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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Could the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville have been caused by the gigantic ghostly hound which is said to have haunted his family for generations? Arch-rationalist Sherlock Holmes characteristically dismisses the theory as nonsense. Claiming to be immersed in another case, he sends Watson to Devon to protect the Baskerville heir and to observe the suspects at close hand.

©2012 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Could It Get Any Better?

Nope, probably not! After listening to a dramatized version, I decided I needed to revisit the genuine Conan Doyle article.

Dated it may be, and it may have become something of a cliche, but "The Hound" still resonates. It's a great, suspenseful yarn and makes for a wonderful short listen - especially with the hallowed tones of Derek Jacobi.

I say go for it!

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Lovely

Have always loved this story and Derek Jacobi brings it to life beautifully! He's AMAZING, I will definitely look for more from him.

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Greatest of all Sherlock Holmes books

Derek Jacobi is a truly brilliant voice actor who bring this together as the definitive way to enjoy this amazing story.

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Excellent performance by Derek Jacobi.

Excellent story that stands the test of time that any Sherlock fan will immediately love. Jacobi's performance is on target and will let you know which character is speaking. Would recommend in a heartbeat!

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Best narrator for Holmes in my opinion!

The performance not only tells the story, but enhances it. DJs acting chops are extraordinary.

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Derek Jacobi, 'nuff said

Worth it for his reading of the story's climax alone! Nice work from Sir Derek, and of course the original ripping good yarn.

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Excellent Reading

I purchased this version of the story specifically because it was read by Derek Jacobi, and I'm so glad I did! He was absolutely perfect for the role, and even huffed and puffed Watson expertly. Recommended!

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Interesting

Loved the book. starts off slow but very interesting at the end. some parts are unpredictable.

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  • Ronald
  • 03-19-13

Classic Book and brilliant Narrator

I have listened and enjoyed a few of Sherlock Holmes now and allthough you have a vague memory of the various stories Derek Jacobi transforms them he is brilliant! I readly look for his narration before buying the book.

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  • Gustavo
  • 12-23-12

Very entertaining

Excellent audiobook and excellent narration by Jacobi. I read the book many years ago and enjoyed it very much. However, listening the audiobook and the life and personality of the characters was like reading the book fir the first time.

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  • Dawn Martin
  • 10-17-19

Perfect performance of a classic.

Derek Jacobi gives a great reading of one of Conan Doyle's finest stories. Very enjoyable!

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  • CharlieLongman
  • 03-22-19

Not quite elementary and not a good starting point for new Holmes fans

Derek Jacobi gives a pleasant performance but it is easy to drift off as he doesn’t give much variation to characters and voices. I’ve always been told that if you are start the Holmes books this is the one to start with and with my love of all the Basil Rathbone and Hammer versions of Sherlock and Watson I decided to dive in. The story is very slow with everything coming alive within really the last hour and Sherlock himself is absent through 70% of the story. I believe if you are already engrossed in the world of Sherlock Holmes you’ll really enjoy this but as a newcomer to the books I did struggle.

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  • Vernon
  • 05-18-18

Feels like being on the moors!

Each character was excellently narrated! The narrator really brings the story to life and you feel like you are there on the mysterious moors with Watson and Holmes trying to figure out what's going on, recommended!

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  • Mrs
  • 06-30-13

Love it!

You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.

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  • Just
  • 04-08-18

Classic Holmes

Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Derek Jacobi is an excellent narrator, and perfect for Sherlock Holmes.

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Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the great novels of British literature. Part mystery, part Gothic horror, it is the one Sherlock Holmes story everyone has heard of, and it does not disappoint. If you're not familiar with it and are considering this audiobook then you're in for a treat.

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  • peter button
  • 09-27-16

Great listen.

One off the most famous Doyle books its great to hear it being read so well by Derek. It will keep tou on the edge of your seat well worth the money or credit. Peter burton

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  • Herbmum
  • 04-30-16

A cunning, mysterious plot and thrillingly read

Exciting story and cunning plot brought to life by the expressive voices of Derek Jacobi

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  • Miss Julie E. Ellis
  • 07-31-15

brilliant narration

derek jacobi is the perfect voice for the most famous victorian detective. very addictive listening.

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  • Beck
  • 11-20-15

Definitely worth the read.

As a story originally published in 1902 I was amazed to find how easy a read it was and really enjoyed it.

I have always loved the character of Sherlock Holmes though had yet to read any of the original work. I think I was afraid that I may find myself not like the works so I put it off. But alas I found the writing to be rather poetic and find myself wanting to read more Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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