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The Hound of the Baskervilles Audiobook

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Eric Voreis 08-26-15
    Eric Voreis 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, unfortunate narrator"

    Very hard to distinguish some characters, and Holmes has an obnoxious, lilting falsetto.

    The store was adequate, but surprisingly predictable and straightforward.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. E. Weyts Connecticut, USA 02-05-16
    L. E. Weyts Connecticut, USA 02-05-16
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    "Voices Off"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Onick 10-31-16
    Gary Onick 10-31-16
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    "Classic Story"

    This a classic Sherlock Holmes story that held my interest all the way through. Superb writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator"

    This is the first book I have been disappointed with the narrator! I will make none of the other SH books I acquire will have the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 09-05-16
    James 09-05-16
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    "Good Book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 08-06-16
    Anna 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Gothic and fun"

    one of Doyle's best stories. reading is okay, although some of the characters sound a bit bizarre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard Jones San Francisco 02-04-16
    Gerard Jones San Francisco 02-04-16 Member Since 2015

    author 'Men of Tomorrow'

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    "Terrible choice of narrator"
    Would you try another book from Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Grahame Stevens?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Arthur Conan Doyle before, how does this one compare?

    Worst narration by far of any of them. By far. In its own league.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been a different person. Ralph Cosham, say. But really, anybody.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 11-04-15
    David United States 11-04-15 Member Since 2012

    Hellicopter Man

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    "Great Introduction To Sherlock!"

    This was my first such read and I expect more. ..engaging and a steady easy time of it.

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    Amazon Customer 09-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great quality for a great price!"

    Some the accents were wanting, but that being said, for the price, it was fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 11-28-14
    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 11-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "Hoped for a better audio but it came short."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Grahame Stevens’s performance?

    British thing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hound of the Baskervilles?

    I would add sound effects and music


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Roger Cliffe
    Berkeley, Gloucestershire United Kingdom
    11/26/14
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    "Abysmal narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is gripping and a salutary lesson in the genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holmes is peerless.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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?


    Was The Hound of the Baskervilles worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    9/3/13
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    "Not well read"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grant Toft
    10/11/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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