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Willard

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  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (785)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "And with strange aeons even death may die.."
    Overall

    This story is great. The homage to H.P. Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle is wonderfully done.

    Its amazing how the story draws you in and, at a point, has you siding with the ancient evil that has taken hold of the world. The surprising identity of the main character flips your entire perspective of the story as you realize who the "bad guys" really are. The story is masterfully crafted, but this twist sealed the deal for me. It instantly became one of my all time favorite short stories.

    All throughout, you'll catch tid-bits of the Cthulhu tainted world the characters live in. The "commercials" at the beginning of each chapter are funny and horrific.

    The fact that this audiobook is free blows my mind... Not that I'm complaining, but its better than ones I've paid for.

    I'd say, "keep up the good work, Neil Gaiman..." but I don't think its necessary, since every thing he puts imagination to is amazing. Anybody who can turn the Swampthing comic into a literary work of art is clearly gifted.

    "But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?" --H.P. Lovecraft

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