Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries & Other Stories Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Cumberbatch’s reading of the stories is excellent... he switches between voices and accents with consumate ease. These are very accomplished pastiches by John Taylor" (http://www.johnhwatsonmd.com)
"Benedict Cumberbatch... shines in this audio version of four short mystery stories written by John Taylor and inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle... Cumberbatch's crisp narration builds in intensity and energy with the action and suspense of each story. His Watson is thoughtful and nuanced while his Sherlock is quick and bright with a sharp, commanding voice. A treat for Holmes fans and mystery lovers" (Publishers Weekly)
Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor.See all Product Description
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The readings by Cumberbatch are wonderful; he is eloquent and clear throughout, reading with great enthusiasm, and has a good voice for story-telling. He 'narrates' as Watson but then does all of the voices, of Holmes himself, but also the other acquaintances whose paths cross his own. I found myself captivated by his different characters, from West Country train guards to an American businessman (though the West Country accents do seem to all roll into one if you listen to the stories in close proximity!). I couldn't help but smile at his Cockney villain voice in the first story and laugh at his imitation of a female voice in the later. It is one of the best performances - and performance here, rather than reading as he very much acts the characters - I've heard on audiobook. I felt that there was also some humour written in to the stories, and Cumberbatch draws this out expertly, delivering the puns and quips with perfect pacing.
At roughly 30 minutes a story, these make a pleasant listen for short journeys.Read more ›
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch's reading voice is absolutely fantastic, really brought it to life for me, if I were reviewing on that alone I would happily give it five stars. Unfortunately I am not. To be honest the stories that accompany this aren't great, they aren't awful, just not great. I wanted to like them more, I really did but I guess they do suffer with being a touch too short for my liking. I would suggest though that they are a great way to waste an hour or so.
All four stories present tantalising puzzles for the willing reader. In ' The Conundrum of Coach 13' Holmes is faced with what appears, on the face of it, to be an impossible robbery of gold bullion from a secured London to Bristol train. Other stories include Holmes experimenting with the science of ballistics, wrestling with a baffling theft from a vicarage and, perhaps my favourite, a particularly a strange murder near the railway, the solution to which is highly ingenious.
The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the reader, is a masterstroke as it gives the stories a fresh contemporary feel whilst the quality of his reading itself retains the depth of characterisation so important to these tales.
There are some great characters, from obstructive policeman to a range of dedicated railway officials, and some lovely settings from famous stations to the Kent countryside. The combination of excellent stories, great atmosphere and terrific reading make this selection a cut above the usual. I hope Watson has some more tucked away somewhere.
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To prove how highly I rate this item I have to admit that these amount to the third that I have purchased.Published 7 months ago by Mrs J Layton
Benedict Cumberbatch has such a beautiful voice, and is a brilliant reader!Published 9 months ago by Jefner Barr
John Taylor is not Arthur Conan Doyle? Well that doesn't take much detective work - his name is on the CD sleeve. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jacko