A Study In Scarlet (Version 6)

Read by David Clarke

(4.8 stars; 1025 reviews)

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature. Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." (A "study" is a preliminary drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece.) - Summary by David Clarke (4 hr 37 min)


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The Conclusion 14:23 Read by David Clarke


Good book, good narrator

(5 stars)

The story has several unexpected twists and turns. Quite a classic Sherlock Holmes. The narrator David Clarke is wonderful. Distinct voices for each character which are not over-done. His own voice as a narrator is also quite pleasant.

Odd Story, Great Reading

(3.5 stars)

Four stars for the reader. He does a wonderful job. This is the first Sherlock Holmes stories, and in it you can see all the clunkiness which the more seasoned Doyle works through in his later writing. Most notably is the unexplained jump in storyline mid-novel. It's an extended flashback to the American West, which comes so abruptly that you're likely to think there's been a mistake. Overall, though, it's a worthwhile listen. The Holmes-Watson parts are delightful, and it's a hoot to see them as young men meeting for the first time.


(5 stars)

Very well read. I'm quite ill at the moment and my activities are limited by this reading and the other Holmes ones are helping me to keep my mind occurred and my spirits up.

Great Read

(5 stars)

I would listen to the text on the side of a cereal box if read by David Clarke!

(5 stars)

David Clark is an amazing reader/ actor. So grateful He has chosen to read for us. Really appreciated

Wonderful Reader

(5 stars)

Kudos to David Clark, a reader of terrific skill, easy to understand and who brings Doyle's London to life. The Study in Scarlet is the perfect intro to Sherlock Holmes although the author's prejudices are jarring to modern ears so listeners should be forewarned.

An amazing story brilliantly read

(5 stars)

An absolutely brilliant story read in a way which really brings it to life. David Clarke has an amazing talent for accents so you can imagine every character individually.

Astounding Voice Over!

(5 stars)

Mr Clarke brought this story to life with a pleasant baritone and imbue the characters with differing accents and personalities. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories. Highly recommended.