I have been reading Neil Gaiman's work for a few years now, and I feel like I've been through the wringer at his hands. When I first listened to him reading one of his own works, I was thrilled. I assume he reads his works as he imagined them when he wrote them, and listening is a quick way for the fans to satisfy a little hero-worship.
His performance is usually much like you might remember storytellers from your childhood - creepy in the right bits, childlike in others...
This essay has been up on his website for a while now and has been visited once every few months by me in that time. I was very happy to find this and would recommend it to those of you already familiar with his work.
I would recommend this audio book to everyone. It is wonderful. It is a Holmes story through and through. The reading is perfect, of course, since Neil Gaiman always reads his own stories perfectly. The inserted Victorian commercials of other Victorian stories was delightful. Every one made me smile. It wasn't a straight on copy of A Study in Scarlet. Instead it had bits of other Holmes stories that he fit into this one but they fit in smoothly and nothing jarred and took you out of the story. I loved the science fictions aspect of it as well. And he used the words of the time and didn't dumb it down as a certain publisher is doing with classics. I wish it had been longer or that Mr. Gaiman would write some more though I doubt that he will. Once you have a perfect emerald why try to do it again?
Sherlock Holmes stories are not the type that keep you on the edge of your seat. It's the beauty of the language of the time and the way he is able to put you into the middle of Victorian London. That is something that is harder for Mr. Gaiman to do than for Sir Conan Doyle since Mr. Gaiman is in the 21st century and Sir Conan was writing about the age he was living in. He did totally take me in at the ending which was wonderful. I am seldom fooled so it is a real treat when I am. Steam Punk fans should enjoy this as well as Holmes fans.
What's not to like? He is a perfect reader. His voice just wraps around you and carries you off.
When the queen says "You are not to be afraid. You are to be worthy. To be a companion." And when his first real friend says to him "I feel we have fought the good fight together. I knew when I first saw you I could trust you as myself," and he says he felt as though he had worth again.
If you decide to review this don't give away the ending. Don't ruin it for others.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Well.., I had three thought patterns happening at once but it was not revealed until the end why. Sherlock Holmes, H.P. Lovecraft for sure, however, the killing of the German Noble had me stumped. There was a German, not to have been thought a noble,... but, yet a Merchant Seaman. Could it be? I wanted to try a short by Gaiman to see if his style appealed to me. I was not disappointed. Among his other works is, "The Graveyard Book", I hope it can live up to this dash of cunning creativity.
Cthulu + Holmes = 45 minutes of superlative listening.
If you like Lovecraft and Conan-Doyle, you must read this. Gaiman has done an admirable job of honouring both of these author's styles in this short story. If you've not read Call of Cthulu, I suggest that you do. It's eminently creepy and worthwhile, plus it will make this story even better.
Excellent, excellent twist at the end. I think it's Gaiman's very best.
Not only are you clever, witty and yes dare I say it - fun... you are one of the best narrators I have heard. Whoever has said that no author should try reading his own work has never heard
Neil Gaiman do it. Fantasic... absolutely fantastic!
I love books and animals. I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I found this to be an entertaining story with entertaining characters.
Gaiman phoned in the narration and the story wasn't that good either. I like other books by him that I have read/listened to, so this was a surprising let down.