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 portrayal of Sherlock Holmes was fascinating
He really knows how to adapt his style to the moment in the story.
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!
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.
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.
What a great pleasure it is to pick up a read, even one you are already so familiar with, and be totally immersed in atmosphere; a pace that proceeds with urgency; and writing that takes you to foggy old England and holds you there so convincingly that real-life seems like a fuzzy distant intrusion while you are reading. There is here that kind of precise balance of the writerly elements -- you can count on them with Sir Arthur. So easily, the reader can slip into the inner circle of Watson and Holmes.
When I was a child, I saw the film version starring Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville; a Hollywood version for sure, Doyle may have rolled once or twice in his grave, but it inspired me to read the book. Minus the grandiosity of Hollywood, the book lacked nothing, and still contains magic that even Hollywood can't trump. On a calm enough evening, sitting with your family, The Hound of the Baskervilles might even be able to compete with Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Warlord, Doodle Jump. What's that old saying..."They just don't make 'em like this anymore"...they do, but not very often. Great production, and worth re-visiting.
This is the first Sherlock Holmes audio book that I have ever listened to. While I was very familiar with the story (saw the movie which starrted Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce), I believe that what made this recording superb was Simon Prebble's narration. He did a phenomonal (and probably the best) job that I have ever heard changing his voice to match the characters in the book (best exemplified by his voice characterizations of Holmes vs. Dr. Watson (with different English Accents and tones) as well as inserting an American/Canadian dialectic tone for Sir. Henry Baskerville). I recommend this as a great listen and I am actually thinking of purchasing the entire Holmes collection that is available on Audible (and is also narrated by Prebble)
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
October is a great month for a little classic horror from a master. Holmes and Watson are off to the moors for a little sleuthing around. In Holmes style he waits until the end to unfold all of the facts to catch the killer. My son informed me that the narrator Simon Prebble also was the voice of "Courage the Cowardly Dog", on Nickelodeon.
Classic Sherlock Holmes
I wanted to re-read the Hound of the Baskervilles after reading Laura King's, Moors which is also a mystery with Baskervilles as a main character. I enjoyed Watson's first person account. He was more of a main character than Holmes. Great narration. Good mystery. I do have to say Laura King gave a much more in depth description of the Moors.
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