David Timson is a tough act to follow as a narrator of Sherlock Holmes stories, but Simon Prebble gives him a run for his money here. It's wonderful that Tantor released all four Holmes novels at the same time. Prebble is another in my growing list of favorite narrators. The voices of the different characters are less distinctive at times than in Timson's reading, but Prebble is equally effective at conveying the excitement of the story, the sense of dread, and the sharp humor of Holmes himself.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" is the quintessential Holmes story, even though he himself is absent from a significant portion of the action. If you never read another Holmes story, read this one. Among other things, it's the perfect antidote for people who grew up thinking of Watson as the likeable duffer from the old Basil Rathbone movies. He shows himself here as a courageous and loyal friend, and while his detecting is less brilliant than Holmes's, it's equally tenacious.
I'm looking forward to the other entries in the series.
Here we have Sherlock Holmes sending Watson to solve or at least attempt to solve a case. Largely we see Watson solving the case with Holmes coming in at the end to get the credit and solve the case. This story line has been used by writers across the board. Not going to spoil it however it also has a lot of great lessons like about who to trust and not trust. All people appearing to be evil aren't and all angles aren't as well.
The story is as good as any SH story. But I found the narrator a bit monotonous, and not very good at modulating his voice to distinguish the various characters. Holmes and especially Watson sound much too old. His attempt at giving a female character a lisp was utterly unconvincing and down right annoying.
This was such a fun book to listen to. It is a very accessible story, easy to follow, and all the characters are fun to get to know. It's a great history lesson--so many of our current "mystery" shows and stories are based on this story. That makes it even more fun--you can recognize the formula and the pattern of the story in everything from Law & Order episodes to "mystery" movies and books. These Doyle stories are SUCH a treasure.
You can't argue with The Hound of the Baskervilles - it's a perfect, elegant mystery with lots of fun and no dull patches. Simon Prebble is a very listenable narrator. Unlike the other reviewers I thought he distinguished Holmes and Watson perfectly. Thumbs up!
The portrayal of Sherlock Holmes was fascinating
He really knows how to adapt his style to the moment in the story.
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