I am a HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan and have found that pretty much everything not written by Conan Doyle to be a disappointment... not so with 'The House of Silk'. Whilst it took me a chapter or 2 to get into the book, once there I was completely hooked!
I usually listen to audible whilst walking the dog.... she got an extra 2 miles out of me towards the end of this book as I wanted an excuse to keep listening and find out what happened!
teacher & book lover
Holmes? Watson? How do you choose? They have a bromance that is so entertaining!
The narrator sounds just like I expect Watson to sound. He reads a bit slow, so I listened to it at 1.5 speed and it was perfect. Great narration brings the book to life.
No. It's a bit long and complicated, as are all Sherlock Holmes books. I listened to a chapter or two at a time.
If you are a fan of Doyle's irrepressible Holmes and Watson, you'll love this book. Hopkins captures Doyle's style exactly. This book was the first Holmes book sanctioned by the Doyle foundation since his death. It is easy to see why when you read it. It is exactly as Holmes/Watson were being penned by Doyle himself.
Please note: this is classically written Holmes. So it is a more intellectual listen. If you have never read Holmes, try a free version to see if you like the style. If you like that, you'll love this.
For fans of Sherlock Holmes, this is a must. There are many twists and turns to the plot, keeping the reader's interest. Even though it isn't by Arthur Conan Doyle, it seems right in line with the Holmes tradition.
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Yes I would! The story line keeps you from the beginning to the end of the book. It keeps you wondering what is going to happen next, and how are they going to proceed with the invesigation. And not only that, the twists that are in this audio book, keeps you in awh.
Haven't come across that yet.
I am not sure. But he is good, very good.
OMG! When my husband and I heard what the House of Silk was, and who was involved. That was powerful.
My husband and I were speechless! Just fabulous!
I'd recommend it to someone who likes Holmes and perhaps mysteries, in general.
The author fixed many shortcomings of the original stories written 100 yrs ago, calling our attention to important things glossed over and evening out some unnecessary imbalances from back then. But Watson is still too daft and unsophisticated. His lack of insights are unbelievable and his over-emotionality seems one literary convenience milked dry.
Jacobi's a gem. I'd listen to him read a cereal box.
If they are interested in Sherlock Holmes I might suggest. Otherwise just ok murder mystery,
To all Homes fans---This is as close to the "real deal" that we will get.
I heard Anthony Horowitz talking about "House of Silk" on NPR and he made it sound like great fun. I downloaded it for a 7 hour trip I was about to take. The performance by Derek Jacobi kept my wife and me entertained down a very tedious stretch of I-95 South. Horowitz accurately captured Conan Doyle's voice and the language of turn-of-the-century England, and Jacobi created a different voice for each of the many characters. My wife noted that his female characters were much weaker than the men and boys he portrayed but we'll cut him some slack in that regard.
During his NPR interview, Horowitz said that no one had guessed the ending in advance and that goes for us too. As Holmes untangles the threads of two seemingly unrelated story lines, we were kept guessing. When he finally wrapped up the major story there were, in typical Holmes fashion, a couple more surprises in store for the listener.
I'm glad I got to listen to the audiobook in two long sittings, there and back because it would have been hard to keep all the balls in the air while hearing it in many shorter listenings.
Very entertaining and worth the price.
House of Silk is one of my favorite books. The story is masterful and the reading is even better. I am now going to look for other books by this author.
A Sherlock and Watson tale you can trust. From the writer of Foyles War and Midsommer Murders. This novel rings true to the original concept and style of the Doyle creation. Quick, witty and clever. A great read with Derek Jacobi as the voice of Watson. Hope there are many more in the future.
The final reveals
The pawn shop
The horrible revelations in the house of silk