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MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2,384 ratings)
Regular price: £0.00

Summary

As a special thank you, we're gifting you an exclusive performance by Stephen Fry that we know you'll enjoy.

Max Carrados, a fictional detective series, was first introduced to the literary world by Ernest Bramah in 1914. In the Edwardian era, Carrados' stories often outsold Sherlock Holmes, with the blind detective sharing top billing with his fictional rival.

George Orwell wrote that together with those of Conan Doyle, they were "the only detective stories since Poe that are worth rereading".

Recorded by national treasure Stephen Fry, 'The Coin of Dionysius' and 'The Game Played in the Dark' are two short stories from the collection.

In 'The Coin of Dionysius' we first meet the suave sleuth Max Carrados, as he is called on by old friend Louis Carlyle to help determine whether an old coin is real or a clever fake.

In 'The Game Played in the Dark', Max Carrados is contacted by the British Museum about a horde of stolen ancient coins. On the lookout for the coins, he is intrigued by the approach of an Italian lady who takes him from the safety of his study to a meeting with some recognisable former adversaries....

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure.

Fry has written and presented several documentary series, contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio, reads for voice-overs and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and his latest, More Fool Me.

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  • Lena
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
  • 17-12-15

Brilliant

Brilliantly written, always enjoy listening to Stephen fry - what a lovely gift for just before Christmas. Thank you Audible

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Sherlock has a new rival in town!

If you could sum up MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados in three words, what would they be?

Old-fashioned, witty, safe

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The endings are fairly predictable. These are stories where you appreciate the style rather than look for any great surprises.

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

Stephen Fry is always a pleasure to listen to. He suits the hero of these stories - urbane and sophisticated.

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

It is hard to have any kind of emotional reaction. Not the kind of stories with which you get very involved.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown, this is the book for you.

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Nice Diversion

Thankyou Audible! A pleasant diversion. Stephen Fry narrates perfectly (as usual) and the story is an interesting interlude between longer books. Well worth downloading, after all what can you lose?

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Nice free gift

Received this as a free gift with my subscription, listened to it on the train ride into work and enjoyed it.well read and quite dark

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  • Alistair
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An Entertaining Experience Indeed!

A very kind gift indeed Audible! Mr Carrados and his skills are very entertaining, I do plan to listen to more of these stories at some point in the future.

The Coins of Dionysius in particular seemed a very well done story, definitely analogous to a third-person Study In Scarlet for Max Carrados. Stephen Fry as always is a heavenly narrator for this kind of story with his wonderfully precise voice and classically British style. I would not be amiss to hearing a collection of Carrados stories narrated by Mr Fry if such a release is possible!

Thank you Audible!

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great narrator

Stephen fry is a very hood narrator and the story is interesting. I will try other stories BT this author

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tales of max carrados

lt made a lovely chsnge to listen to a short story that held twists and turns and the unexpected from a blind man. Nice easy listen and enjoyable

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The Adventures of Max Carrados !!!

A REALLY Brilliantly performed Audiobook by the GREAT Stephen Fry !!!
A small teaser of what sounds like a Great series of Edwardian Detective Books !!!
An enjoyable romp from days gone by !!!

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A bit of a ramble.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The two stories here are a bit rambling, so that there's no build-up of atmosphere or suspense. I'm a very patient person but I found myself saying " Oh for gawd's sake just get on with it" in several places. By the end I was praying they would all hurry up and get shot, including our hero.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Bramah again?

Based on this book, no. The idea of a blind detective is a good one, but the repartee is not sparkling, and there's too much unnecessary explaining going on, which slows the whole thing down.

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

Stephen Fry is, as always, an excellent reader, and each character in this has his or her distinctive voice. He brings as much cleverness as he can to the roles, but with this book, he doesn't have much to go on.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Well, if Hollywood should do their usual trick of totally re-writing the book to make a completely unrelated film, then I might give the film a watch. But if the film faithfully followed this original book? Nope!

Any additional comments?

It was only two short stories,and the first story was setting up the main character, and why he became blind. The second story was a bit stilted, but better. After all, it was free at the time I received it,so I shouldn't complain really! It's not a terrible book- just a bit dull. Good ideas, written by a rather pedestrian writer. I heard that this was as popular as Sherlock Holmes at the time of writing. But Conan Doyle's superior writing abilities win out hands down over Ernest Bramah in my opinion.

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

2 cracking short stories - a real treat - on the look out for more.
Thanks Audible for the freebie ;0)

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