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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455170883
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Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered, “Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound.”   

The “luminous, ghostly, and spectral” hound of family legend has been seen roaming the moors at night. Sir Charles Baskerville has recently died, and it appears that the new baronet, Sir Henry, has inherited not only the vast wealth and property of his family but also a terrible destiny. To this Holmes ominously observes, “It’s an ugly business, Watson, an ugly dangerous business and the more I see of it the less I like it.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What distinguishes this particular Hound is its fulfillment of Doyle’s great debt to Edgar Allan Poe—it’s full of ancient woe, low moans, a Grimpen Mire that sucks ponies to Dostoyevskian deaths, and locals digging up Neolithic skulls without next-of-kins’ consent…Read on—but, reader, watch your step!”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Full of moody atmospherics, suspicious characters, and dramatic discoveries, The Hound of the Baskervilles also shows off something often overlooked about Doyle: his wonderful prose...this great mystery still strikes many as the best ever written.”

    Melville House

  • “Arguably both the best Sherlock Holmes story in the canon and one of the classic all-time mystery novels…Doyle parlays his interest in the occult with keen scientific detection.”

    Library Journal

  • “It is not going too far to say that in Sherlock Holmes we find one of the most interesting characters of contemporary fiction. The versatile pen of Dr. Doyle has never done better work than these capital detective stories, the best of which is the powerfully written novel here considered.”

    Book News

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaimie | 2/20/2014

    " Arguably one of the most exciting of the Sherlock Holmes stories (and obviously the most well-known), this novel is ironically one of the most predictable. The story has many twists and turns, but it is obvious from the beginning that the crimes being committed are all begun due to the issue of an inheritance and the greed of a fastardly man. Whether the hound is a real creature or not is questionable throughout most of the story, and its reality may seem a touch cliched to modern readers, but the addition of phosphorus to an already large dog wuld absolutely enough to fool the people who first read this novel as superstisions still ran high and less knowledge about science was common. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunil | 2/9/2014

    " Holmes and Watson investigate a potentially supernatural canine curse! This is easily the best Sherlock Holmes novel because it features 100% fewer Mormons and a far less convoluted backstory to explain the mystery. It feels more like an expanded short story, and that's the general structure at which the Holmes stories have excelled. Plus, Watson gets to play detective for a lot of the book, we get pieces of the story through his letters and diaries (and that conceit is one of my favorite parts of the canon), and little mini-mysteries all end up feeding into the larger mystery. It's clear why this is the best-known and most popular book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor Edmonds | 2/3/2014

    " Sophomore Writing Class (high school) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Star Shining Forever | 1/30/2014

    " Full of mystery, foreboding and suspense, but the end seemed rather anti-climactic somehow :/ A great Sherlock Holmes story nonetheless :D The setting, late 19th century English countryside, was so cool! Ive always wanted to visit a location like that!! The first Holmes novel I've read and I look forward to reading more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Fleet | 1/21/2014

    " Classic. Love all of the Sherlock Holmes book, but this is one of my favourites thanks to it being set near where I grew up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/20/2014

    " This was my first time reading Sherlock Holmes. I've been told this probably isn't the right book to start out with but I enjoyed it. It was thrilling! It was everything I expected a Sherlock Holmes story to be like and more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 1/19/2014

    " Perhaps the most famous of the super sleuth's cases, this Sherlock Holmes adventure is in the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aruna Kumar Gadepalli | 1/16/2014

    " Rereading "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is really pleasure as the book deals with the finding of the mystery behind the death of a person. Interesting and of course easy and quick read, with interesting twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee-anne Leith | 12/25/2013

    " Really clever and engaging. Disappointed with the conclusion though. Also, didnt like how it jumped from Waston's diary to letters and stuff. Felt that i missed the action while it was happening and only caught the wrap up at the end. But still liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/24/2013

    " Another fun Sherlock Holmes book. I was worried the intrigue wouldn't hold for the length of an entire novel, but my fears were entirely misguided. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Eschen | 12/9/2013

    " This is without a doubt, my favorite Sherlock Holmes book to date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Bigby | 12/2/2013

    " I like all of the Sherlock Holmes books. I don't think this is my favorite, but I like it. I had read it before and for some reason I couldn't remember "who done it." So on the second read, I paid closer attention but something about this book doesn't stick with me. It's good--just not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/19/2013

    " The Hound of the Baskervilles - listened to it via Librivox on a long drive. It made the hours pass easily and we loved the southern voice reading it. Been a long time since I read it before, one of my daughters just finished it in school this past year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharan | 9/27/2013

    " I loved the plot. Enjoyed the thrill. But I feel that it could be ended in a much more better way like that in the Sherlock series. Except for the end, it is a great one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 8/6/2013

    " Fun, quick little read; can't believe it took me this long to get around to Mr Holmes! That said, I agree with a comment I read a while ago, which is that G K Chesterton's detective stories do quite match up to Conan Doyle's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pearl | 2/18/2013

    " Not that this was a bad book, I just found it really hard to read. With the help of Sparknotes, I vaguely get the story. But I think to get the full story, I'll have to get a copy of the Thai translation and see if I understand that better. Yay for being fluent in two languages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/6/2013

    " My first Sherlock Holmes reading was very exciting! It was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/24/2013

    " The Hound of the Baskervilles was written in old English. It has a good plot, but it is hard to follow. It is somewhat slow, and the mystery doesn't really begin to unfold until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall Desin | 10/10/2012

    " i read this book for school and quite enjoyed it. i love a good mystery story(: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 9/23/2012

    " One of the best of Sherlock Holmes. A classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/30/2012

    " Enjoyed this one a lot. It may be my favorite. Great story. Kept me guessing. "

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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.