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. While devoted fans of Holmes may not return for repeated listens, the real joy here is the reading. Benedict Cumberbatch's performance really is excellent and I would recommend the audiobook on the strength of this.
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.
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