The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Read by David Timson) - review by Susan Crosland

Susan Crosland


The Hound of the Baskervilles


Naxos Audiobooks, Unabridged, 5 CDs £19.99

First published in 1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles is generally regarded as the finest detective story ever written. This new and unabridged audiobook is a triumph. The story is familiar: an ancient manuscript reveals that the curse on the family began in 1742 when the sadistic, wild first baronet, Sir Hugo, carried off a maiden who had rejected his demands. By climbing down ivy, she escaped onto Dartmoor, Hugo galloping in pursuit. When his drunken friends overtook him, they found the girl lying dead of fear and fatigue. Beside her was Hugo, his throat torn out, a gigantic monstrous hound standing over him. Since then, the Baskervilles have been terrorised by a similar fiend who haunts the moor. Sherlock Holmes and each of the characters are brought to life by Audio Award Winner David Timson. We can hear Holmes’s cold, ironic voice. The descriptions of nature’s relentless force are vivid, some revolting and unforgettable as when a wild pony is slowly sucked down into the Great Grippon moor.


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