The Sign of the Four


Read by Robin Cotter

(4.5 stars; 484 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)

Chapters

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

Reviews

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.

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

A favorite book, nicely read.

(4 stars)

I have been a Holmes fan for years, so a chance to listen to them again was a joy. The reader has a very clear, listenable voice.