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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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