Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
This is my first real dive into the world of Sherlock Holmes, aside from a couple of short stories, so I'm not sure how A Study in Scarlet ranks in comparison. But I have a few thoughts, from my SH newbie status:
The origin story of Dr. Watson meeting and understanding SH's work was fascinating and really a lot of fun. Although I suspect I might get sick of Dr. Watson's sycophantic fawnings over SH in time, I was super-amused by his somewhat deliberate strokings of SH's ego. Flattery, it seems, really will get you anywhere, and Dr. W may not be as clever as SH, but he appears to be a good study of character.
The Part II left turn into Utah really had me scratching my head, wondering if the Audible editors had accidentally inserted a completely different book into my download file, so thank you to all my fellow BL'ers who warned me that this is a common story construction with ACD, so I will now expect it and not be wondering wtf happened to the story I was listening to.
As a mystery presented and solved, well I certainly couldn't have solved it myself from the clues given, but it was still a lot of fun.
Last thought: Am I supposed to feel any compassion for(show spoiler)
Be damned to them all.
Audiobook, via Audible. This is part of a compilation of the complete Sherlock Holmes collection, all read by Stephen Fry, who is a god among men when it comes to voice work.