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Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: and Other Stories

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  576 ratings  ·  101 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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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
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!
Mackenzie
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
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
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
Lynne
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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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 2 of 5 stars
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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Lisa
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
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
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
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
K.T.
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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Sara
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
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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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Charlene
Some new Sherlock Holmes stories read by Benedict Cumberbatch? Yes, please. Honestly that is the only reason I picked up this audiobook, but I'm glad that I did because not only did I really enjoy Benedict's reading (wonderfully varied and distinct and his Sherlock is appropriately different from his modern TV version), I really enjoyed these stories.

"An Inscrutable Masquerade" was my favorite actually, Watson is kept largely in the dark, as Holmes works on the case, and I found Watson's repress
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Ellen
Eh, first attempt at non-canonical Holmes. Not impressed. The stories weren't bad, they were just entirely predictable with no real tension, no clever twists, nothing. Think oatmeal-level bland. Reaffirms my longstanding belief: nobody touches Doyle's genius.

Note: While he couldn't compensate for the mediocre stories, Benedict Cumberbatch is a terrific reader and that fact alone kept me listening to the end. His accent changes for the various characters were absolutely brilliant.
Ashley Hudlow
Yes, I only "read" this book because it was narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, but I was glad that I bought the book. The book contains four "undiscovered" mysteries solved by the great Sherlock Holmes. Some of them are easier to solve than others and only one of them is really in the ACD fashion, but I was happily entertained throughout the whole book. I would happily recommend this book to others.
John Craft
While it lacks a bit of the magic and surprise of the works done by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle, these stories bring a great nostalgia to you of the original work as you read them, that you almost forget they are not written by Doyle. The stories are done and even greater service by being read by Benedict Cumberbatch, who brings great life and energy to the stories. So while these stories are unlikely to replace any of your old favorites, they could very well be remembered as almost among them, as l ...more
Amy Sturgis
The four stories in this collection are competent pastiches of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes works. They lack the extra spark of the best Holmes and Watson interactions, but they are decent enough mysteries. Only one has stayed with me since I listened to the work. Considering the stories alone, I'd call the collection decent at best.

What makes it worthy listening is the terrific narration by Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Sherlock Holmes in the new BBC series Sherlock. The voices and
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Tazio Bettin
The stories are nothing special but I still recommend this audiobook because Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as reader is simply outstanding and more than compensates for the lack of originality in the plot of these four short stories. But I have a very strong positive bias towards Benedict Cumberbatch so take this judgement with a grain of salt.
Elisha
Like many of the reviews, I only got this audiobook because of the narrator. As a huge Sherlock fan I couldn't pass up Benedict Cumberbatch, who has I think the most amazing speaking voice, narrating a Sherlock Holmes book. I have read lots of the "lost" Holmes and Watson stories and these were just alright. Pretty generic mysteries but overall worth it simply because of the fantastic narration. The stories were short and fun for any Holmes fan.
Laura Baker
I feel like I've essentially just listening to fanfic read by Benedict Cumberbatch... Which is, you know, fun, but also strange. It's odd to hear Sherlock Holmes stories that aren't by Arthur Conan Doyle. These ones are fairly predictable but still fun. Worth listening to for Benedict's wonderful voices. He does a great job.
Nicole
Despite this four short stories are not from the writer Doyle, listen to them is very enjoyable. A very good similar Holmes, the stories are well invented and Cumberbatch is as excellent as an narrator as he plays the character of Holmes. Listen to that voice is so indulging!
Ben Tarver
I love the novels and short stories of Sherlock Holmes. These new stories by John Taylor still basically maintain the old flair and feel of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle originals. Make sure to listen to the BBC audiobooks narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. They are superb!
Jeanne
I was lured into listening to these stories because they are read by Benedict Cumberbatch. I was not disappointed. I was surprised that I got so wrapped up in the stories that at times I forgot who was reading it to me! Cumberbatch did a remarkable job on all the voices in the stories. Well done.
Kat
Nov 23, 2010 Kat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
I'd never read any Sherlock Holmes stories before. I came across this collection after watching BBC's Sherlock and learning that its star narrates these short stories. They each follow the same formula — a story told from Dr. John Watson's perspective of someone coming to Sherlock Holmes for help solving a mystery. As each story is only a half hour in length, the plot develops quickly. No unnecessary details are given. I find that I have to pay really close attention to these mystery-type storie ...more
Helen
I shamelessly admit I listened to these stories mainly due to Cumberbatch's vocal and acting skills. Liked Sherlock Holmes before the BBC series so there was some genuine interest in the stories themselves. Enjoyable but not as clever as the originals.
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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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