The Sign of The Four (version 3)


Read by David Clarke

(4.8 stars; 263 reviews)

The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective. The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan. - Summary by Wikipedia (4 hr 27 min)

Chapters

The Science of Deduction 20:31 Read by David Clarke
The Statement of the Case 12:57 Read by David Clarke
In Quest of A Solution 11:43 Read by David Clarke
The Story of the Bald-Headed Man 24:25 Read by David Clarke
The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge 16:42 Read by David Clarke
Sherlock Holmes Gives A Demonstration 20:38 Read by David Clarke
The Episode of the Barrel 26:27 Read by David Clarke
The Baker Street Irregulars 21:27 Read by David Clarke
A Break In the Chain 21:39 Read by David Clarke
The End of The Islander 20:31 Read by David Clarke
The Great Agra Treasure 13:33 Read by David Clarke
The Strange Story of Jonathan Small 56:58 Read by David Clarke

Reviews

The best narration

(5 stars)

In my opinion this was the best of at least three versions I have tried to listen. Very recommended

Perfect Voice for the greatest Detective

(5 stars)

The reader has a great, deep English accent, great pronunciation and pace and well done voices for the supporting characters. The story is excellent, well written and entertaining- I'm definitely a Sherlock Holmes/ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fan

Excellent Reader, But...

(4 stars)

David Clarke is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining reader and he deserves applause for doing this for the public domain. The mystery is also very engaging and the pacing better than Study in Scarlet. But I can't give five stars due to some repugnant racial stereotyping and characterization on the part of the author that even falls behind the times of the late nineteenth century. An unfortunate and unnecessary feature of an otherwise absorbing story.

I love this Book!

(4 stars)

Keep in mind that this is only my second book I've listened to on this site. That said, it was great!! I very much enjoyed the book. Sherlock Holmes is such an intriguing and exciting character. (I tend to like snarky nerds) The narrator too was quite good. He was easy to listen to, made distinctions between characters, and has an accent to match the book! Well worth your time!

flawless reader

(5 stars)

David Clarke is an absolute wonder. His narrative voice is superb. And his character voices are varied and perfectly suited to the story. Thank you so much for your generosity, David. I'd listen to you read the phone book!

Excellent Narration

(5 stars)

as another has said, not my favorite Holmes book but David Clark knocks it out of the park with his narration.

(5 stars)

An excellent reading by David Clarke! I also listened to his readings of 'A Study in Scarlet' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo'. Definitely recommended.

Phenomenal Book

(5 stars)

Excellent storu told by a brilliant author and read exceedingly well by this narrator who brings life to each and every character with ease.