- Hound of the Baskervilles
- Adam McOmber
- November 18, 2022
- Zed Jackson
This is not the Sherlock Holmes original, this is a retelling. See Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles and Review: Great Illustrated Classics: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles for additional versions.
I’m not sure if I’m just subconsciously biased against gay romance, or if it’s just a writing issue. In this, and the last audiobook I listened to with gay protagonists (Lesser Known Monsters, it seemed like the author felt the need to beat you over the head with the character’s sexuality. I’ve listened to straight romance, and lesbian romance and I’ve never noticed this as an issue. While I haven’t reviewed a lot of gay romance, it wasn’t an issue in The Stop, Dearest Death, or Mr. Hollywood’s Secret, at least not to my recollection. It cums off like something a horny teenager would write in their spare time.
As for the retelling aspect of the story, I think it was done phenomenally well. It’s different enough that fans of the original won’t see every twist and turn cumming, because they’ve read it before. I was worried this would lead to boredom on my part. It’s different enough that it feels like a genuine retelling with its own personality and charm and a very horny sidekick.
The narration falls flat, unfortunately. I have no experience with European accents, but they at least got a guy with a proper European accent, so it sounds genuine to me. His words often slur together and while he does an excellent job of doing the narration, his character voices are severely lacking. If you’re not giving the book your full attention, it can be difficult to tell who’s talking, as it sounds like one person is talking to themself.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.