Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of the Railway: A BBC Radio Reading (Anglais) CD – Version coupée, Livre audio, CD
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In The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box, Hazell hatches a daring plan to retrieve a highly sensitive government document before it reaches the German Ambassador.
In Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture, When an entire wagon containing valuable paintings disappears from a goods train, Hazell's skill is needed.
In The Affair of the Corridor Express, a multimillionaire's son disappears from a moving train. Hazell must find the kidnappers before the boy is lost forever.
In The Stolen Necklace a lady begs Hazell to help when the diamond necklace that she borrowed is stolen from her suitcase.
In The Affair of the Birmingham Bank, customers keep drawing money from a Midlands bank, so gold reserves are sent by train. Hazell must guard against train robbery.
Biographie de l'auteur
Whitechurch’s detective Thorpe Hazell was a vegetarian railway detective, written as an antidote to Sherlock Holmes. Stories featuring Hazell were featured in Strand Magazine, Railway Magazine and Pearson’s and Harmsworth’s magazines.
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The assorted mysteries are in fact a little hard to follow--because of the writing, not the reading. Cumberbatch voices the various characters with easy precision, but the writing is a bit convoluted and the mysteries about the level I could write. It's not a compliment. Still, the whole thing is very relaxing and nostalgic and harmless. The entire series is G-rated and suitable for anyone (Hazel smokes a cigarette, and that's the extent of the vice. The mysteries involve no murder, just kidnapping and espionage and ladies in distress because they can't find their diamond necklaces and other railway-themed shenanigans.)
I do rather like the character of Thorpe Hazel; he's honorable and old-fashioned and a throwback to the heroes of classic fiction. He is described as "book-collector, railway-enthusiast and Gentleman of Independent Means". When offered payment for his considerable services he is insulted, for he is a gentlemen in the classic sense, the amateur detective of the Victorian era. No age is given, but since we're listening to Benedict Cumberbatch, it's hard to not imagine him as young and smart and, well, Cumberbatch. And that's a image worth imagining.
I can't in all honesty give it five stars, but a very solid four and I certainly enjoy listening to it, usually while doing the dishes. (If you love Cumberbatch be sure to catch his equally deft characterization of Edmund Bertram in the BBC dramatization of "Mansfield Park". Quite possibly history's only sultry take on Edmund Bertram.)
"Thrilling Stories of the Railway" is harmless, mildly diverting and rates:
PLAN FOR BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH TO BUILD UNIMAGINABLE WEALTH: Step One: Record narration of the entire canon of Classic English Literature. Step Two: Post on Amazon. Step Three: Watch the money pour in like the tide. You're welcome, ladies of the world!