Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes Rediscovered

Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes Rediscovered Railway Mysteries These were great little stories that fit very well within the Sherlock world Of course they were wonderfully narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch My only complaint is that they felt way too short and sometimes very rushed to the conclusion. I'm not a fan of audio books, because I truly love reading at my own pace, and you can't do that when someone is reading to you I'm a control freak like that, and I love being able to turn pages back and forth, particularly when I've missed something or am in awe or something This is the first audio book I've ever listened to, and only because it contains the voice of one very [insert every possible variant of 'remarkable' or 'amazing' available to the English language] Benedict Cumberbatch Yes, I've been Sherlocked, Cumberbatched, what have you But the voice I'm a mere mortal and like everyone else, am unable to resist the one with a voice like a jaguar hiding in a cello.That said, I have no freaking idea why he sounds so ancient in this It's like a super power him adding years to his voice And I giggle every time he changes it to fit characters.Sorry for such a fangirl review in which I mentioned nothing about the content but the delivery (this is my first audio book, after all!), but Sherlock reading Sherlock? Sold (If you have no idea what the hell I am going on about, Cumberbatch plays Sherlock in the BBC Sherlock series And it is brilliant.) Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor'An Inscrutable Masquerade' 'The Conundrum of Coach ' 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' 'TheAssassin'Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original talesIn a drawer in his bureau, Dr Watson keeps a locked cedarwood chest – a ‘box of secrets’ It contains an archive of notes referring to some of Holmes’ cases that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day Now, for the first time, Watson has decided to reveal the truth to the world In these four thrilling stories, Holmes experiments with the science of ballistics, locates some missing gold bullion, investigates the theft of a large amount of money and solves the baffling mystery of the Stovey murder 'An Inscrutable Masquerade' 3 stars'The Conundrum of Coach 13' 2.5 stars'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' 2 stars 'The 10.59 Assassin' 3 starsNarration: 5 Stars. Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty good as a narrator for this He voices everyone wonderfully and I didn't have trouble falling into the stories I was wondering if I'd be distracted by his voice but that wasn't the case Like Alan Cumming narrating Specimen Days , it was just an added bonus:).*points to ratings* As for the stories themselves, two were pretty good but the others were just okay Not bad, just meh Nothing special *shrugs*My favorite was the last one, especially the ending :)Would recommend the audiobook, a quick read at just over 2 hours. something good for a rainy day perhaps:) I'm in a Sherlock Holmes mood at the moment, partially due to the book I'm reading about the character's evolution and partially due to the NYE special So when this popped up as a suggestion on my audiobook app I had to listen to it.It's a very short book much like Conan Doyle's tales about this great detective but the four stories included in this audiobook were not all as good as the original Entertaining, yes, but most of the time the deductions were easy for the listener to make themselves Benedict Cumberbatch reading the stories was, however, a big plus and a major cause for me rating this book at four stars. I don't usually 'read' audio books and I wouldn't even start listening to this one if it weren't for the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch was reading it The highlight of the entire work is, for me, Mr Cumberbatch's excellent reading I'm not even going to deny that I'm a fan of his sexy baritone, but what convinced me to stick through this whole audio book experience and not give up on it the way I did the other audio books was HOW Cumberbatch read it Proving what an excellent actor/reader he is, he gave nuances to the characters in the story I could distinguish between his Holmes (who somehow reminds me of the personality of Robert Downey Jr's Holmes from Guy Ritchie's movies) and his Watson (who sounds entirely his own) Thanks to him, the other characters, clients and villains alike, sound like they had personalities.The stories themselves are quite Conan Doyleesque They are what I call official fanfiction Sir Arthur is probably the most adapted male British author from his era (or from the entire history of English literature) and thankfully for him, many of the people adapting his works into various forms never really do a poor job Likewise with this collection of stories by John Taylor, they are in Sir Arthur's style and there are only very minor differences from the canon.In other words, this audio book is perfect for when you're looking forHolmesian entertainment outside the canon with a voice that could caress your ears.* Acomplete review of this audio book can be found on Bookerie. More like 2.5: The mysteries were Ok, sometimes a little boring But Cumbertbatch narration was, as expected, fabulous I really hope someone pays him to read the original Sherlock. I was so excited to find that Benedict Cumberbatch had done the reading for an audiobook version of Sherlock Holmes However, I was a little sad to realize that it is not one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, but instead a new author who was attempting to write as the characters I went and found a copy of this and started listening I was cautiously optimistic Honestly, how bad could it be, I thought!There are four separate mysteries that are supposedly rediscovered by Dr John Watson in one of his old trunks, and being inspired he has decided to share them with us now The four stories are titled; An Inscrutable Masquerade, The Trinity Vicarage, The Conundrum of Coach 13 Larceny, and The 10:59 Assassin All the stories appear to be set before Watson gets married and moves out of 221 B Baker Street.The Inscrutable Masquerade is a case where Sherlock is trying to help the police gather enough evidence to convict a man they know committed murder The police have had to release the convict, and now Sherlock is running top secret experiments to gain the evidence they need In order to protect him, Holmes asks Watson to stay inside 221 B Baker Street, and not open the door or go out, but surly there can be no bad consequences of Watson letting an old friend in?The Trinity Vicarage is astraight forward mystery A bishop, who has meet Holmes before, arrives in London to request help with a very strange robbery The local vicar had been keeping some cash, after finding and selling an old relic, in the crypt of the church A strange figure in a hat has broken in and taken the money, and in the process left whitewash footprints across a field as the vicar chased him off It is now up to Holmes to figure out who stole the money and how they disappeared.The Conundrum of Coach 13 Larceny starts with a flustered American business man arriving to employ Holmes (who has been grumpy from a lack of cases) The American had been paid to provide 5 million in gold bullion to the British government With very careful planning he had it loaded on a train, the boxes could only go in through the door (not out a window), the doors locked from the outside, and a guard was on duty But, when the train arrives in London, there is no gold, and only a guard that fell asleep Can Holmes solve the case and find the 5 million?In The 10:59 Assassin the story of Holmes being asked to help a pub owner who helped put a man in prison The pub owner’s son has been accused of murdering the son of the man the pub owner helped convict At the time of the murder the pub owner’s son was on a train to buy a suit for his wedding, but that doesn’t keep the local police from locking him up Can Holmes prove the soon to be groom is innocent, or is the pub owner’s faith in his son misplaced.I have very mixed feelings about the audiobook I found that when looking at the original Doyle stories of Holmes there was no comparison These mysteries were too easy The first two I solved easily and the last two, I pretty much had the answer, and defiantly had the person who committed the crime However, that being said, it was nice to see a bitof Holmes and Watson in the Victorian era.If it had not been Cumberbatch reading it to me I might not have made it past the first mystery I found that the first one was the weakest story of the four It was obvious what had happened and worse yet was that Watson (a medically trained doctor) was completely clueless I really dislike a trope that some people use in Sherlock Holmes stories of a stupid Watson Instead Watson should be a very intelligent man, who is still completely overshadowed Holmes I can’t really say if Watson is less dense in the later stories as he plays a much smaller part in these stories than he does in the first.As far as Cumberbatch’s voice, I think he is really able to bring Holmes alive for me Not only that, but he does a very good job doing all the different voices, making it easy to tell who is speaking This is no easy feat, and I have listened to some people that cannot do this One of my favorite bits of the audiobook was listening to Cumberbatch attempt an American accent While it is good at first, it slips a bit as the story progresses, and actually I loved this It helps me understand what Americans who attempt a “British” accent sound like to a British person.To be honest, I probably would listen to Cumberbatch read a phonebook (although I really recommend him reading poetry), so having it be a Sherlock Holmes mystery, no matter the caliber, is a treat The stories are enjoyable, if you can get past the first one For a morning commute, it is not a bad way to pass the time.Final Verdict: Too easy for hardcore Sherlock Holmes fans, but in the end, a good way to spend the morning commute.Review originally posted at: I am not going to pretend that I read err. listened to this audio book for any reason other than, well him sigh But, this book did surprise me as it was fairly decent Of course it was nothing like the original, yet the mysteries sometimes managed to draw my attention away from Cumberbatch’s voice Now that is an achievement because he is such a brilliant actor I am not that keen about audio books but with him as the narrator…*sigh* get the point Sherlock fans, check it out! Four Sherlock Holmes stories narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch? YES PLEASE!This little audiobook is perfect if you have to do little chores and don't want the time to be spent just with those boring tasks! Benedict Cumberbatch has an amazing narrating voice to listen to and I fairly enjoyed it (Plus, imagining him and Martin Freeman as Sherlock and Watson while listening is a big PLUS! ;P

About the Author: John Taylor

John Taylor is the author of Girl is Not a Number Though he has a number of other books in process, this is the only book published at this time.

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