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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
227 of 240 people found this review helpful
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
218 of 239 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection to be better than the print version?
Yes having read the collection myself Stephens reading is outstanding adding so much colour to the characters
What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection to, and why?
difficult to compare with anything other than alternate readings of the Sherlock Holmes saga
What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?
Loved the introductions and Stephens reflections
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No to long for one sitting. Great to look forward to the next listening
Any additional comments?
Outstanding combination of first rate stories that have stood the test of time and superb and sympathetic reading.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
Of course I've heard of Sherlock Holmes and even caught a glimpse of his stories retold on film but I've never read the books. How wonderful to hear them for the first time read by Stephen Fry. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this reading.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful