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By Tad Davis on 08-12-09
A worthy competitor to David Timson
David Timson is a tough act to follow as a narrator of Sherlock Holmes stories, but Simon Prebble gives him a run for his money here. It's wonderful that Tantor released all four Holmes novels at the same time. Prebble is another in my growing list of favorite narrators. The voices of the different characters are less distinctive at times than in Timson's reading, but Prebble is equally effective at conveying the excitement of the story, the sense of dread, and the sharp humor of Holmes himself.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" is the quintessential Holmes story, even though he himself is absent from a significant portion of the action. If you never read another Holmes story, read this one. Among other things, it's the perfect antidote for people who grew up thinking of Watson as the likeable duffer from the old Basil Rathbone movies. He shows himself here as a courageous and loyal friend, and while his detecting is less brilliant than Holmes's, it's equally tenacious.
I'm looking forward to the other entries in the series.
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By Jes on 01-07-12
The basis of many movies
Here we have Sherlock Holmes sending Watson to solve or at least attempt to solve a case. Largely we see Watson solving the case with Holmes coming in at the end to get the credit and solve the case. This story line has been used by writers across the board. Not going to spoil it however it also has a lot of great lessons like about who to trust and not trust. All people appearing to be evil aren't and all angles aren't as well.
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