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Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection Audiobook

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

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Publisher's Summary

"...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 and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories. 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 Carrados 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.

Part 1
Chapter 1: Opening Credits and Introduction to A Study in Scarlet
Chapters 2-15: A Study in Scarlet
Chapter 16: Introduction to The Sign of Four
Chapters 17-21: The Sign of Four, Part 1
Part 2
Chapters 1-7: The Sign of Four, Part 2
Chapter 8: Introduction to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 9-21: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Part 1
Part 3
Chapter 1: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Part 2
Chapter 2: Introduction to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 3-14: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 15: Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapters 16-21: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 1
Part 4
Chapters 1-9: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 2
Chapter 10: Introduction to The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 11-21: The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Part 1
Part 5
Chapters 1-2: The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Part 2
Chapter 3: Introduction to The Valley of Fear
Chapters 4-18: The Valley of Fear
Chapter 19: Introduction to His Last Bow
Chapters 20-21: His Last Bow, Part 1
Part 6
Chapters 1-7: His Last Bow, Part 2
Chapter 8: Introduction to The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 9-20: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and Closing Credits

©2017 Stephen Fry (introductions); original text public domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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    Paul Northampton, United Kingdom 06/03/2017
    Paul Northampton, United Kingdom 06/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Location Location Location...."

    Love Stephen Frys narration
    Loved the books for 50 years
    Very good marketing by Audible, I bought it immediately and listened to Mr Frys introductions. He rightly points out that you can start anywhere but this isn't quite the case with the audiobook version. Whilst there is a chapter list on the website and on each download part the chapter numbers restart with each volume so the chapter numbers don't correlate. Also chapter numbers don't assist in finding a particular or favourite story. This is a terrible weakness for any compilation so I'd request audible to give it some thought and come up with a PDF file at leat to assist in. Avocation

    56 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 08/03/2017
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    "Navigation Navigation Navigation..."
    What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

    This is an amazing work with a great performance from Stephen Fry - HOWEVER... The chapter navigation is impossible to use - try scanning through 71+hours of audio to find the beginning of the short stories....


    35 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Colin S 07/03/2017
    Colin S 07/03/2017
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    "Layout is an issue"
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    This would have been an undoubtable 5-star review. Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry - of course - 5 star! However it is very difficult to navigate to individual books let alone stories and practically impossible on Alexa.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    R. M. O'Shea 05/03/2017
    R. M. O'Shea 05/03/2017
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    The design for navigating many chapters and for bookmarking needs revision, it is difficult to know where Titles as opposed to chapters begin, this becomes significant in large works encompassing multiple books

    62 of 71 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm 14/03/2017
    bookworm 14/03/2017
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    "Brilliant performance - poor navigation"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The volumes being identifiable (numbered) on the kindle fire app would be improvement. A contents page that would enable one to find a particular story would be even better


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant characterisation


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Apart from the difficulty in navigation it is a 5 tar AAA++++ audiobook


    Any additional comments?

    On the fire app one has to try random volumes till you find the first volume and then do the same thing to find the continuation of the stories across subsequent volumes. On my mac the online library does at least identify volumes by number - but i don't use the mac to listen. One star overall is unjustifiably harsh but I wanted to make the point. The problem is not unique to this book but the length of it makes it particularly troublesome.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Flutter Bye UK 01/03/2017
    Flutter Bye UK 01/03/2017
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    "Surely the definitive narration..?"
    Would you listen to Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection again? Why?

    Without a doubt. I've read the books and have another audio version of the oeuvre, but Stephen Fry's narration is superb.


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice has the right timbre; it's mellifluous and just wonderful to listen to. He's added a new dimension to stories I'm familiar with and can now hear with a different voice to the one that comes through whilst reading.


    Any additional comments?

    As a child in the 1950's, Doyle was one of my favourite authors. I loved his books which took me into different worlds. I was transfixed by Holmes who could deduce from seemingly little. He taught me the value of quiet observation and deduction. But aside from that, these are belting good stories which stand the test of time. This edition, narrated by Fry is, to my mind, definitive. I'm only part way through, but absolutely engrossed and I'll listen to these stories again. Outstanding value.

    27 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Hunt 05/03/2017
    Steve Hunt 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Over 70 hours of pure brilliance."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection to be better than the print version?

    100%. Stephen Fry brings such love to the writings.


    What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection to, and why?

    No other


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

    The works. You cannot pick a winner here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are reading this you are already interested in the writings of SACD. Let me tell you now, when you listen to this you will be truly blown away. 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! Let me explain. I am a 47 year old who listens to audio books whilst travelling the length and breadth of the UK with my job whilst driving. 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 worlds 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.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. P. J. Marsh Kent, England 10/03/2017
    Mr. P. J. Marsh Kent, England 10/03/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant audio book, 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 of the different characters that crop up in Conan Doyle's work. It's just such a shame that Audible don't seem to be able to divide the various books and parts that make up this epic book in a sensible way. The first part, consisting of 21 chapters, contains all of A Study in Scarlet, but only half of The Sign of Four. Why not just bundle both books into the first part, or have them in their own separate parts? It makes navigation very confusing, and the lack of a viewable guide in the audible app makes navigation extremely annoying. To find a favourite 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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chocolate Muffin. England 21/03/2017
    Chocolate Muffin. England 21/03/2017 Member Since 2013

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    "Superb. "

    I will keep this short. Stephen Fry brings Watson, Sherlock and their adventures to life. I loved listen to this audio book. You are plunged right into the middle of these fabulous stories. An absolute joy to listen to. Download them, you won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 14/03/2017
    Marc 14/03/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "A must buy"

    This a great set of stories, narrated brilliantly and excellent value for money. This should be in everyone's library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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