AudioFile Magazine's Sherlock Holmes Listeners’ Guide Features Free Short Story Audio Collection

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Online Event Unlocks Rich World of Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks at from December 16-30, 2009; Sherlock Holmes Fans Can Download Three Short Stories, Listen to Narrator Interviews, and More

AudioFile, the magazine and Web site devoted to audiobooks, is offering a free audio collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories as part of its Listeners’ Guide to Sherlock Holmes. The Listeners’ Guide is an online multimedia event where visitors can listen to exclusive conversations with Holmes narrators and experts, read AudioFile Editors’ audiobook reviews and recommendations, and discover more remarkable Sherlock Holmes resources on the Internet.

Visitors can easily download and listen to David Timson reading “Silver Blaze,” “The Adventure of the Stock-Broker’s Clerk,” and “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans,” courtesy of Naxos AudioBooks. In addition, listeners are invited to discuss their favorite Sherlock Holmes audiobooks on AudioFile's Facebook page,

This Listeners’ Guide also offers free, behind-the-scenes conversations with AudioFile’s Editors and narrators David Timson, Simon Prebble, and Ralph Cosham, plus an interview with award-winning audio dramatist and AudioFile contributing editor Yuri Rasovsky. The actors share their favorite scenes and give unique perspectives on being the voices of Sherlock Holmes. Visitors will learn about the iconic detective and discover how the voices of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other memorable characters are created by talented narrators and actors.

“With the 150th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth this year and the release of the Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey, Jr., it's an appropriate time to encourage a new generation of fans to discover the voices of Sherlock Holmes,” said AudioFile Editor and Founder Robin Whitten. “The atmospheric settings, intellectual puzzles, and intriguing characters of Arthur Conan Doyle make perfect audio listening. This Listeners’ Guide also acknowledges the dynamic work of Holmes interpreters from Basil Rathbone to today’s best audiobook narrators.”

The Sherlock Holmes Listeners’ Guide is AudioFile’s latest celebration of the audio works of great writers. Recent Listeners’ Guides have focused on the audiobooks of Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Sign up to receive AudioFile’s Listeners’ Guides at

About AudioFile: AudioFile, the magazine and Web site devoted to audiobooks, is indispensable for anyone who enjoys spoken-word audio. The magazine reviews nearly 200 audiobooks per month, features narrator and author profiles, and awards exceptional performances with AudioFile's Earphones Awards. Discover the world of audiobooks online at

Katie Freddoso, Outreach Editor
outreacheditor at audiofilemagazine dot com


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