• Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories

  • Four Original Short Stories
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • Release date: 20-08-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (232 ratings)

Summary

Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: 'An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 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, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.
In 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.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 14-09-15

Entertaining

Surprisingly in keeping and realistic stories, I have read some 'new' Sherlock Holmes stories which have really grated, but these short ones are very good. Benedict Cumberbatch reading is good, although could have done with slightly more variation between Holmes and Watson to tell them apart. The other characters narration was good.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rogayah on 27-08-16

Good show

Well read and the puzzle or pieces of each of these crimes is explained by Holmes as he reveals the villain, but like the train's station stops the explanations are a bit brief. I feel both Watson and I are a bit dazed. They are short, enjoyable stories for all that.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy Deringer Robinson on 06-12-15

No One Writes Holmes Like Doyle

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 Doyle brought to his tales, Mr. Taylor's Holmes didn't seem to know much more about the world than I did myself.

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance was as delightful and nuanced as one would expect, so the read wasn't a total loss. And the quality of the writing itself was very good. It just wasn't the Sherlock Holmes I know and love.

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32 of 33 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Eugenia on 07-09-15

Benedict can read a grocery list brilliantly

Who could possibly resist listening to Mr. Cumberbatch read anything?
These stories are just so-so, but it's sheer pleasure hearing this brilliant and amazing actor!

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43 of 45 people found this review helpful

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