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
The voice of Dr. Watson and the authenticity of Anthony Horowitz's voice of Arthur Conan Doyle. Derek Jacobi is a brilliant actor and reader.
Really Believably Good!
Well, I seldom listen to audiobooks twice no matter how good they are - too many I haven't heard!
I always know an audiobok is great when I can't wait to get back to it. this was one of those. I also vividly saw the places and characters. Loved it!
If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, I think this will more than measure up.
This seems like the kind of story that could have taken place in Victorian times yet not be written up because it was too scandalous. I think the author did a good job of keeping Watson and Holmes in character and describing the London underworld. Derek Jacobi is of course an actor and he brought his skills to the narration.
Very highly. Both the story and the narration were of the best quality.
I think it compares very favorably the Conan Doyle canon.
I've never listened to him narrate any other audiobooks but I have seen him perform on stage and on screen so I know that he is a brilliant and gifted actor.
Yes but, due to my schedule, it took about three sittings.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, in particular, and detective stories, in general