Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. The best of the Holmes novels!
Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
Very hard to distinguish some characters, and Holmes has an obnoxious, lilting falsetto.
The store was adequate, but surprisingly predictable and straightforward.
I have always loved this story but voice that Mr. Stevens chose for Sherlock was too falsetto. It kept taking me out of the story because it was so irritating.
This formula has been copied so many times that I have to remind myself how fresh it must have seemed in its time. It's still a very enjoyable story and the narration is fine. Worth the price of admission.
author 'Men of Tomorrow'
This isn't Conan Doyle's best work to begin with and needs a good narrator to lift it up. Unfortunately, this narrator is terrible and drags it down. Way down. Apparently he's a comedian by trade (not a bad thing in itself) and seems to think it's his job to make the prose sound ridiculous with an ironic attitude. He also didn't seem to know the story before he started to narrate...e.g. one character is described as having an odd lisping speech, which we discover is a clue that she's a native Spanish speaker, but Stevens plays it as a preposterous speech impediment.
Worst narration by far of any of them. By far. In its own league.
It could have been a different person. Ralph Cosham, say. But really, anybody.
It's fun if well-narrated. Kind of thin for Doyle--he didn't have a novel's worth of plot but was apparently determined to make it a novel--but with a lot of great moments. The descriptions of the moor are pretty wonderful if read well. Not in this version.
If you haven't read any Holmes stories, I wouldn't start with this. Try The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or A Study in Scarlet. If you want to listen to Baskerville, there are much better narrations of it on Audible. Hurry to those.
Addicted to Audible.
Not another one from Arthur Conan Doyle. This was boring and slow paced. I'm sure that during the time period it was written it was awesome but we have better writers now.
I would add sound effects and music
The book is gripping and a salutary lesson in the genre.
Holmes is peerless.
I have listened to over 100 books from Audible, and this is the worst narration I have experienced. I doubt the narrator had read the book before he embarked on the recording. He has no sense of characterisation. He mixes up the voices of the characters. He cannot imbue the story with the necessary sense of tension that it deserves. How on earth was he chosen?
The book is certainly worth the time. My advice is either read it yourself, or choose a narrator like Derek Jacobi who can add to the story by the intelligent use of inflection.
The best books are enhanced by being read well (Timothy West in Trollope; Martin Jarvis in Dickens; Juliet Stephenson in Austen). What is the point in engaging a narrator who cannot bring anything to the table?
"Classic tale, well read"
I love the Sherlock Holmes books. It is different reading this when you know whodunit, you lack the same level of intrigue and not knowing which of the red herrings are real. But this is such a classic, and it is great, well read (although I prefer Derek Jacobi's readings) and highly enjoyable
"Not well read"
The reading in the sample sounds OK, but I found it unnatural and awkward. It's worth spending the extra to get the Derek Jacobi version.
"amazing for the time"
A brilliant story. However I imagine some will find it slow for today's standards. Although it is arguably the most famous of his stories, it is the third in the line and should be read in that order.
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