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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes [Paperback]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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27 Sep 2011
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are overshadowed by the event with which they close-the meeting of the great detective and Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime. Their struggle, seemingly to the death, was to leave many readers desolate at the loss of Holmes, but was also to lead to his immortality as a literary figure. However illogical as a detective story, The Final Problem has proved itself an unforgettable tale. The stories that precede it included two narratives from Holmes himself, on a mutiny at sea and a treasure hunt in a Sussex country house, as well as a meeting with his brilliant brother Mycroft, of whom Holmes says, "If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from any armchair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived."
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Product details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA; Reprint edition (27 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143120158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120155
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,591,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holmes [is] still discussed, revered and cherished across the world (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A collection of gripping cases that culminates in the most shocking of all - the notorious, fatal encounter between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first consulting detective 20 Feb 2011
By Su TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
As a fan of Conan Doyle's work (not just Sherlock Holmes, but the Professor Challenger Lost World stories too) I have a large number of books and audio versions of his work. Some of them are great, some are good and some are absolutely awful - this, however, is one of the better ones.

Once I had managed to get past the initial "Cadfael is reading Sherlock Holmes" feeling I was able to close my eyes and become immersed in the reminisces of Dr John Watson.

A total of 11 stories told in 9 hours 5 minutes over 8 discs.

Several of the stories are divided across 2 discs.

Disc 1
- Silver Blaze
- Yellow Face (starts at track 20)

Disc 2
- Yellow Face (continued)
- Stockbrokers Clerk (starts at track 12)

Disc 3
- The Gloria Scott
- The Musgrave Ritual (starts at track 15)

Disc 4
- The Musgrave Ritual (continued)
- Reigate Squires (starts at track 9)

Disc 5
- Crooked Man
- Resident Patient (starts at track 15)

Disc 6
- Resident Patient (continued)
- Greek Interpreter (starts at track 10)

Disc 7
- Naval Treaty

Disc 8
- Naval Treaty (continued)
- The Final Problem (starts at track 6)

There has always been some debate over the number of stories that were contained in "Memoirs". When this series of stories were originally published in "The Stand Magazine" they included "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (aka the severed ear), but this was dropped from the original UK publication of "Memoirs" (and it appeared in the Last Bow volume in the US). No-one is sure why, some say it was Conan Doyle who wanted it pulled and others put the blame on the publishers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition 19 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read most of the Sherlock Holmes novels and was surprised that the spelling of the product was American,
But it was a freebie so I can live with that.I will look for future publications for my Kindle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review is specific to the unabridged audio book read by Derek Jacobi.

Published monthly in the Strand Magazine in 1892/3 and collected together as a book in 1894, the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes include some of the best of his short stories. Silver Blaze, Crooked Man, Musgrave Ritual and, of course, The Final problem, have gone down in literary history as thrilling tales of adventure and deductive reasoning. The tales cover a broad range, from Holmes' recounting of adventures in 1880 and 1881 (prior to his meeting Watson) to his faithful Boswell, through to the Final problem set in 1891. So in this collection we get Holmes' first cast, and what Doyle thought would be his last.

Doyle gives us a series of mysteries that give their thrills either through astonishing displays of deductive reasoning (Silver Blaze, Musgrave Ritual), from action and adventure (The Final Problem, The Gloria Scott), mixtures of the two (Reigate Squires) and occasionally from a good old fashioned slice of Gothic Horror (Musgrave Ritual again). Problems are not always satisfactorily resolved (The Resident Patient, The Yellow Face), but the telling of the tale is always thrilling.

This set follows the tradition of not including the contemporary story `The Cardboard Box', so there are only eleven stories here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 21 Jun 2012
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Over the last year I've listened to quite a few audio books, at first I wasn't too keen but now I love listening to them as I can also get on with other things whilst I listen.

Both my brother and I are huge Sherlock Holmes fans especially the old films starring the great Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. :-)

There are 8 CD's in this collection and this version is narrated by the great Derek Jacobi, in my eyes he does an excellent job. :-)

I'm not going to go into any of the story plots as I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

All can say is if you're a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle great detective Sherlock Holmes then I know you'd enjoy this audio collection. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Published monthly in the Strand Magazine in 1892/3 and collected together as a book in 1894, the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes include some of the best of his short stories. Silver Blaze, Crooked Man, Musgrave Ritual and, of course, The Final problem, have gone down in literary history as thrilling tales of adventure and deductive reasoning. The tales cover a broad range, from Holmes' recounting of adventures in 1880 and 1881 (prior to his meeting Watson) to his faithful Boswell, through to the Final problem set in 1891. So in this collection we get Holmes' first cast, and what Doyle thought would be his last.

Doyle gives us a series of mysteries that give their thrills either through astonishing displays of deductive reasoning (Silver Blaze, Musgrave Ritual), from action and adventure (The Final Problem, The Gloria Scott), mixtures of the two (Reigate Squires) and occasionally from a good old fashioned slice of Gothic Horror (Musgrave Ritual again). Problems are not always satisfactorily resolved (The Resident Patient, The Yellow Face), but the telling of the tale is always thrilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes according to Watson
As with all Holmes stories they are documented by Dr. Watson,and in Conan Doyle's use of this form of narrative it is highly rated. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by robert britton
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
A classic book not to be missed. This thrilling read packed full of adventures will have you gripped. I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Carys Rowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.
I recommend it to any body who enjoys good detective story and sherlock Holmes is probably the most well known detective around.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon robino
5.0 out of 5 stars first class
i would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good whodunnit, great writing,great plots very enjoyable no bad language first class
Published 29 days ago by gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant service. The book arrived almost immediately and the print etc all very clear. Excellent stories. I don't know what more I can say about this.
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
But then again, I am a fan, in a big way,so was ecstatic to find it for my KINDLE FIRE
Published 1 month ago by P. Ramsden
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-print
This was purchased specifically to keep in my Kindle book-store. Conan Doyle's works are very readable and it is always ueful to have something like this to fall back on.
Published 1 month ago by Lincoln J
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!!!!
Just finished reading "the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes". Found it a great read and the length of each short story perfect for someone looking to improve there reading skills!!!
Published 1 month ago by Mr J T Tillotson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
A very good read i would highly recommend, i could not put this book down i enjoyed every page. Great!
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Michael Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
How can you improve on a Conan Doyle book, by getting the book free for your Kindle. Wonderful, highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by susan dean
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