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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

What Members Say

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    Linda @Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 03-30-15
    Linda @Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 03-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Sherlock Holmes story with a twist."

    This short story was true to the tone of the original while introducing several unexpected (and macabre) surprises with the biggest surprise revealed at the end. Loved it! it made me want to go back and listen to the original stories again!

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    samantha Hackettstown, NJ, United States 01-04-15
    samantha Hackettstown, NJ, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Short and sweet."

    Nice mix between Sherlock Holmes and a sort of Lovecraft universe. I wish it were longer because after it ended I found myself wanting more.

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    Jose Miami, Florida, United States 07-18-14
    Jose Miami, Florida, United States 07-18-14
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    "Great with the companion of the written copy"

    Neil Gaiman offers a free copy of this story on his personal webpage. I highly recommend read it while listening to the audiobook (especially for us who English is not our native language).
    It's a great story that will please even the non-Sherlockians (although they will not appreciate the multiple and brilliant references).

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    Korie K 03-23-14
    Korie K 03-23-14

    Bibliophile

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    "A Study in Awesome!"
    Where does A Study in Emerald rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I had to take a moment to realize what I had just heard at the end.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I <3 Neil Gaiman!

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    Sandra PAINESVILLE, OH, United States 08-29-13
    Sandra PAINESVILLE, OH, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio book to everyone. It is wonderful. It is a Holmes story through and through. The reading is perfect, of course, since Neil Gaiman always reads his own stories perfectly. The inserted Victorian commercials of other Victorian stories was delightful. Every one made me smile. It wasn't a straight on copy of A Study in Scarlet. Instead it had bits of other Holmes stories that he fit into this one but they fit in smoothly and nothing jarred and took you out of the story. I loved the science fictions aspect of it as well. And he used the words of the time and didn't dumb it down as a certain publisher is doing with classics. I wish it had been longer or that Mr. Gaiman would write some more though I doubt that he will. Once you have a perfect emerald why try to do it again?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sherlock Holmes stories are not the type that keep you on the edge of your seat. It's the beauty of the language of the time and the way he is able to put you into the middle of Victorian London. That is something that is harder for Mr. Gaiman to do than for Sir Conan Doyle since Mr. Gaiman is in the 21st century and Sir Conan was writing about the age he was living in. He did totally take me in at the ending which was wonderful. I am seldom fooled so it is a real treat when I am. Steam Punk fans should enjoy this as well as Holmes fans.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    What's not to like? He is a perfect reader. His voice just wraps around you and carries you off.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the queen says "You are not to be afraid. You are to be worthy. To be a companion." And when his first real friend says to him "I feel we have fought the good fight together. I knew when I first saw you I could trust you as myself," and he says he felt as though he had worth again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you decide to review this don't give away the ending. Don't ruin it for others.

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

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary 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.

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    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 03-11-13
    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 03-11-13
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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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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-04-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "A grand green gem!"

    Love Nel Gaiman. This is a tiny bit of his that is so worthy. Fun, tied into Lovecraft, and completely unexpected. Enjoy!

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    Rebecca 05-30-12
    Rebecca 05-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "great short story"

    this was a great short story, reminded me of Sherlock Holmes. Niel Gaiman is a great author and a great narrator. I was amazed at how much character development was achieved in such a short amount of time. I could (and have) listen to this story over and over again! Neil Gaiman is a favorite.

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    James 04-16-12
    James 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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