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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Hardcover Classics) Hardcover – September 28, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0141192437 ISBN-10: 0141192437 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Series: Hardcover Classics
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics Hardcover; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries..
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In conclusion, this is a very good mystery story that keeps you turning the pages.
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Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles is the best known Sherlock Holmes story.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By C. Gonzalez on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Teitelbaum on December 25, 2010
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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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5/09: The authentic stories of the famed Sherlock Holmes are among my favorite reads, and I enjoy the adventures thoroughly. Once on my travels to London, I did visit the fictional house of Sherlock Holmes situated at 221B Baker Street. It was a surreal experience, that's for sure...because it is a fictional home of a fictional character, for goodness sake! Still to this day, I am not sure what the B part signifies: a half house or the upstairs portion? Anyway back to the story, A Study in Scarlet is the very beginning of the famous character Sherlock Holmes and his oft neglected (and still famous) sidekick Dr. John Watson. We can thank our lucky stars to Stamford for introducing both to each other before settling their claims on 221B Baker Street. From there, it begins the many adventures that have encompassed the very foundation of sleuthing and solving crimes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced many of the concepts that were truly novel back and are now commonplace today among law enforcement, most notably the FBI. I find the introduction and the explanation of the techniques used by Sherlock Holmes interesting because I wondered how prevalent and how new they were at that time. Or perhaps I wondered if they were first conceived by the author in the novel, or were they just portrayed as fads at first (similar to science fiction books)? The writing by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is very beautiful and makes A Study in Scarlet a thoroughly pleasurable read, and there is a ton of wisdom contained within the lines and especially from the dialogues of Sherlock Holmes. In the collection of quotes by Sherlock Holmes, I have in A Study in Scarlet two favorites.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew French on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By emilio izquierdo on 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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Danielle G. on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on April 26, 2002
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A Study in Scarlet is a good detective story, but certainly not Doyle�s greatest. But it bears the distinction of being the novel which introduced the world to the legendary Sherlock Holmes. First appearing in 1887, it was not to be the greatest story about Sherlock Holmes, but it was the first. Doyle first introduces us to John H. Watson, a medical doctor recovering from duty in Afghanistan. Watson needs a room-mate, and a mutual acquaintance introduces both him and us to Holmes. So we come to know both Holmes, Watson, and the memorable 221B Baker Street.
Watson�s first impressions of Holmes are merely that he is a man enshrouded in mystery and eccentricity, and Watson politely restrains his curiosity by avoiding asking too many intrusive questions, despite the parade of strange individuals that come to their apartment to consult Holmes, and despite his bemusement at Holmes� passion for playing the violin and his egotism. Watson�s perplexation at Holmes� character and profession is slowly unravelled in the second chapter which Doyle appropriately titles �The Science of Deduction�. Watson observes that �his zeal for certain studies was remarkable, and within eccentric limits his knowledge was so extraordinarily ample and minute that his observations have fairly astounded me �His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing � That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to me to be such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.�(p11). Holmes apparently is brilliant at identifying a stain on your trousers, but completely ignorant about the most elementary contemporary political events.
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