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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning Sherlock Holmes narrator David Timson leads us through Conan Doyle's most famous tale. This extended story brings the archetypal detective to the moors with his friend and biographer Dr. Watson to investigate the mystery of a beast terrorizing the neighborhood.
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"The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art's supremacy over life." (Christopher Morley)

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 07-18-11

A masterpiece

I enjoy Shelock Holmes, and appreciate the role AC Doyle had in developing the genre. Not all the mysteries are well developed though. This one is. It's a masterpiece. The narration is outstanding. One of the best audiobooks I've had.

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  • Robert
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 10-01-12

Excellent narrator for a fantastic story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles to be better than the print version?

I have read the Hound of the Baskervilles and at the time found some parts of it a little dragging, but when hearing it read out to me it's very different. I enjoyed the audio book very much!

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator! David Timson had a great range of voices and it's easy to differentiate between the characters based on his voice alone. The American accent made me chuckle, but the other character's voices more than made up for it!

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

Watson and Holmes were the best of all the characters.

Any additional comments?

An awesome book! Highly recommended for both the narrator and the story!

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A classic thriller with no surprises

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this if you're after a short, dependable story of the Classic variety.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Obviously this story has to be viewed in the context of the era in which it was written as the slightly class-ist and racist views of Sherlock Holmes don't translate that well to the modern era. Very much

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

Timson (narrator) does a reasonable job of distinguishing the different characters in his performance and captures the slight pomposity of Holmes quite well.

Any additional comments?

Overall an undemanding diversion with no surprises.

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Always a great story

We enjoyed this reading ! Great to pass the time for a long car ride. We could picture the characters.

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Adore This Version

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend it. This is my favorite of the Sherlock stories, and I've listened to this so much that David's voice is like sitting next to a lovely fire with hot chocolate.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Even though I've read this story and listened to this audiobook dozens of times, the story still gives me chills when the hound first attacks. I love the way it's narrated.

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  • Pamela
  • United States
  • 07-30-16

A wonderful classic

David Timson does an excellent job narrating this masterpiece. The only aspect I didn't enjoy was his awful impersonation of an American accent, but all of his other character voices, as well as his general tone, is highly engaging.
The story itself is, in my opinion, the best of the Holmes novels. There are shocking revelations, tantalizing clues, and an atmospheric setting on the moors. I listened to this on a long drive, and it made the hours fly by.

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Love the storry - but choose another version!

What made the experience of listening to The Hound of the Baskervilles the most enjoyable?

It is one of my favourite books and Conan Doyle is one of my favourite authors off all time so I will always enjoy listening to his words, even when they are interrupted by annoying musical intervals all the bloody time!

What other book might you compare The Hound of the Baskervilles to and why?

Victorian Crims and other Sherlock Holmes adventures...

Would you listen to another book narrated by David Timson?

If there is no annoying music interrupting the book, then yes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love the setting in this book it is so picturesque and it gives everything a sense of the supernatural which helps underlining the story in the book.

Any additional comments?

STOP THE MUSIC! And let the man talk, seriously!

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Confusing and boring

I had to read this for school, and it has too many fancy and big words, and it's confusing, and kind of boring.

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  • Paul Challands
  • 07-20-18

First Class

David Timson is excellent loved every second as it’s one of my favourite films. Yikes had no idea that the films are so different to the book. But this only added to my enjoyment heartily recommend this book

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  • Trekkie Monster
  • 12-27-16

Fantastic

I personally love Naxos audio books. The blend of classical music and superb quality narration makes them well worth trying and in the case of these David Timson recordings of the Holmes canon they are an essential purchase for all Sherlockians. Hounds has always been my favourite Holmes story and so I'm sure it's no surprise to you to discover that this is my favourite of the Timson recordings. Special mention must also be given to the Naxos production team who have chosen pieces of classical music that suitably capture the story and the desolation of the Moors. This is an audiobook though and the music is simply just to usher new chapters in or signal the end of chapters.