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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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    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 14/08/2017
    14/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    ""Come, Watson, come!" he cried. The game is afoot"

    Unfamiliar with the Holmes stories as written, this narration was an excellent introduction. With a 2 hour round trip each day, Holmes and Watson made the commute thoroughly enjoyable and after 70 hours together I am sad to see my friends go. I love Stephen Fry and distinguished between the characters with ease, however for people listening in shorter bursts or not familiar with Fry, they may have some difficulties distinguishing between different characters. Some of the initial stories were also a little confusing switching times and continents without introduction.

    2 of 2 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!

    7 of 9 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. 😁

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Yogi Kiama NSW Australia 05/09/2017
    Yogi Kiama NSW Australia 05/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "I can't believe I've never read this before!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Lehmann Australia 04/09/2017
    Timothy Lehmann Australia 04/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Essential listening"

    Flawless performance of timeless classics of the genre. Try not to snigger at all the "ejaculations" though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos 05/03/2017
    Carlos 05/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "well recommended"

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

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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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    amanda 28/11/2017
    amanda 28/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic, wonderful, must listen"

    Couldn't have asked for a better narration than that of Stephen Fry.
    Didn't want it to end.

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    Fran 27/11/2017
    Fran 27/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    Stephen Fry was great. I have just finished the entire collection and still want more!

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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.

    3 of 3 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Antanas Grincevicius
    23/10/17
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    "Excellent production"

    Previously bought Charlton Griffiths production of Sherlock Holmes.
    Bought this one as I would like to listen to Stephen Fry’s narration.

    Did an excellent job of pronunciation, characterisation including excellent Australian, South African and German accents.
    The female voices were believable and added to the story.
    Particularly liked the tone and inflection of the narration which fit with the speech. Eg Sherlock chuckled resulted in the passage being read with a chuckle.

    Things which could have been added that I enjoyed Charlton Griffiths production were certain sound effects. Eg the gunshots during the narration of the killing of the despicable blackmailer Augustus Milverton.

    Other than that very minor point would highly recommend to anybody wanting to transport themselves to a different age as I found it highly immersive.

    I now press play to hear it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SMB
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada
    17/08/17
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Fry is truly a treasure. His style and technique are simply perfect. He is clear and his tone is steady and consistent. His voice characterizations are realistic and do not, in any way, irritate me like so many other readers. Additionally, Mr. Fry provides commentary at the start of each section. His comments are humorous and intelligent. I can't think of anyone else of this calibre. It is so easy to see that this is truly a work of love for Mr. Fry.


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

    It is impossible to listen to 71 hours in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the original stories many times. I also have many variations of Sherlock Homes, either radio productions or voiced reading. By far and above, this is absolutely the finest collection and reading made. For anyone who wants a "definitive" version which will be their "go to" version, this is it. Hands down. I will be listening to this collection for many years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Typewriter25
    25/09/17
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    "Sherlock in print, sound, and colour."
    Any additional comments?

    Sherlock in print, sound, and colour. Arthur Conan Doyle has created a character that is timeless. The more stories I listened to, the more I fell in love with the character. His morality, sincerity, wit, quickness of mind and vigour, his grace and compassion is something to behold. I loved all of the books and the narrator was marvellous. This is a definitive much read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    19/09/17
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    "Brilliant! Addictively entertaining!"

    Stephen Fry's auditory is to Sir Arthur Conan's Sherlock as Jeremy Brett's actings due justice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ana Garcia De Alba Diaz
    Vancouver, B.C Canada
    9/09/17
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    "Amazing!!"

    This is one of the best audio books I have ever listen to. Worth every minute of the full 71 hours of its duration. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maresa Vermulst
    5/09/17
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    "great collection of stories, slightly monotonous"

    A great collection of stories. I particularly enjoyed the other in which they were narrated.

    The narration itself was entertaining, all characters had different voices and accents. I'm a non-native speaker and they sounded realistic to me.

    My only problem was that the stories all sounded similar after a while. It became a bit of a drag to listen to.

    I'm completely Sherlocked out for the moment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    united states
    23/08/17
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    "Elementary"

    A great performance from Stephen fry, great commentary, which there were more, the stories were superb as always, a great collection. In the description ir is noted that this audiobook is accompanied by the text, this is not the case. None the less great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushkaraj
    10/08/17
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    "great collection. amazing narration."

    loved every second of listening to this great collection while on the drive. Fry made the characters so real and vivacious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    125 of 133 people found this review helpful
  • sophiesticate
    29/03/17
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    "Dreadful organization of stories"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is no way to see the order of the books, no chapter headings, no named books...it seems to be a start at the beginning and go all the way through..The book is divided into 9 parts, fair enough...it's a lot to download at one time, but the order is impossible to follow...for example Section 3, Chapter 3 was Silver Blaze Chapter 13 is the adventure of the Naval Treaty Chapter 19 is called Chapter 4 of Hound of the Baskervilles Chapter 7 of Hound of the baskervilles is the first part of section 4....and so it goes on


    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    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

    172 of 191 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....


    118 of 135 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.

    82 of 95 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.

    76 of 89 people found this review helpful
  • Astral Surfer
    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.

    45 of 53 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

    120 of 143 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Hunt
    5/03/17
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    "Over 70 hours of pure brilliance."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection to be better than the print version?

    100%. Stephen Fry brings such love to the writings.


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

    No other


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

    The works. You cannot pick a winner here.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are reading this you are already interested in the writings of SACD. Let me tell you now, when you listen to this you will be truly blown away. The story telling genius of Mr Fry excels anything you have heard before and he raises the bar very high, very high indeed.I too like Stephen Fry enjoyed reading the stories as a child, but this performance blew me away! Let me explain. I am a 47 year old who listens to audio books whilst travelling the length and breadth of the UK with my job whilst driving. This reading was paused after the first 5 minutes of the introduction because I wanted to indulge on every word. From the opening gambit the listener is drawn into Victorian London, you can almost taste the vile stench of poverty and feel almost embarrassed about sitting in the opulence of 221b Baker Street watching the unraveling of peoples lives. John Watson takes you through the memoirs of the worlds greatest "consulting" detective with such realism, the performance is immense. I won't write anymore as I do not wish to be branded a reviewer for Amazon. Just take my word for it, if you are a fan, or even a passing visitor to the world of Sherlock Holmes, just buy it.

    39 of 47 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.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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