Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories

Four Original Short Stories
Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,219 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: 'An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'.

Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world's greatest detective.

Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

In a drawer in his bureau, Dr. Watson keeps a locked cedarwood chest - a 'box of secrets'.

It contains an archive of notes referring to some of Holmes' cases that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day. Now, for the first time, Watson has decided to reveal the truth to the world....

In these four thrilling stories, Holmes experiments with the science of ballistics, locates some missing gold bullion, investigates the theft of a large amount of money and solves the baffling mystery of the Stovey murder.

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No One Writes Holmes Like Doyle

I've read almost every Holmes story there is and I'm a huge fan of Cumberbatch's interpretation in the BBC's current iteration.

I was more than a little disappointed, then, to find that these stories did not capture my interest at all. The first was so obvious, with so little mystery, that I was yelling the conclusion at the unbearably slow Dr. Watson about midway through. The other stories improved in complexity somewhat, but without the extraordinary amount of knowledge that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought to his tales, Mr. Taylor's Holmes didn't seem to know much more about the world than I did myself.

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance was as delightful and nuanced as one would expect, so the read wasn't a total loss. And the quality of the writing itself was very good. It just wasn't the Sherlock Holmes I know and love.

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Sherlock read by Sherlock

Narration was excellent. Nothing like sherlock holmes stories being read by Benedict Cumberbatch! I would listen to it again!

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Great Reading

I love Cumberbatch's reading. It's perfect for Sherlock Holmes. The speed of this reading is also good. Others have been extremely slow.

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Benedict can read a grocery list brilliantly

Who could possibly resist listening to Mr. Cumberbatch read anything?
These stories are just so-so, but it's sheer pleasure hearing this brilliant and amazing actor!

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A great and very well produced audio book!

A real treat for any Sherlock Holmes fan. Enjoyed the fresh reintroduction of these adventures. Highly recommended audio book!

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Not Doyle

Though the stories are likeable they seem mostly like Sherlock Holmes because of Benedict Cumberbatch's reading of them than the stories themselves. Taylor is not another Arthur Conan Doyle for sure, but not bad either.

Cumberbatch is great, though most of his different 'accents' are rather similar. He is Sherlock and it is a little difficult to listen to him read the stories as Watson, but this is a personal issue.

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Narration by our generation's Sherlock

If you could sum up Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories in three words, what would they be?

3 words--brief-interesting-enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

Each story was thorough and enjoyable.

What does Benedict Cumberbatch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Benedict's narration kept my attention and I felt I was getting my Sherlock fix.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

4 short stories for when you need a little Sherlock in your life.

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Really entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories the most enjoyable?

I love Benedict Cumberbatch. Great voice to listen to as well and his performance of the characters is really great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Watson. Usually in Sherlock Holmes stories Sherlock Holmes is my favorite character but in this series of short stories you just have more information and insight into Waston as the stories are told from his point of view and they are so short.

Any additional comments?

Not quite as good as any of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but still entertaining and intriguing.

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That voice

What made the experience of listening to Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories the most enjoyable?

Benedict Cumberbatch has the most wonderful way of moving through each of the characters and placing you, the listener, in the room with them. Cumberbatch unfolds the mystery through the wonderful narratives written by John Taylor.

Have you listened to any of Benedict Cumberbatch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to Cumberbatch narrate anything before this & after finishing this book... I promptly spent all my money buying up everything he's ever narrated!

Any additional comments?

Enjoy! Any Benedict Cumberbatch fan will not regret it x

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amazing

I was very sad there was only 4 chapters. they should do more chapters with him. it draws me in

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  • Rogayah
  • 08-27-16

Good show

Well read and the puzzle or pieces of each of these crimes is explained by Holmes as he reveals the villain, but like the train's station stops the explanations are a bit brief. I feel both Watson and I are a bit dazed. They are short, enjoyable stories for all that.

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  • Clare
  • 09-14-15

Entertaining

Surprisingly in keeping and realistic stories, I have read some 'new' Sherlock Holmes stories which have really grated, but these short ones are very good. Benedict Cumberbatch reading is good, although could have done with slightly more variation between Holmes and Watson to tell them apart. The other characters narration was good.

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  • miss l hughes
  • 09-23-15

Not bad

Stories were ok, nothing that I found mind blowing clever. Cumberbatch read beautifully. was nice easy train listening I guess.

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  • #earlylearning🤓📚
  • 09-19-19

Brilliantly re-wrighten

Brilliantly re-wrighten sherlock Holmes short stories, in a very familiar Doyle style makes a light easy listen-with "sherlock" himself as the narrator.

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  • Soraki
  • 04-25-18

Excellent and pleasant stories

Benedict Cumberbatch is great and give the audiobook the suitable voice and the final Sherlock kick. C.D. at his best. Enjoy

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  • Mrs W.
  • 03-03-18

Recommend

Can there be anything better than listening to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes?

Totally Recommend

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  • Rick 22
  • 03-24-16

Mixed

Average stories, good narration but really too short for the price. I found two of the four stories too simple, one other two unbelievable and the other worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Good narration by Benedict Cumberbatch with distinctive character voices.

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  • DAVID CLAYTON
  • 08-05-20

Great adaptations

Four great stories suoerbly performed by BC.
looking forward to others by the same author / reader and perhaps a combination of both, in the future

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  • Alexis
  • 07-15-20

Sherlock and BC..nuf said!

These litte rediscovered mysteries are a lovely listen for a quiet afternoon. Such a soothing voice

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  • Lara
  • 01-07-19

really good!

Four nice little stories. Good to listen and enjoy in short periods of time! I'm glad I got it

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  • dmad
  • 08-31-15

Really enjoyable

Good fun short mystery stories. Read well and thoroughly enjoyable, true to Conan Doyle's style.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-16

Awesome.

Really really easy listen. ☺ ben was amazing. love Sherlock Holms. great story. thank u.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 09-20-15

WONDERFUL!

I listened to this on my way too and from work, and it was so good, I actually left early just to hear more! I must listen if you like Holmes and Watson!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-20

recommended for all Sherlock fans

the way Benedict reads all parts is amazing, wish there was more of a collection of books recorded by him

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-20

Spectacular

Being a lover of all things Sherlock Holmes, these stories were a perfect addition to the collection, filled with mystery, intrigue and wit. The cherry on top was having them read in a variety of marvellous voices by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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  • SW TUBBS
  • 01-23-20

Curiosity Value

In some ways, it is a bit lazy using another author's characters but the stories aren't too bad all the same.

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  • Mrs P Fenn-Forycki
  • 05-13-19

Great storytelling

I really like the short story format because I'm able to hear the conclusion of an case before I drop off to sleep!

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  • Mick
  • 02-18-19

Enjoyable

Great stories in the traditional Doyle. Some of the antagonists are predictable but it is always fun seeing Holmes whittle away at their false senses of security. For more Holmes stories check out ‘Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read by Stephen Fry) and ‘James Moriarty Consulting Criminal’ by Andy Weir (read by Graeme Malcolm).

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  • Karen D.
  • 09-08-18

Loved it!

Mr. Cumberbatch continues to amaze me with his talent. The second and third stories were enjoyable although my favorites was the first as I love when Watson has bigger roles. A great purchase!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-18

Edgy and Amazing

The book and the actor was amazing! It placed me on edge at times where i was always wondering what next was to happen?! Truly breath taking.