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The Tales of Max Carrados Audiobook

The Tales of Max Carrados

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Publisher's Summary

Exclusive audio collection. Eleven Max Carrados stories - narrated by national treasure Stephen Fry.

Max Carrados featured in a series of mystery stories that first appeared in 1914. Carrados featured alongside Sherlock Holmes in The Strand magazine, in which they both had top billing. The character often boasted how being blind meant his other senses were heightened.

  • 'The Coin of Dionysus'
  • 'The Game Played in the Dark'
  • 'The Holloway Road Flat Tragedy'
  • 'The Curious Circumstances of the Two Left Shoes'
  • 'The Secret of Headlam Height'
  • 'The Mystery of the Vanished Crown'
  • 'The Ingenious Mind of Mr Rigby Lacksome'
  • 'The Strange Case of Cyril Bycourt'
  • 'The Crime at the House in Culver Street'
  • 'The Bunch of Violets'
  • 'The Missing Witness Sensation'

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Stephen] Fry gives Max a perfect plummy voice and has equal fun with colorful supporting characters and ne'er-do-wells. His lovely mix of realistic conversation and pacing, as well as the occasional slow wink, encourages listeners to succumb in pleasure." (AudioFile)

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    Miss L Wonfor 28/04/2016
    Miss L Wonfor 28/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I found the storys very interesting to listen to. How hints as you go along pull the whole investigations together at the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max Carrados, very witty at manoovering situations to benefit his curiostity


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Fry gives all the characters individual voices and gets your imagination working so that you can really imagine what there like.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes bits made me chuckle, I liked that Max does his investigations not for money or work, just purely to entertain himself.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Sherlock Holmes i think this is definitely worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 12/02/2016
    Kelly 12/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator is a good choice"

    Stephen Fry's voice with its well placed inflections and tones make these stories very enjoyable. Where these stories might possibly be a little slow under another narrator they come to life with Mr Fry

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Suzy 14/05/2016
    Suzy 14/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Spiffing"

    Enjoyed this, with Stephen Fry's narration it was a great. Logical solutions to various puzzles sit around the period of WW1. Nice comfortable listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Wadsworth 18/04/2016
    Joe Wadsworth 18/04/2016
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    "Fantastic narration from mr fry"


    Great for car journey the stories are entertaining particularly with Stephen Fry'
    s excellent narration to bring them to life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda London, United Kingdom 22/08/2016
    Linda London, United Kingdom 22/08/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Tough to Review - but a Great Find"

    I received a couple of these stories as a gift from audible - and I just loved them - and went on to buy complete 'Tales of'. Yes they can be compared with Sherlock Holmes but I found them much simpler - indeed there were a few occasions where I had actually seen the conclusion (not that it really mattered). What I found odd was that I'd be absolutely enchanted by one story and then the next one was so boring I couldn't even listen until the end - then the next one would be quite superb again... I am a little tired of Stephen Fry as a national treasure and yet I have to say his reading of this is just spot on, it's marvellous. I see other Max Carrados stories are single story downloads, I might well download one and hope its one of the good ones!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Benson uk 11/08/2016
    R. Benson uk 11/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent performance of some classic stories"

    Steven Fry has shown himself to be a truly fine narrator. He has done an excellent job in bringing these stories to life with perfect, clear delivery combined with brilliant vocal characterisation. Strongly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ilford, United Kingdom 24/07/2016
    Amazon Customer ilford, United Kingdom 24/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    I am a poetic writer who loves the way words paint a picture. I love the spoke word. My dream is to write, speak, and inspire others now.

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    "Antiquated Wonder"

    I enjoyed this book. The affable treasure that is Stephen Fry makes this book come alive.

    I was led into stories of antiquated wonder. I recommend it highly.

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    Geoff Kendall 12/07/2016
    Geoff Kendall 12/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome Fry performance which brings slightly archaic text to life"

    These are really good stories whose slightly archaic but cerebral language is a perfect match for the voice of Stephen Fry.

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    Matt Sapsford 17/05/2016
    Matt Sapsford 17/05/2016

    I love the entertainment and thrill of a great book which when mixed with passionate narration results in an experience like a 3-d fun fair

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    "I'm sure it would be an excellent read in book for"

    I struggled with the narration of the book and I don't think Mr Fry really did it justice. In fact I'm not overly keen on any of his narration, I find it very flat and unimpassioned and on this occasion really killed it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Boggy of Bucks Buckinghamshire 21/04/2016
    Boggy of Bucks Buckinghamshire 21/04/2016 Member Since 2011

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    "Stephen Fry was born to narrate books like this"

    Fry's voice(s) and pace perfectly suit this early 20th century group of stories. The Carrados short stories remind one both of the writings of PG Woodhouse and of Conan Doyle. Despite the Wiki back story for Bramah it would not surprise me to hear in a few months time that Stephen Fry was the actual author and the whole thing has been a glorious set up. In any event it's all jolly good stuff, wreaking of Edwardian authenticity so I'm probably wrong.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Carol Mello
    San Jose,CA USA
    22/06/16
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    "Stephen Fry is excellent narrator, of course"

    I have read a different set of Max Carrados tales. So when I saw this audio book of Max Carrados tales narrated by Stephen Fry how in the world could I resist. Bravo to Mr. Fry. Another well done acting job, by voice only. The man is a national treasure both in the UK and in the U.S. too.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Richard and Sheryl Rhodes
    Reston, VA USA
    14/07/16
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    "Stephen Fry + great material"
    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Fry adds to the Holmes-like hero and conundrums a stageful of character voices.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Bethany
    PHOENIX, AZ, United States
    30/05/16
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    "Great listen with Stephen Fry"

    One of my favorite narrators is ideal voice(s) match for this series. I enjoyed the author's style quite a bit.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Georgiadis
    Las Vegas, Nevada U. S. A
    27/03/16
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    "Old time radio listener"

    Excellent mystery and adventure program. As always, Stephen Frey just adds icing on the cake.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Les Raymond
    KANSAS CITY, KS, US
    12/08/16
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    "Excellent performance "

    excellent performance. I did have to stay very focused to follow the story simply because of the style of writing. But it did Keep my interest and I I looked forward to each new story. However, I was disappointed that it did contain foul language, however probably much less than in today's detective stories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J Felix
    Arizona
    01/09/16
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    "Good det.short stories but must suspend disbelief."

    I found I experienced an expanded imagination during those days I listened to the stories. Each chapter is a complete adventure in itself and it's fairly easy to listen to one episode during one sitting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luna
    Travelling
    30/08/16
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    "Lovely"

    Stephen Fry narrates the stories wonderfully. And they are a lovely representation of this type of British story. It's nice to get a break from the modern stuff now and then.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Verdae
    South Carolina
    22/08/16
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    "Excellent"

    The performance Brought these wonderful, old stories to life. Nice, lite, turn of the century drama

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clydene
    San Diego, California
    19/04/16
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    ",Love to this book"

    What a great lesson . We really love this back would love to listen to more by Stephen Fry

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • C Powell
    29/08/16
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    "Worth a listen"

    A collection of tales about a brilliant blind man, who cleverly uses his other senses to outwit criminals and solve crimes. Fun reading! For those who hate f-bombs and sordid scenes, this one is recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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