Tag: Stephen Fry

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (George Newnes, 1893); audiobook ready by Stephen Fry (ABC, 2017) Despite coming across as increasingly distant from modern times, these tales of Sherlock Holmes retain their appeal. Simply put, Holmes and Watson are great characters, and the mysteries themselves have a charm that rests enduringly in Conan Doyle’s (and Stephen…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling (Bloomsbury, 1997); audiobook read by Stephen Fry (ABC Audio, 1999) Enid Blyton for the new millennium. After a slow start—and notwithstanding some exaggerated stock characters—Rowling unleashes her fearsome imagination to bring us Hogwarts and Hagrid, Quidditch and quiddities. Stephen Fry’s narration brings welcome verve whenever the text loses its magic.…

Mythos

Mythos by Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph, 2017) Stephen Fry not only retells the myths of Ancient Greece with deftness and a modern appreciation, but manages also to unravel the tangled dramatis personae from creation onwards and make it comprehensible to the uninitiated (which to varying extents we all are).    

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (George Newnes, 1905); audiobook read by Stephen Fry (ABC, 2017) Stephen Fry takes seriously the task of voicing Conan Doyle’s stories, yet with faint echoes of his own comedic characters seeping through (in contrast sufficient to add further gravitas to the great detective). Sherlock Holmes resumes practice post-Reichenbach, as superior…

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (Houghton Mifflin, 1958) audiobook read by Stephen Fry (Harper, 2005) Paddington Bear seems destined to remain a perennial children’s favourite, his surroundings now dated somewhat but his mishap-inducing unfamiliarity with them never growing old. Stephen Fry, who was conceived at much the same time as Paddington, gives perfect voice to the stories.