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Celebrated Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous for his stories about a detective named Sherlock Holmes. The stories about Sherlock Holmes have made his name synonymous with detectives and have been adapted into countless movies and television shows. A table of contents is included.


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Celebrated Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous for his stories about a detective named Sherlock Holmes. The stories about Sherlock Holmes have made his name synonymous with detectives and have been adapted into countless movies and television shows. A table of contents is included.

30 review for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Gift Edition: A Sherlock Holmes Short Story Collection: Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Knipp

    Not my favorite writing style but it was interesting

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim Spencer

    you can't go wrong with sherlock holmes. and to have his complete adventures is quite astonishing. my favourite is still the one with irene adler. i wish she had a little more to do in the movies as it could have gone in any direction. never mind i guess, can't mess with a classic :) you can't go wrong with sherlock holmes. and to have his complete adventures is quite astonishing. my favourite is still the one with irene adler. i wish she had a little more to do in the movies as it could have gone in any direction. never mind i guess, can't mess with a classic :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jestine Myers

    I listened to the audio version of this book via the Libby app. I feel like I should know Sherlock Holmes from all of the movies, TV shows, and Holmes-style books I have read over the years. Because of this, I was afraid of being disappointed with the real thing. I was not! I loved listening to the stories, the narrator was fabulous, and I can't wait to find more! I was a bit sad that this first version only included four short stories, but I am definitely interested in tracking down more of them I listened to the audio version of this book via the Libby app. I feel like I should know Sherlock Holmes from all of the movies, TV shows, and Holmes-style books I have read over the years. Because of this, I was afraid of being disappointed with the real thing. I was not! I loved listening to the stories, the narrator was fabulous, and I can't wait to find more! I was a bit sad that this first version only included four short stories, but I am definitely interested in tracking down more of them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Audio Athena

    Audiobook duration: 3 hours 30 minutes Narrator: David Timson I've come to the conclusion that mystery and crime solving audiobooks are not something you should listen to while multitasking. It was hard to pick up on the clues in the stories and when Sherlock would reveal the answer I was often left more puzzled than I should have been. This one's best left for reading. Favorite short story of this volume: The Speckled Band Audiobook duration: 3 hours 30 minutes Narrator: David Timson I've come to the conclusion that mystery and crime solving audiobooks are not something you should listen to while multitasking. It was hard to pick up on the clues in the stories and when Sherlock would reveal the answer I was often left more puzzled than I should have been. This one's best left for reading. Favorite short story of this volume: The Speckled Band

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Rae

    Sherlock seems to be flavor of the month, or should that be decade. He has never been out of print or out of fashion and seems to be reinvented almost constantly. Having said that, for me the books are a less than the vast array of adaptations. Conan-Doyle makes Holmes clever by making everyone else a bit slow. It's as if Sherlock sucks all the air out of the room and no else is able to do anything making the whole thing feel like a vanity project. Sherlock seems to be flavor of the month, or should that be decade. He has never been out of print or out of fashion and seems to be reinvented almost constantly. Having said that, for me the books are a less than the vast array of adaptations. Conan-Doyle makes Holmes clever by making everyone else a bit slow. It's as if Sherlock sucks all the air out of the room and no else is able to do anything making the whole thing feel like a vanity project.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Dekoski

    I really loved the first few stories, but after a certain point, they all seemed to repeat themselves. I have no complaints about each mystery individually, but there eventually came a lack of variety. I think this book would be best enjoyed if you divided it into smaller parts, rather than reading the entire volume with no breaks in between.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Wisz

    Quick and fun audiobook (I listened via RBdigital) featuring four short mysteries. I love the formulaic way these are written, especially Holmes’ debriefs, where he explains the logic of how he solved the mystery at the conclusion of each story. I only wish he wasn’t so condescending to Dr Watson at times...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Four classic mysteries from Sherlock Holmes including the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, The Stock-Broker's Clerk, and the Red-Headed League. David Timson is okay but no Jeremy Brett or Basil Rathboone. Four classic mysteries from Sherlock Holmes including the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, The Stock-Broker's Clerk, and the Red-Headed League. David Timson is okay but no Jeremy Brett or Basil Rathboone.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lestat

    Thoroughly enjoyable if you can ignore a few of the old fashioned references. But all in all, a good listen. The stock broker and red headed league stories were a little too similar and should have been in different volumes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Douglas

    This book is twelve more short stories with the wonderful Sherlock Homes and Dr Watson. These were more mysteries which they manage to solve in their own inimitable way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    A good selection of short stories and novellas by Arthur Conan Doyle, especially The Adventure of Copper Beached. Definitely well worth the read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Holbert

    Enjoyed the stories in this book just as much as the other books I have read by this author an a few I have read before

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ebele

    I found every story to be intriguing and some of the decisions made by the story characters questionable but I'm still amazed by Sherlock's investigations I found every story to be intriguing and some of the decisions made by the story characters questionable but I'm still amazed by Sherlock's investigations

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I've always been a bit of a fan of mystery stories and in my childhood I read a lot of Cam Jansan and Encyclopedia Brown books. Yeah, they're picture books, but I still enjoy them. What I enjoy most about mystery and detective stories is that it connects with the reader in a very intellectual level - the working of the mind to crack the case along with the characters in the story. Serlock Holmes, perhaps the greatest fictional detective of all time is a character that I will never forget. The fa I've always been a bit of a fan of mystery stories and in my childhood I read a lot of Cam Jansan and Encyclopedia Brown books. Yeah, they're picture books, but I still enjoy them. What I enjoy most about mystery and detective stories is that it connects with the reader in a very intellectual level - the working of the mind to crack the case along with the characters in the story. Serlock Holmes, perhaps the greatest fictional detective of all time is a character that I will never forget. The fact that he knows so much about the art of crime and close to nothing about astronomy is surprising. This is because he believes that this knowledge is not in any ways related to his occupation and he'd rather just not know about it. One of the short stories that I enjoyed most in this novel was 'The adventure of the Copper Beeches'. It was very cleverly written and the characters are well developed. My favorite part of the novel was when Serlock Holmes reasoned about the fact that a child's behavior is reflective of his/her parents. Therefore, when a child is seen killing even just mere insects with cruelty his parents must be cruel as well. Even if on the surface they may be all similey - that is not their 'true self'. I feel that this is the way people are. I mean who doesn't go out to the streets and once in a while pretend to be someone that they're not?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kellyisobelly Flowers

    Finished this book a while ago, am now actually reading the second book, but I really loved this one. Going to keep this short, I hate spoilers too. I think the first part in the book was amazing, I loved the story telling, the way Watson has actually written this down already, I really adored the style. I finished the first part in one time. Though had to take a break or two with the second part, for I wasn't sure why I got all this boring, useless information. But everything coming together in Finished this book a while ago, am now actually reading the second book, but I really loved this one. Going to keep this short, I hate spoilers too. I think the first part in the book was amazing, I loved the story telling, the way Watson has actually written this down already, I really adored the style. I finished the first part in one time. Though had to take a break or two with the second part, for I wasn't sure why I got all this boring, useless information. But everything coming together in the end made me forget that. And that's why this book gets 4/5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Etta Mcquade

    Finally, after all these years, I've read about the ultimate British detective and his pipe, cape and friend Watson. The first 12 stories are entertaining, and I enjoyed our superhero, the disguise-loving genuis, who can look at people and see right into their minds, who uses the power of good for mankind, and whom everyone in Victorian London, from the lowliest governess to the highest nobleman, comes to when they need help. Some very clever endings of the stories, too. Finally, after all these years, I've read about the ultimate British detective and his pipe, cape and friend Watson. The first 12 stories are entertaining, and I enjoyed our superhero, the disguise-loving genuis, who can look at people and see right into their minds, who uses the power of good for mankind, and whom everyone in Victorian London, from the lowliest governess to the highest nobleman, comes to when they need help. Some very clever endings of the stories, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Neha

    I have gone reverse with Sherlock Holmes, watching the movie first, followed by the series and now the book. Still, it's a really exciting book with simple and wonderful storytelling. The character of Sherlock has been described so delightfully. This book which is over a 1000 pages has around 25 short stories. Although it's difficult to pick a favorite story they have indeed made an amazing choice for the end which makes you curious and excited even after reading 1000 pages.. I have gone reverse with Sherlock Holmes, watching the movie first, followed by the series and now the book. Still, it's a really exciting book with simple and wonderful storytelling. The character of Sherlock has been described so delightfully. This book which is over a 1000 pages has around 25 short stories. Although it's difficult to pick a favorite story they have indeed made an amazing choice for the end which makes you curious and excited even after reading 1000 pages..

  18. 4 out of 5

    Miki

    I found this book to be thoroghly entertaining and remarkably well written. Once I picked up this book I was not capable of setting it down until I had finished it. Sherlock Holmes has now become one of my greatest fictional heroes, and I believe that this will be true for anyone else who has read this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth Jusino

    The game's afoot with this series of 12 original Sherlock Holmes tales. The early tales vary in quality, and aren't nearly as complex or unexpected as the longer novels. But they're lively and fun, with blustery London weather and a host of familiar characters who populate Victorian streets and classes. A pleasant diversion for a long airplane ride. The game's afoot with this series of 12 original Sherlock Holmes tales. The early tales vary in quality, and aren't nearly as complex or unexpected as the longer novels. But they're lively and fun, with blustery London weather and a host of familiar characters who populate Victorian streets and classes. A pleasant diversion for a long airplane ride.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So odd that this starts with the adventure of the empty house which is set after Sherlock Holmes fakes his death. It didn't make sense for volume 1 to start there at all. That is why I gave it 3 stars. These books are so old and written with all the sensibilities that a man from England in that era would have, that they are sometimes hard to read, but with that in mind they are still enjoyable. So odd that this starts with the adventure of the empty house which is set after Sherlock Holmes fakes his death. It didn't make sense for volume 1 to start there at all. That is why I gave it 3 stars. These books are so old and written with all the sensibilities that a man from England in that era would have, that they are sometimes hard to read, but with that in mind they are still enjoyable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I listened to these on overdrive audio book. It was pretty hard for me to follow on the audio book, and so I had to repeat the stories from the point where I got lost. When I read these books a few years ago I did not have this trouble at all, and my enjoyment of the books was much greater. I will perhaps give up "listening" to Sherlock Holmes and will only read from this point forward. I listened to these on overdrive audio book. It was pretty hard for me to follow on the audio book, and so I had to repeat the stories from the point where I got lost. When I read these books a few years ago I did not have this trouble at all, and my enjoyment of the books was much greater. I will perhaps give up "listening" to Sherlock Holmes and will only read from this point forward.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Santistevan

    This was my first time reading Sherlock Holmes on my Kindle. It's a classic book that a lot of people like but the dialect was hard for me to understand so I guess that's why I didn't like it and I felt like I had a hard time understanding what was going on but I finished it regardless of how the book was written because I wanted to see how it would end. This was my first time reading Sherlock Holmes on my Kindle. It's a classic book that a lot of people like but the dialect was hard for me to understand so I guess that's why I didn't like it and I felt like I had a hard time understanding what was going on but I finished it regardless of how the book was written because I wanted to see how it would end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sally Lindsay-briggs

    This was a library "Blind Date" book-all wrapped up and there was the fun of finding out what it was. I've seen television shows about Sherlock and Holmes but I realized I hadn't read any of the books. This was really fun to read and help solve the many mysteries. That must be one reason the author was knighted by the King. The collection of stories were wonderful. It was a great surprise! This was a library "Blind Date" book-all wrapped up and there was the fun of finding out what it was. I've seen television shows about Sherlock and Holmes but I realized I hadn't read any of the books. This was really fun to read and help solve the many mysteries. That must be one reason the author was knighted by the King. The collection of stories were wonderful. It was a great surprise!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    My third Sherlock Homes book was, as always, easy to read and engaging. Each story in this collection follows the predictable format of Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries, but they still remain interesting and, for the most part, surprising. I enjoyed picking it up here and there to read the next short story, so that broke it up over months.

  25. 4 out of 5

    arg/machine

    The super sleuth's adventures are in the public domain, and a free electronic copy can be found here. The super sleuth's adventures are in the public domain, and a free electronic copy can be found here.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Sometimes the writing GOES ON AND ON but otherwise I love the humor and Holmes is great and even though the surprise solution to the case is only there for the first read, i still love re-reading the stories.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I'm not sure if this is the same volume that I read. This was the first time I had read any Sherlock Holmes stories. The stories are quick reads. I enjoy the characters and reading about a different time period. I'm not sure if this is the same volume that I read. This was the first time I had read any Sherlock Holmes stories. The stories are quick reads. I enjoy the characters and reading about a different time period.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Celeste Aguirre

    Amazing!! I found this book extremely addicting! I wish it would have been longer! I enjoyed the short intense stories that follow each other. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys old fashioned mysteries and classic English! Amazing!! I found this book extremely addicting! I wish it would have been longer! I enjoyed the short intense stories that follow each other. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys old fashioned mysteries and classic English!

  29. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    I read these back in the 80s, and am revisiting them via an audiobook read by Derek Jacobi (which i cannot find a good link for on the site). What fun!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I was charmed by the 12 short adventures in this collection, and it has opened up a new genre to me--detective stories.

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