• Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons

  • By: James Lovegrove
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (489 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author James Lovegrove’s continues the story of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, as five years later, another monstrous creature stalks across Dartmoor....

The year 1894. The monstrous Hound of the Baskervilles has been dead for five years, along with its no less monstrous owner, the naturalist Jack Stapleton. Sir Henry Baskerville is living contentedly at Baskerville Hall with his new wife, Audrey, and their three-year-old son, Harry. 

Until, that is, Audrey’s lifeless body is found on the moors, drained of blood. It would appear some fiendish creature is once more at large on Dartmoor and has, like its predecessor, targeted the unfortunate Baskerville family. 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to Sir Henry’s aid, and our heroes must face a marauding beast that is the very stuff of nightmares. It seems that Stapleton may not have perished in the Great Grimpen Mire after all, as Holmes believed, and is hell-bent on revenge....

©2020 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A little too implausible and untrue to characters

I really enjoy James Lovegrove's pastiches. I enjoyed The Beast of the Stapletons. But it was pretty implausible and did violence to the characters from the Hound of the Baskervilles. It was variance from the characters that detracted most from the story. It's still well worth listening to.

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Believe the reviews about the predictable ending.

Is Watson really that dumb? The villain could’ve been jumping up and down screaming it’s me Watson…why aren’t you thinking about me?

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Brilliant!

I'm a huge fan of James Lovegroves and this is the 4th book I've finished by him. It was fantastic. From the story itself to the narration. (Dennis Kleinman is also quite fantastic)
I'm patiently waiting for his next book due in April! I recommend this book to everyone. You won't be disappointed.

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Read only if bored

The first half was great, would fit right into the original canon. If the story stopped there, I would give it 5 stars. The second half was implausible and completely out of character for the series.

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Good "Sequel"

This was a good follow up to The Hound of the Baskervilles. Enjoyed the perspective from a different author.

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Great story in the spirit of Sir Author Conan Doyle

This story is a continuation of the Hound of the Baskerville. I really enjoyed the insight and attention to detail that the author brought, it was full of adventure and suspense.
The narrator is spot on as well.

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Great Story!

What a great "sequel" for The Hound of the Baskervilles! Perfectly plausible, nothing unbelievable, wonderfully read by Mr. Kleinman! I enjoyed every minute.

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Enjoyed immensely

I am a lover of Sherlock Holmes stories.As a story I had not heard before,This was pure Sherlock goodness.The narrator brought each character to life so that I could visualize it . I loved the banter about Mr. chimney sweep and the scarecrow.What highly suggest others to enjoy!

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Great

Keep a good pace, very entertaining to say the least. It is very similar to that of the original Sherlock stories. To say the least I will definitely read more written by this author.

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A Worthy Tribute to Sir Conan

I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, so it was with some intrepidation and skepticism that I approached this audio book. But just 5 minutes into the novel, my fears were allayed and I thoughly enjoyed both the story written by James Lovegrove and the performance of Dennis Klinman, who really brought the charecters to life.

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  • me,myself,andI
  • 09-02-21

Good, but a bit frustrating.

I have loved all Lovegrove's, 'Sherlock' books, but this is (in my opinion) the weakest. The second half of the book, whilst still a good story, was very frustrating because I already knew (beyond doubt in my mind) who the guilty party was, and struggled to see how any of the other characters could feasibly be so stupid as to not know too. Maybe Lovegrove intended this, in order for the reader/listener to feel some of the frustration of his fictional characters, but I just found myself getting annoyed, and had to fight the urge to skip to the end. Kleinman was a 5 star narrator as always. Thank you.

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  • Ludwig van El
  • 03-25-22

Fun story, marred by racism

it was only one scene, but still, the sledge hammerring about racism, added nowt to the plot, onlybserved to appease the identitarians, Lovegrove tried to score some browniepoints. Reducingbmy enjoyment of the otherwise fine syory, so only 3 stars.
The reader was excellent, really dug in and gave his all.

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  • B. Hockley
  • 02-26-22

Decent but ..

... not as good a story as the Cthulu Casebooks by the same author.
Narration was excellent however 👌

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  • Natasha Gruenke
  • 07-27-22

meh

it was ok, guessed the twist by the 5th/6th chapter so just waiting on the book to catch up! written convincingly in a similar style to Doyle and the narrator gives a believable voice to Watson

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-26-22

Excellent narrator....

.... without whom this book might have been something of a car crash. Not the author's best work, but still an enjoyable listen, especially if you just let it wash over you.

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  • Mike
  • 07-24-22

A thoroughly enjoyable Holmes and Watson tale

I do enjoy the pastiches of Conan Doyle’s characters and this is up there with the best. To me, if not to other reviewers, the narrator gives a well paced performance with shades of the great Jeremy Brett and a hint of Basil Rathbone. Thoroughly worthwhile listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-22

Good enough but not the author's best.

A good story but somewhat laborious and predictable revisiting old characters that may better be left alone.

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  • MayaD
  • 06-29-22

Enjoyable but laboured the point

I’ve been listening to a few of these stories in this series now and although I’m enjoying them greatly, this one In particular I found to be a bit more tedious. Sometimes concepts were overly explained, repeating the logic in different ways. I might try a different type of book and then come back to the series.

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  • Gerry M
  • 06-23-22

A beautiful listen

Fabulously written and wonderfully narrated I was totally engrossed. The telling of the story was so good I have a complete picture of every venue mentioned throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-22

The Moth of the Baskervilles

I simply can’t believe some of the positive reviews of this on here and Goodreads. It’s diverting and daft, so enjoyable on that level, but the eponymous “beast” is just utterly ridiculous, and the story from there takes previously plausible characters and turns them into bizzarely-motivated cartoon villains. If you need a book to listen to while you’re washing up or having a dump it’s not bad, but don’t expect anything of any quality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-22

Wonderful with a lot of ups and downs

Wonderful with a lot of ups and downs and just when you think it’s over think again.

Another great performance by this wonderful narrator

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  • SpaceHUNT
  • 12-22-21

good but not great

Reasonably enjoyable. Good enough to listen to while gardening or doing housework as the narrator's voice is perfect for a sherlock era book. However the story is drawn out way too long and I figured it all out very early. Plus sherlock isn't very sherlocky at all. So if it's free or super cheap then get it but not worth full price.

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  • H. M. Zanker
  • 12-18-21

Dead wringer for Doyle

I love sherlock Holmes and am glad somebody carries the torch so eloquently. Great characters, just the right amount of anachronistic Victoriana, and a plot which takes along from Devon to the wide world... High adventure ahoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-21

Faithful to the original, with flare and originality

The performance is flawless, the story compelling and the chance to spend time with the great detective in a new, yet authentic adventure is an absolute delight.
Tour de force by both author and narrator.

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  • Cheryl
  • 11-10-21

what happened after the Hound

A very enjoyable listen taking place a number of years after the Hound of the Baskervill's with the some of the same characters. great narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

Another Tall Tail in an enjoyable series

I love a good Sherlock Holmes story. Obviously there’s the originals, the otr radio ones, the basil rathbone movies but where next?

To me it’s either the more traditional ones by Bonnie Macbird ( which are great) or these ones which move the story into a wider, more imaginative world.

You choose, you enjoy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-21

Good fun, excellent narrator

This series is a lot of fun. It's just the escapism I need right now. It's a little slow to start but more than makes up for that by the middle. I'm so happy these books are available in the included books now, they're really helping me get through this infinite lockdown.