Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of the Railway

  • by Victor Whitechurch
  • Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
  • 1 hrs and 9 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Benedict Cumberbatch reads five stories featuring the famous vegetarian railway detective Thorpe Hazell, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
In "The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box", Hazell hatches a daring plan to retrieve a highly sensitive government document before it reaches the German Ambassador. In "Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture", when an entire wagon containing valuable paintings disappears from a goods train, Hazell's skill is needed. In "The Affair of the Corridor Express", a multimillionaire's son disappears from a moving train. Hazell must find the kidnappers before the boy is lost forever. In "The Stolen Necklace" a lady begs Hazell to help when the diamond necklace that she borrowed is stolen from her suitcase. In "The Affair of the Birmingham Bank", customers keep drawing money from a Midlands bank, so gold reserves are sent by train. Hazell must guard against train robbery.

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Fun mystery stories

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

I was not sure what this book was about when I bought it. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were mystery stories about crimes committed on the railway.
The narration was great, as would be expected form Benedict.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I thought the first story was the best of the collection


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- Russell Bernard

the goofiest thing i've ever LOVED!

What other book might you compare Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of the Railway to and why?

there is no other book, ever, in the world, in any language, to which you could compare this title. (ok, that's quite a bold statement, but go with me, ok?)

yesssss... thorpe hazel and his adventures are clearly patterned on the sherlock-holmes-style detective story... (i'm honestly not sure if whitechurch intended a tribute or a parody) ...set in an england that not only no longer exists; it NEVER existed, except in fiction. meanwhile, the intricate details of railway operations-- and the timetables thereof (!)-- take the entire thing into a completely different realm. then we add in benedict cumberbatch's performance, which (like everything he does) is perfectly matched to the material. oh and there's a great piano theme tune... with engine whistles! :)

this is delighfully goofy, and i feel confident that whether you like it or not, you'll not have heard anything similar!


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- Lauren Bergold

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-17-2014
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd