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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning Sherlock Holmes narrator David Timson leads us through Conan Doyle's most famous tale. This extended story brings the archetypal detective to the moors with his friend and biographer Dr. Watson to investigate the mystery of a beast terrorizing the neighborhood.
(P) and ©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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"The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art's supremacy over life." (Christopher Morley)

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A masterpiece

I enjoy Shelock Holmes, and appreciate the role AC Doyle had in developing the genre. Not all the mysteries are well developed though. This one is. It's a masterpiece. The narration is outstanding. One of the best audiobooks I've had.

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Excellent narrator for a fantastic story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles to be better than the print version?

I have read the Hound of the Baskervilles and at the time found some parts of it a little dragging, but when hearing it read out to me it's very different. I enjoyed the audio book very much!

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator! David Timson had a great range of voices and it's easy to differentiate between the characters based on his voice alone. The American accent made me chuckle, but the other character's voices more than made up for it!

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

Watson and Holmes were the best of all the characters.

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An awesome book! Highly recommended for both the narrator and the story!

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A classic thriller with no surprises

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this if you're after a short, dependable story of the Classic variety.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Obviously this story has to be viewed in the context of the era in which it was written as the slightly class-ist and racist views of Sherlock Holmes don't translate that well to the modern era. Very much

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

Timson (narrator) does a reasonable job of distinguishing the different characters in his performance and captures the slight pomposity of Holmes quite well.

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Overall an undemanding diversion with no surprises.

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Wonderful story, and performance

This is my all-time favorite story and I own about 10 different versions of it. This reading is one of the best available, however I disagree with some of the other reviewers that it’s not THE best. In my opinion, Simon Vance’s reading of Sherlock Holmes is heads above anyone else that I’ve heard, but that’s not meant to take away anything from this one.
For anyone interested in having different readings of this classic, I highly recommend giving Simon Vance’s version a try. Also, some other incredible narrators include Charlton Griffin, Simon Preeble, Patrick Tull, Derek Jacobi, Michael Page, and B.J. Harrison. Each of these narrators bring something different, but great to the table.

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One of the best SH stories

First things first, David Timson is the best Sherlock Holmes narrator. His voices for each character are clear and distinct and his pacing is perfect.

This is the first SH story I ever read and it was a joy revisiting it years later finding it just as engrossing as ever.

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Timson is the best

I like his narration even better than Simon Vance's. The story was exciting and difficult to put down!

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A True Classic

I enjoyed it thoroughly. A true classic that lives up to it's reputation. A must read/listen.

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Always a great story

We enjoyed this reading ! Great to pass the time for a long car ride. We could picture the characters.

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Adore This Version

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend it. This is my favorite of the Sherlock stories, and I've listened to this so much that David's voice is like sitting next to a lovely fire with hot chocolate.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Even though I've read this story and listened to this audiobook dozens of times, the story still gives me chills when the hound first attacks. I love the way it's narrated.

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A wonderful classic

David Timson does an excellent job narrating this masterpiece. The only aspect I didn't enjoy was his awful impersonation of an American accent, but all of his other character voices, as well as his general tone, is highly engaging.
The story itself is, in my opinion, the best of the Holmes novels. There are shocking revelations, tantalizing clues, and an atmospheric setting on the moors. I listened to this on a long drive, and it made the hours fly by.

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  • Trekkie Monster
  • 12-27-16

Fantastic

I personally love Naxos audio books. The blend of classical music and superb quality narration makes them well worth trying and in the case of these David Timson recordings of the Holmes canon they are an essential purchase for all Sherlockians. Hounds has always been my favourite Holmes story and so I'm sure it's no surprise to you to discover that this is my favourite of the Timson recordings. Special mention must also be given to the Naxos production team who have chosen pieces of classical music that suitably capture the story and the desolation of the Moors. This is an audiobook though and the music is simply just to usher new chapters in or signal the end of chapters.

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  • Daddio C.
  • 10-26-19

The best Holmes story with an incredible reading.

The most perfect tale ever written and best time of the year to snuggle down and lose yourself in this brilliant story!

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  • Paul Challands
  • 07-20-18

First Class

David Timson is excellent loved every second as it’s one of my favourite films. Yikes had no idea that the films are so different to the book. But this only added to my enjoyment heartily recommend this book

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  • Zofia Jaworek
  • 12-29-21

Another one down from the list of 100 must reads

A very enjoyable classic, easy entertaining reading. Very good production, I liked the lector and the spooky music albeit it was inserted a bit at random