- Narrated by: Stephen Fry
- Length: 62 hrs and 57 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-27-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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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 Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados for Audible Studios - a performance that earned Fry the accolade of "quite irresistible" from the Washington Post. Stephen has contributed columns and articles to newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.
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
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
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
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
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
Chapters 1-7: His Last Bow, Part 2 and Closing Credits
"[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)
"The pairing of Fry and Holmes is a bit of a marriage made in heaven... In the Holmes books, he reads just under a thousand pages in his wonderfully even and infallibly intelligent voice, touching the characters deftly... [H]e finds a variety of accents and tones for the many foreigners Holmes encounters; his American accents are lightly done, without attempting, for example, a Utah accent in 'A Study in Scarlet'.... Fry's triumph is in striking and maintaining exactly the right tone for the narrations, all, with a handful of exceptions, in the comfortable, slightly pompous voice of Dr. James Watson, Boswell to the great man's Johnson. Fry's Holmes is sharp-witted and mercurial, though not especially idiosyncratic: quite right, as he is merely being reported by deal old Watson. But Fry's skill in phrasing and articulation over the whole 60-plus hours is beyond praise.... Every consonant in place, every phrase perfectly shaped and filled with sense. There are other complete recorded Holmeses...but none that sustains the course so buoyantly, and none with the added pleasure of the readers' pithy commentary on each book." ( The New York Times Book Review)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Katya Rice on 05-25-18
I noticed that many have talked about the chapters being in the wrong order... I have just made a chapter guide for myself before I continue listening and will copy/paste it below in case anyone finds it helpful. I really enjoy listening to these books but wanted to make the navigation a bit easier!
Note: "Chapter" refers to the audible "chapters" button, not to Stephen Fry saying "chapter 1, chapter 2, etc).
Sherlock Holmes Audible Part/Chapter Guide:
Chapter 1: Foreword to A Study in Scarlet
Chapters 2-15: A Study in Scarlet
Chapters 16-28: The Sign of Four
Chapter 1: Foreword to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 2-4: A Scandal in Bohemia
Chapter 5: The Adventure of The Red-Headed League
Chapter 6: A Case of Identity
Chapter 7: The Boscombe Valley Mystery
Chapter 8: The Five Orange Pips
Chapter 9: The Man with the Twisted Lip
Chapter 10: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Chapter 11: The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Chapter 12: The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
Chapter 13: The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
Chapter 14: The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
Chapter 15: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
Chapter 1: Foreword to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 2: Silver Blaze
Chapter 3: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
Chapter 4: The Adventure of the Yellow Face
Chapter 5: The Adventure of the The Stock-Broker's Clerk
Chapter 6: The Adventure of “The Gloria Scott”
Chapter 7: The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
Chapter 8: The Adventure of the Reigate Squire
Chapter 9: The Adventure of the Crooked Man
Chapter 10: The Adventure of the Resident Patient
Chapter 11: The Adventure of the Greek Interpretor
Chapter 12: The Adventure of the Naval Treaty
Chapter 13: The Final Problem
Foreword to The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapters 2-16: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapter 17: Foreword to The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 18: The Adventure of the Empty House
Chapter 19: The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
Chapter 20: The Adventure of the Dancing Men
Chapter 21: The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
Chapter 22: The Adventure of the Priory School
Chapter 1: The Adventure of Black Peter (Continuation of The Return of Sherlock Holmes stories)
Chapter 2: The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
Chapter 3: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
Chapter 4: The Adventure of the Three Students
Chapter 5: The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez
Chapter 6: The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
Chapter 7: The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
Chapter 8: The Adventure of the Second Stain
Foreword to The Valley of Fear
Chapters 10-16: The Valley of Fear Part 1
Chapters 1-7: The Valley of Fear Part 2
Chapter 8: The Valley of Fear Epilogue
Chapter 9: Foreword to His Last Bow
Chapter 10: Preface to His Last Bow
Chapter 11: The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge–The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles
Chapter 12: The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge–The Tiger of San Pedro
Chapter 13: The Adventure of the Red Circle
Chapter 14: The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
Chapter 15: The Adventure of the Dying Detective
Chapter 16: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
Chapter 17: The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot
Chapter 18: His Last Bow
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By An Old Crow on 11-05-17
The chapters are not in order!
I agree with another reviewer's headline: The chapters are not in order! Part 2 (file 2) Chapters 1 -7 should be The Sign of Four, Part 2 (part 2 of the story). It's not there. I didn't get to hear all of The Sign of Four. The manufacturer has to re-organize the audiobook, and then make sure the PDF file matches. POSITIVE COMMENT: The performance is fantastic.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Stormi on 04-01-17
Sherlock stories and Stephen Fry!!!! Win-Win!
Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes to be better than the print version?
Yes, but is because I am a huge Stephen Fry fan and so he just made the stories of Sherlock Holmes better. They are still great in print but audios are always great.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sherlock Holmes?
That would be hard to pinpoint since it was 62 hours of Sherlock at once, but his arrogance always makes me chuckle.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
There are already many films of this character. It would be hard to come up with a tagline.
Any additional comments?
I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, read the stories, watched the movies and TV shows and this is just one more reading to put on my list. I l really loved the audio, though I had to take it in small spurts because it's 62 hours and that is a lot of listening.
I would recommend it to any Holmes fan because well...Stephen Fry!!!! ;)