The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.2 stars; 280 reviews)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective. They were originally published in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The title character was named after famous American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(10 hr 17 min)

Chapters

A Scandal in Bohemia 1:05:06 Read by TBOL3
The Red-Headed League 59:06 Read by Kara Shallenberg
A Case of Identity 45:19 Read by Robin Cotter
The Boscombe Valley Mystery 53:00 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
The Five Orange Pips 41:19 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
The Man with the Twisted Lip 51:35 Read by Julian Jamison
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle 41:33 Read by J A Carter
The Adventure of the Speckled Band 54:17 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb 42:03 Read by Kevin McAsh
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor 44:52 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet 1:00:25 Read by Gesine
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches 59:24 Read by Laurie Anne Walden

Reviews

Anyone can volunteer...

(0 stars)

This is not how LibriVox works at all. Many projects are solos, so obviously a woman could end up reading male parts and a man could end up reading female parts. Everyone is welcome to volunteer and we don't discriminate based on accent, reading style or national origin. As already mentioned, if you don't like something in the LibriVox catalogue, you're welcome to record your own version. All these books are made by volunteers and are available for free, so I suggest you understand the time and effort that is put into making these audiobooks. Nothing can be achieved by saying LibriVox volunteers should have done this or that. This recording is completed and we accept multiple versions, so if you don't like it, listen to another version or make your own. Everything depends on personal initiative. LibriVox volunteers don't have to live up to anyone's personal preferences.

"A" for effort works for me.

(5 stars)

Ya know, giving just one star to a poor performance is OK, if one feels that way, but sheesh, let's do it with a little class without being caustic or insulting. A new reader has heard themselves first before we come along and inevitably they'd be their own worst critic and maybe even a wee tad embarrassed to boot. Hopefully they'll practice a little and give it another try, maybe even armed with a little encouragement and some sage advice instead of unproductive, neanderthal, snide remarks. This is the beauty of librivox, the world is a stage and we are all players. Better to be unskilled and try (that's how we learn!!)than to be a slacker and contribute nothing.

One I could not get into

(0 stars)

First of all to some extent I agree with a lot of what is being said here. I realize it is free and I do appreciate people's efforts; however, if I did a recording (and I am guessing I would sound terrible) I think I would want to know. I tried to listen to this book and could not get in to it because of the narration. I also think that I might not like Sherlock Holmes. Anyway, It is sad to see people arguing here but I think the one person makes a good point. It stinks when I look forward to listening to a book only to find the reader does not grab my attention. Of course some people just love certain readers, that I do not. I don't like droning and I like readers that read with enthusiasm. Accents can sometimes be difficult for me as well, but if the reader has an accent but reads like a voice actor, I like it. For example Lars Rolander has a strong accent, but I love his voice. Maybe someone else might not. It is all relative. I think honesty in these reviews is very important. I hate to say this but I also think if some readers are really terrible they need to know so they can volunteer their efforts doing something else at Librivox. JMHO

Perhaps instead of complaining ...

(5 stars)

... why not make your own recording for Librivox? If you believe you can do better, then I'm sure the people at Librivox would appreciate your contribution. "The Red-Headed League" is well-read, no pun intended. I'd normally rank this 4 stars, but I'm ranking it higher to pull up the average because one subpar reading (which isn't THAT subpar, it's just not acted like you imagine many Holmes recordings) shouldn't curse the entire collection.

bad reader, to start with.

(4 stars)

The reader of this version should not be doing this. Stops, starts, and stumbles over words. Reading books into audio is not for everyone, nor is it easy, here is proof. To be fair, I have only listened to the opening paragraph or so of the first chapter. I am told it gets better... And, after listening to the entirety, I agree. Quite well done. Most readers are excellent, all are at least good. Well worth the time, just skip the first adventure.

Subpar

(2 stars)

The content was excellent. However, the narrator needs to practice more. Reading a story is more than just speaking the words written down. One needs to take the emotion that is inside and make it come to life. There are many ways of doing this. Ultimately, this fell short of that mark. I give it 2 stars because he properly read the words outloud and the recording had very little background noise.

I think we've lost the point of these reviews

(5 stars)

Regarding the recordings - they are all fine, no tinny sounds or feedback, but the first chapter is read with someone whose reading style is choppy and hard to follow. I couldn't listen to the first chapter, but since this is not a chapter book, I simply dropped it from my playlist. The rest are great. I would have rated it lower if it was a chapter book because it would have meant lost story line. Regarding all the comments about quality, an experienced Librivox volunteer told me that these stories are supposed to sound like a friend reading from their easy chair. This recording accomplishes that. So don't be intimidated by the negative reviews and give the story a chance. You won't be disappointed.

Read this only if performance quality matters

(1 stars)

Otherwise the readers’ quality does rank “OK” (3 stars) for talent, recording quality and enjoyability. 3-2=1, my rank of this piece. That’s not an insult; it means the bottom fifth of all readings. 1/5 of all readings must be in the bottom fifth, no?