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.
©2006 Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could only be pleased by this work. Or feel a bit threatened even, because Neil Gaiman certainly has it in him to unravel clever clues.
At first, it's an old Sherlock Holmes story, but then, throw in a globe-conquering alien life form, and then only "hint" at the alien's true nature. I know, sounds kinda weird, but in all, a great little story.
This listen is an enjoyable spin on the Sherlock Holmes theme, in a kind of alternate reality. It is quite entertaining, and Gaiman's narration is very good.
This was a fun and slightly twisted take on a classic, one I enjoyed very much in a noir meets the creature from the black lagoon kind of way.
Newt fancier and mad scientist.
Gaiman is a true craftsman and a deft hand with the styles of other authors when he bends his will to it. This funny and fascinating piece of meta-fiction had me rapt from beginning to end. It will help if you're familiar with the work of Sir Conan Doyle and several of his contemporaries, but it's not necessary. This will leave you wanting more Gaiman awesomeness so I highly recommend Fragile Things, a collection of Short Stories that contains this as well as many others.
I really enjoyed this. It was very faithful with the original Sherlock Holmes story. But, the twist really enhances it. I loved all the detail. I would love to hear more stories in this vein from Neil Gaiman.
Sherlock Holmes mystery with a dash of Cthulhu and a twist of lime- I mean plot. As ever, Neil Gaiman adds further dimension and character to his stories by providing his own narration.
I love books.
Neil Gaiman is a smart and interesting writer, and he narrates his own work wonderfully. This story is short- just under an hour to listen to. I would recommend this to any Gaiman fan.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
It was an unusual story and quite strange. It was quick and a conversation starter with the family.
I do not usually like short stories, but in Mr. Gaiman's case they keep me entertained in between full-length novels. A Study in Emerald is no different - Gaiman uses clever clues and interesting plot twists to keep the reader (listener) engaged, and there is a lovely surprise at the end worthy of the author to whom this story is in reference. Hearing Gaiman narrate his own characters is always a pleasure, and while this piece is not as amusing as some of his others, it is still quite brilliant.
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