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Summary

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.

©2012 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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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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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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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Diabolical desires and dastardly doings on Dartmoor

Holmes has encountered deadly creatures on his adventures before, most memorably in the case of the Speckled Band — when a swamp adder was revealed as the killer. There are some parallels with Baskervilles. But this is a novel, not a short story, and a fuller exploration of some classic Doyle preoccupations, including disputed inheritances, family loyalty, or more exactly disloyalty, and a suggestion of supernatural goings-on. Holmes is called to the desolate moorland of Grimpen Mire where he finds a kind of twisted version of Wuthering Heights - aristocrats and oddballs living in an inhospitable wilderness. Sir Charles Baskerville has been found dead, seemingly mauled by a spectral dog. His son and heir Henry travels back from Canada to take over the family pile — but soon it becomes clear he, too, is at risk from the devilish hound. It’s wonderfully done. Watson, forever in awe of Holmes, if sometimes a little grudging, is primary sleuth for a good portion of the novel, travelling to the moor while Holmes tells him he’ll stay put in London. Much of the action is narrated by Watson in the form of letters to Holmes, updating him on the latest revelations. It’s a great mix of myth and murder — and still has the power to hold your fascination, decades after it was published. The setting is key to the sense of growing dread. I read the novel as a child and still vividly recall the experience. It’s great to revisit it, and Jacobi’s narration is firm and faultless. Should you give it a listen? The answer is, of course, elementary…

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Quite enjoyable

I really quite enjoyed this. I love listening to Derek Jacobi, although there were times when I was a little annoyed with the narration. The story is quite dramatic in places and the writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does all the drama for you so that I found the narration a little over the top. Other than that, it was good to listen to and I would recommend it.

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Conan Doyle and Jacobi at their best.

A truly wonderful reading of the classic Gothic crime novella by Derek Jacobi. A superb performance.

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Amazingly performed

Well read by Sir Derek Jacobi , characters are all well voiced. Just had to listen again , great for introducing younger generation to sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Holmes and watson. All in all an excellent opportunity to be thrilled and enchanted by the mysteries and mayhem around the Baskerville estate, and how the conclusion is explained at the end is a must read for all ages.

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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

The Best Sherlock Holmes book

Derek Jacobi's masterful reading of "The Hound" stands paws snd shoulders above the dozens of other recordings of this classic. There is not much to say other than this is as nearly perfect a book as one could write. To stare that I highly recommend it would be an understatement.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Graycee
  • 14-09-21

Arthur Conan Doyle was a genius!

I enjoy convoluted mysteries. This one is definitely that. Everything this author wrote is fascinating.

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  • Skyler and Co
  • 01-09-21

So much fun

It's amazing how you can hear the same story more than once and have a completely different take on it each time. A true classic.

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