Audie Award Nominee, Classics; Best Male Narrator
Widely considered the greatest of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles was originally serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902. It is the third of only four short novels Doyle wrote about his super sleuth. Set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country, it is the gloom-enshrouded story of murder inspired by the family legend of a gigantic, demonic hound of supernatural origin. The book begins with Holmes receiving a visit from a country doctor bearing a strange, ghostly tale concerning a legendary beast that haunts the lonely moors around the Baskerville estate and which appears to be the cause of the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. The legend warns the descendants of the Baskerville family to avoid the moor at certain times, and the newly arrived young heir appears to be in danger. As Holmes swings into action, the ever trusty Watson tags along to witness the thrilling action as it unfolds.
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"Since he received an Audie nomination for Volume I and an Audie Award for Volume II, it’s not surprising that Charlton Griffin gives another extraordinary performance in this volume of Sherlock Holmes works. In addition to impeccable interpretations of familiar characters - Holmes, Watson, Mycroft, and Lestrade - Griffin creates remarkably believable women. Griffin’s narration is fresh, flawless, and completely winning." (Audiofile)
Although the story itself was interesting with an excellent twist to the ending, I found it a tad drawn out in spots making it a trifle hard to always retain interest. But liking Sherlock Holmes as I do made me stick to the story to the end. The performance was very enjoyable and the story plot excellent.
I really enjoyed the sound effects at the beginning and end of the chapters. It really added an ambiance that pulls you into the story. Sometimes the different characters' accents got a bit confused but it was still overall a good listen!
What I liked best was the vocabulary and setting of the story. Even though I do love a mystery this is not the traditional mystery. The language is different and it makes me really have to sit and listen and understand what the characters are referring to and saying. I like the old mysteries as well as the new age mysteries.
I would have to say that my favorite character was Watson, because his character played a big part in the story. He may not be Holmes and know everything and be able to solve everything but I feel that he is smart and has an even bigger role than that of Holmes. He figured that when Holmes got to the same town by recognizing the little boy. He figured out about the players of the murder mystery, to me I feel even though he is portrayed to be the right hand he is a needed right hand.
My favorite scenes are always the ending scenes when you find out all the information about who the players are in the crime and when Holmes really tells you are the tricks he has done and how he solved the case. When you are reading it you don’t get to see all the little things that Holmes has seen so it is hard to put it together but when he is reveling everything to Watson then you kind of have that “OHH” kind of look on your face.
I think the part in the story that did get me to stop what I was doing and really sit and listen was the part when Sherlock and Watson thought that the hound had killed Sir Henry, but it was really the escaped convict who had been murdered due to him wearing Sir Henry’s clothes.
This book was great , and it was read with an excellent clarity! The pace of it could have been picked up , and it would be better heard if more background music where involved. I have read the book already and purchased this for my girlfriends listening pleasure, we wernt disapointed.
I had to read this for a college class. It was a little slow starting, but got better. I didn't enjoy the narrator's horrible attempts at a female voice. Some of the women were supposed to be beautiful but they sounded like old shrews.
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