Sir Ian McKellen was the winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Best Actor in an Audio Drama (for Eugenie Grandet)
Sir Ian McKellen reads The Valley of Fear, the last of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four Sherlock Holmes novels.
The mystery begins with a coded warning of imminent danger, drawing the illustrious Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr. Watson to a secluded English country home. A trail of bewildering clues leads to sleuthing in the finest Holmesian tradition and the gripping backstory of a cult that terrorized a valley in the American West.
First broadcast as Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4.
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Not my favorite Holmes story overall, but a really nice performance by Ian McKellan. I don't regret purchasing this one at all!
"Well done, but not classic"
I purchased based on the narrator. I enjoy his work and I am a huge fan of Conan Doyle. I found that this story did not have the Holmsian flare I have come to expect. Worth listening, but don't expect too much.
"Not my favourite but great performance"
Yes, for sure.
Yes, it is more engaging in an audiobook format
He didn't do much in terms of distinctive voices, but probably Sherlock Holmes himself.
Yes and no. It is very easy to listen to, but the second half was just a bit too long.
"McKellen has limited range"
He doesn't have the requisite vocal range to go solo on a book with so many characters. Given the richness of British accents, You need someone who can cover more regional accents. This is exemplified by Benedict Cumberbatch, for example.
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