Reviewed By: Stevo
Review Date: 12/29/11 4:29 pm
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Although The Hound of the Baskervilles is obviously part of the Big Finish Sherlock Holmes range, this story could quite easily fit in to the 'Big Finish Classics' range. As The Hound of the Baskervilles - being the most famous Sherlock Holmes story of all time - is as classic a piece of literature as you will get. There are probably very few people around who have not heard of this story... even if they have not read the actual novel or seen/heard its many adaptations.
This Big Finish adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles is a masterpiece and contains most of the elements of the book. There are some obvious omissions from the original story, as with any adaptation limited by time, but overall the main elements of the story are all there. This is a Sherlock Holmes story and yes, Sherlock Holmes prevents the murder of Sir Henry Baskerville. However, for the most part this story is not really about Sherlock Holmes... it is about his hound. As the main hound in this story is actually Dr. Watson! Who does most of the sniffing out of the evidence and forwards the clues on to Sherlock Holmes, who being the hero of this story solves the crime easily. The journey that Dr. Watson takes while assembling the evidence is the path the listener largely follows and the clues are all there for us.
The cast for this story is as good as it gets. Nick Briggs has nailed the part of Sherlock Holmes in these Big Finish Holmes stories, whilst Richard Earl as Dr. Watson is the unsung hero of the whole range, as his Dr. Watson is just perfect. I did not think that the Clive Merrison and Michael Williams BBC radio team could be beaten as Holmes/Watson on audio. However, for me Briggs and Earl are just as brilliantly convincing in their respective roles for the Big Finish Sherlock Holmes range. The only unfortunate thing is that this release will not sell half as many copies as the BBC version, yet this adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles is every bit as good as anything that has gone before and just as entertaining.