Listen to A Study in Scarlet Audiobook Free – 9 Audio Recordings

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This A Study in Scarlet audiobook playlist consists of nine audio recordings. Eight are reading of the original story, 1 is a dramatization for radio.

Written in 1887, A Study in Scarlet is Arthur Conan Doyle’s first mystery detective novel. The novel has been widely adapted into many forms: film, stage play, television, radio. I recently discover the audiobook format. I am pleasantly surprised to find so many different versions that are freely available. So I decided to compile them into a playlist. There are 9 in this list. The first 5 are LibriVox recordings by various readers. The final one being a female. The last one was a radio dramatization with multiple voice “actors” and sound and music effects.


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.

The first part of the novel established the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and how they came to live at 221B Baker Street. The second part established Holmes’ deductive prowess when he solved the murder in an empty room in record time.

A Study in Scarlet is a tale of revenge and obsession. I empathized with the man with a deep grievance but was sad that he wasted twenty years of his life seeking revenge. His name is Hope but he has no hope.

1. Male reader with some dramatization

A LibriVox audio recording. Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes.

2. Original story read by Robert Dixon

A LibriVox audio recording. Length: 3 hours 47 minutes.

3. Original story narrated by David Clarke

A LibriVox audio recording. Captions available. David Clarke is a regular reader for LibriVox. Many people like his readings. See his profile at Length: 4 hours 33 minutes.

4. Male Reader that sound like Christopher Lee

A LibriVox audio recording. Length: 4 hours 44 minutes.

5. Original story read by Laurie Ann Walden

Another LibriVox audio recording. It is refreshing to hear from a female reader. I think she did a good job. Length: 4 hours and 14 minutes.

6. Male reader with subtitles

This is an audio recording with subtitles for Learning English Online. I do not know if students would think this is a good way to learn English but I certainly appreciate that it is free. The male reader is not bad. Length: 4 hours 36 minutes.

7. Original story read by Greg Wagland

A Magpie audio recording. Greg Wagland is a regular reader of classics. I enjoyed his recordings a lot. Length: 4 hours 35 minutes.

8. A Study in Scarlet Audiobook Read by Peter Silverleaf

I find Silverleaf reads like it is the news rather than as a storyteller. I prefer the Greg Wagland and David Clarke’s versions. Length: 4 hours 24 minutes.

9. Radio drama by Saturday Night Theatre

This is an audio recording of a Saturday Night Theatre radio drama on BBC Radio 4. This is originally broadcast on 22 December 1962. Length: 1 hour 30 minutes.