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A Study in Emerald Audiobook

A Study in Emerald

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Publisher's Summary

Alluding to both the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, this Hugo Award-winning short story will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and of course, Neil Gaiman.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo winner, Best Short Story, 2004

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    Fred WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 03-09-11
    Fred WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 03-09-11
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    "Strange mix of genre - but well done anyway!"

    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.

    - Frederick

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    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11
    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting and Entertaining"

    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.

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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 01-28-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 01-28-11
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    "A fun take on a classic"

    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.

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    Matthew A. Razzano 12-16-10 Member Since 2016

    Newt fancier and mad scientist.

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    "great piece of meta-fiction"

    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.

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    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 11-20-10
    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 11-20-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Sherlock with a twist"

    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.

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    David East Palo Alto, CA, United States 10-18-10
    David East Palo Alto, CA, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Sherlock Holmes crossover with a dash of Cthulhu"

    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.

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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009

    I love books.

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    "Enjoyable"

    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.

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 09-22-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 09-22-09 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "Strange story"

    It was an unusual story and quite strange. It was quick and a conversation starter with the family.

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    Tika Sunnyvale, CA, USA 09-10-09
    Tika Sunnyvale, CA, USA 09-10-09 Member Since 2015
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    "An Unusual Pleasure"

    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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    Peter Ronald 08-08-09
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    "A nice twist"

    Typical Neil Gaiman Fare. A wonderful short story that puts a nice twist on Sherlock Holmes. The purist may not appreciate this. I would however recommend the story for anyone else that likes Holmes and does not mind an alternate point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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