The Hound of the Baskervilles: Sherlock Holmes Series, Book 5

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Penguin Classics presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Freddie Jones."Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detective against dog, rationalism against the supernatural, good against evil. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon ...

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Penguin Classics presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Freddie Jones."Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detective against dog, rationalism against the supernatural, good against evil. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455129843
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Series: Sherlock Holmes
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005) was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed in BBC radio plays before coming to America in 1976. The narrator of more than eight hundred audiobooks, he garnered numerous Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination for his readings. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 1997.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Excellent story but don't buy this copy

    This is an excellent story. I've read it several times over the years. I would not, however recommend getting this version. I downloaded it as a free version and as they say you get what you pay for. This version has a lot of characters and symbols inserted in the text and, while it is not impossible to read, it is highly annoying.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    too many misspelled words!

    I know this is a free edition, but why are so many words misspelled? It really detracts from my enjoyment of the book.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    Rating the e-book, not the novel

    I wanted to re-read The Hound of the Baskervilles now that I have my nook. However I couldn't get through the first 5 pages with all of the spelling errors, random symbols and strange page breaks and inserts. This review is not against Arthur Conan Doyle's work, but rather the shotty job of the transcribers...

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    free but bad Free but bad

    I got to page 9 and gave up because of the misspelled words.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Sucks

    This book is so frickin confusing.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    This is a solid classic book that I enjoyed.

    I had never read any Sherlock Holmes books and that is why I chose this book to buy. It was a relatively short book compared to most. I enjoyed the descriptions and especially the dry British wit used throughout the book. My biggest "problem" with the book was the fact that it was written over 100 years ago and it took me awhile to get used to the way they talked and many of the sayings they used. I did not find it the kind of book that I can't set down until it is finished but I enjoyed it and am very glad I bought it. As a "classic" I would recommend it to those who like to try a variety of books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Classic

    Still a great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Great boik Great book

    Love it. A true recommendation! I am doing this play in my acting class!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Amazing but a little overly detailed

    This is an amazing book. My school class read it, I was the only one who actually read it. All though I think there was too much detail, and I was confused about scene changes... such as I thought they were in a hotel and they were on a road. It was still amazing!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Unreadable copy

    I am new at this and learned quickly to read reviews first. This copy is impossible to read with all the little formatting errors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    This stinks!

    This stinks! Who typed this, a five year old. Thank gosh its free. I barely made it through the first sentence! - 100 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Is it real?

    I have to read this book for summer reading, and i wanted to know if this was the real one, because the other versions that seem real are $4.99 instead of just $.99. If someone xould reply, i would be very happy. Thank you for your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    :(

    I hate this book!I had to read it for school and I did not understand it!:(

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    maya903

    I love this book one of my absolute favorites!!100% :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    This free version isn't worth it

    There are so many wierd characters & wrong words it is distracting. This review is purely in reference to the electronic verdion & not on the story itself.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    WOW

    It really good for 18 under

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Whateves

    Just reading it for school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    To "Sure"

    You do not understand. First of all, you have to know that they messed Holmes up HORRIBLY in the movie. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan (you couldn't exactly call me a Sherlockian, since I have never joined a group) and Holmes and Watson are the two characters I admire most in literature. Holmes is brilliant, of course, unemotional, bohemian, eccentric in a rather quiet way, and more than a little arrogant. He is, in manners, the picture of a gentleman, very chivalrous, although he "never [spoke] of the softer passions, except with a gibe and a sneer". His friendship with Watson is most interesting and admirable. First of all, he is Watson's superior in everything (except, perhaps, writing!) and the humble doctor is quick to recognize and acknowledge this. Holmes is also unemotional and scientific approaching cold-bloodedness, so that he does not mind using Watson as an unsudpecting dupe in his criminal investigations, although he generally apologizes so sincerely that we, like Watson, are forced to forgive. Watson, with admirable patience and consideration, puts up with all Holmes' faults and peculiarities, and eventually wins the detective's esteem, trust, and affection.
    I am sorry, this is one of my passions and I could go on for hours, however the notice at the bottom of the screen is persistently reminding me I have only 2150 characters remaining, so I suppose I cannot. Anyway, the movie degrades them into a pair of dashing action heroes who quarrel like three-year-olds and, to paraphrase Roger Ebert, spring into action like Batman and Robin.
    Also, you cannot expect to just walk right out of The Hunger Games and into The Hound of the Baskervilles - you won't experience full enjoyment of the latter while the only idea you have of a good thriller is the former! Do not think this book has any similarities to the "more modern stuff" that you are used to or that this Sherlock Holmes has any similarities to Robert Downy Junior!
    Just one other thing - I am honestly sorry if you think I sound snotty and disdainful. It is not my intention, I assure you, to offend you; I just cannot stand to see my favorite characters and literature degraded into super-hero movies and regarded otherwise as "Oh, yeah, my teacher made me read that." Honestly, your review made me angry, and I'm hoping that you might read it again, wiping from your mind all thoughts of the movie and your modern literature. Perhaps you'll see a bit of what I mean.

    Thank you, and, again I apologize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Typos

    Major typos make it a bit hard to follow towards the end. I guess you get what you pay for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Great book, horrible format

    I love this book but the format makes it hard to read.

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