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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)


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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
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the classic detective August 19, 2013
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I read most of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes as a kid in ad hoc fashion, and downloaded this collection only because it was essentially free, because I wanted to compare Lyndsay Faye's Holmsian style in Dust and Darkness (2009) to the original.

But once through A Study in Scarlett I was hooked once again, and couldn't stop until I got to the end of this collection. It was great having them chronologically arranged by publication date since stories refer to previous stories in this sequence but of course never to future ones, even though the stories are not in "actual" time order.

To this edition: the table of contents, both of the compendium and the individual books, work nicely. There's some flaws in it all, however. An obvious is The Last Bow contains only the short story, while the other stories in the eponymous collection are mysteriously missing. The other is there's some unfortunate omissions: the cryptograms in The Dancing Men, and a truncated telegram in The Missing Three Quarter. Additionally the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is intentionally missing thanks to the Mickey Mouse Act's extension of copyright in the US.

But the Last Bow collection is readily available for the same price, and the Casebook's not hard to find, so these are easily enough remedied. I recommend grabbing The Dancing Men from another source since it's unfortunately to read it without the key element of the story.

Holmes, given the time it was written, is absolutely brilliant work. Indeed in comparison other fictional detective appear bumbling fools, ignoring obvious opportunities for clues in an apparent effort to pad out the full length of their book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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This is an almost complete set of the Sherlock Holmes stories. My review is only 4 starts because the last story collection published, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, is not included. (I was really annoyed to find, after buying this, that the Kindle store's description of the book deliberately obscures this, and presents the book as a complete set.)

However, this is a very readable edition. The design and typography are easy on the eyes, so long reading sessions are no problem. It's a good and very affordable omnibus for any fan who wants nearly all the stories in one place. No illustrations or annotations; this is purely for the pleasure of reading and rereading the stories.

If you're new to Sherlock Holmes, this is a good choice, too, because the stories are presented in the order they were published, and though one collection of late stories is missing, the very last story, His Last Bow, is included.
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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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! July 16, 2013
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If you're interested in getting to know Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, this book is a good way. In fact, I had read Conan Doyle before, but this book brings his novels and short stories in the order they were published. By this way, the reader starts to get to know the characters and their features little by little as they evolve through the stories. Besides, Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection offers a very good range of other references which are quite helpful, mainly when you're looking for different sourcers to attract students' attention to this great character.
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