The Sign of the Four

Read by Robin Cotter

(4.5 stars; 526 reviews)

When a young lady approaches Sherlock Holmes looking for help in finding out what happened to her father when he disappeared 10 years earlier, both Holmes and Watson are sent on a mission involving stolen treasure, service in colonial India and a secret pact among four ex-convicts. (Summary by Robin Cotter)

(4 hr 17 min)


The Science of Deduction 19:20 Read by Robin Cotter
The Statement of the Case 12:50 Read by Robin Cotter
In Quest of a Solution 11:56 Read by Robin Cotter
The Story of the Bald-Headed Man 23:37 Read by Robin Cotter
The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge 16:08 Read by Robin Cotter
Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration 19:01 Read by Robin Cotter
The Episode of the Barrel 24:59 Read by Robin Cotter
The Baker Street Irregulars 20:32 Read by Robin Cotter
A Break in the Chain 20:58 Read by Robin Cotter
The End of the Islander 19:38 Read by Robin Cotter
The Great Agra Treasure 12:41 Read by Robin Cotter
The Strange Story of Jonathan Small 55:48 Read by Robin Cotter


The Sign of the Four

(5 stars)

Sublime to experience this classic of literature again 40 years after I first read it.

(4.5 stars)

The narration was wonderful, particularly considering it was done for free! Keep up the good work and thank you for your efforts Ms. Narrator! :D As for the book itself, I loved how we (the readers) had a chance to try and figure out some elements of the mystery by ourselves in this story. At times, I feel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales rely too much on Holmes just vanishing for a while then coming back with all the answers; however, this novel had a bigger build up of the mystery and its slower development which I appreciated. It’s incredible to think this was written in the late 18th century!

Quite a great read

(4.5 stars)

Excellent story, I recommend it for a quick and enjoyable read.

Good narration

(4 stars)

Well I think Sherlock Holmes is just above me or something. I listened to the Hound of the Baskerville's (not through Librivox) and I felt in that story that Watson did all the work. This story I just got lost in too much. I wanted to listen to a few of these stories because I understand the TV show House is based loosely on Sherlock Holmes. I do see the similarities, especially in this story. The narrator was very good and she did a terrific job. I would like to hear more from her.

Holmes is not what I thought.

(1 stars)

This is the second of Doyle’s Holmes mysteries I’ve listened to, and I think it will be the last. Holmes proved in the first, A Study in Scarlet, that he was willing to profit from the basest of slanders in his caricature of Brigham Young and the “Mormons”, and in this one, Holmes is revealed as a drug-addled, shiftless sort. Hardly anyone to be admired or sought out.

Pretty good

(4 stars)

Not quite as good as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but a memorable story nonetheless. I am glad to see that the author has reduced the amount of backstory compared to A Study In Scarlet. There is a slight audio hiss in the background, particularly in the first chapter recording, but this seems to be less noticeable in the other chapters. It is well-read.

(4.5 stars)

What an eventful book full of suspense and mysterious happenings! Once again I am utterly amazed by the writing talent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Great novel! I listened to this marvelous book in one rainy day! Thank you so very much LibriVox for making this book available for me. Such a splendid mystery! ~ An Author

Consistent Reader of Classic Sherlock

(4 stars)

Single reader is more consistent than many different readers, but sometimes too consistent: same voice and intonation for all characters; same speech patterns and rhythms. Story shows Sherlock's