Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: "An Inscrutable Masquerade", "The Conundrum of Coach 13", "The Trinity Vicarage Larceny" and "The 10.59 Assassin".
Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world's greatest detective.
Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.
In a drawer in his bureau, Dr. Watson keeps a locked cedarwood chest - a 'box of secrets'.
It contains an archive of notes referring to some of Holmes' cases that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day. Now, for the first time, Watson has decided to reveal the truth to the world....
In these four thrilling stories, Holmes experiments with the science of ballistics, locates some missing gold bullion, investigates the theft of a large amount of money and solves the baffling mystery of the Stovey murder.
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Surprisingly in keeping and realistic stories, I have read some 'new' Sherlock Holmes stories which have really grated, but these short ones are very good. Benedict Cumberbatch reading is good, although could have done with slightly more variation between Holmes and Watson to tell them apart. The other characters narration was good.
Average stories, good narration but really too short for the price. I found two of the four stories too simple, one other two unbelievable and the other worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Good narration by Benedict Cumberbatch with distinctive character voices.
Avid reader turned avid listener
They protagonists keep seeking beer like some 21st century booze hipsters. Holmes & Watson were partial to wine, sherry, brandy & coffee. Ale was the drink of the working class in the late 19th century.
Otherwise, the stories are a decent stab at Holmsian adventure, delivered impeccably by Cumberbatch.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
Well read and the puzzle or pieces of each of these crimes is explained by Holmes as he reveals the villain, but like the train's station stops the explanations are a bit brief. I feel both Watson and I are a bit dazed. They are short, enjoyable stories for all that.
I found the audio wonderful, but I would still read the print version again and again but only listen to onces.
Benedict was able to bring Sherlock alive and kept you wanting to listen
I have to say Sherlock
I read/listen a LOT, I will try all genre's but I don't necessarily love all genre's. I believe reading expands the mind and imagination.
If you want a quick fix of Sherlock and Benedict then this is ideal. Bit weird at first hearing him being Watson but he does the whole cast so well. Intriguing stories which are little bite size pieces of well written Holmes. Really enjoyed it.
As if Cumberbatch reading anything sherlockian could be anything but gold. Love it. The voice fits the cannon perfectly and its a really nice rainy day listen.
"A great and very well produced audio book!"
A real treat for any Sherlock Holmes fan. Enjoyed the fresh reintroduction of these adventures. Highly recommended audio book!
"Benedict can read a grocery list brilliantly"
Who could possibly resist listening to Mr. Cumberbatch read anything?
These stories are just so-so, but it's sheer pleasure hearing this brilliant and amazing actor!
"No One Writes Holmes Like Doyle"
I've read almost every Holmes story there is and I'm a huge fan of Cumberbatch's interpretation in the BBC's current iteration.
I was more than a little disappointed, then, to find that these stories did not capture my interest at all. The first was so obvious, with so little mystery, that I was yelling the conclusion at the unbearably slow Dr. Watson about midway through. The other stories improved in complexity somewhat, but without the extraordinary amount of knowledge that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought to his tales, Mr. Taylor's Holmes didn't seem to know much more about the world than I did myself.
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance was as delightful and nuanced as one would expect, so the read wasn't a total loss. And the quality of the writing itself was very good. It just wasn't the Sherlock Holmes I know and love.
I love Benedict Cumberbatch. Great voice to listen to as well and his performance of the characters is really great.
Watson. Usually in Sherlock Holmes stories Sherlock Holmes is my favorite character but in this series of short stories you just have more information and insight into Waston as the stories are told from his point of view and they are so short.
Not quite as good as any of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but still entertaining and intriguing.
"Narration by our generation's Sherlock"
Each story was thorough and enjoyable.
Benedict's narration kept my attention and I felt I was getting my Sherlock fix.
4 short stories for when you need a little Sherlock in your life.
I love Cumberbatch's reading. It's perfect for Sherlock Holmes. The speed of this reading is also good. Others have been extremely slow.
"Sherlock read by Sherlock"
Narration was excellent. Nothing like sherlock holmes stories being read by Benedict Cumberbatch! I would listen to it again!
I was very sad there was only 4 chapters. they should do more chapters with him. it draws me in
Though the stories are likeable they seem mostly like Sherlock Holmes because of Benedict Cumberbatch's reading of them than the stories themselves. Taylor is not another Arthur Conan Doyle for sure, but not bad either.
Cumberbatch is great, though most of his different 'accents' are rather similar. He is Sherlock and it is a little difficult to listen to him read the stories as Watson, but this is a personal issue.
Benedict Cumberbatch has the most wonderful way of moving through each of the characters and placing you, the listener, in the room with them. Cumberbatch unfolds the mystery through the wonderful narratives written by John Taylor.
I haven't listened to Cumberbatch narrate anything before this & after finishing this book... I promptly spent all my money buying up everything he's ever narrated!
Enjoy! Any Benedict Cumberbatch fan will not regret it x
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