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Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection Audiobook

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

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Publisher's Summary

"...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: 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 J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter audiobooks and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados for Audible Studios. 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
Chapter 8: Introduction to The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 9-20: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Carlos 05/03/2017
    Carlos 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "well recommended"

    love stephen fry's narration and the story of cause is a a timeless classic thoroughly enjoyed it

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    3_piets 01/03/2017
    3_piets 01/03/2017
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    "Just getting going and"

    It is awesome. Stephen Fry's narration is so good. So glad I can continue my Sherlockian experience with such entertaining voices. 😁

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David 28/04/2017
    David 28/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "New life in an old story"
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Agincourt 25/04/2017
    Agincourt 25/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "What a performance"

    We all know and love the Sherlock Holmes narrative but Stephen Fry absolutely brings them to life in this audio book - I've listened to it from beginning to end and enjoyed every moment of the 70 odd hours

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 07/04/2017
    Lisa 07/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolute classic performance of classic works"

    What can I say? I am overwhelmed by the quality of these audio books. What an absolute pleasure to sit back and listen to the amazing Mr Stephen Fry performing these works - do yourself a favour and download this right now! You will enjoy every second!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica 21/06/2017
    Veronica 21/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Easy listening"

    I really enjoyed listening to Stephen Fry's narration of the classic original Sherlock Holmes mysteries

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    StuartR 15/06/2017
    StuartR 15/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Flawless"

    Don't be put off by the length of this audiobook. Fry is simply flawless in his narration. Endless hours of entertainment and gripping stories. Holmes may be over 100 years old, but the stories are timeless and engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri Warner 12/06/2017
    Kerri Warner 12/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "I feel I have lost a friend.
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    I gave enjoyed the fabulous stories and listened to the wonderful voice of Stephen Fry for quite some time. I will miss them.

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    Julie 07/06/2017
    Julie 07/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it!!"

    loved the series! Really enjoyed the way you get trandported bsck in time! elementary Watson

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    Denny R. 04/06/2017
    Denny R. 04/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fry's magical performance"

    Conan Doyle wrote several stories about the preternaturally clever sleuth Sherlock Holmes and some are still highly engaging. Some however, are long-winded and lose momentum and sometimes credibility halfway through. Stephen Fry's reading is enchanting and he switches voices so convincingly and seamlessly. I cannot imagine any other actor now narrating these intriguing, clever and occasionally tedious stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Aud Jorunn Hakestad
    Stavanger, Norway
    28/04/17
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    "Stephen Fry's mastery performance"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron Upward
    19/04/17
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    "WOW"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    24/06/17
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    If you are a Holmes fan, and even if this is your first touch of Holmes, then you will be riveted from beginning to end. Stephen Fry is the perfect choice for narration and delivers a performance that has you there with Holmes and Watson. I thought the facts and tidbits about Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous characters along with Stephen Fry's own experiences between chapters was enthralling. This will be one of those books I go to continuously over the coming years. Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    4/06/17
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    "technical issues"
    What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

    After Chapter 40, it is impossible to choose any of the next 60 or so chapters at random. The default selection is chapter 40. Don't try rewinding either after Chapter 40. Love Stephen Frye. Hate the quality of the audiobook. I want my money back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juho Ojama
    31/05/17
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    "Briliant work from the start to the finnish!"
    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Fry was exceptional, you know you just dont want to listen to any one other after him, and thats kind of the down side coz he is so good and so talented that the next at least two readers normally sound so crap after him. I would say bravo!


    Any additional comments?

    Would definitely recommend this book for basically anyone who just wants brilliant story to be read by and amazing reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marc
    Quebec, QC, Canada
    24/05/17
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    "excellent"
    What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

    Stephen Fry's ''Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection'' - IS - the Definitive AUDIO Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes Collection


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Your favorite character and why? Really?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Seriously?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Come on!


    Any additional comments?

    EXCELLENT

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grattan D. McKeown
    13/05/17
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    "amazing. great performance and all unabridged."

    no issue here trying to finish it. best audio book i have heard so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    12/05/17
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    "A great writer and amazing actor reading it."

    A great writer and amazing actor reading it. You will really get into this collection, the time will fly by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/04/17
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    "Sherlock is cool again"
    Would you listen to Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection again? Why?

    Timeless, riveting stories of who done it, how'd they do it and why they did it.This collection read by Stephen Fry is very good. His tone, diction and rhythm, not to mention British accent work for these classic mysteries very very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    6/03/17
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    "Location Location Location...."

    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

    138 of 149 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. J. Marsh
    Kent, England
    10/03/17
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    "Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation."

    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.

    67 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • James
    12/03/17
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    "Wow...brilliant stories - brilliantly read"
    Where does Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection to, and why?

    can't think of any as it's Unique


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    he clearly loves the subject


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not unless i was an insomniac...it's 76hrs!!


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    8/03/17
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    "Navigation Navigation Navigation..."
    What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

    This is an amazing work with a great performance from Stephen Fry - HOWEVER... The chapter navigation is impossible to use - try scanning through 71+hours of audio to find the beginning of the short stories....


    90 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • Colin S
    7/03/17
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    "Layout is an issue"
    Any additional comments?

    This would have been an undoubtable 5-star review. Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry - of course - 5 star! However it is very difficult to navigate to individual books let alone stories and practically impossible on Alexa.

    69 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom
    22/03/17
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    "NAVIGARTION, NAVIGATION, NAVIGATION, TERRIBLE"
    Any additional comments?

    Excellent stories, brilliantly read. HOWEVER YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR WAY ROUND OVER 70 HOURS OF RECORDING. AUDIBLE YOU MUST SORT THIS. The whole production is RUINED by poor navigation because it is IMPOSSIBLE to find any particular book or short story unless you search the whole 70 hours of recording.

    43 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Marc
    14/03/17
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    "A must buy"

    This a great set of stories, narrated brilliantly and excellent value for money. This should be in everyone's library.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Charming Charlie
    England
    21/03/17
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    "Superb. "

    I will keep this short. Stephen Fry brings Watson, Sherlock and their adventures to life. I loved listen to this audio book. You are plunged right into the middle of these fabulous stories. An absolute joy to listen to. Download them, you won't regret it.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • R. M. O'Shea
    Diblin
    5/03/17
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    "Navigation"

    The design for navigating many chapters and for bookmarking needs revision, it is difficult to know where Titles as opposed to chapters begin, this becomes significant in large works encompassing multiple books

    104 of 120 people found this review helpful
  • Flutter Bye
    UK
    1/03/17
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    "Surely the definitive narration..?"
    Would you listen to Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection again? Why?

    Without a doubt. I've read the books and have another audio version of the oeuvre, but Stephen Fry's narration is superb.


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

    His voice has the right timbre; it's mellifluous and just wonderful to listen to. He's added a new dimension to stories I'm familiar with and can now hear with a different voice to the one that comes through whilst reading.


    Any additional comments?

    As a child in the 1950's, Doyle was one of my favourite authors. I loved his books which took me into different worlds. I was transfixed by Holmes who could deduce from seemingly little. He taught me the value of quiet observation and deduction. But aside from that, these are belting good stories which stand the test of time. This edition, narrated by Fry is, to my mind, definitive. I'm only part way through, but absolutely engrossed and I'll listen to these stories again. Outstanding value.

    36 of 44 people found this review helpful

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