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

    Keeps you busy and wishing for more.

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    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 03-11-13
    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    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 2012

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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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 02-01-08
    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 02-01-08 Member Since 2005
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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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    John Washington, DC, United States 05-09-10
    John Washington, DC, United States 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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    Sandra Boston, MA, USA 03-29-08
    Sandra Boston, MA, USA 03-29-08
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    "Flawed"

    Good try, but Sherlock Holmes "look-alikes" tend to be tiresome.

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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "Frowns all around."

    I'm a Neil Gaiman fan and this was a free download, but I really didn't like the story. It seemed rushed and not tied together. Don't wast your time with this story. Go buy one of his full length books and you won't be sorry.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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