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Sherlock Holmes: Valley of Fear

Narrated by: Ian McKellan
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

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.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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Yet again the master succeeds

You can take it either way the author or the narrator- or both I am a fan of both so for me yet another double win!

Honestly, when life gets a bit much, there is nothing so good as an audible book. I don’t have to read or find my page & I can still enjoy a good tale whilst walking working or whatever. & best of all I can look through my library & revisit past books. My mood improves just thinking about it. I can never fully remember all the intricacies of a good Conan Doyle story

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McKellen the Master

I loved Sir Ian’s reading of this Holmes story. So well suited to it. His voice is incredible and so distinguished.
Very highly recommended and definitely well worth five stars.

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  • Hannah Bryant
  • 15-12-16

Loved it

Not my favorite Holmes story overall, but a really nice performance by Ian McKellan. I don't regret purchasing this one at all!

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  • M. Henderson
  • 13-08-16

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.

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  • Fox
  • 13-03-17

Not my favourite but great performance

Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes: Valley of Fear to be better than the print version?

Yes, for sure.

Would you recommend Sherlock Holmes: Valley of Fear to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, it is more engaging in an audiobook format

Which character – as performed by Ian McKellan – was your favorite?

He didn't do much in terms of distinctive voices, but probably Sherlock Holmes himself.

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

Yes and no. It is very easy to listen to, but the second half was just a bit too long.

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  • Patrick Niel
  • 22-06-18

Awesome Story!

As always Sherlock Holmes stories hold your attention. I just may read this one again.

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  • francis
  • 27-09-17

Excellent

The notation is magnificent.
The prose is brilliantly Victorian but still accessible to the modern ear.

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  • NYDenizen
  • 23-06-16

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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