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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping!
In this, the second Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is called upon by a young lady who needs the great detective's help with a mystery. However, when this mystery leads to murder, Holmes must seek to uncover secrets that have lain hidden for many years, and have their roots in treacheries upon treacheries in far-off India. There's a...
Published on 26 May 2004 by Kurt A. Johnson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor formatting
All lines are left justified, which is more readable than centre justified but you get occasional strange new-lines,
hanging words and other glitches. Select the version with bales of hay on the cover for a readable version.

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Mark T.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping!, 26 May 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
In this, the second Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is called upon by a young lady who needs the great detective's help with a mystery. However, when this mystery leads to murder, Holmes must seek to uncover secrets that have lain hidden for many years, and have their roots in treacheries upon treacheries in far-off India. There's a one-legged man who is at the center of this mystery, and he has a murderous friend who may just be the end of Sherlock Holmes!
As I said, this is the second ever Sherlock Holmes story, written in 1890. As with the very best of the Holmes story, this one is absolutely gripping, carrying a fascinating story with mysteries wrapped up in mysteries that only Mr. Holmes can possibly conquer. As an added bonus, in this story, we get to learn about Dr. Watson's meeting of his true love, and his eventual marriage - which should end some rumors that people spread.
Yep, this is a great story, one that is sure to please any fan of mysteries, and is certain to delight any Sherlock Holmes fan!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Intriguing Mystery, 31 Aug 2001
"The Sign of Four" is the second of Conan Doyle's four longer Sherlock Holmes stories - I wouldn't call it a novel, because it's shorter even than the other three.
The level of detection and the intrigue surrounding the mystery is as clever as ever, and possibly more complex than in its predecessor, "A Study in Scarlet". The structure of the book could be seen as a little clumsy, with the story of Small tacked onto the end as an extra thirty pages - but using the first-person viewpoint like he does, there was no other way for Conan Doyle to integrate it into the story.
This story is also worth reading for its long-term developments in the Holmes stories. We learn of Holmes' cocaine addiction and his reasoning behind it. This is also where Watson meets his wife, which - along with the treasure seeking - makes it the more romantic of the longer stories. The relationship is hardly developed realistically, but Conan Doyle always seems to sacrifice character development in favour of brilliant plots.
If you simply enjoy the mystery and try not to think about such things, the book is very good indeed. It's a very easy read; Conan Doyle's style flowing brilliantly and so offering a perfect form of escapism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reading by Derek Jacobi, 23 July 2012
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Derek Jacobi has one of those voices that you just want to listen to. I have enjoyed several audiobooks which he has narrated and can now add The Sign Of Four to my collection. This is one of four full length Sherlock Holmes novel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote - the other three being A Study In Scarlet, The Hound Of The Baskervilles and The Valley Of Fear. The Sign Of Four has been adapted several times for film, radio and television. The story sees Holmes and Watson investigating the case of Mary Marston who has received a large pearl each year for the last 6 years. She has now received a letter telling her she is a wronged woman. If she wants to seek justice and meet her mysterious benifactor and bring two companions. She turns to Holmes and Watson. Obviously there is alot more to the plot but I won't spoil it for you.

This 4 cd set runs at 4 hours and 30 minutes. The cds are nicely packaged in a plastic amery style case. If you enjoy a good mystery then why not let Derek Jacobi be your guide into the mystery of The Sign Of Four.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor formatting, 20 Feb 2012
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All lines are left justified, which is more readable than centre justified but you get occasional strange new-lines,
hanging words and other glitches. Select the version with bales of hay on the cover for a readable version.

Cheers,

Mark T.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, dated and (some what) delicious!, 2 Nov 2012
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A fairly typical sleuth story with some moments of greatness. What interested me most about the Sign of the Four was which elements of the story have dated and which haven't. The plot itself is very predictable now, it may have been ground breaking at the time. It's a tale of ill gotten treasure from the mysterious east and skulduggery that stretches from country houses to the Thames. You've heard it all before, for better or worse. What really dates it is the portrayal of the Indian characters, prepare to be offended if you are sensitive to this kind of thing - Conan Doyle's descriptions of savages certainly doesn't mark him out as a progressive humanitarian, even for his day.
The characterization of Holmes however is the most interesting part of the story. He's an unapologetic drug user who finds that the only things that stimulate him are mysteries and crack cocaine. It makes for interesting stuff.
Derek Jacobi (the patron saint of audiobooks) does a bang up job as ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the exploits of the "World's First Consulting Detective", 10 Aug 2012
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was at a dinner on 30th August 1889 with (amongst others) Oscar Wilde and JM Stoddart. Conan Doyle called this a "golden evening" in this autobiography.

Never heard of Mr Stoddart? Few people have.

Mr Stoddart was the Managing Editor of the US monthly magazine "Lippincott" and was the man who commissioned Conan Doyle to write "The Sign of the Four". In 1890, Conan Doyle had fulfilled the commission and, "The Sign of the Four" and it was published in the US and the UK. Wilde wrote and submitted "The Picture of Dorian Gray" as his part of the commission.

Interestingly the story has changed its name a number of times: "The Sign of the Four", "The Sign of Four", "Sign of the Four" and "Sign of Four". It is now back to the original "The Sign of the Four".

The story:

Miss Mary Marston has received one large pearl every year for the past 6 years. Mary believed that it was from her missing father, but after receiving a strange note she is no-longer sure. Holmes is intrigued and Watson is enamoured.

It is not one of Conan Doyle's greatest stories (probably because it was completed as a commission), but it is still enjoyable.

Sir Derek Jacobi reads the story with superb aplomb.

It is 4 hour 30 minutes spread over 4 discs, and is superb for those days when you want to shut yourself off from the world and listen to the exploits of the World's First Consulting Detective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice edition of a classic adventure story, 11 Dec 2013
I thought I had read all the Sherlock Holmes stories many years ago, so I was delighted to discover The Sign of Four which was new to me. There's a fantastic set-up, Conan Doyle really knows how to set up an intriguing mystery. And the plot does not disappoint as it unfolds, with a fantastical backstory and a great deal of action. I found the Kindle edition very well laid-out and easy to read on my HD Fire, with well-chosen illustrations and a clean font. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a classic detective adventure story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 29 Sep 2013
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Enjoyed reading can't wait to read the next in the series
Would recommend, worth reading, very happy it was free
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holmes to the rescue, 7 April 2013
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I great little story, well told, that opens one's eyes to the latter part of the 19th century. A window to the attitudes and beliefs of the people of the British Empire at it's zenith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sign Of the Four: Arthur Conan Dolye - Classic Holmes tale, 5 Mar 2013
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The second Holmes story, published in 1890, in between the introductory `Study in Scarlet' in 1887 and the first short story `A Scandal in Bohemia' in 1891, is the second best of the novels (after Hound Of The Baskervilles) in my opinion. The first half of the novel is an absolutely classic Holmes story, as he uses his powers of detection and reasoning to help Mary Morstan, a young lady who is unwittingly in a great deal of danger. Along the way he has to solve a seemingly impossible murder. The second half of the book is a thrilling tale of events in India decades before, which explain the events of the first half of the book. Doyle used this device in three of his four Holmes novels, but this is the only time that it really worked well and the background story and characters were as strong as the overlying Holmes story. It's a thrilling and entertaining read, 5 stars.
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