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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Narrated by: Grahame Stevens
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (421 ratings)

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. The best of the Holmes novels!

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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Great story, unfortunate narrator

Very hard to distinguish some characters, and Holmes has an obnoxious, lilting falsetto.

The store was adequate, but surprisingly predictable and straightforward.

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Great mystery

I really enjoyed this Sherlock Holmes mystery i like mysteries and the narrator did a great job

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Voices Off

I have always loved this story but voice that Mr. Stevens chose for Sherlock was too falsetto. It kept taking me out of the story because it was so irritating.

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slight problem

The narrator read clearly and the different character voices were good but throughout the reading words and phrases were skipped or the wrong name was read. made it slightly confusing when reading along with the book

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dont buy

unbearably annoying narrator. all i could hear was his breathing and some other weird noises he made.

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Great story!

Very much understandable! I recommend this novel. I probably will read it again someday. Good times.

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great book

have always loved this story....
narrator was very good .... however he got a little monotone on long monologues... but overall, well done.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book! it is a good story and a great adventure! a must read!

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Not The Narrator For Holmes

Would you listen to The Hound of the Baskervilles again? Why?

I love Sherlock Holmes but this guy just ruined it. When I am listening to a story, I don't want to hear the narrator swallowing or sucking saliva out of the corner of his mouth. Definitely not a narrator I will seek out and will go out of my way to avoid.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grahame Stevens?

Simon Vance

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If it had a different narrator, yes.

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  • Sara
  • Manitowoc, Wi., US
  • 10-23-17

A great mystery!

I love the story and enjoyed the performance. my husband didnt care for the performance but enjoyed the story. Its hard to stop listening!

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  • Miss
  • 05-27-14

Classic tale, well read

I love the Sherlock Holmes books. It is different reading this when you know whodunit, you lack the same level of intrigue and not knowing which of the red herrings are real. But this is such a classic, and it is great, well read (although I prefer Derek Jacobi's readings) and highly enjoyable

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  • Roger Cliffe
  • 11-26-14

Abysmal narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is gripping and a salutary lesson in the genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Holmes is peerless.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have listened to over 100 books from Audible, and this is the worst narration I have experienced. I doubt the narrator had read the book before he embarked on the recording. He has no sense of characterisation. He mixes up the voices of the characters. He cannot imbue the story with the necessary sense of tension that it deserves. How on earth was he chosen?

Was The Hound of the Baskervilles worth the listening time?

The book is certainly worth the time. My advice is either read it yourself, or choose a narrator like Derek Jacobi who can add to the story by the intelligent use of inflection.

Any additional comments?

The best books are enhanced by being read well (Timothy West in Trollope; Martin Jarvis in Dickens; Juliet Stephenson in Austen). What is the point in engaging a narrator who cannot bring anything to the table?

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  • ben
  • 09-03-13

Not well read

How could the performance have been better?

The reading in the sample sounds OK, but I found it unnatural and awkward. It's worth spending the extra to get the Derek Jacobi version.

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  • G
  • 10-11-16

amazing for the time

A brilliant story. However I imagine some will find it slow for today's standards. Although it is arguably the most famous of his stories, it is the third in the line and should be read in that order.