirs) - 4 stars 7. The Adventure of the Empty House (Return) - 4 stars 8. The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (Return) - 4 stars 9. The Adventure of the Three Students (Return) - 4 stars 10. The Adventure of the Devil's Foot (Last Bow) - 4 starsMaybe I am just strange but I always enjoy stories that either "speak" to me or at least "surprise" me. Anyway, I will definitely miss Sherlock Holmes. But I have to move on to Samuel Beckett.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I was so sad when I finished this book. Nothing new to read ever again about Sherlock Holmes ... hmmmm *sigh*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I don't know if anyone else does this, but in times of stress or when I have exceptional trouble falling asleep, I find myself re-reading a favorite book. One of these used to be my complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series but alas, it *is* in fact possible to read those books too many times. Lately this book has been the Complete Sherlock Holmes. What amazes me the most about these stories is that, despite having read through the entire collection a number of times, I seem to find someth I don't know if anyone else does this, but in times of stress or when I have exceptional trouble falling asleep, I find myself re-reading a favorite book. One of these used to be my complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series but alas, it *is* in fact possible to read those books too many times. Lately this book has been the Complete Sherlock Holmes. What amazes me the most about these stories is that, despite having read through the entire collection a number of times, I seem to find something new each time I read it. Knowing the solution to the mysteries, doesn't seem to diminish the excitement at getting to Holmes' big reveal each time. The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson become character studies, making you long for the little tidbits that provide more insight into their inner workings. This time around I took the time to look up some of the odder Victorian words and thereby expanded my vocabulary with words like shaw (a small wood or thicket), chandler (a retailer of provisions) and extravasate (to force out from the proper vessels, as blood, so as to diffuse through the surrounding tissues). There are other details that seem impossible to not notice: the fact that, despite Holmes and Watson being clearly hetersexual, their relationship is nevertheless odd, that Holmes was a high-functioning autistic (Asperger's, my guess), and that Watson was a terrible doctor, seeing as how he treated every patient with brandy regardless of their ailment. But it is indeed these quirks that make the characters seem more real, and make the tales and deductions that much more enjoyable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Hall

    My impression of what a Sherlock Holmes' story is actually like. I came down to breakfast one morning to find my dear friend, Sherlock Holmes disembowelling a gerbil with a teaspoon. "My dear Holmes," said I, "is that really necessary?" Barely glancing up from his gruesome task, he told me that it was. "You see, Watson," he continued, "there is matter that I believe may soon become illuminated not only to you but the whole of London society." "Good God, Holmes!" I cried. "Whatever is this?" "Have pat My impression of what a Sherlock Holmes' story is actually like. I came down to breakfast one morning to find my dear friend, Sherlock Holmes disembowelling a gerbil with a teaspoon. "My dear Holmes," said I, "is that really necessary?" Barely glancing up from his gruesome task, he told me that it was. "You see, Watson," he continued, "there is matter that I believe may soon become illuminated not only to you but the whole of London society." "Good God, Holmes!" I cried. "Whatever is this?" "Have patience, Watson," returned he. "You will understand directly." Two days later, I came down to breakfast to discover my dear friend, Sherlock Holmes, dressed as a goldfish. "Ah Watson," he greeted me. "You remember the matter we spoke of the other day?" "I do, Holmes, I do!" "Well, it is even darker and more disturbing than even I at first realised." The next day, I came down to breakfast to discover my friend lying disconsolately among the bacon. "Are you quite well, Holmes?" I enquired. "I have solved the case, Watson." He sat up, brushing a fried egg from the lapel of his dressing gown. "Allow me to elucidate." By which I mean, everything happens very statically and in a quintessentially Victorian way. Holmes is a prick and Watson is a sycophant. The theory of deductive is bobbins and I feel genuinely sorry for Lestrade. However ... this is motherfucking Sherlock Holmes. And I enjoy the hell out of it. Maybe precisely because it is completely stupid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    A Study in Scarlet: 4 stars The Sign of the Four: 4.5 stars The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: -A Scandal in Bohemia: 4 stars -The Red-Headed League: 3.5 stars -A Case of Identity: 4.5 stars -The Boscombe Valley Mystery: 5 stars -The Five Orange Pips: 4 stars -The Man with the Twisted Lip: 3.75 stars -The Blue Carbuncle: 3.5 stars -The Speckled Band: -The Engineer's Thumb: -The Noble Bachelor: -The Beryl Coronet: -The Copper Beeches: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: -Silver Blaze: -The Yellow Face: -The Stockbroke A Study in Scarlet: 4 stars The Sign of the Four: 4.5 stars The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: -A Scandal in Bohemia: 4 stars -The Red-Headed League: 3.5 stars -A Case of Identity: 4.5 stars -The Boscombe Valley Mystery: 5 stars -The Five Orange Pips: 4 stars -The Man with the Twisted Lip: 3.75 stars -The Blue Carbuncle: 3.5 stars -The Speckled Band: -The Engineer's Thumb: -The Noble Bachelor: -The Beryl Coronet: -The Copper Beeches: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: -Silver Blaze: -The Yellow Face: -The Stockbroker's Clerk: -The Gloria Scott: -The Musgrave Ritual: -The Reigate Squire: -The Crooked Man: -The Resident Patient: -The Greek Interpreter: -The Naval Treaty: -The Final Problem: The Return of Sherlock Holmes: -The Empty House: -The Norwood Builder: -The Dancing Men: -The Solitary Cyclist: -The Priory School: -Black Peter: -Charles Augustus Milverton: -The Six Napoleons: -The Three Students: -The Golden Pince-Nez: -The Missing Three-Quarter: -The Abbey Grange: -The Second Stain: The Hound of the Baskervilles: The Valley of Fear: His Last Bow: -Wisteria Lodge: -The Cardboard Box: -The Red Circle: -The Bruce-Partington Plans: -The Dying Detective: -The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax:; -The Devil's Foot: -His Last Bow: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: -The Illustrious Client: -The Blanched Soldier: -The Mazarin Stones: -The Three Gables: -The Sussex Vampire: -The Three Garridebs: -Thor Bridge: -The Creeping Man: -The Lion's Mane: -The Veiled Lodger: -Shoscombe Old Place: -The Retired Colourman: Average Rating Overall:

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jaro

    Phew… I finished this whole thing in twelve days (except for The Hound of the Baskervilles which I had read before). I was in a very restless mood while reading and couldn’t stop. The focus, precision and energy of the stories kept me alert throughout and I never tired. As soon as I finished a story I was immediately hungry for more. I think the stories actually gained something by being consumed in succession in a short time. It made me aware of the structure of the stories, about similarities Phew… I finished this whole thing in twelve days (except for The Hound of the Baskervilles which I had read before). I was in a very restless mood while reading and couldn’t stop. The focus, precision and energy of the stories kept me alert throughout and I never tired. As soon as I finished a story I was immediately hungry for more. I think the stories actually gained something by being consumed in succession in a short time. It made me aware of the structure of the stories, about similarities and patterns, and also about the relation between the original stories and the multitude of adaptations out there. Inevitably you come to these stories with a lot of preconceptions. What struck me the most was how close many of the adaptations are to the original stories. Even those that turn them into adventure stories aren’t that far off the mark. After all, Holmes has some real swashbuckling potential as both an able fencer and a boxer, this is contradicted, though, by his view of himself as a brain, the rest being mere appendix.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trish Isiderio

    This book is nothing short of brilliant. Arthur Conan Doyle is a master writer; there never was a dull moment in every story, and there are only a handful of characters that I would love as dearly as I love Sherlock and Watson.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jan Rice

    Jan. 15, 2013: I received this as a gift when I was 20 years old. I had already read it but I must have read again, because the cover wore off. I tucked the front and back piece of the cover in the back of the book, and that's how I know it was this edition. I loved Sherlock Holmes. I own a Sherlock Holmes sweatshirt at this very time. I also liked Arthur & George by Julian Barnes, which was about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Added after I saw one of my friends was going to read Sherlock Holmes. I s Jan. 15, 2013: I received this as a gift when I was 20 years old. I had already read it but I must have read again, because the cover wore off. I tucked the front and back piece of the cover in the back of the book, and that's how I know it was this edition. I loved Sherlock Holmes. I own a Sherlock Holmes sweatshirt at this very time. I also liked Arthur & George by Julian Barnes, which was about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Added after I saw one of my friends was going to read Sherlock Holmes. I see Goodreads is showing an ISBN for this edition. It must have been added later. Aug. 14, 2014 update: There had been ongoing problems dealing with the Conan Doyle estate, now resolved. Who knew? More info at http://free-sherlock.com/ Aug. 20, 2014 update: In reading Steven Pinker about the romanticized and favorable views of war that prevailed for most of history, I discovered that even the fictional Sherlock Holmes was part of the culturally accepted insanity of the WWI era re war's being necessary and desirable. His creator had him say, "It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared" (The Last Bow).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Bailey

    What first got me hooked on reading. [That sounds corny, like 'Hooked on Phonics' or something...] Either way, I found a seriously abridged and illustrated version of a few stories when I was in 3rd grade. And I've never looked back. Hands down my favorite reads ever.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eℓℓis ♥

    Che cosa posso dire di un'opera simile? Immensa, su ogni fronte. Va a sir Arthur Conan Doyle - oramai consacrato tra i più grandi scrittori gialli di sempre - il merito di aver dato vita ad un personaggio dalle mille ed eclettiche sfaccettature, capace di esercitare la sublime, sottile, arte della deduzione: l'eccentrico Sherlock Holmes. Dal libro: Lei ha portato l'arte dell'indagine ad essere tanto più vicina possibile a una scienza esatta quanto mai potrà esserlo in questo mondo.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leona Carstairs

    I'M DONE! I'M FINALLY DONE. I'M FREAKING DONE YAYYYY. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 8 1/2 MONTHS OF SLAVING AWAY AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT I AM FREED OF THIS BURDEN. YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW FRUSTRATED I WAS WITH MY SLOW PROGRESS, BUT I JUST DECIDED TO PUSH THROUGH AND FINISHED IT ONCE AND FOR ALL. Look, I don't hate this book! Of course not. But like all story collections, it contains Good stories, Marvelous stories, Dull stories and Awful stories. So I am giving it an overall rating of 3 stars (Plus it took me s I'M DONE! I'M FINALLY DONE. I'M FREAKING DONE YAYYYY. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 8 1/2 MONTHS OF SLAVING AWAY AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT I AM FREED OF THIS BURDEN. YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW FRUSTRATED I WAS WITH MY SLOW PROGRESS, BUT I JUST DECIDED TO PUSH THROUGH AND FINISHED IT ONCE AND FOR ALL. Look, I don't hate this book! Of course not. But like all story collections, it contains Good stories, Marvelous stories, Dull stories and Awful stories. So I am giving it an overall rating of 3 stars (Plus it took me so long to read.) By the second volume I really couldn't care less, which discouraged me from reading anymore. I :) seriously :) didn't :) give :) a :) crap. SO I HAD TO FORCE MYSELF TO FINISH IT AH. The first part was much better than the second and my honest opinion is that there are too many Sherlock Holmes stories. A lot of them seemed similar to each other, awfully so. I could feel that sometimes Doyle had run out of plot ideas and was reusing old ones (or so it felt like). Overall this was really good! And some of the stories were indeed great and well crafted and some were very boring and stupid. I'm still so mad at how long this took me to read!!!! I don't do that, I literally don't read books over the span of more than 3 months. I am a speedy reader and this collection should have taken me about 3 months to complete?!? But it was so slow........

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    As it turns out, I don't like Sherlock Holmes very much. The idea? Some of the writing? The kernel of the character and Watson and 221B and Mrs. Hudson and so on? Absolutely. Holmes himself and his mysteries? Oh, God. I'm sure it was in some small part down to the fact that I listened to the entire blessed Holmes canon in an Audible "Complete" edition. I was happy about it, because it was narrated by Simon Vance, who has done such a magnificent job voicing Holmes in sequels by other authors. And As it turns out, I don't like Sherlock Holmes very much. The idea? Some of the writing? The kernel of the character and Watson and 221B and Mrs. Hudson and so on? Absolutely. Holmes himself and his mysteries? Oh, God. I'm sure it was in some small part down to the fact that I listened to the entire blessed Holmes canon in an Audible "Complete" edition. I was happy about it, because it was narrated by Simon Vance, who has done such a magnificent job voicing Holmes in sequels by other authors. And I can in no way fault the audio. Simon Vance was excellent (except when he tried to sound American). The production was dandy. It just … seemed… endless. And apparently I had never read some of the canon before. I was under the impression I had, but I can state for fact that when suddenly "A Study in Scarlet" wandered off (for an eternity) into what was supposed to be the American Wild West… put it this way: if I had been reading this in print I would have been constantly checking the number of pages until the story got back to where it should be, Victorian London. It wasn't terrible – but dear lord was I uninterested. Then it happened again in "The Valley of Fear" – in some ways, almost identically: good man mixed up in a cult of heartless killers, but prevails to win the love of his woman – and I thought I'd lose my mind. Again, it might not have been so bad on paper, but listening to these two stories set in a poorly imagined and (I love you, Simon Vance, but) rather horribly accented America was stultifying. Too-late note to all the dead British authors I've been reading lately: all Americans didn't speak like that. (And, particularly, black Americans did not speak like that.) The biggest thing I find I do not like about Sherlock Holmes, the canon, is… Sherlock Holmes. I lost track of how many times listening to these stories that I muttered "You bitch!" under my breath. He is an obnoxious piece of work, Holmes is. Yes, of course he's brilliant. Yes, of course he is capable of levels of observation that most people are not. Know how I know this? BECAUSE HE TOLD ME. Over and over. Usually in the context of pointing out to someone either how pathetically inferior a third party was – or, often, pointing out to someone how pathetically inferior THEY were. Tact? Not Holmes's strong suit. To put it mildly. In fact, by the end of this long slog I decided that Holmes's strongest character trait was not his skill at observation or deduction but his pure hubris. He swans through these stories pointing out how he has developed his skills by working at them and honing them – and then constantly uses that as a brickbat with which to pummel those around him, especially the police, and most especially Watson. Modern adaptations aside, as I listened to his arrogance in his dealings with the police I kept picturing him in the setting of a modern non-Holmes adaptation cop show. Ever seen the tv show Blue Bloods? I'm picturing Donny Wahlberg's character faced with Holmes's high-handedness and insistence on primacy and contempt for everyone operating at a lower level. (Try it – it's funny.) And, in the end, it hit me: where exactly did all this much-touted supremacy get him? If these tales purportedly selected by Watson are the choicest among Holmes's non-classified cases, I'm … not impressed. Where Holmes's gifts seem to be most showcased is in his introductions to clients and police, and in showing off for the always admiring Watson: you came in on this train, you have a medium-sized dog, you play the harpsichord. But his case track record … isn't great, is it? I don't have the time or energy to run down the list to make an accurate count, but I was astonished at the number of cases in which Holmes's client does not survive the story. It seemed to happen over and over – nice young man comes to 221B, frantic and afraid; Holmes tells him all about himself before letting him tell his story, during which Holmes acts bored; Holmes tells him that yes, there is some interest in your story, I'll get around to it in a day or two, keep me posted on developments; young man goes off reassured that the great man is on the case (rather than utterly pissed off over the way he's been treated), and shortly dies. Then and only then does Holmes descend from his ivory tower to find the killer. Then there were a surprising number of cases in which Holmes does not actually contribute that much to discovering the solution to the mystery. Facts emerge independently of anything he does, or someone confesses, and he stands back nodding smugly – he knew that. And even in the cases where he does put his finger on the Bad Guys … they have a terrible tendency to get away. Of course, in those cases the finger of justice smooshes them like bugs – their ships sink or they otherwise pay the Ultimate Penalty. All in all, though, the main reason I dislike Holmes is his treatment of Watson. Dr. John Watson is a man who served his country in war, was wounded, became a physician good enough to build a booming practice … but when he is around Sherlock Holmes he is like a bullied child anxious not to be left out. Holmes abuses him regularly. He consistently denigrates Watson's "little pieces", which he writes to glorify his friend (and possibly for a few extra pounds, but the only reason he ever mentions is that he wants to publicize his friend's abilities); they are ill-written, unnecessary, concentrate on all the wrong things, and really he doesn't want publicity, he works for the sake of the work. But he obviously preens himself over the praise, and it sure felt like when Watson gave up the writing Holmes was a little put out. Oh, and then of course after years of Watson saying "Well, fine, write 'em yourself", Holmes finally does – and spends a good deal of time saying how Watson would have done it better. (Ah, but did he ever say that to Watson? Pfft.) In several cases Holmes sends Watson off to gather information. And the good doctor works his stolid behind off trying to follow Holmes's methods and cover every base. Only for Holmes to tell him A) a blindfolded chimpanzee could have done better, but B) that's okay because Holmes did it himself anyway. In some of these situations Watson was taking time away from his wife and his medical practice to oblige his friend – because any time his friend crooked a finger said medical practice and wife dwindled in importance – and the whole time was wasting his time. The last point in this part of my rant is a large part of the "love" in my love-hate relationship with BBC's "Sherlock". Holmes disappeared two years ago, allowing the world – and Watson – to believe he was dead. And he pops up at John's side in a ridiculous disguise, and expects his old sidekick to be nothing but happy. In the tv episode, John knocks him down. And I couldn't agree more. For two years – two years – starting on that very first day the "Reichenbach Fall" happened – Holmes has left his best (only) friend to grieve, and grieve he does, book and tv series. On tv he sees a counselor. In the stories he just eats his heart out, replaying if-onlys. And the reason he is left in pain for two years? The same reason Holmes didn't share vital information with him other times: in the great detective's opinion Watson is not a good enough actor/liar to pull off a situation where he knows the truth. And okay, I get it: Holmes was in danger, and playing dead seems to have been necessary. But – really? "I almost told you but I figured you'd blow it"? I'd like to pop him in the nose myself. ("I have given you a serious shock by my unnecessarily dramatic reappearance." And suddenly Sherlock Holmes morphs into Captain Obvious.) The phrase "healthy relationship" was not in common usage in the late 1890's and early 1900's. This relationship? Isn't healthy. (However, I begin to understand where all the 'shippers come from. "Intimacy" had a different tenor then, but Watson does say it an awful lot. And Holmes does seem to grab his hand, put his hands on the doctor's knees, and whisk his friend off into dark corners an awful lot. The Empty House: "Holmes's cold, thin fingers closed round my wrist and led me forwards down a long hall … There was no lamp near and the window was thick with dust, so that we could only just discern each other's figures within. My companion put his hand upon my shoulder and his lips close to my ear." That's a quote that launched a thousand 'ships.) Something else that stuck with me all through the stories: all of these illustrious clients come to Holmes, requiring utmost confidentiality … with Watson sitting there to the side taking notes? Now that it's (finally) over, now that I've (finally) listened to all the stories… I feel a little like the child at the end of The Emperor's New Clothes: "But…" Holmes isn't naked, but pretty close, and spinning some tassels and waving some feathery fans to distract the reader. And I wholeheartedly apologize for that image, especially to anyone with Jeremy Brett or Basil Rathbone as the Holmes in their head. Cumberbatch fans probably enjoy it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sahaj

    A Scandal in Bohemia: Chapter I. A dialogue I liked. A scene at 221/B, Baker Street, London Sherlock is sitting in his armchair in his usual manner, his eyes closed. In front of him is Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman, wearing a mask. (Who he was kidding? He was in front of the great SH!) And so in front of him actually is Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel Felstein, and hereditary King of Bohemia. by this time SH has opened his eyes and had an impatient look at A Scandal in Bohemia: Chapter I. A dialogue I liked. A scene at 221/B, Baker Street, London Sherlock is sitting in his armchair in his usual manner, his eyes closed. In front of him is Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman, wearing a mask. (Who he was kidding? He was in front of the great SH!) And so in front of him actually is Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel Felstein, and hereditary King of Bohemia. by this time SH has opened his eyes and had an impatient look at his client. The man now agrees and starts to build his case. “Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor" says SH to Dr. Watson asking him to look up for an Irene Adler. Doctor gives the biography to SH and here it goes. “Let me see!” said Holmes. “Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year 1858. Contralto—hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera of Warsaw—yes! Retired from operatic stage—ha! Living in London—quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and is now desirous of getting those letters back.” “Precisely so. But how—” “Was there a secret marriage?” “None.” “No legal papers or certificates?” “None.” “Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is she to prove their authenticity?” “There is the writing.” “Pooh, pooh! Forgery.” “My private note-paper.” “Stolen.” “My own seal.” “Imitated.” “My photograph.” “Bought.” “We were both in the photograph.” “Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an indiscretion.” It goes on and ends with a promise that SH will have some good news the next day.

  24. 4 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes...I happened to finish Dan Simmons's The Fifth Heart recently, and was a little put out about how he treated Sherlock in some spots. Having now finished the complete stories and novels - okay, yeah. Lots of inconsistencies, many stories a long stone's throw from fair, repetitive plotlines, and those stupid stories that are Sherlock intro, Sherlock epilogue...and a mass of adventure from America that I couldn't care less about. Sherlock is a heartless bastard, all rig The Complete Sherlock Holmes...I happened to finish Dan Simmons's The Fifth Heart recently, and was a little put out about how he treated Sherlock in some spots. Having now finished the complete stories and novels - okay, yeah. Lots of inconsistencies, many stories a long stone's throw from fair, repetitive plotlines, and those stupid stories that are Sherlock intro, Sherlock epilogue...and a mass of adventure from America that I couldn't care less about. Sherlock is a heartless bastard, all right, maybe not as catastrophically hopeless as a human being as in The Fifth Heart, but definitely not a nice guy. Lots of brilliance here, of course - but lots of stories that don't ring even remotely true.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jesús

    My first review... Well then... Let's get to it. There are many things about Sherlock Holmes stories that I find to be brilliant but I will discuss only three in this review so as not to make it too long. The first is that Holmes is actually as brilliant as his reputation would have everyone believe. Something that I find extremely annoying in fiction is when a character has a reputation for being a fantastic investigator or for being great at something else but they never do anything to prove th My first review... Well then... Let's get to it. There are many things about Sherlock Holmes stories that I find to be brilliant but I will discuss only three in this review so as not to make it too long. The first is that Holmes is actually as brilliant as his reputation would have everyone believe. Something that I find extremely annoying in fiction is when a character has a reputation for being a fantastic investigator or for being great at something else but they never do anything to prove themselves worthy of that reputation. The character just seems to have average intelligence and the writer makes the main character look smart by making everyone else stupid. Doyle actually went to the trouble of thinking up brilliant things for Holmes to do instead of just making everyone else in the stories stupid as a lot of writers do. The second is the way Doyle handled Holmes and Watson's relationship. Something else that I have come to detest in fiction is the typical friendship in which the characters are too often making a huge sacrifice for one another and are too frequently having big emotional scenes together. Relationships such as that eventually get to the point where they seem too unrealistic and no longer make me feel anything. But Doyle manages to convince the reader that Holmes and Watson are close friends without any of the sacrifices or emotional scenes. He uses little things to show the depth of their friendship which prevents it from ever becoming sappy or too fictional. Also, the way he wrote the characters helps a great deal to establish them as being close friends. The main thing that convinced me that Holmes and Watson must care a lot for one another was the fact that Watson put up with Holmes' arrogance, rudeness, and strange behavior and the fact that Holmes, who was a very cold and unemotional person, actually allowed Watson to be his friend. The third is the stories themselves. Even today they are so original and unpredictable. Another complaint that I have about modern fiction is that I can usually determine the whole plot of the story at the very beginning or at least have a general idea where the writer is going to go with the story and the characters. With most of these stories I didn't have a clue as to what was going to happen next. There were a couple of the stories that I was able to predict but it was still cool to hear Holmes give a logical explanation as to how he had arrived at a conclusion that I had only arrived at by guessing. If you've never read these stories then I would highly recommend doing so. They are absolutely wonderful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I've decided that this mammoth collection of stories will be a work in progress project for me. It'll probably take me a lifetime between reading other books, but the target is set! Why am I doing this? Well, (a) you can have too much of a good thing and (b) I don't want to run the risk of the stories all rolling into one, becoming samey and then boredom setting in and the book landing on my "given-up" shelf. I'm quite sure that these stories were never published all in one go and in one volume I've decided that this mammoth collection of stories will be a work in progress project for me. It'll probably take me a lifetime between reading other books, but the target is set! Why am I doing this? Well, (a) you can have too much of a good thing and (b) I don't want to run the risk of the stories all rolling into one, becoming samey and then boredom setting in and the book landing on my "given-up" shelf. I'm quite sure that these stories were never published all in one go and in one volume. So it doesn't make sense for me to read it like one complete book either. It was probably never originally intended that way. Sir Arthur was definitely never restricted either by publishers only willing to release a certain number of books in a series, that's for sure. What I love about this book? Well, you know exactly why some authors and their works become classics and will remain forever popular. The writing just flows, it's incredibly coherent with just the right amount of suspense. I also really enjoy reading the somewhat archaic use of English. All languages develop and move along, however it is refreshing to read such works for the beauty of prose that existed at this time. Certainly don't write 'em like that anymore! Makes you aware of what has been lost in some respects. One of my favourites is the use of, "he ejaculated" - lol- obviously meaning "he exclaimed." Depending on what was said before I still end up having schoolgirl like fits of giggles! So, please keep your eye on the progress bar and when you see it disappear onto my "read" shelf then I will expect a round of applause :-)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Rollins

    58 hours of narration by the wonderful Simon Vance which I doubt will ever be improved upon. Truly remarkable stories. I often struggle to determine how many stars to give many books, especially modern ones which often come highly touted. But there is no struggle here. These stories are superior to any modern stories I have read this year. For those who may not know this Doyle was a wonderful author of other books equal to his Sherlock Holmes books. For family reading do not miss The White Compa 58 hours of narration by the wonderful Simon Vance which I doubt will ever be improved upon. Truly remarkable stories. I often struggle to determine how many stars to give many books, especially modern ones which often come highly touted. But there is no struggle here. These stories are superior to any modern stories I have read this year. For those who may not know this Doyle was a wonderful author of other books equal to his Sherlock Holmes books. For family reading do not miss The White Company. For manliness and chivalry do not miss Sir Gerard and Sir Nigel. This audio book was the perfect running companion. I looked forward to my runs with Sherlock very much over the last few months.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lawyer

    In which we learn that Sherlock Holmes turns to a seven percent solution of cocaine for mental stimulation in the absence of a case on which to work, much to the chagrin of Dr. Watson. Arthur Conan Doyle weaves a story around the Sepoy Mutiny and a lost Indian treasure,in a plot reminiscent of Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone". Sherlock Holmes reveals that he is a master of disguise and we learn more of the workings of the Baker Street Irregulars. This second appearance of Holmes and Watson is mor In which we learn that Sherlock Holmes turns to a seven percent solution of cocaine for mental stimulation in the absence of a case on which to work, much to the chagrin of Dr. Watson. Arthur Conan Doyle weaves a story around the Sepoy Mutiny and a lost Indian treasure,in a plot reminiscent of Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone". Sherlock Holmes reveals that he is a master of disguise and we learn more of the workings of the Baker Street Irregulars. This second appearance of Holmes and Watson is more action driven than "A Study in Scarlet". A very entertaining read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan Allison

    These novels and short stories are a blast to read when you want to get a taste of the original crime thriller stuff. It's cool to know that Doyle kind of started the detective crime mystery genre. If that doesn't make it cool enough, Sherlock Holmes makes for a very interesting character to follow, which makes sense since the character of Gregory House on the medical show HOUSE was based on Sherlock Holmes. This isn't necessarily because they both solve mysteries, but they both seem to have tha These novels and short stories are a blast to read when you want to get a taste of the original crime thriller stuff. It's cool to know that Doyle kind of started the detective crime mystery genre. If that doesn't make it cool enough, Sherlock Holmes makes for a very interesting character to follow, which makes sense since the character of Gregory House on the medical show HOUSE was based on Sherlock Holmes. This isn't necessarily because they both solve mysteries, but they both seem to have that irrepresible reckless to solve a puzzle and are impossibly observant and intelligent. Also, while House has his vicadin, Holmes has his occasional shot of cocaine! I also love the time period these stories take place. Late ninteenth century is like my fav! The style of talk, writing, and fads back then are always pleasant to read about. This time period also corresponds with an interesting concept of nihilism which proposes the question if men with superhuman abilities have the right to live above the moral code. Though these stories are basically identical in plot, I am entertained as much as when I first read Hound of the Baskervilles. I own a little pocket size edition of these stories and love to read these stories over again when I don't have anything else to do. I highly recommend The Sign of Four which is a bit darker and suspenseful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    These stories got me through many mornings in college. Read on my phone while waiting in lines or on the bus.

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