"...it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling" (Stephen Fry)
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, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated a striking collection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, including four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions, one for each title.
He writes: "Popular fiction offers different kinds of superheroes to save the world by restoring order to the chaos, confusion and criminality of our times. Heroes with remarkable gifts are as in vogue now as they have been since they first appeared, perhaps even more in vogue. But although the very first one was launched in serial published form just like his masked and body-suited successors, it was not in DC or Marvel comic books that he made his appearance; rather it was in the sedate and respectable pages of Mrs Beeton's Christmas Annual in the mid-Victorian year 1887."
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 17-28: The Sign of Four
Chapter 29: Introduction to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 30-43: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 44: Introduction to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 45-56: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 57: Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapters 58-72: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapter 73: Introduction to The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 74-86: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 87: Introduction to The Valley of Fear
Chapters 88-102: The Valley of Fear
Chapter 103: Introduction to His Last Bow
Chapters 104-112: His Last Bow
©2017 Stephen Fry (introductions); original text public domain. (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Could there be a better bargain? Nearly 63 hours of Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry - this is an Arthur Conan Doyle fan's dream, and I, for one, could not resist!
My Audible library already contains the complete canon read by the great Derek Jacobi. My family owns the BBC DVD collection starring Jeremy Brett, and we are enthralled by the modern interpretations of Benedict Cumberbatch and the TV series "Elementary".
So, Holmes is not new to me. Yet the past few days have found me immersed in this new reading by Stephen Fry, and I have been with delight pulled into the tales of 221B Baker Street in Victorian England all over again.
Granted these classic stories can be dated. The listener/reader sometimes cringes at the prejudices and stereotypes of the past. Yet there's a reason this character goes on and on, bringing something to every generation and in each interpretation.
Fry's love for the material is clear. He narrates with an actor's skill and a fan's enthusiasm. The introductions add a welcome personal note, revealing what Arthur Conan Doyle's work has meant to the narrator. I still admire the Jacobi readings, but Stephen Fry's performance, in my opinion, is even better!
If you, like me, are an old fan, then I don't think you'll regret investing in yet another visit with Sherlock Holmes guided by the wonderful talent and voice of Stephen Fry. If, for whatever reason, you and/or your family have not read or heard the original tales, please consider experiencing them together - perhaps during car trips or before bedtime. Hours and hours of good, old-fashioned storytelling - a credit could not be better spent.
Thank you, Stephen Fry! Thank you Audible!
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I've always been a huge fan of the character Sherlock Holmes without ever having read a Sherlock Holmes novel. As much as I've loved some of the TV versions (BBC especially), I found 'A Study in Scarlet' difficult to get into when I tried to read it years ago. This is not the case when it comes to Stephen Fry's rendition! Not only is he an excellent narrator, but you can hear his love of the story and characters in his reading. His short introductions give some interesting tidbits, and work well as a break between stories.
Fry mentions in his introduction to 'A Study in Scarlet' that even after all this time, Sherlock Holmes remains the archetype of all the mystery genre--"the original, and many would argue, still the best". I have to agree!
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Stephen Fry's introductions are exceptional! They add to the classic stories. The edition makes no bold claim of completeness. But I'm disappointed Casebook isn't included. Many other editions available on Audible including the Heirloom edition and many lesser editions are complete. Maybe a separate edition with Stephen narrating it is in our future!
Sherlock but the entire interaction between characters and the plots.
I can't pick just one.
Absolutely. To be honest I'm early into this edition. But have read and listened to numerous renditions over the years. Stephen Fry is wonderful for this work and the many others he has narrated with much skill.
Is it worth it despite the nitpicking? ABSOLUTELY!!!! It is the best out there and there have been many audio form collections.
Listening to the Holmes canon as read by S. Fry is like coming into a warm, cheerful room after braving a cold, dark, rainy night.
These stories are far too familiar to put me on the edge of my seat. Rather, I settle back into my chair with a comfortable sigh and am transported to Victorian England.
What a silly question. Stephen Fry reading the complete Sherlock Holmes?
What's left to say? This is an amazing performance by a polished actor who has an obvious love for one of the most beloved characters in literature.
Where to begin? The combination of Sherlock Holmes and Stephen Fry is quite simply outstanding. I spent many happy hours listening to the many adventures of Holmes and his faithful sidekick, Dr Watson. In my opinion, the powers that be could not have possibly picked anyone better than Mr Fry as he leads the reader from one story to the next. His voice is mesmerizing, and he gives these stories and their author justice.
What could be better than Sherlock Holmes read by one of the greatest and most gifted entertainers of our century? I love this and can't speak enough on what an absolute treasure this is to own...and you can't find a better deal! Thank you Audible!!!
Stephan Fry, a self-professed Sherlockian, is a perfect choice to present Sherlock Holmes. His enjoyment of the material is always in his presentation. The one quibble is that Audible chose not to include the final series of stories, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, probably due to the fact that Audible would have to acquire the rights from the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle. The rest of the canon is already in the public domain. Audible, you should know better!!
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