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A Study in Emerald | [Neil Gaiman]

A Study in Emerald

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.
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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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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-30-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Would you please repeat that....."

    Well.., I had three thought patterns happening at once but it was not revealed until the end why. Sherlock Holmes, H.P. Lovecraft for sure, however, the killing of the German Noble had me stumped. There was a German, not to have been thought a noble,... but, yet a Merchant Seaman. Could it be? I wanted to try a short by Gaiman to see if his style appealed to me. I was not disappointed. Among his other works is, "The Graveyard Book", I hope it can live up to this dash of cunning creativity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Kingston, ON, Canada 04-16-12
    James Kingston, ON, Canada 04-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best Freebies on Audible"

    Cthulu + Holmes = 45 minutes of superlative listening.

    If you like Lovecraft and Conan-Doyle, you must read this. Gaiman has done an admirable job of honouring both of these author's styles in this short story. If you've not read Call of Cthulu, I suggest that you do. It's eminently creepy and worthwhile, plus it will make this story even better.

    Excellent, excellent twist at the end. I think it's Gaiman's very best.

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    Laura NYC, NY, USA 03-14-09
    Laura NYC, NY, USA 03-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Oh, Neil Gaiman - You can do it all, no?"

    Not only are you clever, witty and yes dare I say it - fun... you are one of the best narrators I have heard. Whoever has said that no author should try reading his own work has never heard
    Neil Gaiman do it. Fantasic... absolutely fantastic!

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    Jon Missoula, MT, USA 08-03-08
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    "No Reason Not to Listen"

    Masterful, A delight, nothing better for a rainy day.

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    Russell 03-28-08
    Russell 03-28-08 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "entertaining"

    I found this to be an entertaining story with entertaining characters.

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    Lisa 03-09-08
    Lisa 03-09-08
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    "A great short story"

    Keeps you busy and wishing for more.

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    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 02-01-08
    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 02-01-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Needed to read it"

    I had a hard time following this story as it was read. I am a fan of audiobooks, but there were several times that I wanted to refer to something earlier in the story, which is much easier when reading a book than listening to one. In the end, I did enjoy the story and though Neil Gaiman did a good job reading it, I would have liked this one more in print. (although I'm living in Peru, I'm from the US and English is my first language so it wasn't a language barrier)

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    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 03-11-13
    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a Great Story"
    Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or Neil Gaiman?

    Gaiman phoned in the narration and the story wasn't that good either. I like other books by him that I have read/listened to, so this was a surprising let down.


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    Luke Richland WA 01-14-13
    Luke Richland WA 01-14-13 Member Since 2014

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    "excellent guilty pleasure"
    Would you listen to A Study in Emerald again? Why?

    Anyone who loves conspiracy theory will love this book. What an excellent take on the disgusting world of monarchs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Watson


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    John 05-09-10
    John 05-09-10
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    "Glib and predictable."

    I dislike this kind of fiction, here a play on a famous Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Yes, I guessed the ending long before it hit -- and when it hit it struck me as in the vein of a Rod Sterling TWILIGHT ZONE episode, where everything flips in the last uttered word. That kind of "plot" worked for me when I was a kid, but that was gimmick excitement and little more. None of the infinite careful loving detail of the real inventor of Sherlock Holmes, who really is so iconic that it is hard to imagine a universe without him and his equally iconic friend, Dr. Watson. Nothing fresh here, however, except a neat twist, just when you expect it most.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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