A Study in Scarlet (version 2)

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(3.9 stars; 63 reviews)

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published in 1887. It is the first story to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become one of the most famous literary detective characters, with long-lasting interest and appeal. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to his companion Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." (Summary from Wikipedia) (4 hr 16 min)


TriciaG is the worst reader EVER!!!!!

(3 stars)

Most readers do pretty well but the first female reader TriciaG has no business reading aloud for others to hear. She has a monotone voice and this strange emphasis on the last word in a sentence. So annoying! The rest are fine, I'm listening to her now and I can't wait to get past her section. HORRIBLE!

Change of reader

(1 stars)

The first three chapters were wonderfully read however as soon that awful American accent reached my ears I could listen no longer.

Very good. But...

(5 stars)

Enjoyable but the change of readers is absolutely horrendous. Though some narrators were exceptional such as the first two.

Brilliant story nearly ruined by one poor reader

(3.5 stars)

Please replace the chapters read by TrishaG. They are horrible.

Many readers

(3 stars)

There are a number of readers on this recording, and most of the (specifically the first) are fairly good. However, one woman, beginning in part two, is so intolerably bad that I couldn't continue listening. Her enunciation of certain arbitrary syllables is bordering on painful.

look elsewhere!

(2 stars)

Fantastic 1st reader; too bad he couldn't have read the entire thing. Most of the other readers were ok, though the change in voices so often wasn't my favorite. The 1st female reader had such a strange and annoying speech pattern I almost couldn't finish it. The recording skipped in several places during the last few sections.

great part one, bad part two.

(2.5 stars)

no problems with part one, however the reader of part two is so awful, she makes a wonderful story unbearable to listen to.

First three chapters best

(3.5 stars)

I enjoyed that the reader changes because my brain seems to pay more attention when the sound changes. However, the first 3 chapters were read so well that the other readers pale in comparison. The woman reading the beginning of Part II annoyed me a bit, she sustains the sound of the last syllables in an odd way. The others were OK.