If you’ve ever listened to the Harry Potter audiobooks, you’ll know that Stephen Fry is responsible for the cosy and eternally reassuring voice that plays out during the recording of J.K Rowling’s iconic books.
Now, he’s turned his talents to a brand new reading of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s entire Sherlock Holmes catalogue – and the thought of it has already got us clambering to pull up a comfy armchair in front of a roaring fire.
The collection, which lasts almost 72 hours, features four novels and five collections of short stories – along with a set of brand new introductions that Stephen personally recorded.
Stephen is a huge self-confessed Holmes fan, and was even expelled from school as a boy for attending a meeting of the Sherlock Holmes society in London.
‘I think it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling’, he admitted.
‘I felt myself inside the world of Baker Street, sitting alongside Holmes and Watson in their snug quarters, listening to a new case being told to them by a new client.
‘Now to be able to read those stories again, but this time out loud, is giving me more pleasure than ought to be allowed. A job of work really shouldn’t be so delightful.’
Aside from reading the books, Stephen also appeared in Guy Ritchie’s 2011 flick Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Mycroft – the brother of the iconic sleuth.
You can now download Stephen’s new offerings from Audible – but we strongly suggest buying a cape and deerstalker hat before doing so.
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