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Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by: Stephen Fry Type: Unabridged Audiobook Length: 71 hours & 57 minutes Language: English Release date: 27/02/2017 Publisher: Audible Studios Category: Classic Detective These 72 hours long audiobook won Audible’s 2017 Member’s Choice Award, and rightly so.
I listened to the audiobook from start to finish, therefore, I didn’t have any issues with chapter location. However, if you want to skip to a specific story then you should check the summary on Audible, it has all sections listed there.
However, this small inconvenience doesn’t stop it from being one of the best audiobooks of recent times, and shouldn’t stop you from purchasing the amazingly read Sherlock Holmes audiobook by Stephen Fry! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for being the creator of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures.
Arguably the most famous detective fiction novels and short stories that have been written. Before becoming the author to the great Sherlock Holmes, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
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“...it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling.” Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world.
And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions to each title. Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure.
He is the acclaimed narrator of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter audiobooks and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Barbados for Audible Studios. Stephen has contributed columns and articles to newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.
******* SORT OUT THE NAVIGATION *********** Bought this today as have read so many good reports. Astonished that there is no accompanying PDF to navigate through the content.
This is exceptionally poor and already detracting form what I hope will be a great journey. FWIW I found the following on Reddit (with the caveat that this refers to the US store, which is surely the same) Here's a copy/paste from a review somebody left in the US Store that has a breakdown of the chapters.
Perhaps it's a similar breakdown as to how the files are separated in the UK? Brilliant audiobook, shame about the navigation.
Sherlock Holmes has deserved an audiobook of this standard for a long time. Fry's narration is superb, his skills as an actor giving depth to all the different characters that crop up in Conan Doyle's work.
The first part, consisting of 21 chapters, contains all of A Study in Scarlet, but only half of The Sign of Four. It makes navigation very confusing, and the lack of a viewable guide in the audible app makes navigation extremely annoying.
To find a favorite story, you either have to adopt a tiring method of trial and error, or look up the chapter divisions on the website. It's a shame that something so avoidable has let down what will become the definitive narration of Conan Doyle's masterpiece.
Update: Audible have created and sent out a brilliant chapter guide to accompany this audition, so it is now much easier to navigate. This was made worse since the audible voice gave chapter numbers which did not correlate with the numbers listed on the chapter page.
This interrupted any enjoyment of Stephen Fry’s ability to use his voice convincingly to represent each of the many characters in the book. Irritating beyond belief I love this collection of stories.
He rightly points out that you can start anywhere but this isn't quite the case with the audiobook version. Also chapter numbers don't assist in finding a particular or favorite story.
The story telling genius of Mr Fry excels anything you have heard before, and he raises the bar very high, very high indeed. I too like Stephen Fry enjoyed reading the stories as a child, but this performance blew me away! This reading was paused after the first 5 minutes of the introduction because I wanted to indulge on every word.
From the opening gambit the listener is drawn into Victorian London, you can almost taste the vile stench of poverty and feel almost embarrassed about sitting in the opulence of 221b Baker Street watching the unraveling of peoples lives. John Watson takes you through the memoirs of the world's greatest “consulting” detective with such realism, the performance is immense.
I won't write anymore as I do not wish to be branded a reviewer for Amazon. Just take my word for it, if you are a fan, or even a passing visitor to the world of Sherlock Holmes, just buy it.
Bought this one as I would like to listen to Stephen Fry’s narration. Did an excellent job of pronunciation, characterization including excellent Australian, South African and German accents. The female voices were believable and added to the story. Particularly liked the tone and inflection of the narration which fit with the speech.
Things which could have been added that I enjoyed Charlton Griffiths production were certain sound effects. EG the gunshots during the narration of the killing of the despicable blackmailer Augustus Silverton.
Stephan Fry is an amazing reader, he is a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, and it shows! His voice characterizations are realistic and do not, in any way, irritate me like so many other readers.
Additionally, Mr. Fry provides commentary at the start of each section. I also have many variations of Sherlock Homes, either radio productions or voiced reading.
By far and above, this is absolutely the finest collection and reading made. Stephen Fry's mastery performance The stories are magical.
This is a truly massive collection of stories and well worth the money! The immortality of the stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson speaks for themselves.
What makes this collection special is the narration of Stephen Fry. He makes the characters come to life and gives them personality with his splendid performance.
His forewords too are filled with passion for the Sherlock -saga, personal anecdotes and information about the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes stories can become a bit of boilerplate, so it is good to listen to some, and then it is aside for a while, though many times when you think you figured it out, you missed something.
But every one is delightful in itself, and I recommend that you definitely add this to your library, and then listen to a few stories at a time, especially when you need a break from whatever might be getting you down. You couldn’t get a better deal (and I think I got it on some sale), penny per amount of pleasurable listening.
In the introduction he tells us that he is a big fan, and you can hear the enchantment in his superlative rendition. I would not be responsible, though, if I did not express my usual dismay at the bits of racism and anti-Semitic tropes found here and there in these stories.
He owes a lot of money to Sam Brewer. Like much other literature that is otherwise worthy, my own approach is that we should call it out, we should express our discomfort and hopes that it is history and that readers today recognize these attitudes for the bigotry that they were, but we can still enjoy the books.
Absolutely Enthralling Have you ever binge-watched your favorite series and when you finally get to the last episode, you feel a bit lost and sad that you have finished the series. That's how I felt after listening to the epic stories that make up this amazing audiobook.
I loved every story, so brilliantly told by Stephen Fry who is an absolute genius in his narrating. Rather than become old and dated, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is as clever and entertaining as he was when he first appeared on paper.
I cannot state how much I enjoyed listening to these stories in the car, on my walks, while running, while cooking. Just whenever I could get away with having earphones attached to my head.