A Study In Scarlet (Version 6)

Read by David Clarke

(4.8 stars; 331 reviews)

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature. Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to 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." (A "study" is a preliminary drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece.) - Summary by David Clarke (4 hr 37 min)


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Good book, good narrator

(5 stars)

The story has several unexpected twists and turns. Quite a classic Sherlock Holmes. The narrator David Clarke is wonderful. Distinct voices for each character which are not over-done. His own voice as a narrator is also quite pleasant.

(4.5 stars)

phenomenal phenomenal reader! manages various accents for variety of characters and never mistakenly interchanges one for the other! with the way he reads the story literally takes place in your mind! Not to be missed

David Clarke is the Best

(4 stars)

I love Sherlock Holmes stories but I did not like the spurious anti- Mormon part of the book. We have to make allowances for the age of the book I guess.

Great story, good reader

(3.5 stars)

The story "A Study in Scarlet" is excellent, and David Clarke is a skilled reader, even if he has a tendency to use bland voice inflection that contradicts Conan Doyle's description of the speaker's emotions.

Wonderful Reader

(5 stars)

Kudos to David Clark, a reader of terrific skill, easy to understand and who brings Doyle's London to life. The Study in Scarlet is the perfect intro to Sherlock Holmes although the author's prejudices are jarring to modern ears so listeners should be forewarned.


(5 stars)

Very well read. I'm quite ill at the moment and my activities are limited by this reading and the other Holmes ones are helping me to keep my mind occurred and my spirits up.

Odd Story, Great Reading

(3.5 stars)

Four stars for the reader. He does a wonderful job. This is the first Sherlock Holmes stories, and in it you can see all the clunkiness which the more seasoned Doyle works through in his later writing. Most notably is the unexplained jump in storyline mid-novel. It's an extended flashback to the American West, which comes so abruptly that you're likely to think there's been a mistake. Overall, though, it's a worthwhile listen. The Holmes-Watson parts are delightful, and it's a hoot to see them as young men meeting for the first time.


(4.5 stars)

David Clark is my favorite reader for the Sherlock Holmes series! I thoroughly enjoy listening to him! The Study in Scarlet takes an interesting twist as it tells a tale from the familiar viewpoint or Dr. Watson and Sherlock and then takes a different view in explaining the events leading up to their investigation. I enjoyed hearing how Sherlock and Watson got together.