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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Narrated by: Grahame Stevens
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. The best of the Holmes novels!

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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  • Eric Voreis
  • 26-08-2015

Great story, unfortunate narrator

Very hard to distinguish some characters, and Holmes has an obnoxious, lilting falsetto.

The store was adequate, but surprisingly predictable and straightforward.

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  • JC
  • 21-03-2019

slight problem

The narrator read clearly and the different character voices were good but throughout the reading words and phrases were skipped or the wrong name was read. made it slightly confusing when reading along with the book

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  • Theresa Horton
  • 12-09-2018

Great mystery

I really enjoyed this Sherlock Holmes mystery i like mysteries and the narrator did a great job

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  • Andrea R. Zabcik
  • 11-10-2017

Very nice

I was very pleased to find this, since I have having immersive difficulty reading the book myself and I have to have read it for school the only thing keeping it shy of 5 stars is the occasional stray from the book. A word changed here and there, or a word omitted. Once even a few lines omitted. And right before chapter thirteen, the narrator paused in the text to say “chapter thirteen” even though for my text, the chapter didn’t start for another page and a half. It is possible that my book is off compared to Conan-Doyle’s original text, but my copy is marked as complete and unabridged. Other than that, no complaints!

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  • L. E. Weyts
  • 05-02-2016

Voices Off

I have always loved this story but voice that Mr. Stevens chose for Sherlock was too falsetto. It kept taking me out of the story because it was so irritating.

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  • Gerard Jones
  • 04-02-2016

Terrible choice of narrator

Would you try another book from Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Grahame Stevens?

This isn't Conan Doyle's best work to begin with and needs a good narrator to lift it up. Unfortunately, this narrator is terrible and drags it down. Way down. Apparently he's a comedian by trade (not a bad thing in itself) and seems to think it's his job to make the prose sound ridiculous with an ironic attitude. He also didn't seem to know the story before he started to narrate...e.g. one character is described as having an odd lisping speech, which we discover is a clue that she's a native Spanish speaker, but Stevens plays it as a preposterous speech impediment.

If you’ve listened to books by Arthur Conan Doyle before, how does this one compare?

Worst narration by far of any of them. By far. In its own league.

How could the performance have been better?

It could have been a different person. Ralph Cosham, say. But really, anybody.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's fun if well-narrated. Kind of thin for Doyle--he didn't have a novel's worth of plot but was apparently determined to make it a novel--but with a lot of great moments. The descriptions of the moor are pretty wonderful if read well. Not in this version.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read any Holmes stories, I wouldn't start with this. Try The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or A Study in Scarlet. If you want to listen to Baskerville, there are much better narrations of it on Audible. Hurry to those.

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  • John
  • 17-09-2020

Slow start with a strong finish

Hang in there! This one gets better and better and lives up to its reputation.

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  • Michael Pishchik
  • 06-01-2019

dont buy

unbearably annoying narrator. all i could hear was his breathing and some other weird noises he made.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2018

Great story!

Very much understandable! I recommend this novel. I probably will read it again someday. Good times.

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  • J. Shultz
  • 05-10-2018

great book

have always loved this story.... narrator was very good .... however he got a little monotone on long monologues... but overall, well done.

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  • Clare
  • 27-05-2014

Classic tale, well read

I love the Sherlock Holmes books. It is different reading this when you know whodunit, you lack the same level of intrigue and not knowing which of the red herrings are real. But this is such a classic, and it is great, well read (although I prefer Derek Jacobi's readings) and highly enjoyable

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  • Roger Cliffe
  • 26-11-2014

Abysmal narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is gripping and a salutary lesson in the genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Holmes is peerless.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have listened to over 100 books from Audible, and this is the worst narration I have experienced. I doubt the narrator had read the book before he embarked on the recording. He has no sense of characterisation. He mixes up the voices of the characters. He cannot imbue the story with the necessary sense of tension that it deserves. How on earth was he chosen?

Was The Hound of the Baskervilles worth the listening time?

The book is certainly worth the time. My advice is either read it yourself, or choose a narrator like Derek Jacobi who can add to the story by the intelligent use of inflection.

Any additional comments?

The best books are enhanced by being read well (Timothy West in Trollope; Martin Jarvis in Dickens; Juliet Stephenson in Austen). What is the point in engaging a narrator who cannot bring anything to the table?

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  • ben
  • 03-09-2013

Not well read

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The reading in the sample sounds OK, but I found it unnatural and awkward. It's worth spending the extra to get the Derek Jacobi version.

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  • G
  • 11-10-2016

amazing for the time

A brilliant story. However I imagine some will find it slow for today's standards. Although it is arguably the most famous of his stories, it is the third in the line and should be read in that order.