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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

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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

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What the Critics Say

"The pairing of Fry and Holmes is a bit of a marriage made in heaven...." (New York Times)
"[Fry] gets into character with his habitual genius..." (The Times)
"Sherlock Holmes. Narrated by Stephen Fry. Need I say more? Honestly though, what a perfect way to get away from it all while you're cooking dinner, commuting, or tidying up this weekend." (Buzzfeed)
"If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Stephen Fry, or the simple pleasure of the audiobook, today's your lucky day. Audible have unveiled a brand new reading of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's entire Sherlock Holmes catalogue, all performed by Fry's dulcet tones." (Evening Standard)
"If you've ever listened to the Harry Potter audiobooks, you'll know that Stephen Fry is responsible for the cosy and eternally reassuring voice that plays out during the recording of J.K Rowling's iconic books. Now, he's turned his talents to a brand new reading of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's entire Sherlock Holmes catalogue - and the thought of it has already got us clambering to pull up a comfy armchair in front of a roaring fire." (Metro)
"Having already narrated one of the world's best-selling book series in the form of Harry Potter, Stephen Fry has returned to the recording booth to take on another hugely popular series." (BBC)
"It doesn't get much more British than Stephen Fry talking about Sherlock." (Mashable)
"Sherlock Holmes is the unfading literary icon - as beloved and as relevant as he was over 120 years ago. To celebrate his currency, Audible has released Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection; Arthur Conan Doyle's complete adventures of the famed detective, as narrated by lifelong fan Stephen Fry, including nine personal introductions exclusive to Audible." (The Independent)

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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.

    Update: Audible have created and sent out a brilliant chapter guide to accompany this audition, so it is now much easier to navigate. Thank you audible.

    85 of 92 people found this review helpful
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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

    153 of 168 people found this review helpful
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    Colin S 07/03/2017
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    "Layout is an issue"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    71 of 79 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 08/03/2017
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    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....


    93 of 104 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom 22/03/2017
    Nicholas Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom 22/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "NAVIGARTION, NAVIGATION, NAVIGATION, TERRIBLE"
    Any additional comments?

    Excellent stories, brilliantly read. HOWEVER YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR WAY ROUND OVER 70 HOURS OF RECORDING. AUDIBLE YOU MUST SORT THIS. The whole production is RUINED by poor navigation because it is IMPOSSIBLE to find any particular book or short story unless you search the whole 70 hours of recording.

    53 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    sophiesticate 29/03/2017
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    "Dreadful organization of stories"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is no way to see the order of the books, no chapter headings, no named books...it seems to be a start at the beginning and go all the way through..The book is divided into 9 parts, fair enough...it's a lot to download at one time, but the order is impossible to follow...for example Section 3, Chapter 3 was Silver Blaze Chapter 13 is the adventure of the Naval Treaty Chapter 19 is called Chapter 4 of Hound of the Baskervilles Chapter 7 of Hound of the baskervilles is the first part of section 4....and so it goes on


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    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

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    James 12/03/2017
    James 12/03/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow...brilliant stories - brilliantly read"
    Where does Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


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

    can't think of any as it's Unique


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

    he clearly loves the subject


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

    Not unless i was an insomniac...it's 76hrs!!


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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.

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    Vicuña UK 01/03/2017
    Vicuña 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.

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  • Aud Jorunn Hakestad
    Stavanger, Norway
    28/04/17
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    "Stephen Fry's mastery performance"

    The stories are magical. The performance is splendid. One of my best listening experiences ever. Fry's different voices gives life to the great detective and his partner in a way that you think you're in the opposite chair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron Upward
    19/04/17
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    "WOW"

    I could listen to Stephen Fry all day, and I did, for multiple days, weeks even. This is a truely massive collection of stories and well worth the money!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SMB
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada
    17/08/17
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Fry is truly a treasure. His style and technique are simply perfect. He is clear and his tone is steady and consistent. His voice characterizations are realistic and do not, in any way, irritate me like so many other readers. Additionally, Mr. Fry provides commentary at the start of each section. His comments are humorous and intelligent. I can't think of anyone else of this calibre. It is so easy to see that this is truly a work of love for Mr. Fry.


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

    It is impossible to listen to 71 hours in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the original stories many times. I also have many variations of Sherlock Homes, either radio productions or voiced reading. By far and above, this is absolutely the finest collection and reading made. For anyone who wants a "definitive" version which will be their "go to" version, this is it. Hands down. I will be listening to this collection for many years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacomien de Klerk
    Durban, South Africa
    03/08/17
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    "Wonderful stories, wonderfully rold"

    Stephen Fry must now be reckoned as no longer only a national treasure, but a truly international one. His bringing to life the wonderful, sometimes fantastic stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a joy from start to finish, augmented by his interesting and insightful forewords to the various collections. Now that I am through with them, I will miss Dr Watson and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes as companions who walked with me for a short time of my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vebjorn
    Norway
    19/07/17
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    ""Wonderful! Wonderful!""

    The books need no more reviews, but I would feel bad if I didn't say a few words about Stephen Fry's narration.

    I came into this audiobook without having read any of the books/stories, but it has always been something on my to-do list. When I saw that Stephen Fry had narrated the books, I knew it would be the perfect purchase for my vacation. I had extremely high expectations going into the books, and I have to say that the expectations were easily met and surpassed! I'll borrow a quote from Dr. Watson to describe my feelings: "Wonderful! Wonderful!"

    Stephen Fry makes the stories come to life! The narration of events is very smooth, the tones he sets fit perfectly with what's going on, but it's during the dialogues he truly shines! It's only natural to give the main characters more plain voices, but at the same time he manages to give them such huge characters. I can't help but smile at Dr. Watson's constant astonishment and admiration for Sherlock's reasoning and how well Stephen Fry portrays it, and every time we get a "Halloa!" from Sherlock my heart jumps in anticipation for what's about to happen. It's also incredible how well Stephen Fry manages to give every single minor character their own character and voice. Be it high or low, clean or snarly, Scottish, Irish or American, upper class or lowborn, he makes them all feel natural (to a non-native speaker, at least)!

    I can definitely recommend picking up this audiobook! Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are great, and Stephen Fry's narration makes them even better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    27/06/17
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    "Great story and awesome narrator!"

    Stephen Fry tells the stories of the greatest private detective in history, Sherlock Holmes, in an engaged and exiting way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    24/06/17
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    If you are a Holmes fan, and even if this is your first touch of Holmes, then you will be riveted from beginning to end. Stephen Fry is the perfect choice for narration and delivers a performance that has you there with Holmes and Watson. I thought the facts and tidbits about Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous characters along with Stephen Fry's own experiences between chapters was enthralling. This will be one of those books I go to continuously over the coming years. Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    04/06/17
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    "technical issues"
    What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

    After Chapter 40, it is impossible to choose any of the next 60 or so chapters at random. The default selection is chapter 40. Don't try rewinding either after Chapter 40. Love Stephen Frye. Hate the quality of the audiobook. I want my money back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juho Ojama
    31/05/17
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    "Briliant work from the start to the finnish!"
    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Fry was exceptional, you know you just dont want to listen to any one other after him, and thats kind of the down side coz he is so good and so talented that the next at least two readers normally sound so crap after him. I would say bravo!


    Any additional comments?

    Would definitely recommend this book for basically anyone who just wants brilliant story to be read by and amazing reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marc
    Quebec, QC, Canada
    24/05/17
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    "excellent"
    What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

    Stephen Fry's ''Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection'' - IS - the Definitive AUDIO Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes Collection


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Your favorite character and why? Really?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Seriously?


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

    Come on!


    Any additional comments?

    EXCELLENT

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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