Susan Crosland


The Hound of the Baskervilles


Naxos Audiobooks, Unabridged, 5 CDs £19.99 order from our bookshop

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.


Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'The characters in many of these stories are trapped in the obsessive present tense of their own thoughts; in the m… ,
    • 'Libraries, for much of their existence, have embodied in microcosm many of the characteristics of the totalitarian… ,
    • 'Moss and Cynthia buy several properties through which to launder their ill-gotten gains, take lots of drugs, have… ,
    • 'Never mind the imperial cult. This is the cult of Boris. What happened to Rome?' From the LR archive:… ,
    • Thirty-two years ago this month, we published Muriel Spark's short story, 'A Playhouse Called Remarkable' Read it… ,
    • Time travel, bicycles and white horses populate @WomackPhilip's roundup of children's books by @marcussedgwick,… ,
    • RT : Joanna Kavenna’s ‘Cooking with Trotsky’s Frying Pan’ in June’s is the most well written and interesting… ,