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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pierre Bayard Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Eliminate the impossible, Sherlock Holmes said, and whatever is left must be the solution. But, as Pierre Bayard finds in this dazzling reinvestigation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, sometimes the master missed his mark. Using the last thoughts of the murder victim as his key, Bayard unravels the case, leading the reader to the astonishing conclusion that Holmes—and, in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle—got things all wrong: The killer is not at all who they said it was. Part intellectual entertainment, part love letter to crime novels, and part crime novel in itself, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong turns one of our most beloved stories delightfully on its head. Examining the many facets of the case and illuminating the bizarre interstices between Doyle's fiction and the real world, Bayard demonstrates a whole new way of reading mysteries: a kind of "detective criticism" that allows readers to outsmart not only the criminals in the stories we love but also the heroes—and sometimes even the writers. Download and start listening now!

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  • With wit and careful analysis, Bayard makes a convincing case. Los Angeles Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill Bleuel | 1/3/2014

    " Aside from a fascinating meditation on fictional characters' existence in reality by a brilliant professor of literature, the book actually delivers what it promises, offering a legitimate, alternate (and rather ingenious) solution to the Hound of the Baskervilles. It can get a little dry when talking about the academic permutations of fictional characters in reality, but certainly an engrossing, diverting and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon | 12/28/2013

    " Some of his theories about the autonomy of fictional characters is kind of out there for my liking, but he provides a creative and eloquent re-reading of the Holmes mystery! Quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 12/27/2013

    " An interesting take on The Hound of the Baskervilles and what really happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia | 3/4/2013

    " I think he might be right...I mean Pierre Bayard. "

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