Sherlock Holmes Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"Fry's Holmes is crisp and high-handed, his Watson enthusiastic and bemused, and the rest of the narration colorful without being mannered. Have fun. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile magazine)
"...it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling." (Stephen Fry)
Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled millions of fans. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful and personal introductions to each title.
Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, comedian, film director and all round national treasure. He is the acclaimed narrator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados - which earned Fry the accolade of "quite irresistible" from the Washington Post.
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|Listening Length||62 hours and 52 minutes|
|Author||Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 27, 2017|
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#3,337 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#29 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#125 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books)
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Amazon UK site has approximately 9 more hours of audio that the US version does not have
Chapter 113: Introduction to The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 114-125: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and Closing Credits
HATE that the "Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" including the final (12) Sherlock Holmes short stories (narrated by Stephen Fry) are only available in the United Kingdom version and not the United States version of this product.
I don't really feel like I should have to immigrate to England in order to get the entire Sherlock Holmes canon read by Stephen Fry.
Wife and I are dedicated fans of Sherlock Holmes. Jeremy Britt's portrayal of Holes is our gold standard. We enjoyed Stephen Fry's portrayal,of Jeeves, and decided to try his reading of Conan Doyle's Holmes stories and think it is superb. Highly recommended for all ages,mellow, all ages over 14 or 15 (my own start date as a Holmes fan).
*I've just had it drawn to my attention that in the US, The Casebook is not included. I suspect this is to do with different copyright laws. The US price seems to be lower, presumably to take account of this.
In the intro to this one, Fry puts the book into its historical context, telling the story of the Molly Maguires, a secret society active among the immigrant Irish coalminers in Pennsylvania during the 1870s; and of the Pinkerton agent who infiltrated them, ultimately leading to their destruction. He points out how soon after the Civil War this was, and that the bosses of the Pennsylvania mines were effectively their own law and could hire people of their own choosing to enforce it. He also tells the other side of the story – the appalling working conditions and extreme poverty of the workers. He manages all this without giving any spoilers for the story to come. An excellent introduction – brief, but interesting, clear and informative.
His narration of the story itself is great! He had to compete with my favourite Holmes narrator, the wonderful Derek Jacobi, so he was going to have to work hard to convince me. And I found myself laughing sympathetically because ACD didn't make his task an easy one. Almost every character has his accent described, usually something like “half-English, half-American” or “Chicago with a hint of Irish” or “German overlaid with the twang of the new country”. And then there are the characters who are not who they first seem, so that when their true identity is revealed, they change to their real accents. I must say Fry did brilliantly with all of them and, despite there being a pretty huge cast in this story, he managed to differentiate them all quite clearly. There are two characters with straight Irish accents, so to make them different, he made one sound Northern Irish and the other Southern, both done totally convincingly. Even Inspector MacDonald's Aberdonian accent got a high pass mark from me. He brings out the humour and the warmth of Watson's character, and makes the adventure parts suitably exciting without over-dramatising them. I always think you can tell when a narrator loves the material he's reading, and Fry's strong affection for the Holmes's stories comes through clearly.
There was an issue at first with there being no adequate indexing but Audible has now rectified this by issuing an accompanying PDF which tells where to find each story.
My love for the Jacobi recordings remains, but these are just as excellent, and the little introductions are a great addition, making this a fabulous collection which I highly recommend to all Holmes fans out there.
NB The audiobook was provided for review by Audible via MidasPR. Lucky me!