Fireside Reading of A Study in Scarlet is an enhanced recording of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes adventure. Due out 26th April 2022 from Dreamscape Media, it will be available in video and audiobook formats.
Besides being a classic of Victorian sensational literature and a beloved standard (I can recall having it read to me at a very young age by my grandparents), this is a nicely updated and accessible way to listen. The recording is enhanced with music and some sound effects. It's an unabridged reading and the run time is 5 hours and 56 minutes with an introduction and short background information. The narration by Gildart Jackston is superb and he reads with nuance and facility. There are a number of different accents for both male and female characters and he manages them distinctly and well.
Although I've read the book several times and was previously familiar with the plot and resolution; I think anyone hearing it read for the first time would have no trouble following along. There are also links on the affiliated youtube channel which connect to both free and paid content.
Five stars. Really enjoyable read. Not entirely sure the music and sound effects enhanced the read, but the narration is top notch.
Disclosure: I received a pre-release recording at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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