4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brilliantly read, stories not so great,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories (Audio CD)
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Having watched Sherlock I, probably along with half the country, delved into Arthur Conan Doyle with a passion. I've loved all of his short stories and so was looking forward to hearing these four stories with anticipation. Unfortunately, although Benedict Cumberbatch reads them brilliantly, the stories are a let down.
Written by John Taylor (which isn't immediately obvious from the cover), each story is a good imitation of Conan Doyle - accurate portrayal of Holmes and Watson, good sense of period etc - but the plots are very weak and the culprit is obvious within the first five minutes(apart from the 10.59 assassin, which is the best story).
So why three stars? Well, the reading is absolutely fantastic, with Cumberbatch tackling the accents of Cockney villains, west-country railwaymen, Reverends and Americans with aplomb.
Strangely, the weak plots coupled with the brilliant reading actually make this a very good audio book to put on when you're doing something else - cooking, cleaning etc - as you don't have to concentrate too hard to follow it.