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4.2 out of 5 stars
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Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries & Other Stories
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on 5 April 2015
first class
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on 3 March 2015
brilliant
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on 25 February 2013
For a lover of Sherlock Holmes, what better way to let a long journey pass, than to listen to four well writen tales? Even better if spoken by the current *modern* day Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch.
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on 12 July 2014
I loved it, and was overawed by Benedict Cumberbatch's ability to capture the voices and accents of the characters. I will say that I missed the end of the last story because the CD seemed to be damaged.
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on 2 August 2016
Excellent
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on 3 March 2015
Very good.
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on 23 July 2013
This is a five star audiobook because of the 'voice' of Benedict Cumberbatch. He speaks English the way it should be spoken: with perfect diction and a soothing tone. I would have bought it even if he were reading out his Waitrose shopping receipt! One weakness is John Taylor. Is that a pseudonym of a well-known novelist? Taylor's stories are inferior to the ones that the great Conan Doyle gave to the world. However, if you are buying this for the aural equivalent of the finest Belgian chocolate, then you are in for a treat!
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on 16 May 2015
Okay stories well read
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on 8 October 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch has such a beautiful voice, and is a brilliant reader!
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HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 16 February 2011
Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may not have wanted to write more Sherlock Holmes stories in his lifetime until forced to by an angry mob, but there's been no shortage of pasticheurs since his death willing to do so for him, with these four stories by John Taylor the latest, but far from the last, in a long line. The presentation certainly impresses: borrowing a leaf from Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's book, these are drawn from discarded notes in Dr John Watson's old cedar wood box that are finally dusted off for an airing. No great or shocking revelations about the Great Consulting Detective's private life here, merely some second string stories that don't live up to the master but do a decent job of capturing his style, aided immensely by Benedict Cumberbatch's superb reading. While it may immediately seem like gimmick casting, what particularly impresses is not just that Cumberbatch gives a completely different reading of Holmes to the one in his TV incarnation as Sherlock - these are, after all, period stories rather than modern-day adventures - but that in his narration as Watson you really would think you were listening to a much older actor so accomplished and natural is his performance. He's quite adept at creating the other characters with a multitude of accents as well. Indeed, it's one of those rare cases where the reader is so good he carries you over the stories' many weak points - the poor plots and obvious resolutions in particular - and emphasises their strengths - Taylor's stylish prose - making what could have been a mere opportunistic cash-in something that's actually a genuine pleasure to listen to. It won't take you long to forget the stories, but the narrator's fine performance(s) will stay with you a lot longer. Someone really should give him some genuine Conan Doyle Holmes stories to narrate before he gets sick to death of the role.
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