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Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: and Other Stories

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  873 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor:

An Inscrutable MasqueradeThe Conundrum of Coach 13The Trinity Vicarage LarcenyThe 10:59 Assassin

Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch,
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Published January 11th 2011 by AudioGO (first published November 1st 2010)
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Shayantani Das
I am not going to pretend that I read err.. listened to this audio book for any reason other than, well him

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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*..you get the point.

Sherlock fans, check it out!
Gunne
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. Y ...more
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
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 themse
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Mackenzie
Mar 24, 2012 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 i
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Jenn
Mar 26, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
I listened to the audiobook. I admit it: I was only interested in it because it's narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (mmm...Benedict Cumberbatch). I think everyone who's listened to this listened to it precisely because it was read by Benedict Cumberbatch (mmm...Benedict Cumberbatch). People can't be listening to it for the stories. The stories are not up to snuff. Sherlock is not as brilliant as Doyle's original, the dialog is trite, and the mysteries themselves are not all that, well, mysterious ...more
A Meneses
Mar 07, 2016 A Meneses rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
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.
Pam Mcbride
John Taylor is enormously fortunate to have Benedict Cumberbatch read these stories, as are we. The stories themselves range from pretty good---especially the fiirst--to pretty lame (the third), but Cumberbatch's narration is masterful. Taylor has done a very good job of capturing the personalities of the original Dr. Watson and Holmes (perhaps occasionally imbuing Holmes with a little more warmth and social ease than Conan Doyle did) and Cumberbatch renders their voices and personalities flawle ...more
Lydia
Mar 07, 2016 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I swear I reviewed this one!

Anyway, I recommended this one to someone who wanted some audiobooks read by Benedict Cumberbatch (hi, Vanessa~!) and that is precisely why I picked up this book.

It was a bit surreal having Benedict Cumberbatch speak as John Watson, the narrator, but I still loved it. I love all the stories. I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan, and nothing will ever change that, let's be real.

Some of the stories (one of them, in particular) I really, really liked, and some others felt a little
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Lynne
Apr 25, 2013 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to find that Benedict Cumberbatch had done the reading for an audio-book 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 on
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Lara (Bookishsolace)
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH READING SHERLOCK HOLMES IS EVERYTHING. Honestly that is the only reason why I picked up this audiobook, but I’m very glad that I did, because I really enjoyed these stories. Of course these stories don’t match the original in cleverness, but overall they’re very believable and create some very interesting mysteries. In my opinion the audiobook is worth every penny. Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the book with his talent for different voices and accents.
Michael
Anything read by Mr Cumberbatch comes with an extra star attached. This time he breezed in four times at supper-time, keen to let it be known that the game was afoot, while the butter melted into my crumpets. Two of the stories are railway puzzles; "The 10.59 Assassin" being the best of the collection. All the stories are decent Holmes pastiches, involving much gadding about on trains, consumption of pub vittles and the duping of gullible sidekicks. The plots are a mixed bag. The stuff with the ...more
K.T.
Aug 04, 2012 K.T. rated it really liked it
When it comes to authors other than Doyle trying to write a Sherlock Holmes story, I usually find myself bitterly disappointed. How can you top the master at his own craft? So I won't lie, the reason I listened to this audiobook was because Benedict Cumberbatch was narrating it. (What can I say? The man has a voice. A voice I will happily pay to listen to.) I'm glad I did, though, because this small collection of stories was delightful!

It's been years since I read the original books. I vaguely
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Charlotte
I've tried to listen to some audiobooks, but I could never finish them - they were just that dull and monotonous. This one, however, was extremely fun, because Benedict's narrative changed constantly. Every character had a different accent (the American one was ridiculous, in a good way), which made the audiobook come alive. Definitely would recommend as an introduction to audiobooks!
Stephanie
The stories themselves weren't anything special, but, oh my goodness...Benedict Cumberbatch is my new favorite narrator. I'll be on the lookout for more books read by him because he is (in this listener's humble opinion) one of the most talented readers out there.
Diana Køhler
What did I like:
Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant in his narration of these additional Sherlock stories. everyone has a favourite Bond and now I for one have a favourite Sherlock and it is definitely Cumberbatch. He has more Sherlock in his little finger than any other I've experienced in the role - whether on paper or TV.

What didn't I like:
The stories are obviously not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a nice addition to the tales we already know but it is only a fraction of the original
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Traci Haley
Perfectly amusing Sherlock Holmes stories... but of course, I was mainly listening for Benedict Cumberbatch. He was fine... though IMO, he is not at his best as an audiobook reader. Perhaps it's just because I'm spoiled from listening to so many great readers in the past. Benedict's American accent is rather painful to listen to, but the rest are just fine. I'll admit to twitching every time he pronounced Lestrade as "Le-strayed". All in all, a good audiobook to pass some time, but it's not one ...more
Cathleen
Jun 08, 2012 Cathleen rated it it was ok
Recommended to Cathleen by: Diane
Frankly, not that impressive. The stories are mediocre at best, and a few of the clues and deductions are much too close to ones in Doyle's original stories.

audiobook note: Yes, Cumberbatch offers strong and expressive readings, but the producers have relied too much on the good will with which his ardent fans will color their critiques. Since Holmes stories are always presented from the POV of Watson, it would have made more sense to cast Martin Freeman as the narrator, and I found myself bothe
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Amanda
Apr 20, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not normally a fan of audiobooks but as I am both a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and Benedict Cumberbatch I decided to give this one a try. The stories were actually quite decent, although not anywhere near the originals. I did enjoy them and felt that Benedict Cumberbatch was a wonderful narrator, which definitely enhanced the stories. I found it enjoyable to listen to, definitely kept me interested and I would recommend it, just don't expect it to be on par with the origina ...more
Matthew Roberts
May 08, 2016 Matthew Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-reread
FYI: I am reviewing the book and audiobook here; hence the talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, who narrates this and narrates this extremely well. It is the perfect coming together of John Taylor’s brilliant Doylesian writing and Cumberbatch’s unequalled narration (we all know how a good or bad narrator can make or break the experience of a listening to an audiobook for a reader, and there are some narrator’s I love so much that I buy the book based on the *narrator*, which is surely a strange thin ...more
Stefanie Kellum
Jan 31, 2016 Stefanie Kellum rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I'm giving this three stars for the content and an extra one for Benedict's narration (Yes, I like to pretend we're on a first name basis.). He does a plethora of accents (including a hilarious American one!), and I could probably listen to him read the phone book and love it. ;)
Lisa
Feb 06, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people probably picked up the audiobook for the same reason I did – Benedict Cumberbatch, who is more than a fine narrator. The stories themselves are nothing to get excited about as they add very little to the Sherlock Holmes canon and have nothing to recommend them.
Manon
May 03, 2015 Manon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many, I listened to this because I thought it was absolutely brilliant that it was read by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series "Sherlock". I was slightly disappointed when I found out that those stories were not written by Conan Doyle, but Taylor does a fairly good job at imitating his style of writing. I thought, however, that Sherlock was a bit too humane and that the contrast between his cleverness and Watson's blandness didn't quite show. ...more
Amy
I've read almost every Holmes story there is and I'm a huge fan of Cumberbatch's interpretation in the BBC's current iteration.

I was more than a little disappointed, then, to find that these stories did not capture my interest at all. The first was so obvious, with so little mystery, that I was yelling the conclusion at the unbearably slow Dr. Watson about midway through. The other stories improved in complexity somewhat, but without the extraordinary amount of knowledge that Sir Arthur Conan D
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SantaFlash
Aug 13, 2015 SantaFlash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories were enjoyable and entertaining. Sherlock Holmes is, by far, my favorite fictional character. I have read/listened/watched nearly every adaptation of the character. I have listened to Basil Rathbone's audio readings, which were good.

I must say Benedit Cumberbatch does an excellent job at the voices of all of the characters within each story. He did a good impression of an American, with only a few word pronunciation slips that are not typical of an American (I know, I'm picky). Still
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Amber
Having read only one Arthur Conan Doyle story (A Study in Scarlet) I'm not overly familiar with the canon or style of his writing. I have recently become interested in reading his works after watching the first three seasons of the BBC's Sherlock. When I came across this audiobook at the library and saw that it was read by Benedict Cumberbatch, I snapped it up. It was a good diversion to listen to it while doing mundane chores around the house. I didn't have to concentrate too much on the plots ...more
Charlotte
Apr 23, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
I really enjoyed these stories. The style and characters were engaging and good imitations of the originals, but for me, the plots themselves lacked the complexity and unpredictability of Conan-Doyle's work. There were a few twists, but the impressive chains of deduction that characterise the originals was lacking. Nevertheless, these are great for some casual reading (listening?), if one is prepared to approach these with an open mind. Cumberbatch's reading is superb and really gives the storie ...more
Sara
Sep 13, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fiction, mystery
Am I purchasing audiobooks primarily on the basis of the British actors who read them? Yeah, pretty much. In this case Benedict Cumberbatch.
I've read all the ACD Holmes stories and I'm a huge fan of BBC Sherlock. These are meant to be four "undiscovered" Holmes stories. As you probably know, the stories are with a few exceptions narrated by Watson. Cumberbatch uses a voice for Watson that is kind of gruff with a "formal" accent (I'm sure there is scientific terminology is describe the effect but
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Kate
Jun 09, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
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S,
Jan 16, 2013 S, rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Sherlock Holmes stories read by Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch. Not bad, not bad at all. These stories were rather short and simple, only a few pages long, but Sherlock's deductions were as delighting as usual, and a few of these stories were actually really good in general, as well! Especially the characters: Sherlock for instance was for some reason far more likable to me than Doyle's actual Sherlock, which was an improvement. Needless to say, Cumberbatch's voice acting was a great addition t ...more
rabbitprincess
Dec 23, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like audiobooks read by BC
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Benedict Cumberbatch
Shelves: audio, 2012
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John Taylor is the author of Paths to Contemporary French Literature (Volumes 1-3) and Into the Heart of European Poetry. He has written numerous books of stories, short prose, and poetry, including The Apocalypse Tapestries. He writes the “Poetry Today” column in the Antioch Review and has long been a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. He has lived in France since 1977. In 2010 ...more
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