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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes Vol. 5) [Kindle Edition]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes Vol. 5)

Editorial Reviews Review

We owe 1902's The Hound of the Baskervilles to Arthur Conan Doyle's good friend Fletcher "Bobbles" Robinson, who took him to visit some scary English moors and prehistoric ruins, and told him marvelous local legends about escaped prisoners and a 17th-century aristocrat who fell afoul of the family dog. Doyle transmogrified the legend: generations ago, a hound of hell tore out the throat of devilish Hugo Baskerville on the moonlit moor. Poor, accursed Baskerville Hall now has another mysterious death: that of Sir Charles Baskerville. Could the culprit somehow be mixed up with secretive servant Barrymore, history-obsessed Dr. Frankland, butterfly-chasing Stapleton, or Selden, the Notting Hill murderer at large? Someone's been signaling with candles from the mansion's windows. Nor can supernatural forces be ruled out. Can Dr. Watson--left alone by Sherlock Holmes to sleuth in fear for much of the novel--save the next Baskerville, Sir Henry, from the hound's fangs?

Many Holmes fans prefer Doyle's complete short stories, but their clockwork logic doesn't match the author's boast about this novel: it's "a real Creeper!" What distinguishes this particular Hound is its fulfillment of Doyle's great debt to Edgar Allan Poe--it's full of ancient woe, low moans, a Grimpen Mire that sucks ponies to Dostoyevskian deaths, and locals digging up Neolithic skulls without next-of-kins' consent. "The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one's soul," Watson realizes. "Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay ... while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet ... it was as if some malignant hand was tugging us down into those obscene depths." Read on--but, reader, watch your step! --Tim Appelo

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-In what is arguably both the best Sherlock Holmes story in the canon and one of the classic all-time mystery novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle parlays his interest in the occult with keen scientific detection in a story that prominently showcases Dr. Watson. Upon hearing Dr. James Mortimer's saga of the haunted Baskerville family and the recent death of family head Sir Charles Baskerville, apparently from the hound of the legend, Holmes and Watson begin their investigation. When the estate's heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, arrives in London from Canada strange things immediately occur and Holmes dispatches Watson to accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall. Situated in Dartmoor in Devonshire, the estate borders a tremendous moor that includes Grimpen Mire, the deadly quicksand-like bog, and provides the Gothic atmosphere that so beautifully saturates the storyAthe oppressive manor and nightly sounds of a wailing woman, Neolithic ruins and monoliths throughout the moor, a mysterious butler and his agitated wife, an escaped killer at-large on the moor, and the spectral and murderous hound. This expurgated version is wonderfully conceived and executed in every aspect, but particularly in the dexterous delivery of veteran British actor, Tony Britton. His diverse and distinctive portrayal of over a dozen characters is singularly commanding. This literary masterwork that has found its simpatico audio incarnation should be an obligatory purchase for all audio collections.
Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 246 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Price Classics (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XYE7R2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Sherlock Holmes... and a Kindle Review November 30, 2011
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A Study in Scarlet is the first story introducing Sherlock Holmes to the world and how Watson and the great detective first meet and become roommates. It is also the first book I read on my first/new Kindle.

Kindle Edition: This version cost me 99 cents and was money very well spent. It is nicely formatted with the 'Go To' letting you go to the Table of Contents - not all older Kindle books do that. The TOC does have workable links to go to each chapter but you cannot use the left - right ends of the 5 way controller to flip to each chapter - not a big deal. Other than the cover photo of Holmes by Sidney Paget this version does not include any illustrations.

The Story: A Study in Scarlet is the first story in the Holmes Canon, and includes how Watson and Holmes meet.... 'This is a novel, not a short story'. The second story in the canon is also a novel, A The Sign of the Four. This was then followed by the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which is a book of short stories beginning with, A Scandal in Bohemia. Later on Doyle penned two other novels including the well known, Hound of the Baskervilles - actually written after he killed off Holmes in the story, The Final Problem (last story in 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' but the pubic demanded his return so many more stories were written - Holmes comes back in The Adventure of the Empty House, the first story in book "The Return of Sherlock Holmes". I do suggest that one begin their reading with A Study in Scarlet followed by The Sign of Four as this novel gets into how Holmes mind needs stimulation and when not on a case he lapses into injecting his 7% solution (there is a movie of this title).
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing parts February 28, 2010
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I concur with previous reviews. Unacceptable copy as it is mising passages - as mentioned before - which creates the most confusion from the very start. Should be removed from the Amazon catalog as it is unbecoming of this vendor. SAVE YOUR TIME. DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong May 24, 2011
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Although this is one of my favorite books, beware before you buy. If you care to utilize the "Click To Look Inside" option, you'll notice on the first page it was ripped from Project Gutenberg. If you aren't familiar with Project Gutenberg, I suggest you google it. It basically gives free copies of out-of-copyright books. Think of the free books amazon has and double the library.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hound of the Baskervilles December 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a classic mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Unfortunately, this free version lacks several sections vital to solving the mystery. I have only read a couple chapters and have already found that the legend of the Baskervilles, the account of the death of Sir Charles Baskerville and a letter to Sir Henry Baskerville are missing. These omissions render this version useless, and force me to delete it from my library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ?! November 13, 2011
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How might anybody read a whole novel text centered? It is really annoying I wouldn't have ever purchased it if i had known. I strongly recommend not to make the same mistake.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nonstop page turner! August 17, 2005
When I began the book, I thought it would be slow going because it was written about 100 years ago. I was SO wrong! I finished the book in a period of less than 24 hours!!! This is an absolutely fabulous book! Doyle's use of language is masterful, and you are swept away to the moor with its swamps, jagged cliffs, and massive hills. I can honestly say I was quite spooked as I was reading some of it at night!

Since this is the first novel I have ever read by Doyle, I didn't know what to expect. But the twists in the plot and the constant itching to know what was going to happen next had me hooked!

I watched the 1959 movie after reading this, and I have to say it was a disgrace. I don't know if I would be happy seeing any of the versions, only because I don't know if any of them could even compare to the rich world and language used by Doyle to transport you to Devonshire!! But of course, the book is always better than the movie. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes A Study In Scarlet July 8, 2013
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I absolutely adored this book! I recommend it to young adult and older due to murder and a large vocabulary. Honestly the only reason I read this book was because of the new BBC Sherlock television show. I thought this would be somewhat similar but it isn't really. In fact just read it yourself! I give it 5 stars and my only complaint is that although you can find out the definition for old words (which is awesome and really handy) there are about two instances in which John and Sherlock speak Roman and I have no idea what they are saying but other than that no complaints!!!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother downloading this copy December 9, 2009
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As mentioned by the previous reviewer, this version is missing quite a bit of key content. Whether it's a formatting issue with the Kindle or the transcriber forgot to include the passages is unclear. But the story is unreadable without the missing text.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a writer with books to his credit, A Study in Scarlet is one of his better ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He said he liked other Sherlock Homes books better and that is why ...
My 13 year old likes it a lot. He said he liked other Sherlock Homes books better and that is why it didn't go 5 star.
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The methods, strategies, and background of the consulting detective are thoroughly explored in his first of many appearances to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by KJMCW22
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Sherlock Holmes. There is nothing but praise for these stories.
Published 8 days ago by filigreegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The game is afoot
I like Doyle and I like Holmes. This is an extremely good mystery. A true classic.
Published 10 days ago by Lane Garrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great classic.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good textbook - all as expected - thanks!
Published 16 days ago by Timothy M. Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 17 days ago by NANCY J CATELLIER
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully enjoyable!
I liked the way Sherlock reasoned out the case, even helping the police detectives. I gave the book a five star rating because the book was so engrossing.
Published 17 days ago by B. J. Niemer
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