The Sign of the Four (version 2 dramatic reading)

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.6 stars; 225 reviews)

The Sign of the Four, the second of four novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, has a complex plot involving India, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts and two corrupt prison guards. Some of Holmes's less savory habits are revealed, and Dr. Watson finds romance. In this dramatic reading, LibriVox volunteers bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters to life. (Summary by Wikipedia and wildemoose)

Dr. John Watson: Cori Samuel
Sherlock Holmes: Arielle Lipshaw
Mrs. Hudson: Elizabeth Klett
Mary Morstan: Charlotte Duckett
Thaddeus Sholto: mb
Coachman/Athelney Jones: Beth Thomas
Lal Rao/Wiggins: Rapunzelina
McMurdo: D.T. McGregor
Mrs. Bernstone: Ruth Golding
Inspector: David Lawrence
Mr. Sherman: Robin King
Mrs. Smith: Amanda Friday
Jack Smith: Grace
Mrs. Forrester: Libby Gohn
Jonathan Small: Laurie Anne Walden

Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw (4 hr 5 min)


The Science of Deduction 19:08 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Statement of the Case 11:07 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
In Quest of a Solution 10:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Story of the Bald-Headed Man 23:21 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge 15:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration 17:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Episode of the Barrel 24:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Baker Street Irregulars 18:39 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
A Break in the Chain 19:46 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The End of the Islander 18:39 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Great Agra Treasure 12:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Strange Story of Jonathan Small 54:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this version of The Sign Of Four. Thought the vouce overs of each chacacter was pretty good. I have read and listened to just about everything out there on Sherlock Holmes over the last 55 yrs and still enjoy nice little presentions like this. Thanks to all the readers in the dramatic reading and to Librivox for giving it to us. Give it a listen I think you will like it.

the sign of the four

(5 stars)

Very enjoyable twists & turns to get to the surprise ending. - may a blackguard never win and get their just deserts


(4.5 stars)

phenomenal narrative delivered with exceptional narration and unparalleled vocalisation

A fresh take on a classic tale

(5 stars)

Bravo to this wonderful group of readers! It is no small feat to create such a cohesive end product of so many pieces of performance! And to the listeners who complain of the women reading men's parts, I can only say, Are you even serious!? Listen to individual performances by Laurie Anne Walden, Elizabeth Klett, or Ruth Golding, to name just a few favorites, and you will hear them read each individual character with such nuance of tone and expression that each character comes to life regardless of age, sex, profession or country. Beautifully read and performed!


(2.5 stars)

Most of the voice actors were female, including those who did the voices for Watson and Holmes. However, they were talented enough to pull it off and make me forget that females were playing male characters. Some of the voice actors were not as talented, particularly near the end of the story. Thanks to all the speakers for providing this free audiobook.

really interesting

(4.5 stars)

That was so cool...and the readers were awesome. They also did a dramatic reading of the Hound of the Baskervilles and I had been wishing they’d do another one and then I stumbled on this reading...I was so happy and it was great except that thing about Holmes and the cocaine so I can’t give it a full five stars.

definitely check it out

(4 stars)

Excellent story, and pretty good voice performances. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because much of the final chapter seemed to drag on forever... but great ending. The story had mystery, thrills, romance, and comedy.

very enjoyable!

(5 stars)

This was my first lvox listen and I really enjoyed every bit of it. Some voices were too low a volume so I had to rewind and listen to them again but the voices fit really well. Good work!