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Could the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville have been caused by the gigantic ghostly hound which is said to have haunted his family for generations? Arch-rationalist Sherlock Holmes characteristically dismisses the theory as nonsense. Claiming to be immersed in another case, he sends Watson to Devon to protect the Baskerville heir and to observe the suspects at close hand.

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Classic Book and brilliant Narrator

I have listened and enjoyed a few of Sherlock Holmes now and allthough you have a vague memory of the various stories Derek Jacobi transforms them he is brilliant! I readly look for his narration before buying the book.

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Very entertaining

Excellent audiobook and excellent narration by Jacobi. I read the book many years ago and enjoyed it very much. However, listening the audiobook and the life and personality of the characters was like reading the book fir the first time.

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Perfect performance of a classic.

Derek Jacobi gives a great reading of one of Conan Doyle's finest stories. Very enjoyable!

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Not quite elementary and not a good starting point for new Holmes fans

Derek Jacobi gives a pleasant performance but it is easy to drift off as he doesn’t give much variation to characters and voices. I’ve always been told that if you are start the Holmes books this is the one to start with and with my love of all the Basil Rathbone and Hammer versions of Sherlock and Watson I decided to dive in. The story is very slow with everything coming alive within really the last hour and Sherlock himself is absent through 70% of the story. I believe if you are already engrossed in the world of Sherlock Holmes you’ll really enjoy this but as a newcomer to the books I did struggle.

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Feels like being on the moors!

Each character was excellently narrated! The narrator really brings the story to life and you feel like you are there on the mysterious moors with Watson and Holmes trying to figure out what's going on, recommended!

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Love it!

You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.

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Entertaining

This story is very familiar to me, but it was made entertaining by the telling by Derek Jacobi. Well worth a listen.

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Top Story

A book I remember reading as a youngster. Great story, great narration, great listen for anyone of any age.

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Derek Jacobi reading Sherlock Holmes, Perfect!

This is one of the perfect audio experiences. And it is so easy to imagine Derek Jacobi sitting by a lovely fire in a comfortable sitting room reading this aloud to an enthralled group of friends and family. Of course the story is well known and yet fresh life is breathed into it. I loved it!

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Great book, but...

This is a great book and has adult vocabulary; the language is as expected for a book of it’s age, but it rather seems that the plot was, simple. It was a bit repetitive and it was saying the same things over and over.

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  • Carole T.
  • 09-06-15

Could It Get Any Better?

Nope, probably not! After listening to a dramatized version, I decided I needed to revisit the genuine Conan Doyle article.

Dated it may be, and it may have become something of a cliche, but "The Hound" still resonates. It's a great, suspenseful yarn and makes for a wonderful short listen - especially with the hallowed tones of Derek Jacobi.

I say go for it!

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  • Nancy & Greg
  • 04-09-20

Excellent rendition of a classic

"The Hound of the Baskervilles' is one of those books I can read or listen to over and over, picking up bits of detail that I may have missed before. it is truly one of the most descriptive of Conan Doyle's works. In it he paints an indelible picture of the unique bleakness and beauty of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside.

The skilled voice of Derek Jacobi brings each character to life in a unique way. His portrayal of Holmes, and especially Watson, who carries the bulk part of this story, is top notch. This may very well be THE definitive version of "The Hound" yet.

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  • InfiniteRider
  • 29-01-15

Lovely

Have always loved this story and Derek Jacobi brings it to life beautifully! He's AMAZING, I will definitely look for more from him.

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  • Roseclan
  • 03-11-20

Great story! Great Narrator!

Classic Sherlock Holmes story set on a creepy moor. Probably the inspiration for a lot of werewolf stories. Narrator is outstanding!

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  • Kyle
  • 02-10-20

love this story

this was the first sherlock holmes I ever read. and I love it again and again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-20

Outstanding Narration!!!

Derek Jacobi's voice is so wonderful, he creates such a great atmosphere, one which I felt I was actually inside the story or watching a live play because of which. Highly recommend this audio version of this classic story.

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  • K. Hagan
  • 03-04-19

Greatest of all Sherlock Holmes books

Derek Jacobi is a truly brilliant voice actor who bring this together as the definitive way to enjoy this amazing story.

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  • Rayna overcash
  • 06-04-21

great listen

Great narrator voices went along great with the story. entertai ing with a twist .

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  • Adam Francis
  • 11-02-21

A Classic Read by a Master

Always enjoyed this tale but Derek Jacobi’s narration of it makes it even more enjoyable. I would listen to him reading the instructions off of a box of frozen chicken fingers.

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  • Jill Stevens
  • 03-02-21

Really good

I like speed and Accuracy that the reader has and how well he does.
10/10 will read 6 more time till I find something else to read