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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling and gripping read - a real page-turner!
'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...
Published on 25 Aug 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Just possible
Perhaps a central attraction of The Hound of The Baskervilles is that one mystery in the plot breeds another almost ad infinitum. Dr Mortimer believes that Sir Charles Baskerville's death is due to the curse of the Baskervilles by which successive heirs to its legacy have been snuffed out in untimely fashion across the centuries since the time of Cromwell when after an...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best stand-alone novel treated to the best audio treatment.,
Doyle uses the extra length to use multiple devices of the craft and create forbidding atmosphere of the Baskerville homestead and ancient curse as well as the surrounding moors. Indeed I was always struck by the fact that first description is a narrative from a client. Sir Jacobi does not waste time in infusing said narrative in the same way- it sets the entire tone for the story!
In my personal experience there is a certain passage in Hound of the Baskervilles which is a bit disorientating where Watson goes from first hand account to working from notes to first hand again. This coupled with the appearance of Holmes at the end of it used to confuse me when younger. So engrossed was I with Jacobi's narrative that I managed to get past this stage with minimal fuss.
Such is Doyle's crafting of a good tale that this remains his most most well known Sherlock Holmes story. This is not recorded as his favourite. I always got the feeling that as Mr Holmes hung round Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's neck like a millstone- Hound of the Baskervilles was an wry acknowledgement of that (with public outcry from Holmes passing in the Reichenbach Falls leading directly to this story). Mr Jacobi does it justice in any case!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hound of the Baskervilles,
i had put off reading this one for some time as I've seen the films so often.
but was happy that i took the time to read this though i found as normal the book to be so much better. so i'd say take some time out and go back in time to the late 1800's with the beginning of CSI in police work ....
5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes at his best,
This was the first Sherlock Holmes story after he `died' (although not yet his resurrection, this tale allegedly takes place before the unfortunate event). A lot of the later Holmes stories suffer from the fact that Conan-Doyle clearly doesn't really care about them and is just churning them out for money. Here though, the characters are vigorous and alive. Watson is the man of action at Baskerville Hall, coming up with plan after plan as he tries to solve the mystery himself. While Holmes, even when hidden out on Dartmoor, remains a compulsive presence.
Okay, the book tips its hand as to whodunit way too early in the proceedings (but as Raymond Chandler observed, since Conan-Doyle was a pioneer in this field we really have to allow him the odd misstep). But this, for anyone interested in Sherlock Holmes, is a cracking read - one that will leave you with a smile on your face after spending time with two such dear friends.
Well, it's `The Valley of Fear' next and having flown so high, I can't help thinking I'm about to be brought very low.
(I saw the Hammer version of this the other week. It's a perfectly acceptable, if scaled down telling of the tale - where the killer is, for some reason, made a lot more uncouth than he appears in the book. However, the opening sequence, showing how the curse attached itself to the Baskervilles really goes to town. It's a Technicolor dream of wild gothic lust, passion and violence. Watching it I couldn't help thinking that there might be a Grand Guignol story to be had in fleshing out the terrible exploits of the late Hugo Baskerville.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a classic that I genuinely love!!!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Hound of the Baskervilles,
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holmes brilliantly read.,
Unlike some of the other collections of shorter stories this is one that the whole family can enjoy. The story is not overly complicated like some of the other collections and it is quite logically and clearly concluded. And it has murders and monsters. Who could ask for anything more!
An essential addition to any collector's shelf or a great place to start for those new to Holmes.
5.0 out of 5 stars What one would expect.........,
This audio set of Conan Doyle's "Hound of the Baskervilles" is superbly read by Sir Derek Jacobi. One would expect no less. Great for playimg whilst in the car or whilst wrestling with the weeds in the garden.
Superb for the money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes best case given a touch of class,
It's no surprise that an actor of Jacobi's class would relish sinking his skills into its story and here the great thesp makes all the book's characters positively spring from the speakers.
Yes, you may have read/seen/heard this story dozens of times, but that doesn't mean you should skip over this excellent interpretation.
5.0 out of 5 stars "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes",
And what a marvellous story it is! It starts with Dr Watson attempting to do some detective work of his own as to the owner of a cane left absentmindedly by a caller on Holmes whilst they were both out. Holmes tells him he did well, but in fact is completely wrong and explains why this is. When the owner of the cane arrives, we find unsurprisingly that Holmes' description is the more accurate. Poor Watson; if only he had the opportunity to prove that he himself could be a capable detective, given the right circumstances and a little time to do so.
Dr James Mortimer proceeds to tell both gentlemen the story of the Hound of the Baskervilles, and the evil deeds of a certain Hugo Baskerville that drove a young lady to her death before the gigantic hound of local legend appeared and tore his throat out. The so called curse of the Baskervilles was said to have brought bloody and mysterious death to members of the Baskerville family for three or four generations - the most recent being the death earlier in the year of the last owner, who believed in the story and had died with a look of utmost horror on his face. Dr Mortimer had said at the inquiry that this may have been due to a disease the old man had, but what he had kept to himself until now was that he had himself found a footprint - that of a giant dog - near the body. He was also a trustee of the old man's will and, though unsure of why exactly he had approached Holmes with all this, was worried because the heir, Mr Henry Baskerville, was arriving from abroad very shortly and he believed it would be bad for the local area if he got spooked, turned around and left.
Holmes wonders if there is a crime and, if so, how it had been committed. His interest appears to be sealed when he and Watson meet up with the heir and discover he is being warned away by means of an anonymous message, and also, for whatever reason, having his boots stolen from outside his hotel room. The message is from clipped newspaper type and tells Holmes perhaps more than had it been written by hand. Despite his interest, Holmes tells a now worried Henry Baskerville that he cannot investigate what might be happening at Baskerville Hall in person because he is investigating a high society blackmailing case, however he trusts the keen eye and judgement of his friend Watson and suggests the Doctor accompany Henry Baskerville and write regular letters back to Holmes with his observations.
At 6 hours 25 minutes over 6 CDs, this is possibly the longest individual Sherlock Holmes story of the set, but it's also one of the most vividly written - so much so that you can very clearly picture the Hall and the desolate landscape in your head - and the disappearance of Holmes for quite a large portion of the story, with Watson taking centre stage until Holmes finally reappears, is actually a very wise writing choice, as Watson really comes into his own here. The story is one of my favourite ever mysteries, and this audiobook version only makes it more so.
4.0 out of 5 stars Derek Jacobi gives a great reading of a wonderful Holmes adventure...,
Conan Doyle's text is as impressive as ever; the hound of the title is given a wonderfully creepy, supernatural air, and the pacing remains taut the story thrilling throughout. The sound quality is superb, especially alongside Jacobi's marvellous reading.
In construction, this reading comes spread across six discs, all of which sit on one spindle. There's some risk of damage to the discs when you're trying to find the right one to put on next, but at least there aren't as many discs as in other Holmes collections. The box for the CD's is given a nicely odd fractal/mystery pattern, which matches the other readings in this series. My only complaint is that the CD case is solid in the spine, and won't slide into a double CD slot on a standard CD rack.
Overall, this is a technically excellent set, with Conan Doyle's wonderful prose left unabridged, and a superb reading by Derek Jacobi. Apart from a few quibbles with the construction of the CD case, this is top-class.
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Sherlock: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock (BBC Books)) by Arthur Conan Doyle (Paperback - 29 Mar 2012)