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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By: (1859-1930)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought he had finished forever with his immortal sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his chronicler, Dr Watson. Exhausted and bored with the Holmes saga, he wanted to turn to more serious writing. In the short story The Final Problem, published in 1893 as part of the collection The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the author had sent Holmes plunging to his doom into the Reichenbach Falls. However, by 1901, Doyle found himself in severe financial difficulties. It was then that he resurrected his popular detective. The Hound of the Baskervilles is set in time before the Reichenbach and as the publishers had predicted, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once again struck gold!

The Hound of the Baskervilles is thrilling, tightly-plotted and full of atmosphere. Set in the misty and sinister landscape of Dartmoor, it was inspired by the true story of a wicked 17th century Squire who lived in the West Country. Tales of the man's villainous ways were whispered about and when he finally died, his evil spirit continued to roam the moors, leading a pack of supernatural hounds who were often seen at his tomb!

In the novel, Sir James Mortimer, a physician and friend of the Baskervilles, a noble country family consults Holmes in London and seeks his help. Sir Charles Baskerville, the owner of a mansion called Baskerville Hall has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, which lead Sir James to fear that he was the victim of a strange and fatal family curse. A remote ancestor, notorious for his debauched ways, had been violently killed by a hell-hound with supernatural powers. People in the neighboring village report having seen an enormous hound on the moors at night. Mortimer now fears that Sir Charles has been visited by this terrible creature whose mission is to destroy the Baskerville family.

The heir to the estate, Sir Henry Baskerville, is on his way home from Canada to claim his inheritance. Mortimer is apprehensive that Sir Henry will be the next target of this terrible creature. Holmes and Watson set out for Baskerville Hall. As he remarks, “The game's afoot!”

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a masterpiece of chilling detective fiction. It has been extensively adapted for radio, film and television all over the world. The story has lent its name to a psycho-medical condition called the Baskerville Effect – heart ailments caused by psychological stress! In all, a great read for that cold and rainy night!

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

By A. Conan Doyle

Chapter 1. Mr. Sherlock Holmes

Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. I stood upon the hearth rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before. It was a fine, thick piece of wood, bulbous headed, of the sort which is known as a "Penang lawyer." Just under the head was a broad silver band nearly an inch across. "To James Mortimer, M.R.C.S., from his friends of the C.C.H.," was engraved upon it, with the date "1884." It was just such a stick as the old fashioned family practitioner used to carry dignified, solid, and reassuring.

"Well, Watson, what do you make of it?"

Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation.

"How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head."

"I have, at least, a well polished, silver plated coffee pot in front of me," said he... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 8 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 1, 2014
Subject: cutting out
Seemingly good book with great voice recorder. Recordings kept cutting out at least once every chapter and then every few mins in chapter 6. Not sure if recording or my connection (Never had this issue before)
Reviewer: - April 11, 2014
Subject: Bob Newfound is great!
I loved listening to this story and made all the better by the accent and tone of Bob Newfound! I also listen to his Oscar Wilde readings- also excellent! Why isn't this guy on the radio? I could listen to him all day!
Reviewer: - October 14, 2013
Subject: A must read book
I am totally in a world of thrills after reading this masterpiece by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The reader's accent makes the situation sound more realistic and more interesting.
Reviewer: - October 10, 2013
I absolutely loved this narrative of The Hound of the Baskervilles! I love all of the Sherlock Holmes books, they were a big part of my childhood :). The narrator did an AMAZING JOB, and I hope to be able to listen to more recordings by him.
Reviewer: - September 12, 2013
Subject: Review
I so enjoyed this wonderful book. It was better then I had anticipated. Loved the narriation. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewer: - September 4, 2013
Subject: I like it!
I like the story and I like the readers accent!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2013
Subject: GREAT BOOK!!!
The reader needs to have some more tone changing, but otherwise, an amazing book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!!!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2013
Subject: GREAT BOOK!!!
The reader needs to have some more tone changing, but otherwise, a amazing book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!!!


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