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 didn't realize what I was to be listening to as I've had this audible for a bit... To my surprise it was Sherlock Holmes which I love!! Evermore so now that I've been watching the Netflix version recently. It made painting my kitchen much more entertaining!
Written to be another version of A Study in Scarlet, with a Lovecraftian twist, if you could imagine. Even though many parts of the story seem to be similar to Scarlet, it is an original work in its own right. One doesn't have to have read a Study in Scarlet, though if you haven't, you'll miss out on a good deal, so its still suggested. If you're not familiar with Sherlock Holmes at all, I'd heavily suggest waiting on this piece until reading Scarlet, as it is, if I recall, the first Holmes story anyway (at least the first one written). I read this prior to any Lovecraft stories, so its not necessary in my opinion, but I'm still new to Lovecraft, so who knows, maybe I would have enjoyed it even more. This is also one of the pieces I'd suggest the audio over the book as, once you listen to you, you'll see there are parts that are definitely enhanced by the audio. The narration is done quite well too. Highly recommend to anyone who likes Gaiman, Holmes, or Lovecraft.
Eloquent writing coherent story
Good performance i like it a lot very well done would like more
Cannot say enough good things about this very well-written story. If you love the Sherlock Holmes stories and also appreciate H.P.Lovecraft, you will be in seventh heaven. It made it special for me to hear the author himself read it.
How clever it is.
Oh dear, that would be telling.
Do yourself a favor and get this story. Listen to it all the way through and without distractions.
I really loved this short story! It's clever and set in an interesting version of London and the plot twist is excellent. This will be one of my new go to audio books. And Neil Gaiman is a wonderful narrator, as always
This short story was true to the tone of the original while introducing several unexpected (and macabre) surprises with the biggest surprise revealed at the end. Loved it! it made me want to go back and listen to the original stories again!
Nice mix between Sherlock Holmes and a sort of Lovecraft universe. I wish it were longer because after it ended I found myself wanting more.
Neil Gaiman offers a free copy of this story on his personal webpage. I highly recommend read it while listening to the audiobook (especially for us who English is not our native language).
It's a great story that will please even the non-Sherlockians (although they will not appreciate the multiple and brilliant references).