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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: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400179831
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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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Quotes & Awards

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Alicia | 3/4/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/3/2013

    " A fascinating look at detective literature, makes you question if the solution given to you by the author is ever the only true solution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Durant | 10/17/2012

    " A solid interpretation of the Holmes novel, and a quick primer on post-modern critical analysis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blitsterman | 5/16/2012

    " Gives an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes and how he did things. Highly recommend this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 11/9/2011

    " Bayard advances the theory that Sherlock Holmes had the wrong killer in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Unfortunately, it sounds a little more interesting than it is! I wasn't expecting Freudian analysis or literary theory. But still, I stuck it out, and he has an interesting idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aditi | 9/13/2010

    " Detective fiction lovers may appreciate the winding analysis of Doyle nd his relationship to the enigma he created; more accesible was the solution as to who the real killer of the Hound of Baskervilles is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/8/2010

    " Love/hate relationship about this book. After reading it, no other mystery is quite the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 11/24/2009

    " Highbrow theory wrapped in a murder mystery package, which appropriately opens with a quote from Jasper Fforde. I wish I'd had access to this for my masters thesis, what with all the comparisons between real existence and fictive existence. Oh, well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/26/2009

    " Bayard advances the theory that Sherlock Holmes had the wrong killer in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Unfortunately, it sounds a little more interesting than it is! I wasn't expecting Freudian analysis or literary theory. But still, I stuck it out, and he has an interesting idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/3/2009

    " A fascinating look at detective literature, makes you question if the solution given to you by the author is ever the only true solution. "

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About the Author
Author Pierre Bayard

Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? and of many other books. Jeffrey Mehlman is a professor of French at Boston University and the author of a number of books, including Emigré New York. He has translated works by Derrida, Lacan, Blanchot, and other authors.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.