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A scandal in Bohemia -- A case of identity -- The Boscombe Valley mystery -- The five orange pips -- The adventure of the blue carbuncle -- The adventure of the speckled band -- The adventure of the engineer's thumb -- The adventure of the noble bachelor -- The adventure of the beryl coronet -- The adventure of the copper beeches.


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A scandal in Bohemia -- A case of identity -- The Boscombe Valley mystery -- The five orange pips -- The adventure of the blue carbuncle -- The adventure of the speckled band -- The adventure of the engineer's thumb -- The adventure of the noble bachelor -- The adventure of the beryl coronet -- The adventure of the copper beeches.

30 review for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  1. 4 out of 5

    RJ from the LBC

    A dozen short stories starring Sherlock Holmes, including: - A Scandal in Bohemia - 4/5 - introducing Irene Adler, a fitting counterpart for Holmes - The Red Headed League - 4/5 - Holmes beats criminals like a...dirty mattress - A Case of Identity - 2/5 - a bit below average for a Holmes story - The Boscombe Valley Mystery - 4/5 - Holmes attempts to clear an accused murderer - The Five Orange Pips - 3/5 - didn't work as well as some of the others - The Man with the Twisted Lip - 4/5 - best in the coll A dozen short stories starring Sherlock Holmes, including: - A Scandal in Bohemia - 4/5 - introducing Irene Adler, a fitting counterpart for Holmes - The Red Headed League - 4/5 - Holmes beats criminals like a...dirty mattress - A Case of Identity - 2/5 - a bit below average for a Holmes story - The Boscombe Valley Mystery - 4/5 - Holmes attempts to clear an accused murderer - The Five Orange Pips - 3/5 - didn't work as well as some of the others - The Man with the Twisted Lip - 4/5 - best in the collection so far with interesting and unusual plot twists - The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle - 4/5 - for those who like a little something extra in their holiday bird - The Speckled Band - 4/5 - why does it always have to be (view spoiler)[snakes? (hide spoiler)] - The Adventure of The Engineer Thumb - 3/5 - too much of the story is told by the client and there's not a lot for Holmes to do - The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor - 3/5 - started off with some promise but fizzles at the end - The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet - 4/5 - one of the better stories with lots of detecting work for Holmes - The Adventure of the Copper Beeches - 4/5 - intriguing setup and pieces come together at the end

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jinsy Yoo

    Jinsy Yoo This is the review of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This book tells 12 stories selected by readers and writers in the Sherlock Holmes series. Almost every story is about a murder. I think the most interesting story is "THE SPECKLED BAND". This is about finding out the main character's sister's death. I think the major theme of this book is ‘being observe' because even small things always need to be observed to help solve the case. "‘You see, but you don't observe. The distinction i Jinsy Yoo This is the review of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This book tells 12 stories selected by readers and writers in the Sherlock Holmes series. Almost every story is about a murder. I think the most interesting story is "THE SPECKLED BAND". This is about finding out the main character's sister's death. I think the major theme of this book is ‘being observe' because even small things always need to be observed to help solve the case. "‘You see, but you don't observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you know how many steps which lead up from the hall to this room…I know that because I have both seen and observed.'"(Conan-Doyle 5) In this quote, you can see Holmes observing things all the time, even though they are not about big events. This book is very familiar to readers because it is also made into many movies and dramas. So quite a few people know the contents. Reading a famous book such as this book is good because we can understand them more easily if we know the contents and read them. But on the other hand, some people find reading books boring because they know the contents already. I think the famous book Sherlock Homes have both these positive, and negative things. So I suggest to the readers to choose the ways. The ways are accepted or block prior information according to one's way of reading. On the whole, I like this book and I want to recommend others to read this. This book is interesting and good for showing not only the merits of a detective novel but also the story of Sherlock Holmes from Watson's point of view. There are some difficult words which you never heard about it, but the contents are very fresh, not flat. It is also a book that is still popular even though it has been a long time since it was first published. Conan Doyle, Arthur. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. New York and London: DOVER THRIFT EDITIONS, 2009. eBook.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I tried to read Holmes stories when I was in elementary school and found them insufferably boring. I recently picked this up from Project Gutenberg and found the first few highly entertaining - no doubt because I couldn't separate literary Holmes from Cumberbatch's Holmes, and hearing his voice over the stories was highly entertaining. By the fifth or sixth one, however, I came to realize that none were going to turn into rollicking high-octane adventure, nor be as complex as I had expected them I tried to read Holmes stories when I was in elementary school and found them insufferably boring. I recently picked this up from Project Gutenberg and found the first few highly entertaining - no doubt because I couldn't separate literary Holmes from Cumberbatch's Holmes, and hearing his voice over the stories was highly entertaining. By the fifth or sixth one, however, I came to realize that none were going to turn into rollicking high-octane adventure, nor be as complex as I had expected them to be. Still, one or two stories per lunch break and then next thing I knew I was through with the book and at least moderately entertained the whole time, so I can't really knock it. I can definitely see how they were at the time of their writing something intense and engaging and new.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James

    4.5 stars There's something about the beginning of Fall that just calls for some Sherlock Holmes stories. Some of these are better than others, but they all have that cozy classic feeling. I had to laugh when the world's greatest detective resorted to phrenology at one point, but hey, that was the age!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Includes: - A Scandal in Bohemia - The Red-Headed League - A Case of Identity - The Boscombe Valley Mystery - The Five Orange Pips - The Man with the Twisted Lip - The Blue Carbuncle - The Speckled Band - The Engineer's Thumb - The Noble Bachelor - The Beryl Coronet - The Copper Beeches Most of these have predictable villains, although the particular details Sherlock identifies are not so obvious. Nonetheless, they are great fun.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 stars actually. I thoroughly enjoy Holmes and Watson, and I am glad I read this collection of stories, but I must admit, to me, nothing will compare with the Hound of the Baskervilles.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is most undoubtedly the most amazing compilation of mystery stories ever! Each story is so profound and original that one can never guess what is about to happen or even fathom what the ending will be like. As there are about 12 different stories in this one book, it is hard to go through each individual story and give a summary. Therefore, the general point of all the stories combined is that there is, in most cases, an individual who is seeking help in figurin The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is most undoubtedly the most amazing compilation of mystery stories ever! Each story is so profound and original that one can never guess what is about to happen or even fathom what the ending will be like. As there are about 12 different stories in this one book, it is hard to go through each individual story and give a summary. Therefore, the general point of all the stories combined is that there is, in most cases, an individual who is seeking help in figuring out their own mysterious story and they have gone to Sherlock Holmes to have him figure it out. Throughout each story they have to go through obstacles to try and figure out the culprit(s) behind the strange event. Always in the end, minus a rare story every now and again, the suspect is found out and the case settled and closed. I have always loved reading detective stories because you normally can never guess what is going to happen or who exactly the one behind the scene is. This compilation really is remarkable and amazing to read because you have story after story that you can read and therefore does not make you want to put the book down! An absolute amazing detective book to read especially if you are in the mood for mystery and intrigue or just plain love the type of stories that have you on the edge as you read. If you are the type of person that really enjoys figuring out puzzles our seeing through traps or mysteries, then you will most assuredly enjoy this book. So yes I do recommend it highly but if you're not into mysteries then this book might not interest you as much as it did me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alicia C

    An amazing book that will inspire you to look at the little things to see the bigger picture. i learned a few things too. i was blown away at how sherlock holmes noticed things that normal people dont usually notice, and how he deduced and solved the mystery through those little things. it was however disappointing that not enough clues were left so that the reader could figure out the mystery themselves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    Never fail to enjoy Sherlock Holmes, so I'll say no more

  10. 5 out of 5

    Valerii Shablei

    As a teenager I really enjoyed reading Doyle's adventures of Sherlock Holmes, so I was really excited to pick up this book. However, for some reason it just didn't work for me. For the most part the investigating and deducting is done behind the scenes, as the reader is left hanging out with oblivious Dr Watson, who's always being mocked and teased by Holmes for his lack of intelligence. Our main hero himself instead of being charming and somewhat unorthodox in his approach always comes off as a As a teenager I really enjoyed reading Doyle's adventures of Sherlock Holmes, so I was really excited to pick up this book. However, for some reason it just didn't work for me. For the most part the investigating and deducting is done behind the scenes, as the reader is left hanging out with oblivious Dr Watson, who's always being mocked and teased by Holmes for his lack of intelligence. Our main hero himself instead of being charming and somewhat unorthodox in his approach always comes off as an entitled narcissist who constantly pats himself on the back while insulting the others. I really hope that all the books that I've read years ago are of a better quality, and this was just a fluke that is isolated to this particular example. 2.5/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucien

    Extraordinarily bromantic. My rating mostly derives from its suitability for practicing (what I imagine to be) snooty 1800's British male accents. Great material for a bayesian lucky halfing divination wizard.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Finished listening to the Stephen Fry audio book in 2017 after reading the book a few years earlier. An enjoyable listen and some of the stories are great, others less so. Would read again! A great collection of short stories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael Domnin

    I don't think I have to recommend Sherlock Holmes. In fact, this Portuguese version is my study book. I am learning Portuguese. What could be more enjoyable than to discover Sherlock Holmes in Portuguese. I have read the Hound of Baskerville as a teenager; I was thrilled, fully imbued with the description of the scary scenes. I am no longer a teenager, but Arthur Conan Doyle still retains his appeal. The scenes descriptions raise the mood. The dialogues, especially Holmes inquisitive interrogati I don't think I have to recommend Sherlock Holmes. In fact, this Portuguese version is my study book. I am learning Portuguese. What could be more enjoyable than to discover Sherlock Holmes in Portuguese. I have read the Hound of Baskerville as a teenager; I was thrilled, fully imbued with the description of the scary scenes. I am no longer a teenager, but Arthur Conan Doyle still retains his appeal. The scenes descriptions raise the mood. The dialogues, especially Holmes inquisitive interrogations of his clients lead straight away into Holmes special deductive powers. So the Adventures are a lovely way to read the fascinating deductions and clever discoveries hidden to Dr Watson who is amazed like us. To be read again. I read it in French when I knew no English, then in English, and now as an exercise in acquiring a new language, in Portuguese. I was thrilled, I was charmed by the dated, but still fresh, style of English. In Portuguese, I discover the richness of the vocabulary which is an enormous help in my learning. A good collection? Of course! Elementary my dear Watson!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    I have never read any mystery, other than the hardy boys and nancy drew. Sherlock Holmes however, goes above and beyond those books. I really enjoyed almost all of the stories. The orange pips, red head, and copper beeches ones were my favorites. If you haven't read too many classics, like myself, it takes a bit to get into. However once you get into them you often forget the stories were written over 100 years ago. The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because not every story was interesting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diliara Nasirova

    The first time I read this book was in 2000 (when I was a teenager) and believe that it taught me the fundamentals of analytical reasoning and logical deduction. I have recently reread the twelve adventures. What was the most interesting this time was to compare the technology that was used in 1890s to nowadays technology. I would advice it to everyone with no exception. Everyone can learn/find something useful for themselves. It is timeless. It has to be on the "must read" list.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

    *3,8 stars* After not really enjoying A Study in Scarlett, I was a bit scared about picking up more Sherlock Holmes stories. But I'm really glad I decided to give the famous detective another chance. I had fun reading this. I love Sherlock and Watson and their relationship. I liked that in most of the nine shorts stories that are part of this collection, the author gives you enough clues to solve the mystery or come close to guessing what happened.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cody Knuth

    If you are looking for a break from modern literature, I strongly suggest you read at least one piece from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I started reading these stories because of the current infatuation with Holmes and I was not disappointed. The art of deduction reasoning is fascinating and takes center stage throughout the "books" as Watson accompanies Holmes on increasingly uniques mysteries.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    Loved Sherlock Holmes' exceptional skills. Every story was concisely written which sustained my curiosity until the end of each chapter. Good book for kids because it is not highly technical, as it was written in 19th Century. I also enjoyed the feeling of being taken back to 1800's in the streets of Europe to unravel simple yet intriguing mysteries.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shellie

    I loved every minute of this! Why haven’t I read this before?!?! This was an absolute delight, one of my favorite parts is the old terminology, my favorite word in this book was the constant use of ejaculation, which is not how we use it today. Lol But yes, now I want to read more adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Watson.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mishell

    How have I never read Sherlock Holmes before? I found it delightful. Old fashioned and sometimes pedantic (but not annoyingly so) and just plain ol' funny. Really had low expectations (think it was free or $1 for my kindle) and was pleasantly surprised.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Earle

    Really, really enjoyed this! These stories are relevant in everyday life because they are still so widely read and referenced. I highly recommend for anyone wanting to read a classic and especially for fans of Sherlock! They stayed so true to the stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin Knuth

    My go-to comfort reading! I never get tired of the mysteries, or the rapport between Holmes and Watson.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shruti

    Gosh, I'd forgotten how much I loved these stories. My favorite story, without doubt, is the Speckled Band. Red Headed league is probably a close second.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    (Libro, no audiobook)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Logophile (Heather)

    Listen to the audio version while traversing the state. Good stuff

  26. 4 out of 5

    Braden

    As I read this book, I found several differences between american and European culture. I've noticed as I've read the stories in this book that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle begins his first story different from other books I've read. In the first few pages of A Scandal In Bohemia he writes from Dr. Watson's perspective, reviewing past cases that Dr. Watson has heard of. Dr. Watson says that he had, "heard some vague account of his doings:... in the case of the Trepoff murder,... of the tragedy of the As I read this book, I found several differences between american and European culture. I've noticed as I've read the stories in this book that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle begins his first story different from other books I've read. In the first few pages of A Scandal In Bohemia he writes from Dr. Watson's perspective, reviewing past cases that Dr. Watson has heard of. Dr. Watson says that he had, "heard some vague account of his doings:... in the case of the Trepoff murder,... of the tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, and finally the mission which he had accomplished so delicately... for the reigning family of Holland," (Doyle 3-4). It gives the reader the understanding that Dr. Watson and Detective Holmes have been friends for a while. Another thing I recognized that is that arriving on time is very important in the book. Several times it is made clear that Dr. Watson and Detective Holmes should arrive at the victim's home at a certain time. One particular time Dr. Watson is supposed to meet Detective Homes, "'at Baker Street at ten,'" and he makes his way at, "a quarter past nine when [he] started from home and made [his] way... to Baker Street," (Doyle 38). Being on time is very important for Dr. Watson, and so he arrives 45 minutes earlier then requested. Even though he is earlier than when he is expected, he shows up anyway. In fact, when Dr. Watson shows up, the rest of the men Detective Holmes was meeting are there: "'Ha! our party is complete,'" (Doyle 38). My final point I'd like to touch on about the difference between culture is the way they count money. First of all, they call money pounds, but secondly the count 32 pounds as, "two-and-thirty pounds," (Doyle 34). I don't know why they count this way other than that I can assume it is just customary to say it that way. Again, I'll say that I can see the differences in culture and I really enjoyed reading this!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grady Ormsby

    As a kid I liked to watch the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce on the Late Show on TV. I never got around to reading any of the books. To make up for that omission I decided to read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Published in 1892 it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first collection of Holmes’ stories. There are twelve short stories in the volume each with its surprise plot. Like Holmes, the reader is supplied with all the clues necessary to crack the case. There are lo As a kid I liked to watch the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce on the Late Show on TV. I never got around to reading any of the books. To make up for that omission I decided to read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Published in 1892 it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first collection of Holmes’ stories. There are twelve short stories in the volume each with its surprise plot. Like Holmes, the reader is supplied with all the clues necessary to crack the case. There are lots of precise details just like what a detective would need, but only a few turn out to be relevant. Holmes didn’t get excited by the big headline-grabbing cases. He preferred quirky ones that often involved no crime at all. Adventures contains a wide variety of cases involving extortion, scandal, a false murder accusation, betrayal, conspiracy, an opium den, manor houses (both well-kept and deteriorating), gems and stones and the reappearance of a man long thought dead. My favorite involved a snake in an air vent! Often the mysterious character that appears out of nowhere turns out to be Holmes himself cleverly disguised for surveillance and trickery. I have to admit that I was usually unable to figure out the solution until Holmes’ exposition at the end. Which works of juvenile and adolescent literature did you miss? The wonder and delight of these stories are there regardless of how old you are when you read them

  28. 4 out of 5

    Em Biedenfeld

    I love a good riddle story and that’s exactly what these are, but it can be tedious to read a collection of them for 10 hours. I was glad to be finished with these books. We own the large collection, and I have no doubt that we will read these with Jude once she is quite a bit older. For now, it was nice to become familiar with my friend Sherlock again. It makes me want to rewatch the Sherlock show, with BC, as it was done so wonderfully well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A nice collection of stories. Listening to them while doing chores meant that it was quite disjointed listening but as it was short stories it was a lot easier to get back into the plot when it had been a few days. A few of them I knew what was going on or could work it out but some I was genuinely stumped. I wonder if I'll get better the more I read/listen!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arturo Manuel De la Guardia Oteiza

    Easy, fun read. I always had the impression that Watson lets you know some of the clues before solving the mystery, but I found myself just tagging along while Holmes solved the mystery by himself. Except the last story, which I partly deduced. 19th century England seems to have a lot of houses with secret rooms.

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