The Sign of The Four (version 3)


Read by David Clarke

(4.8 stars; 400 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

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

(4 stars)

Enjoyed this very early Holmes 3ffort. However, thank goodness he improved so drastically as he aged. I have been a fan of mysteries fo almost 70 years, and count Holmes as a favorite right along with Josephine Tey and Marjorie Allingham. Do find that good grammar and clever word usage count for a great deal more than flying bullets and jumping in and out of a variety of beds....mind over matter 3very time!!!

A Sign of the Times.

(2.5 stars)

Not the best of Sir Arthur, riven as it with the prejudices of of the 19th century against colonial natives, all women (even the best of them) and the "lower classes". But wonderfully narrated by David Clarke.

The best version on Librivox

(5 stars)

one of the biggest issues I ever have with audiobooks is the reader. David Clark narrates multiple Sherlock Holmes books and does the best job of any narrator I have ever heard. His voice isn't flat, he differentiates between characters in a pleasant and not overly dramatic way and his English (I believe) accent is a pleasant level of authenticity. The book itself is delightful, just like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's other pieces. I adore them, even if the author himself wasn't fond if his detective.

Brilliant and entertaining

(5 stars)

Once again, David Clarke has excelled in the reading of another novel, which in itself is quite a gripping story as are most of the Sherlock Holmes' stories.

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!