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
To all Homes fans---This is as close to the "real deal" that we will get.
I heard Anthony Horowitz talking about "House of Silk" on NPR and he made it sound like great fun. I downloaded it for a 7 hour trip I was about to take. The performance by Derek Jacobi kept my wife and me entertained down a very tedious stretch of I-95 South. Horowitz accurately captured Conan Doyle's voice and the language of turn-of-the-century England, and Jacobi created a different voice for each of the many characters. My wife noted that his female characters were much weaker than the men and boys he portrayed but we'll cut him some slack in that regard.
During his NPR interview, Horowitz said that no one had guessed the ending in advance and that goes for us too. As Holmes untangles the threads of two seemingly unrelated story lines, we were kept guessing. When he finally wrapped up the major story there were, in typical Holmes fashion, a couple more surprises in store for the listener.
I'm glad I got to listen to the audiobook in two long sittings, there and back because it would have been hard to keep all the balls in the air while hearing it in many shorter listenings.
Very entertaining and worth the price.
House of Silk is one of my favorite books. The story is masterful and the reading is even better. I am now going to look for other books by this author.
A Sherlock and Watson tale you can trust. From the writer of Foyles War and Midsommer Murders. This novel rings true to the original concept and style of the Doyle creation. Quick, witty and clever. A great read with Derek Jacobi as the voice of Watson. Hope there are many more in the future.
The final reveals
The pawn shop
The horrible revelations in the house of silk
The voice of Dr. Watson and the authenticity of Anthony Horowitz's voice of Arthur Conan Doyle. Derek Jacobi is a brilliant actor and reader.
Really Believably Good!
Well, I seldom listen to audiobooks twice no matter how good they are - too many I haven't heard!
I always know an audiobok is great when I can't wait to get back to it. this was one of those. I also vividly saw the places and characters. Loved it!
If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, I think this will more than measure up.
This seems like the kind of story that could have taken place in Victorian times yet not be written up because it was too scandalous. I think the author did a good job of keeping Watson and Holmes in character and describing the London underworld. Derek Jacobi is of course an actor and he brought his skills to the narration.
Very highly. Both the story and the narration were of the best quality.
I think it compares very favorably the Conan Doyle canon.
I've never listened to him narrate any other audiobooks but I have seen him perform on stage and on screen so I know that he is a brilliant and gifted actor.
Yes but, due to my schedule, it took about three sittings.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, in particular, and detective stories, in general
It took me awhile to get into this one; I wasn't a huge fan of the setup, I think mainly because Watson keeps going on about how the mystery is so shocking, and then launches into a story that is just not shocking in the least. And though for the most part the narrator was fantastic, he did not do well with American accents, and every time he spoke as an American I found it really distracting and it jolted me out of the story. However, around half way through, things started to get really interesting, and yes, the shocking part eventually did show up. In the end, I really liked the way the mysteries play out, and though there were things I suspected, there were also things that came as a total surprise and that I didn't see coming at all. And I think Horowitz did a great job here of capturing Holmes' and Watson's relationship. All in all, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would when I first started it, and I look forward to reading more of Horowitz's work at some point.
The Game's Afoot
Derek Jacobi is one of the great voices in British theater. He is able to create three dimensional characters with simple changes of his voice. I usually listen to books at double speed, but it would just be a waste - like chugging down a fine wine.
As one of many who love Holmes and Watson in their original (and more modern) form, there is always a concern that a new Holmes novel will sully the canon. Not to worry with this book. Horowitz does not strictly abide by what was created by Doyle, but the changes are all reasonable and consistent with the characters we know. There are a few changes and the plot deals with issues that would never have been covered by a Victorian author. But there are enough twists and turns in the plot that you feel the excitement and the mental challenges that a good Holmes story gives. Horowitz has a great sense of the language and the small items to satisfy any Holmes fan. But the greatest factor in enjoying this book is Derek Jacobi. He creates very distinct voices for each of his characters and you really feel you are sitting and listening to Watson dictate the story. Great read.
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