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" 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: 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.

Part 1
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
Part 2
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
Part 3
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
Part 4
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
Part 5
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
Part 6
Chapters 1-7: His Last Bow, Part 2 and Closing Credits

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Stephen Fry (introductions); original text public domain. (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The pairing of Fry and Holmes is a bit of a marriage made in heaven...." (New York Times)
"[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)

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An Incredible Experince

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I had purchased some time ago " The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection "Narrated By Simon Vance a favorite actor since I discovered his narration of the Stieg Larsson Trilogy "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" being book 1. I enjoyed the Stories and narration and listened the complete edition. It was wonderful. When I recently discovered a new "S. Holmes" audio book edition narrated by Stephen Fry whose work I admire greatly, I was tempted to purchase the stories all over again. I was also very much interested to hear Stephen Fry's commentaries on each of the wonderful stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It proved to be one of my better audio book decisions. I rediscovered Holmes and was swept away by this superb edition, narrated by an actor with a lifelong appreciation of the Holmes characters and work. Now you can have a visit at Baker St. and sit at Watson side. Thank you to Mr. Fry for this exceptional effort. - P.S. to Audible I would very much like to purchase Mr. Fry's reading of the entire Harry Potter series even though I own the Jim Dale version...with all due respect to Mr.Dale

51 of 54 people found this review helpful

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Love Fry, but Where is the Case Book?

What did you like best about Sherlock Holmes? What did you like least?

This is an amazing collection, but it was billed as being the complete works, and it is not. This collection is missing an entire book of short stories. Don't bill this as the complete works, if it is not.

58 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 03-02-17

Totally Delicious

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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Incomparable Version of Conan Doyle Classics

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I cannot say enough good things about Stephen Fry's narration of these Sherlock Holmes classics. His accents are wonderful (even those of the Americans) and his timing is perfect. The introductions (by Fry) are extremely interesting and entertaining, as well. Absolutely the best purchase so far this year. Thank you for bringing this to us, Unabridged Audio and Audible!

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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The chapters are not in order!

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The book was split into several parts for easier download, but it was spilt horribly. I ended up with a book that wasn't in order, i hoped it would be in chronological order, and more importantly parts of it were missing and I had the hounds of baskerville twice. Once in part 3 the other in part 5.

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Absolutely the best! Yet no Casebook of SH

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sherlock but the entire interaction between characters and the plots.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't pick just one.

Was Sherlock Holmes worth the listening time?

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.

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Is it worth it despite the nitpicking? ABSOLUTELY!!!! It is the best out there and there have been many audio form collections.

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Spend some time at 221B Baker Street

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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Hardly Definitive. Great nonetheless

To be noted at the top. As several people have pointed out this is not actually a DEFINITIVE edition nor is it complete. It is missing at least 12 short stories collected as the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, most likely because the provider of the content was unwilling to deal with the copyright issues still held up in the US. It also does not contain the semicannonical Lost Special.

If this does not bother you it is an excellent deal with lots of content excellently read by Stephen Fry with additional introductions by same.

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  • Russ
  • Berryville, VA, United States
  • 04-13-17

Stephen Fry and Sherlock, a perfect pairin

If you love the Sherlock Holmes canon and appreciate great voice acting, do not hesitate, this is for you. If you have never gotten around to reading or listening to Doyle's stories of the original dynamic duo, what an amazing introduction this would be. Mr. Fray brings each character to life with great fidelity. His regional period accents are perfect and his love of the material is clear. The introductions are enjoyable and educational. This is THE definitive narration of Sherlock. Don't miss it!

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I have died and gone to Heaven. Or 221-B Baker St.

Where does Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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

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 does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What a silly question. Stephen Fry reading the complete Sherlock Holmes?

Any additional comments?

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.

20 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Stormi
  • 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.

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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. <br/><br/>I would recommend it to any Holmes fan because well...Stephen Fry!!!! ;)