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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By: (1859-1930)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought he had finished forever with his immortal sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his chronicler, Dr Watson. Exhausted and bored with the Holmes saga, he wanted to turn to more serious writing. In the short story The Final Problem, published in 1893 as part of the collection The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the author had sent Holmes plunging to his doom into the Reichenbach Falls. However, by 1901, Doyle found himself in severe financial difficulties. It was then that he resurrected his popular detective. The Hound of the Baskervilles is set in time before the Reichenbach and as the publishers had predicted, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once again struck gold!

The Hound of the Baskervilles is thrilling, tightly-plotted and full of atmosphere. Set in the misty and sinister landscape of Dartmoor, it was inspired by the true story of a wicked 17th century Squire who lived in the West Country. Tales of the man's villainous ways were whispered about and when he finally died, his evil spirit continued to roam the moors, leading a pack of supernatural hounds who were often seen at his tomb!

In the novel, Sir James Mortimer, a physician and friend of the Baskervilles, a noble country family consults Holmes in London and seeks his help. Sir Charles Baskerville, the owner of a mansion called Baskerville Hall has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, which lead Sir James to fear that he was the victim of a strange and fatal family curse. A remote ancestor, notorious for his debauched ways, had been violently killed by a hell-hound with supernatural powers. People in the neighboring village report having seen an enormous hound on the moors at night. Mortimer now fears that Sir Charles has been visited by this terrible creature whose mission is to destroy the Baskerville family.

The heir to the estate, Sir Henry Baskerville, is on his way home from Canada to claim his inheritance. Mortimer is apprehensive that Sir Henry will be the next target of this terrible creature. Holmes and Watson set out for Baskerville Hall. As he remarks, “The game's afoot!”

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a masterpiece of chilling detective fiction. It has been extensively adapted for radio, film and television all over the world. The story has lent its name to a psycho-medical condition called the Baskerville Effect – heart ailments caused by psychological stress! In all, a great read for that cold and rainy night!

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 23 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 5, 2018
the narrator sounded like bill cosby
Reviewer: - March 9, 2018
Subject: An air of quality for the read
Very good narration.Amazing stories and amazing reader too. Worth listening
Reviewer: - October 11, 2017
Subject: Great book
Great story, i love all the Sherlock books, but, the reader made me want sleep
Reviewer: - September 12, 2017
Subject: Great reading.
Superb reading in one of the best novels ever!
Reviewer: - September 5, 2017
Subject: Great reading.
Excelent book, with an utmost reading. Pleasure from the start.
Reviewer: - October 31, 2016
Subject: Hound of the baskervilles
I am only 2 minutes in and I love this narrator!!
Reviewer: - May 17, 2016
Subject: use good narrators like this!
Great book that can be enjoyed because of the great narration
Reviewer: - May 15, 2016
Subject: Great book
I really loved it and I enjoyed listening to it!
Reviewer: - March 10, 2016
Subject: AMAZING
Amazing story, my favourite. Perfect reader too
Reviewer: - August 19, 2015
Subject: Worth Listening To
Well read. An exciting mystery, suspense. Read with emotion. Excellent.
Reviewer: - June 25, 2015
Subject: Great story
Very well read classic tale.
Reviewer: - February 17, 2015
Subject: boring
reader was good but bored me, worst book ever read
Reviewer: - January 3, 2015
Subject: the book
good and sends shivers down your back!
Reviewer: - December 16, 2014
Subject: Great
Really good book great narrating!
Reviewer: - November 30, 2014
Subject: best story ever!
The best story I have ever read and heard, the narrator is wonderful too. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the best.
Reviewer: - September 23, 2014
Classic mystery, great reader
Reviewer: - July 1, 2014
Subject: cutting out
Seemingly good book with great voice recorder. Recordings kept cutting out at least once every chapter and then every few mins in chapter 6. Not sure if recording or my connection (Never had this issue before)
Reviewer: - October 14, 2013
Subject: A must read book
I am totally in a world of thrills after reading this masterpiece by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The reader's accent makes the situation sound more realistic and more interesting.
Reviewer: - October 10, 2013
I absolutely loved this narrative of The Hound of the Baskervilles! I love all of the Sherlock Holmes books, they were a big part of my childhood :). The narrator did an AMAZING JOB, and I hope to be able to listen to more recordings by him.
Reviewer: - September 12, 2013
Subject: Review
I so enjoyed this wonderful book. It was better then I had anticipated. Loved the narriation. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewer: - September 4, 2013
Subject: I like it!
I like the story and I like the readers accent!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2013
Subject: GREAT BOOK!!!
The reader needs to have some more tone changing, but otherwise, an amazing book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!!!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2013
Subject: GREAT BOOK!!!
The reader needs to have some more tone changing, but otherwise, a amazing book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!!!

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