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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; New Ed edition (24 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140366997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140366990
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,623,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.


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Sherlock Holmes's best ... remains a classic (Marcel Berlins The Times) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Emmy award-winning actor Sir Derek Jacobi reads this full-length story featuring the great detective. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 1999
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a marvellous example of a British detective mystery. The story keeps you entertained and guessing at every twist and turn and the ending is far from predictable! An enjoyable and well written mystery and a classic Sherlock Holmes case.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2001
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'The Hound of the Baskervilles' sees Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson on one of their most famous and exciting adventures. Right from the start the author succeeds in grabbing the readers' attention, and dramatic plot twists and the eery setting of the desolate moors keep it held until the final page. Holmes and Watson's detective skills are called upon to investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, whose body is discovered with a look of terror upon his face near the footprints of a huge hound. Could the tale of a terrifying beast that haunts the Baskerville family be more than just superstition? The skills and courage of the Sleuths are tested to the limit in their bid to discover the truth. Although first published almost a hundred years ago, this novel has lost none of its appeal and is as good as any modern-day thriller. Full of excitement and suspense, this book is a real page-turner, and a must for all fans of the detective novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 6 Jan. 2006
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The image of Sherlock Holmes in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is perhaps the most enduring image we have of him. You see, an Inverness cloak and deerstalker cap are inappropriate wardrobe for the town, and belong in the country. Sherlock Holmes is predominantly a city dweller and city investigator; it is relatively uncommon that he treks out on adventures, but the case of the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the attempted murder of Sir Henry Baskerville led him to the Dartmoor plain. Thus, country garb was in order. This is where we get much of our imagery.
Also helping with this is that every major actor to play Holmes has considered 'Hound of the Baskervilles' to be the ultimate Holmes story to act -- rather like the Hamlet of Conan Doyle's work. Holmes was a popular film icon, and in the early decades of the twentieth century several dozen films were made of Holmes, but the first after these many films to be set in Victorian times (and not be updated for the screen) was a version of Hound. Ellie Norwood, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett -- many distinguished actors have considered this among their greatest roles.
Watson dates the case to 1889, but various reading authorities, knowing the good doctor's occasional attempts to distort details to protect the privacy of the innocent, have dated this to between 1886 and 1900.
In fact, the novel appeared in serialised form in the Strand magazine, the great first-publication site of most Holmesian tales, between August 1901 and April 1902, after Conan Doyle had attempted to kill off the great detective in the short story The Final Problem, which showcased Holmes' battle with Moriarity, the Napoleon of Crime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2012
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Published in 1901 (in an effort to placate Holmes fans clamouring for more Holmes stories between killing off his fictional hero in 1893 and restoring him in 1903) and set in the late 1880s, The Hound Of the Baskervilles changed from an effort to placate fans into one of Doyle's most famous books, and probably the best know Holmes story. It was so successful that Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes 2 years later. It has endured, and is as readable and enjoyable today as it was then. Mixing Doyle's interests in the arcane and his rationalism, he first writes an atmospheric and downright spooky supernatural tale with the set up for the curse of the Baskervilles, then a thrilling tale of murder and greed as Holmes is brought in to investigate the recent death of a Baskerville that might be related to the curse and brings his rationalism to bear to expose a very human plot. Of the Holmes stories it is one of the best written and enthralling.

Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 6 discs and running to 6.5 hours, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. As I said, it is an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, and look forward to getting more in the series. 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 July 2012
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The most famous case for Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective may keep its hero off the page and away from the action for the majority of its duration, handing most of the plot's heavy lifting to his loyal companion, but it's the perfect combination of the author's fascinating with both the supernatural and the process of rational deduction, the fatal curse and the dark forces that would use it offering a rare opportunity to have his cake and eat it by playing upon the gothic horrors while providing a rational explanation. Of the four Holmes novels its probably that inspired straddling of two seemingly incompatible approaches that ensured its popularity as the definitive Holmes adventure and the inspiration for thousands of books, plays and films ever since. Perhaps even more importantly, it's a ripping yarn that's told well, and holds up to the test of time admirably.

The same can thankfully be said for AudioGo's unabridged audiobook version, like their other admirable efforts in the series given a sympathetic and splendidly unfussy reading by Derek Jacobi: no gimmicks, no overacting, no amendments to the text, just the reassuring feeling that we're listening to Dr. John Watson recounting his extraordinary friend's exploits. It's ideal fireside storytelling as the evenings draw in whether you're coming to the story for the first time or paying it a return visit.
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