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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (260,811 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 2/18/2014

    " A true classic...one that I have wanted to read for years and finally took the time to complete. I am now a very pleased and devoted Holmes/Watson fan. Read More... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/14/2014

    " Probably the most famous of all Sherlock Holmes stories - enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/11/2014

    " This is one of those few books that I just could not put down. I'm not sure that there is anything else for me to say about it. "

  • 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) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jane | 2/1/2014

    " Oh how I love Sherlock Holmes! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creates such clear images and feelings with his words. The Hound of the Baskervilles was superbly suspenseful and creepy. I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough Sherlock. Still, brilliant story! "

  • 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 Emily | 1/27/2014

    " It was actually a very good book, a bit slow in places, but mostly very good. I'd seen the BBC adaption of it, and I wanted to know how the hound was made to be "glowing" etc. I won't ruin it for people who haven't read it, but the producers of the BBC version have obviously read the book many times, and they had even the tiniest details from the book included. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Small | 1/23/2014

    " Amazing book to read! I simply loved it! I am officially hooked on the Sherlock Holmes series and cannot stop watching and reading it. There were some challenging words within the novel but overall it was a fantastic read and was definitely worth while! I recommend this book to anyone who loves great mysteries and enjoys thinking for long periods of time! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherin Kurian | 1/22/2014

    " One of the best Sherlock Holmes stories. Gritty and entertaining with the charming medieval English vibe. I give this 5 stars since there are so few books out there that I have read over five times. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/17/2014

    " Loved it! and now that I have plowed through all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, I feel like I have lost two old friends in Watson and Holmes. I am hoping that my 11 year old son will enjoy them. "

  • 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 J. J. Arias | 1/16/2014

    " Good atmosphere. Another reference to Holmes not caring if the sun revolves around the earth or vice versa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CatBookMom | 1/15/2014

    " Recorded Books, 1999; narrated by Patrick Tull "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katastrofekat | 1/5/2014

    " I listend to this book while doing stuff around my apartment and it was a nice book for that. The story might not be the most engaging, but listening to it while doing something with my hands was a nice experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 1/5/2014

    " My first Sherlock Holmes read and I wasn't disappointed. Although not an incredibly long story, it was a good length with nice pacing and description. It combined third person narrative with letters from the narrator so it felt like Watson was telling me the tale directly. I quite enjoy Holmes and his mannerisms - he is witty and mildly sarcastic with an air of almost arrogance, soft though. For most of the book I could not predict the ending, which is a welcomed surprise in novels. A much enjoyed read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 1/2/2014

    " A classic. Not my favorite Holmes story, but still wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/30/2013

    " Rachel was reading this for school, so I read it too. I loved it! And it was fun to howl like a dog to scare her when she was in her dark room trying to fall asleep. I wish I'd "discovered" these fun mystery books when I was young, instead of just reading and rereading Nancy Drew books endlessly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pearl | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Tutterrow | 12/28/2013

    " WOW! I love this book! I literally couldn't put it down. What a great read! As far as the character of Sherlock Holmes, it doesn't get any better than this! "

  • 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 Anna-Kathrin | 12/23/2013

    " Holmes and Watson are awesome! I didn't think I would enjoy this so much! Really good mystery/detective novel that is rightly regarded as a classic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 12/20/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nova | 12/19/2013

    " Loved it! Clever writing, great plot with interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Frank | 12/16/2013

    " Interesting, but not enough to seriously recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Freeman | 12/15/2013

    " Totally loved reading this - especially after seeing the modern version on TV "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 12/14/2013

    " Sherlock Holmes solves an interesting, if improbable, mystery in his inimitable style. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Melville | 12/6/2013

    " Very good, first Sherlock Holmes I've read. Should have read years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nur Wakhid | 12/5/2013

    " Hmm, not as spectacular as the title :B "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 12/3/2013

    " Could not put it down! "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brennan Kumitch | 11/30/2013

    " Best Holmes book by far nothing much more to say than it being a must read for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleta | 11/25/2013

    " Read while in high school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Jean | 11/24/2013

    " Fun to re-read a classic! Forgot how heavy the vocabulary is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Irion | 11/20/2013

    " This was a good book that had a great mystery and it was very suspensful "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Apoorva | 11/13/2013

    " Hmm. Not a great plot, but gripping enough because of the sheer atmosphere it creates. The only quibble I got was the fact that we don't see our beloved Baker Street consulting detective in action until the very end. But I love that the BBC adaptation changed that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 beentsy | 11/11/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. I even had a slavering hound nightmare after reading in bed one night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Decosterd | 11/1/2013

    " At the beginning of this book it is hard to follow because of the old English. After a few chapters it became a great mystery. It was full of humor. The relationship between Homes and Watson was always developing. Watson was learning from Holmes' detective skills while Holmes learned from Watson's different view on things. I fell in love with this book and its great and always developing mystery and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 10/27/2013

    " Read my review at Gator Book Chomp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 10/26/2013

    " I read this book after walking several routes around the area it was written near Princetown and was intrigued to read a novel that was set in the area. I had never read a Sherlock Holmes book before and I loved this book. It was gripping, easy to read and nice to read a book set on my home turf (the moors). I read the book in about 4 hours and will definitely be reading more of Mr Doyles work in the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/20/2013

    " Good wholesome mystery, reminded me of an Agatha Christie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peri | 10/1/2013

    " Still haven't been able to remember if this book played into my childhood nightmares of unreasonably huge dogs, or if it was the root of them. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaitanya | 9/23/2013

    " This is one of the novels that would steal your time as can't wait to finish it once you start reading it.Its worth it but would be more of a childish novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Moon | 9/17/2013

    " . . . and now I get it. After years of not, I finally started reading Sherlock, and I understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enigmaticblue | 9/3/2013

    " I do love Sherlock Holmes, and this is classic, and probably one of the best of the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Thompson | 8/27/2013

    " I didn't like this book that much, I thought it was very dry. The only thing I liked about this book was the fact that it was very hard to predict and was very surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xandretta | 8/25/2013

    " My favorite so far I think... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Freeman | 8/21/2013

    " Totally loved reading this - especially after seeing the modern version on TV "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 7/15/2013

    " for those who like A. Conan Doyle's Sherlock style, they won't be disappointed. A very good example of wit, suspense, a tiny dose of horror and a team that saves the day... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 7/5/2013

    " Rachel was reading this for school, so I read it too. I loved it! And it was fun to howl like a dog to scare her when she was in her dark room trying to fall asleep. I wish I'd "discovered" these fun mystery books when I was young, instead of just reading and rereading Nancy Drew books endlessly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Moon | 7/2/2013

    " . . . and now I get it. After years of not, I finally started reading Sherlock, and I understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murray | 6/21/2013

    " This is why Arthur Conan Doyle was the best writer of his time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 5/29/2013

    " Great book. After reading a number of Sherlock Holmes lately, I was disappointed in some of them as they strained credulity. With this however, I so enjoyed reading it, I didn't bother to question its believability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hil | 5/23/2013

    " A great classic! It was fun to read this book then BBC Sherlock made this one into a great production. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sd | 4/3/2013

    " This is one of the best stories that I have ever read. Anyone interested in reading murder thrillers should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sd | 3/31/2013

    " This is one of the best stories that I have ever read. Anyone interested in reading murder thrillers should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 3/29/2013

    " I'm a newly minted Sherlock fan and this is my first Sherlock novel. An instant classic with a fast paced storyline and a modern style. Can't wait for more "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolisha | 1/16/2013

    " I personally am a sucker for any Sherlock Holmes story for purely sentimental reason, so probably any review I write would be biased. I wasn't too happy however to see so little of Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2013

    " Very good, fast-moving adaptation with appropriately moody art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy Rutman | 12/2/2012

    " I absolutely tore through this in Mr Stoops class--5th grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Smith | 11/23/2012

    " I can remember reading this at night in the winter when I was a child and being perfectly chilled by the read even though I was warm in my bead! I loved stories like these when I was young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 11/6/2012

    " Enjoyable but not a challenging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nur Wakhid | 10/23/2012

    " Hmm, not as spectacular as the title :B "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorena | 10/20/2012

    " what's the big deal? sherlock sux "

  • 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 | 8/20/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reid | 6/30/2012

    " This was my first Holmes, and likely my last. It was written well, but there didn't seem to be any complexity. Reminded me of the pretty good French movie, The Brotherhood of the Wolf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/15/2012

    " Wonderful novel, I adore Holmes. I am highly amused of his powers of deduction. I also liked how Sherlock takes a backseat in this novel as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin L. | 6/14/2012

    " This book was amazing! And I didn't think it could get any better than the sign of four. So full of intrigue and outright mystery. Definitely worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Zimmerman | 6/7/2012

    " You need to recognize that this was serialized, so some of the suspense is a bit over the top. But Holmes is funny to be sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Kuhns | 6/5/2012

    " A very well done comic book. Martin Powell did a great job to bring this story to life in comic book form. It has some really great eery illustrations that help to capture the gloomy feel of the original story. For a comic book fan or Holmes fan you won't be disappointed. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashwin Kesavan | 4/9/2012

    " Simply very good. My first sherlock homes book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Whitcomb | 4/5/2012

    " A wonderful example of a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Fun and eerie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/4/2012

    " Best of the Sherlocks that I've read (Study in Scarlet, Sign of Four). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 10/23/2011

    " I love Sherlock Holmes. Quite clinical but very interesting reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/16/2011

    " A good adaptation with art nicely suited to the moody atmosphere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andra | 8/24/2011

    " A wonderful and captivating story! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really reached my expectations with this great novel and convinced me to read more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Citizensnipps | 8/22/2011

    " Wow what a great read! This was the first sherlock holmes story I have read and now I see what the fuss is all about. Doyle is an amazing writer and I can't wait to read all the other holmes stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki | 5/23/2011

    " I love a good mystery and it was my favorite genre as a kid. I found that when I started it earlier this evening I couldn't stop reading it. An easy read. Can't wait to discuss it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Åsa | 5/22/2011

    " So far charming and interesting. Love it. Will finish this one and read all the other books about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndi | 5/20/2011

    " Hadn't read a Sherlock Holmes book for years and this is one of his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 5/15/2011

    " I read this in middle school. I remember reading it, but I don't remember much about the book. Will probably re-read this at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathyred | 5/13/2011

    " I read this as a teen, and reading it now as an adult it doesn't really hold up as a mystery. This time I read a heavily annotated version, and I don't really think Holmes nailed it. Great atmosphere, though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " My favorite Sherlock Holmes story. I love the longer format and the spooky location. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/8/2011

    " Very fun. Though I'm a sucker for books written in the old-timey Victorian English speech. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genie | 5/5/2011

    " A classic for a reason- what a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaida46 (deb) | 5/4/2011

    " There's nothing like a good Sherlock Holmes story. I've read this at least 3 times and have seen film adaptations several times and it's always interesting. Arthur Conan Doyle brings us his genius through the genius of Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 4/28/2011

    " First and foremost! I grew-up with Sherlock Homes, and the much under-played Dr. Watson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/27/2011

    " Its ok, i dont recommend it but it is 10 billion times better then 20 thousand leaguse under the sea!! its good if you are looking for a mature mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 4/23/2011

    " First time reading Sherlock Holmes, but I am very familiar with the character beyond that and I enjoyed reading this story very much so. I am going to look into more books with Sherlock Holmes for sure after reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/14/2011

    " Not as fun as some of his shorter stories but I liked it just the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 9/12/2010

    " A classic. Not my favorite Holmes story, but still wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CatBookMom | 5/5/2010

    " Recorded Books, 1999; narrated by Patrick Tull "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasman | 10/25/2008

    " Not a very big fan of long sherlock Holmes books, but this was surprisingly good, Watson proves to be a very good companion and Sherlock appears at the perfect time. 3 stars for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/1/2008

    " Rachel was reading this for school, so I read it too. I loved it! And it was fun to howl like a dog to scare her when she was in her dark room trying to fall asleep. I wish I'd "discovered" these fun mystery books when I was young, instead of just reading and rereading Nancy Drew books endlessly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harikrishnan | 3/24/2008

    " Gripping to the end! Narrative is so fluent you don't realize the pages turn. My first Sherlock and surely not going to be the last now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 12/29/2007

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SA | 10/5/2006

    " I haven't read this in years, and I'd forgotten the rhythm of Doyle, which took a bit to recapture. But I did enjoy it, though I'd re-guessed the reasoning behind the murder from the first handful of pages. Holmes and Watson's reunion was lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/19/2006

    " Thoroughly enjoyed. I'm glad I'm finally getting around to reading these (albeit out of order...). Now that I know the original story, I'm going to go watch The Great Mouse Detective and the new BBC Sherlock again, haha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 3/21/2006

    " You just can't go wrong reading Sherlock Holmes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pezywvu | 9/28/2005

    " Excellent mystery and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alberto Schiariti | 9/13/2005

    " Un bell'intermezzo tra le Memorie e il Ritorno di Sherlock Holmes. Racconto lungo e con Watson che per larghi tratti ha il pallino dell'azione, ma come sempre, a risolvere il caso... "

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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.