Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but best-selling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. With access to the estate's archives and careful study of the original stories, Horowitz is sure to weave a tale that satisfies new fans as well as the most dedicated Baker Street Irregular.
©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Hachette
I enjoyed getting to spend some more time in the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the story was a bit too convoluted to keep my full attention throughout.
I would recommend it to diehard Sherlock Holmes fans because it's not that different in style or delivery to the original Arthur Conan Doyle series, but I'd recommend Laure R. King's Mary Russell series much more highly.
All the voices except for that of Holmes were just fine. But the voice for Holmes was awful! For me, Jenny Sterlin's voice of Holmes, in the audio versions of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series, is what Holmes himself undoubtedly sounded like.
No, as the story seems pretty self-contained and is written from the perspective of a rather late period in Watson's life. But I'm sure the author could write other Holmes books that follow other cases, set in other time periods of the Holmes/Watson partnership.
The reader did a very good job on the voices.
The plot was interesting, but confusing at times, convoluted, so pay attention, and if you lose it, go back.
I liked his Watson, and he did a good job on most.
As I said above, pay attention. At one point I was lost because I went a few days without listening and there are confusing elements, lots of characters. Overall a very good listen.
I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.
I've read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries - many several times. It was a surprise to see this book available. It's written in a similar style to what you would expect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but with more detail and richer description. Also a more modern theme that I doubt Doyle would have embarked on. The narrator (Derek Jacobi) is superb!! The author excelled beyond my expectations. Thank you all who were involved in the making of this great book.
His voice is amazing ... perfect for this book .... executed with perfection. I don't know how he did it...didn't miss a beat.
I loved it.
Hope that Anthony Horowitz will write another one and that Derek Jacobi will be the narrator.
I am a HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan and have found that pretty much everything not written by Conan Doyle to be a disappointment... not so with 'The House of Silk'. Whilst it took me a chapter or 2 to get into the book, once there I was completely hooked!
I usually listen to audible whilst walking the dog.... she got an extra 2 miles out of me towards the end of this book as I wanted an excuse to keep listening and find out what happened!
teacher & book lover
Holmes? Watson? How do you choose? They have a bromance that is so entertaining!
The narrator sounds just like I expect Watson to sound. He reads a bit slow, so I listened to it at 1.5 speed and it was perfect. Great narration brings the book to life.
No. It's a bit long and complicated, as are all Sherlock Holmes books. I listened to a chapter or two at a time.
If you are a fan of Doyle's irrepressible Holmes and Watson, you'll love this book. Hopkins captures Doyle's style exactly. This book was the first Holmes book sanctioned by the Doyle foundation since his death. It is easy to see why when you read it. It is exactly as Holmes/Watson were being penned by Doyle himself.
Please note: this is classically written Holmes. So it is a more intellectual listen. If you have never read Holmes, try a free version to see if you like the style. If you like that, you'll love this.
For fans of Sherlock Holmes, this is a must. There are many twists and turns to the plot, keeping the reader's interest. Even though it isn't by Arthur Conan Doyle, it seems right in line with the Holmes tradition.
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Yes I would! The story line keeps you from the beginning to the end of the book. It keeps you wondering what is going to happen next, and how are they going to proceed with the invesigation. And not only that, the twists that are in this audio book, keeps you in awh.
Haven't come across that yet.
I am not sure. But he is good, very good.
OMG! When my husband and I heard what the House of Silk was, and who was involved. That was powerful.
My husband and I were speechless! Just fabulous!
I'd recommend it to someone who likes Holmes and perhaps mysteries, in general.
The author fixed many shortcomings of the original stories written 100 yrs ago, calling our attention to important things glossed over and evening out some unnecessary imbalances from back then. But Watson is still too daft and unsophisticated. His lack of insights are unbelievable and his over-emotionality seems one literary convenience milked dry.
Jacobi's a gem. I'd listen to him read a cereal box.
If they are interested in Sherlock Holmes I might suggest. Otherwise just ok murder mystery,
To all Homes fans---This is as close to the "real deal" that we will get.
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