A Study in Scarlet

Read by Laurie Anne Walden

(4.6 stars; 518 reviews)

A Study in Scarlet, a short novel published in 1887, was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes story. At the beginning of the book, Dr. Watson meets the detective for the first time and we ride along with them to the scene of a murder. The crime baffles the Scotland Yard detectives, but of course Holmes solves it easily. In the second half of the story, the scene shifts to Utah as we learn the murderer's history. The action returns to London in the last two chapters. In his first adventure, Holmes demonstrates many of the traits for which he later became well known: meticulous study of a crime scene, brilliant deductive reasoning, aptitude for chemistry and music, and the somewhat annoying habit of withholding crucial facts from Watson (and consequently the reader) until the conclusion of the case. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

(4 hr 13 min)


1-1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes 16:25 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
1-2 The Science of Deduction 20:16 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
1-3 The Lauriston Garden Mystery 22:39 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
1-4 What John Rance Had to Tell 14:27 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
1-5 Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor 14:25 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
1-6 Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do 19:47 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
1-7 Light in the Darkness 19:11 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-1 On the Great Alkali Plain 22:05 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-2 The Flower of Utah 15:26 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-3 John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet 11:14 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-4 A Flight for Life 19:33 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-5 The Avenging Angels 20:44 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-6 A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D. 24:51 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
2-7 The Conclusion 12:49 Read by Laurie Anne Walden


(5 stars)

This was my first Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to listen to. I was not aware that he jumps backwards. I almost stopped listening to the reader in vol 2 because i missed the connection. I thought it was a completely different book until she finally reached a character with the same name. Then i was curious and hung on to see the connection. The reader did a great job although i would have preferred a male reader since the main characters were male.

Great story but...

(2.5 stars)

It was a great story and was interesting throughout, however it got many of the historical facts on Mormons blatantly wrong. Granted at the time they were a reclusive people and little was known of them by those who had not directly associated with them but I still take offense being a member of the religion and having ancestry dating back to those pioneers.

very good.

(5 stars)

l was confused when suddenly we appeared to be in a different story in Utah, but it all became clear later. Good story. Good reader. Do some more Holmes for us Laurie - I've also listened to Laurie reading the 'Hounds' - excellent

Bravo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Well done!

(4.5 stars)

As an author, I know it is a difficult business writing mysterious novel full of suspense. It takes a lot of thought upfront to connect the various relationships. Yet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pulled it off outstandingly well! The way he interweaved the character's separate lives with the others was both unbelievable and incredible. I must also commend and applaud Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpiece in the aspect of grammar. Fantastic job on comments, semicolons, em-dashs, colons, et cetera. Sherlock Holmes remembers everyone and everything about the and does an amazing job pasting all the stories together into one to solve the mystery! This was my first Sherlock Holmes novel and not to be my last! I wait in eager anticipation to fully engrossing myself into his other epistles! Thank you, Andrew Schulz, for recommending these incredible stories! This was a great, fast-paced read! As our friend would say: "To a great mind, nothing is little."

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed the book as well as the narrator's style. Although I would prefer real voice changes for each character, it doesn't change the fact that it is really well read, taking into consideration that spanish is my first language but been learning english since I was very little. Totally recommend it!

(4 stars)

My first Sherlock Holmes! Surprised at how much I liked it!!! Not sure why since it is a classic!!! My bad, as the kids at!!! Great reader. She always is!! Going to read all chronologically! Onto the next with eagerness! I love Librivox!!!! More mysteries, please!!!!

Sweet revenge, I love the ending.

(4 stars)

I almost stopped reading when the second part of the story started. I know now the connection to the part of the book. I wish a British man was the reader. Some parts sounds so corny with her voice, I found myself rolling my eyes at the second part often. I gave it four stars because of the reader.

Pretty good

(4.5 stars)

This is the first book in the Sherlock Holmes series. It is entertaining and well-read; the only reason I am not giving 5 stars is due to the first two chapters of part two (which are very dry). The story picks up again after that. Anyone who has read either The Adventures or The Memoirs first may be slightly surprised at the dedication of the whole second half the novel to the backstory of one of the main characters.