I would recommed this book to lovers of Sherlock Holmes. Unlike many recent attempts to portray Holmes and Watson this book stays true to the original characters,
The plot was complex but in the end it all ties together
Derek Jabobi brings to bear his extraordinary acting talent
I don't think a film could capture the nuances and complexity of this book.
This was a great holiday escape
Mr. Horowitz has done the world of Holmes fans a tremendous service with this work.Well constructed and written in a style that instantly connects to the great works of Sir Doyle.
I was immediately drawn into the world that I have enjoyed so often over the years.
I have to say that at first skeptical of this book. As someone who has long hoped for a lost manuscript, a few unfinished chapters, or anything that could continue on the tradition in a real and authentic way, I have been very disappointed with most modern attempts at bringing Holmes back to life. This book, this author, and despite what some of the critics here have said, this narrator have captured the essence of Holmes in as pure a way as anyone could hope for short of a second coming of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Thank you Mr. Horowitz and please, keep Holmes alive!
I absolutely love audible! I read constantly and there is nothing better than finding a new series to follow. I'm a syfy/fant kinda gal.
This book was fantastic! I was riveted from the first word. A wonderful thrilling old english read! It is a true sherlock holmes classic. I highly recommend this book!
I am a bit of a Holmes snob in that I don't like stories where Holmes gets married or fights Martians.
This story is not only spellbinding but is very consistent with the orignal stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The narrator was very good also.
I highly recommend it.
Watson has placed this story with his agent not to be released for 100 years explaining why Holmes fans did not read it when they eagerly read Holmes adventures years ago. It was great to hear from Sherlock's associates. Derek Jacobi narration is superior, Watson was speaking directly to me. I am glad I listened to this book.
I'm a devotee of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and have read most of the efforts to add posthumously to his cannon. This is the best of a mixed lot. A gripping story, very well constructed, that captures Sir Arthur's language and style, plus takes us into territory he could not. I very much enjoyed the reminiscing of Watson, and the repartee between the Holmes brothers. Nice job, Mr. Horowitz!
But the best part was the Derek Jacobi narration. The brilliant actor breathes life into every part, and gets comfortably inside all the characters. Although I usually just listen to books while driving, I found myself listening in the evenings and sneaking in a half hour of the story at lunch; couldn't put it down. Sad to finish - I doubt Conan Doyle has any more such masterpieces tucked in the archives.
Derek Jacobi did a wonderful job with the narration on this. His voices were clear and different for all characters and the male and female characters had a distinct voice, not like a man trying to sound like a woman and not a woman trying to sound like a man. The story was good as well, although either I'm getting smarter or they dumbed this one down for me.
Mystery and Fantasy Lover
Anthony Horowitz has written a very good story with the depth of Arthur Conan Doyle. Having listened to it once, I will have to listen again to unravel the plot. Derek Jacobi's voice as Dr. Watson was NOT distracting. There were often times that I forgot it was the famous actor reading the book to me. I highly recommend this book for the Sherlock Holmes fans out there!!
Every now and then I tip toe into Sherlock Holmes fan fiction -- desperate, as all Conan Doyle fans are -- for a new fix. Sadly, it virtually always ends badly...
Not so with House of Silk -- with a few notable missteps, Horowitz does an *excellent* job capturing the voice and persona of both Holmes and Watson, and adds an interestingly convoluted plot.
I'm not sure how this book comes off in print, but with Derek Jacobi's narration, it's a deliciously life-like faux Conan Doyle.
The only flaws? I agree with Elias's comment -- the Dr. Moriarty appearance Just. Doesn't. Cut it. Horowitz needs to re-read the Moriarty parts, and then maybe a book on sociopaths.
The only other flaw is perhaps more subjective, and that's the ending. No spoilers here, I just felt it jarred with the Victoriana -- it felt "too modern", topically and in treatment.
Still, I hope this is the first of many by Horowitz.