Read sherlock holmes the definitive audio collection by Arthur Conan Doyle Stephen Fry Online


71 hrs 58 minsEver 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 Hol71 hrs 58 minsEver 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.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 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.A Study in ScarletThe Sign of FourThe Adventures of Sherlock HolmesThe Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesThe Hound of the BaskervillesThe Return of Sherlock HolmesThe Valley of FearHis Last BowThe Casebook of Sherlock Holmes...

Title : sherlock holmes the definitive audio collection
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 34429916
Format Type : Audible Audio
Number of Pages : 2435 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

sherlock holmes the definitive audio collection Reviews

  • Gio
    2019-06-15 14:04

    Stephen Fry Narrates Sherlock HolmesThe Characters Come To LifeThe Different Voices Are AmazingHighly Recommend

  • Katerina
    2019-06-08 15:04

    Amazing narration of (mostly) amazing stories. This is a great listen and a splendid investment of one 15-dollar Audible credit:) It's wonderful to get to reread Sherlock Holmes mysteries for the first time since secondary school and to find them still gripping and cool. Also, Fry's prefaces to each volume is a delight.

  • CáitínNí Loingeacháin
    2019-06-14 09:01

    I just love Sherlock Holmes and it was great to be able to set back and listen to Stephen Fry reading these stories and also given us some interesting information about the tales and Arthur Conan Doyle own private thoughts

  • Bart
    2019-06-18 14:00

    Sherlock Holmes stories are remarkable, and with Stephen Fry as narrator, it's a magical story!

  • Dyan
    2019-06-12 09:10

    I did it! I finished!I listened to this collection on audiobook and I must say, it was a great experience. The narrator was Stephen Fry, and his narration is just wonderful!Sadly, I didn't jot down which stories I liked over others, and they would be too many to recap anyway, so I'll just say a few words about the collection as a whole:I really liked it! I'm glad I finally read this classic of its genre and I'm also happy I read them on audiobook, as I don't know for sure if I would've powered my way through if I had had to read all of it myself.While definitely enjoyable and well thought-out, when listening to these stories back-to-back, I began to notice that they all followed the same pattern and this repetitiveness did bore me a bit once in a while. Thinking back to how this collection will have come out in many separate installments in its own time, however, I can imagine that this wouldn't be the case. If you're thinking of borrowing or buying the print version, I would suggest reading one 'book' at a time. Sure, the beautiful collector's editions can be enchanting, but I think you will get the most out of it if you read a book once in a while!

  • Andrea
    2019-06-14 07:19

    Between fact and fiction is a space where legend dwells. It is where Holmes and Watson will always live. ~ Stephen FryAlmost 72 glorious hours spent listening to the wonderful Stephen Fry bring Holmes and Watson to life can hardly be considered a waste of time. His love for these stories is so palpable, it makes even the most boring case a delight to listen to! I also really loved his personal introductions which sometimes explained the role Holmes has played in his own life, or philosophized on the impact Holmes and Watson have had on our culture and why we are so fascinated by them.

  • Sheila Beaumont
    2019-05-29 11:03

    It's not quite complete (the "Casebook" is omitted), but this is the best and liveliest narration of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels I've ever heard. Stephen Fry does a brilliant job of it, and his introductions are fascinating.

  • Cloak88
    2019-06-04 07:12

    This here is a true literary classic!The Sherlock Holmes collection of novels and short stories is in it's entirety, a work of art. This massive audio-collection of 72 hours includes all of Holmes's stories, and a true delight to listen to. Especially so because of the added context and flare given by narrator Stephen Fry (who in his own right is a SH fan). In short this is an almost mandatory example of quality literature for any old school detective stories. Ps.As a side note I would like to add that, in all I was surprised by how modern the language use was in this novel. Even though it was written well over a century ago, I had no problems following everything that happened.

  • Erik Warming
    2019-06-06 07:15

    All of Sherlock Holmes - 72 hours with Steven Fry. Loved it! But I did cheat a bit, taking breaks with others books, as this is a heavy meal to go through in one sitting.

  • A.M.
    2019-06-03 10:17

    2435 pages or in audio book, 71 hrs 58 mins. Let’s call it 72 hours.All four novels and five short story collections.A Study in ScarletThe Sign of FourThe Adventures of Sherlock HolmesThe Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesThe Hound of the BaskervillesThe Return of Sherlock HolmesThe Valley of FearHis Last BowThe Casebook of Sherlock HolmesIt even includes the only work written in third person pov [it was originally a stage play]. It is very odd to have things happening without Dr Watson there to describe them to us. And another two that Holmes himself narrates for us: The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier and The Adventure of the Lion's Mane.In the Valley of Fear, Doyle writes what is basically an undercover cop story. Is it one of the first?The last set of stories from the Casebook, contain a few of the more unfamiliar elements: Holmes’ love of Turkish baths, the ‘come at once’ note, a bit more of his overt racism, and Sussex vampires. Ikr? [no… story brain] Racism is, sadly, a flavour of the time. I swear that volume has some of the better lines, as well.Some of the story ideas repeat but it is a set of work that had a real affect on the world. Changing police procedures, and generating Detective stories for all worlds and genres. The modern English police computer is called HOLMES. Of course it is.I love the way that often the servants know exactly what’s going on, but no one bothered to ask them.72 hours is a lot of walking. But truthfully, it’s going very quickly.Fry is a brilliant narrator. I adored these books when I was a child and still have my hardback collection. I even covered them in clear plastic during my ‘I want to be a librarian’ phase. Yes, I wanted to be a librarian and an opera singer, as I recall. Weird kid.Damn, Fry - I’m walking 9km a day!In one story, The adventure of the Abbey Grange, he not only nails an Australian accent, he nails a SOUTH Australian accent. They’re different.He talks at length before each volume on how Holmes affected his own life. And I learned some things about Doyle as well. I did not know he was obsessed with magic and unexplained phenomena. It strikes me as most amusing that Doyle gave us the most clear headed and logical character; one who was so completely at odds with his own nature. Sadly, he was fleeced by such people.5 stars

  • Brian
    2019-06-21 13:05

    I always wanted to read the Sherlock Holmes books but I'm glad I waited for this set.This single title contains all the novels as well as 4 of the 5 short stories (I don't know why they left out the case-book) and its delivered spectacularly by Stephen Fry.I'm only through the first book and partially into the second but I feel safe to say that giving the entire collection 5 stars at this point is a no-brainer.Best part is, you can own it for free is you sign up for a 30-day membership to Audible (or use a single credit in lieu of the $50+ price tag).

  • Deborah
    2019-06-14 08:21

    Sublime. Having all of Sherlock's adventures in one place is awesome enough, but Stephen Fry does a masterful job of bringing the audio version to life. At times I felt as if I was watching the stories unfurl, not listening. Highly recommended for those new to -and familiar with - the Conan Doyle masterpiece.

  • Marjo
    2019-06-13 11:56

    Stick a fork in it! It's done!I don't regret the time and money spent on this, it's generally pretty good. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

  • Tom Radev
    2019-06-02 07:19

    I remember reading the Hound of the Baskervilles when I was a child, no more than 12 years old and never actually finishing it, for some odd reason. I have since read it, along with majority of Sherlock Holme’s adventures and despite the fact that some of the stories are clearly stretched and just quickly written due to the high demand from readers- they are joyes. Every story is written with such grace and wonderfully structured sentences. Now, the audio book – without a doubt the best audio book I have ever heard. They couldn’t pick a better person than Stephen Fry to narrate this selection of stories. His personal essays between some of the stories are quite entertaining as well- written in a similar style, they tell his impression when reading the books, his feelings while walking to the places where the stories take place etc. Listening to the audio books while going to work or simply having a weekeng jog was a very nice experience. Buying it is quite expensive, but I can recommend getting it with one of the monthly credits that Audible provides to its subscribers. You will definitely enjoy it!

  • Megan
    2019-06-07 13:58

    The Hound of the Baskervilles was chosen for my office book club for December and I decided to use one of my precious audible credits on this 63 hour long Sherlock Holmes collection. After listening to and not really enjoying about 3 hours of The Hound of the Baskervilles, I finally decided to return it. I didn't care for Stephen Fry's voice. He has a pleasant accent, but his voice is too nasally and you can faintly hear some of his mouth movements. I don't think I would be able to make it through 63 hours of it. I'm going to check out The Hound of the Baskervilles from the library, instead.

  • Irena
    2019-06-19 11:14

    71 hrs and 58 minutes of delight. Stephen Fry's delivery is excellent, as always. The audio book includes not only the complete collection of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, but also Stephen Fry's introductions to each novel or story collection. These introductions were a pleasant surprise for me and an added value. I didn't know Stephen Fry was such a passionate Sherlockian, and since his childhood too, just like me, although I had never been a proud member of a distinguished Sherlockian society.

  • Darius Murretti
    2019-06-20 15:24

    This was a great banquet of short stories of Sherlock Holmes adventures. Rely on it Holmes will always a have the situation well in hand !I got the audio book from audible for 9.80 on my platinum plan its 62 hours of Audion book it took me 2 months to listen to it all and i will do it again a few years Fry does a perfect job or portraying Holmes and Watson .a most singular book :)

  • Theresa
    2019-05-26 14:08

    Absolutely engrossing! Little did others know that I’ve been living in Sherlockian London for the past three months.

  • Alison Fairleigh
    2019-06-10 11:11

    Many, many, many hours of listening but worth every second. Stephen Fry is absolute perfection in this extraordinary work.

  • Dakota
    2019-06-01 13:11

    I’m giving this audiobook a 4 or 4.5. The only reason it’s not a 5 Star read is because of how long it took me to listen to it. I lost some of the enjoyment because I’d forget some of what had happened and I’d be confused when I’d start it up again but this was all due to a listener error. The stories and narration themselves were fantastic and I give those a 5 star. But overall, very enjoyable and very well done. I might listen to this again in the future, hopefully in a shorter span of time so I can enjoy it more.

  • Joost Pisters
    2019-06-18 14:56

    Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry, what more could you want in life.... You will be pooping scones for weeks after you listened to this book. You will learn that to "To ejaculate" also can be done with sentences, and how efficient the telegraphy system was in Holmes' time. It feels so modern, so up to date, fast moving, as if it was written for the Netflix generation. Absolutely brilliant performance!

  • Amy (and her hounds)
    2019-06-25 15:11

    I'm halfway through A Study in Scarlet, and I can already say that listening to Mr. Fry read Sherlock Holmes is one of life's great pleasures. I knew it would be entertaining, but it surpasses my expectations. Well done!5/19/17 To my great disappointment, The Casebook is not included due to US copyright considerations. If my calculations are correct, it won't be available in the US until 2022, if then. The lack mars an otherwise exceptional audiobook.

  • Leah
    2019-06-06 15:15

    Great stories, great narration...This fabulous new audio collection from Audible includes all the short and long stories, set out in the traditional order. Fry gives a short introduction to each of the five books of short stories and individually to each of the long ones. The collection runs to over seventy hours, so needless to say I haven't listened to it all yet, but will have great fun dipping in and out of it over the coming months and years. I started by listening to The Valley of Fear.In the intro to this one, Fry puts the book into its historical context, telling the story of the Molly Maguires, a secret society active among the immigrant Irish coalminers in Pennsylvania during the 1870s; and of the Pinkerton agent who infiltrated them, ultimately leading to their destruction. He points out how soon after the Civil War this was, and that the bosses of the Pennsylvania mines were effectively their own law and could hire people of their own choosing to enforce it. He also tells the other side of the story – the appalling working conditions and extreme poverty of the workers. He manages all this without giving any spoilers for the story to come. An excellent introduction – brief, but interesting, clear and informative.His narration of the story itself is great! He had to compete with my favourite Holmes narrator, the wonderful Derek Jacobi, so he was going to have to work hard to convince me. And I found myself laughing sympathetically because ACD didn't make his task an easy one. Almost every character has his accent described, usually something like “half-English, half-American” or “Chicago with a hint of Irish” or “German overlaid with the twang of the new country”. And then there are the characters who are not who they first seem, so that when their true identity is revealed, they change to their real accents. I must say Fry did brilliantly with all of them and, despite there being a pretty huge cast in this story, he managed to differentiate them all quite clearly. There are two characters with straight Irish accents, so to make them different, he made one sound Northern Irish and the other Southern, both done totally convincingly. Even Inspector MacDonald's Aberdonian accent got a high pass mark from me. He brings out the humour and the warmth of Watson's character, and makes the adventure parts suitably exciting without over-dramatising them. I always think you can tell when a narrator loves the material he's reading, and Fry's strong affection for the Holmes's stories comes through clearly.There was an issue at first with there being no adequate indexing but Audible has now rectified this by issuing an accompanying PDF which tells where to find each story.My love for the Jacobi recordings remains, but these are just as excellent, and the little introductions are a great addition, making this a fabulous collection which I highly recommend to all Holmes fans out there.NB The audiobook was provided for review by Audible via MidasPR. Lucky me!

  • Pamela Scott
    2019-06-21 14:06

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I found this audiobook completely engrossing. It certainly helped while away the long hours working 12-hour nightshifts. I enjoyed listening to the stories a bit more than the novels. This is simply because these fitted in with my shifts much easier than the novels. The stories were easier to dip and out of as I only listened 3 days a week during work hours. Days would pass listening to the longer pieces and I had to re-listen to pick up the threads of the tale. My favourite of all the novels and stories gathered here is The Hound of the Baskervilles. I’ve read this a couple of times and seem various adaptations. I love it. I was surprised by how dark some of the stories got from The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The tales become quite dark and more intense than previous, much lighter pieces. I really enjoyed seeing how the character develops over the years, gradually becoming flesh and blood. Each section has an introduction narrated by Stephen Fry where he discusses especially popular stories and shares some interesting facts about the character and author. I’m the kind of bookworm who loves this kind of stuff. My only gripe is the way the collection is structured. There are 6 audiobooks, with a total of 9 parts splits across them as outlined above. Each part has numerous chapters with one or more for each piece. I would have preferred it if the chapters had a heading as well, especially the short stories. This would have made navigation a bit easier. It also meant it would be hard to re-listen to a specific story. Stephen Fry’s narration is fantastic. I really enjoyed listening to him. He bought the novels and stories to life in an entertaining way. The fact he’s a Sherlock Holmes fanatic helped as well.

  • Will Pollard
    2019-06-21 11:11

    Every Sherlock Holmes story and narrated by Stephen Fry no less, a bargain at only a single Audible credit. There is never a dull moment in any of these stories. There is suspense, action, adventure and even a little bit of comedy, which I don't mind saying, came as quite a surprise to me. Stephen Fry's narration is excellent and it's sometimes easy to forget that it's all him when he's jumping from character to character as he reads. With a nice smattering of forewords by him throughout, containing anecdotes and just a little bit of context, I really don't think anyone better could have been found for the job. Not all of the stories feature Holmes as anything more than the most peripheral character, which always makes for a nice change of pace. Some of them focus on Watson, which really gives him a chance to shine as a character and a couple don't feature either of them in anything more than an epilogue. I can't really go into too much detail without spoiling anything, so I will simply say you're getting over sixty hours of well written, character driven entertainment. It certainly isn't cheap, if you don't have an Audible account, but if you do have one I can't think of a single reason not to pick this up.

  • Matthew Rasnake
    2019-05-27 10:02

    I adore the Sherlock Holmes canon, and this has to be the preeminent audio edition. It is splendid from start to finish. I can't imagine a better narrator than Stephen Fry, whose mellifluous voice, and deft use of accent and characterization bring every nuance of these classic stories to vibrant life. Early in the set, I was mesmerized by Stephen Fry's adept voice acting, but in the later chapters I heard only Holmes, Watson, and their supporting characters.My singular critique is that Fry's default "male American" voice appeared with little variation between the stories which called for it, which left a very minor blemish in the veil of believability in the separateness of the characters. There were variations for other "male American" characters, especially when several appeared in a single story, but this standard voice was uniquely identifiable enough to stand out.This is a phenomenal achievement, and if you're a Holmes fan I would hold this up—along with the Jeremy Brett television series—as one of the definitive, canonical Holmes collections.

  • Adam Mccaulley
    2019-06-09 10:22

    I was able to break up the reading with other novels. This would be a long listen if you do it all at once. I think it is best to listen to it in parts and read other things to break up the story or listening. This is a good read overall I like the interjections by Stephen Fry. Stephen writes multiple introductions for the different sections of the novels. Fry provides some great sound background information that enhances an already good set of writings by Doyle. The reading by Fry does the writings justice as well as his voice brings you into that world. For all of these reasons I would recommend reading or listing to this novel. But also it is why I give you a warning as well. Just like with anything else too much of a good thing tends to ruin it. So don't do it all in one sitting but take your time and enjoys the entire thing it is well worth it and it will be over all too soon anyway so enjoy Fry's reading but don't overdo it.

  • J❆sephine (TheSeventhCrow)
    2019-06-09 14:03

    THIS HAS TAKEN ME SINCE MARCH TO FINISH HOW EVEN5 stars ^_^Ugh, I love Sherlock Holmes.This was so so so good. I mean, every single Sherlock Holmes story, Stephen Fry narrating, and Sherlock Holmes... what more could one want?The voices were really well done, and I liked the voices given to Sherlock and John - I thought it suited them well. I enjoyed every single story. Sure, some I liked better than others, but there was no one that I didn't enjoy listening too. I also thought that Sherlock Holmes portrayed here was a lot more 'human' and 'understanding' than the Sherlock Holmes portrayed in the TV series and movies, and I enjoyed that a lot.But guys, seriously, this is so good and I'm happy to add this to the collection of Sherlock Holmes that I have swallowed so far in my life 😊😊

  • Barton Hacker
    2019-05-31 07:06

    After listening to 72+ hours of Stephen Fry read ALL of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, I come away with the following observations...1. I don't actually like Sherlock Holmes as much as I thought I did. 2. Stephen Fry's narration is absolutely wonderful.I've grown up watching, and reading Sherlock Holmes. From Basil Rathbone's classic portrayal of the character, to the contemporary interpretation by Bennedict Cumberback (which I love), I've been enthralled by Doyle. I've read a handful of his books independently of this, and have always liked them. So when a complete anthology, read by none other than Stephen Fry appeared, I had to listen.I still like the longer stories, those that independently make up a book; ie, Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet, etc. The short stories, however, leave me cold. They progress too quickly, and there is little opportunity to investigate the inquiries in any detail with Holmes. Instead, the reader is left too often with nothing more than a summary from Holmes on how he solved a case. Unfortunately, too many of Doyle's work is in this later format.I was surprised at how little Moriarty is visible. I guess I've been a bit spoiled lately, watching Sherlock and Andrew Scott's portrayal of this legendary character. He played such a significant role that I had forgotten Moriarty's general absence from the larger cannon.Absent Stephen Fry's narration, I would have likely given this three-stars. In a vacuum, Fry would receive five-stars, however. So, if you like Sherlock Holmes (I mean, really like the books), you will think this is spectacular.

  • Joe
    2019-06-19 12:03

    DoyleI love the Sherlock stories, the tone of voice, the narration by Watson, and the easy-listening the stories provide. As the narrator notes, the final collections do indeed start to reuse the material and tropes emerge - it can be confusing but there's also something very mentally relaxing about having this familiarity.FryStephen Fry is an amazing narrator, of the old school English grammar schools - well spoken and fully committed to accents. His introductions are formal but unforced, and are as such a very welcome and consumable break between Doyle's collections. Fry honours Doyle and Sherlock in a most natural and convincing way, providing the listener with interesting side stories and historical context, as well as subsequent development of the Sherlockian world.