A Study in Scarlet (Version 7 Dramatic Reading)


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(4.8 stars; 23 reviews)

Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel A Study in Scarlet marked the first appearance of fictional private detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson. Doyle wrote this novel in less than three weeks when he was 27 years old. Originally called A Tangled Skein, the novel was rejected by several publishers before it was accepted for publication as A Study in Scarlet in the November 1887 issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual, an obscure British magazine remembered for little other than its inauguration of Sherlock Holmes. The novel was first published as a book the following year, but it was not until Doyle’s publication of the Sherlock Holmes short story “A Scandal in Bohemia” in The Strand Magazine in 1891 that the character of Sherlock Holmes received widespread acclaim. Since then, A Study in Scarlet has been published in many editions both in English and in translation, and allusions to the novel have frequently appeared in the works of other authors. A Study in Scarlet has occasionally generated controversy relating to the negative depiction of early Mormons in the chapters that take place in Utah. When visiting Utah for the first time in 1923, Doyle was asked to apologize for this depiction, but he defended the relevant content in the novel as historical. Like other installments in the Sherlock Holmes franchise, A Study in Scarlet has been adapted many times for a variety of media, including comics, radio, television, film, and the stage. The first two film adaptations, one British and one American, were released in 1914 and both are now considered lost films; in 2010, the British Film Institute named the British film one of the 75 most wanted films for their National Archive. The novel’s enduring legacy is also discernable in the widespread use of magnifying glasses in detective fiction, a trope initiated by A Study in Scarlet. - Summary by David Purdy


Cast List:


Sherlock Holmes: Peter Yearsley

Dr. Watson: David Purdy

Lestrade: Rafe Ball

Tobias Gregson: Cavaet

Jefferson Hope: Mike Manolakes

John Ferrier: Greg Giordano

Lucy Ferrier: Annie Mars

Enoch Drebber: Tad Davis

Joseph Stangerson: Andrew Kennedy

Brigham Young: Mark Stockbridge

Wiggins: James R. Hedrick

Stamford: KevinS

John Rance: jbcampo

Sawyer: WendyKatzHiller

Madame Charpentier: Lynette Caulkins

Arthur Charpentier: Adrian Stephens

Alice Charpentier: Michelle Purdy

Cowper: Tomas Peter

Elder Stangerson: chuckconvr

Police inspector: Algy Pug

Commissionaire: Alan Dove

Journalist: Lily Kuntz

Driver/Boots: Pelham Flowerdew

Mormon 1: Donald Gilmore

Mormon 2: Jake Malizia

Mormon 3: Wayne Cooke

Narrator: Michele Eaton
(4 hr 48 min)

Chapters

Mr. Sherlock Holmes 20:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Science of Deduction 23:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Lauriston Gardens Mystery 25:41 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
What John Rance Had to Tell 16:31 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor 16:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do 21:07 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Light in the Darkness 21:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
On the Great Alkali Plain 27:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Flower of Utah 17:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet 13:14 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
A Flight for Life 23:05 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Avenging Angels 23:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D. 24:37 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Conclusion 14:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

It's Sherlock, what do you expect?


(4 stars)

I prefer the other Holmes books, but this one is still good. His detective skills are on fire, and one can't help but respect him, even if he has his downsides. Everybody does, after all. Watson, though, is my favourite character. The readers did a good job.

awesome


(5 stars)

loved it the readers did a wonderful job! Some even reminded me of the voices of the actors that played in the sherlock holmes series. Thanks to all.

A great read, like always.


(5 stars)

I love this group of readers. The multiple voices really help with immersion. Please keep more books coming.

Awesome!


(5 stars)

I love it! I just wish the last part wasn't so drawn out.