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.
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).
Yes. I had to take a moment to realize what I had just heard at the end.
I <3 Neil Gaiman!
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.