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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,074
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,052

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

ACD is always great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Stephen Fry is a superb narrator. He, of course, has no difficulty in the correct pronunciation of the English language and is the most soothing of speakers. The stories are Sherlock Holmes and that is all that need by said. This is divided into 6 parts and the division and their contents can be downloaded as a PDF document.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes Plays the Game

  • By: Leslie F Coombs
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Sherlock Holmes Plays the Game is an interesting new collection of the further adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. It is unique in combining the style and intrigue of Holmes and Watson stories with the developing technology of turn-of-the-century Victorian England. Written in the original Strand Magazine style and told by Holmes' companion, Dr John Watson, these previously untold tales unfold with wit and humour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator troubles again

  • By Smask on 03-08-18

Narrator troubles again

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

There is some gabbling of speech and difficulty in speed. The characters are conveyed reasonably well except for Holmes and Watson. The stories are all right and grow on you as you go along. It's the sort of listening you do while doing the ironing or cooking, not something that grabs you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

  • Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
  • By: Laurie R. King - editor, Leslie S. Klinger - editor
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, Clive Chafer, Derek Perkins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Leslie Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however, share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what it says on the tin

  • By Smask on 17-05-18

Not what it says on the tin

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-18

Its relation to the Sherlock Holmes canon is slight, and the first introduction appears to be read by a robot. Too much emphasis on the modern and too little Sherlock Holmes. I won't be buying the others in this series and will be returning this one.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Thank you for a wonderful present

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-17

If you could sum up A Christmas Carol in three words, what would they be?

The best ever

Who was your favorite character and why?

Can't say as they are all so brilliant - there isn't a weak spot.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is always wonderful.

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

Laugh in some places, cry in others.

  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,112

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By clivep on 20-06-16

Wonderful leCarre

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-16

Would you listen to The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas again? Why?

Have already listened to it more than once. Superb quality and excellent writer.

Who was your favorite character and why?

George Smiley always

Have you listened to any of Simon Russell Beale’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Always quality

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Murder for Christmas

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narrator

  • By Ms. Jenny M. Stone on 14-11-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Particularly for the opening scene and its a great story

What did you like best about this story?

The way its read

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening scene

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes - Consulting Detective, Volume 1

  • By: Aaron Smith, Van Plexico, Andrew Salmon, and others
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

A famous soccer player is found dead in the clubhouse. An unidentified stowaway is murdered aboard a US Navy warship while another man is found asphyxiated in an empty, locked room. These are several of the twisted puzzles challenging the Baker Street sleuth as he once again takes up the hunt on the fog-ridden streets of London, accompanied by his faithful ally, Dr. Watson.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why use this narrator?

  • By Smask on 25-12-16

Why use this narrator?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-16

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by George Kuch?

I would avoid books narrated by George Kuch

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Would change the narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of George Kuch’s performances?

No

Did Sherlock Holmes - Consulting Detective, Volume 1 inspire you to do anything?

Ask why they use this narrator

  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Book 3

  • By: I.A. Watson, Joshua Reynolds, Andrew Salmon, and others
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Five new puzzles to challenge the Great Detective and his ever loyal companion, Dr. Watson. Within these minutes they will encounter mythological fairies seeming to plague a beautiful country estate, man-eating tigers on the loose in the streets of London, and a stolen museum mummy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get a new narrator

  • By Smask on 25-12-16

Get a new narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator who has no idea of how to pronounce words in English and has to be the most boring voice available

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Changed the narrator

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of George Kuch?

Anyone who was English

Was Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Book 3 worth the listening time?

The stories were worthwhile but narration made it difficult listening

  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Volume Two

  • By: Joshua Reynolds, I. A. Watson, Bernadette Johnson, and others
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

A twisted scientist plots to alter the course of human evolution while another dreams of creating the world's first mechanical thinking machine. A body is found in a secured bank vault and modern day pirates have begun harassing Her Majesty's Royal Navy. Here are five new mysteries that will test the Great Detective's uncanny talents of observation and the courage of his loyal companion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Smask on 16-12-16

Poor narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-16

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by George Kuch?

Always try other books by these authors but as a narrator I've rarely heard worse. The sight of his name would be enough to put me off. Sometimes he can not even get the pronounciation of simple words right.

Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

Yes, the stories are good.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of George Kuch?

Just about anyone

  • The Papers of Sherlock Holmes: Volume 1

  • By: David Marcum
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Spanning events over thirty years, Volume I of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes relates narratives of Holmes and Watson's days in Baker Street, as well as particulars of Holmes's supposed retirement. Follow along as The Master and his Boswell travel from the streets of London to the Kent countryside, to Oxford and Sussex. Written in traditional canonical style, these stories provide fresh details of Holmes's world. Join us as we climb the seventeen steps to the Baker Street sitting room, where Holmes and Watson prepare to begin their next adventure. The game is afoot!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating american vocabulary

  • By L. Slade on 10-10-14

Find another narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-16

Reasonable reader in general, but when reading as Holmes or one of the American characters this is very poor. This appears odd as the stories are clearly written by an American, the usage of pants, sidewalk, block, and most telling, the use of root cellar. A good editor is needed to decide whether the stories are written by the British Dr Watson or some unknown American.