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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Reading progress update: I've listened 158 out of 405 minutes.

The Hound of the Baskervilles -  Arthur Conan Doyle

I have been doing a lot of driving, so I've been dipping into audiobooks. 


I have noticed that Audible's prices on classics have taken a steep plunge of late, which I am finding absolutely wonderful, so long as the reader purchases the kindle book first. So, I bought The Hound of the Baskervilles for 2.99, narrated by Simon Prebble, after purchasing the kindle version of the book for .99. For the price of a latte, I got 6 and a half hours of Holmesian entertainment for the road.


The Hound of the Baskervilles is a perfect autumn read (or listen). It is set in the fall, and there is something particularly autumnal about the moors in any event. I can't think of a single book set in the English moors that isn't better read during the fall/winter - preferably before a roaring fire, with a cup of tea and a shortbread biscuit nearby.


After I finish Holmes, I snagged the Tim Curry/Alan Cumming version of Dracula for free. And, just for fun, I grabbed an audio copy of Wuthering Heights for $2.99. I am hoping that I enjoy it more in audio than I did in print, but have found it to be an almost universal truth that reading a classic more than once is critical to really understand it. Plus, there is just something in the complicated Victorian language that is so gorgeous by ear - it is a wholly different experience to listen to a classic than it is to read one.