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
Cracking good story! What? right right...All the drama - twists and turns one comes to enjoy from Sherlock. Anthony Horowitz has done a bang up job of using Watson to introduce us into a new story,.
Oh Dr.Watson of course, not wait...Sherlock..darn he was so good its not fair to ask which ONE!
When Sherlock find out maybe he shouldn't rely so heavily on his runners. Im keeping it cryptic so not to give out spoilers.
Fantastic book, highly recommend a good listen too..what?
I was really looking forward to this listen because I love Sherlock Holmes. I'd just recently enjoyed Lyndsay Faye’s "Dust and Shadow." I found Faye's recreation of the Holmes character much more credible than Horowitz's. Other than a few displays of "elementary deduction" concerning trialialities, Horowitz doesn't allow Holmes' fabulous intellect to come forth. The author doesn't seem to know how to write credible dialog for Holmes. I was disappointed. The redeeming feature of this audionbook was Jacobi's narration.
I found this too long and drawn out. The reader was excellent and it does have the SH ambience throughout. If you just can't get enough SH and have already gone through all his Conan Doyle books then this book is for you.
In my opinion the best reader of the Conan Doyle SH books is David Timson. They are also very well dramatized by the BBC. I believe these are all available from audible.
This ranks as one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.
Enjoyed Horowitz's take on the Holmes canon. The focus is on Watson. We hear more of his thoughts and emotions in this book. It is not just a chronicle of the mystery. Horowitz respects the Conan Doyle stories and fits this tale into the chronology in a reasonable way. There is a nice balance of action and exposition from Watson's point of view that kept me completely engaged.
Derek Jacobi's performance is absolutely top notch. He voices the characters in a completely natural and believable fashion. His narration is never rushed but perfectly paced. He moves between a proper British accent to an American accent to an Irish lilt without missing a beat.
I hope Anthony Horowitz writes more of these and that Derek Jacobi will narrate them. This was an outstanding pairing.
What Sherlock Holmes fan wouldn't jump at the chance to read a new story written in the spirit of Conan Doyle?!
It had all of the twists and turns of a great Holmes story, and it didn't rush through any of it.
Prior to listening to this book, I had just listened to all three volumes of the Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes read by the brilliant Charlton Griffin. His performances were so good that I had come to believe that Sherlock Holmes and Watson would have actually sounded as he performed them. He infused Holmes with a gravity and sharpness of speech that perfectly match his persona.
I have not heard any other performances by Derek Jacobi, but despite his often warm-sounding voice, his depiction of Holmes was grating on my ears. He used a higher-pitched voice for Holmes than he used for any other male character. When reading a sentence of Holmes' dialogue, Jacobi raises his pitch, ending the sentence in near-falsetto. It was not at all congruent with the weighty words of Holmes; it significantly weakend his dialogue.
Granted, I already have a preconceived notion of how I'd expect Holmes to sound from Griffin's performances, but this didn't make sense to me.
Holmes and Watson thought they had seen it all... until they entered the House of Silk.
Despite what I thought was a weak reading, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. As with other Holmes stories, I found myself simultaneously wanting to learn how it would end, but not wanting it to end. This is exacerbated by hints early on in the story that this would be a one-off, and not a new Holmes series.
While the story was indeed written in the spirit of a Conan Doyle tale, there were also some departures from the original style. First off, Holmes is far more sentimental than he ever was in the original stories. He only had a handful of moments in the original stories where he showed feelings of close frienship or concern for Watson, but they were numerous in the House of Silk. Also, Watson is far more preachy than he was in his original narrations... especially about the then-current state of London culture and failings of British society, etc. These didn't detract much from the story, but they did serve as reminders that this is not a work of Conan Doyle. Since the story was told from the POV of a much older Watson, this could reasonably be explained by his having had time to reflect on what he 'saw' at the time, whereas his earlier chronicles were 'written' after far shorter intervals.
I still think almost any Holmes fan would very much enjoy this story.
I had forgotten how entertaining Sherlock Holmes could be. This is the first time I have heard of this book and enjoyed it very much. The narration was excellent. I sure hope there will be more to come.
It was true to my vision of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The best scene was when Watson walked into the bar thinking he was meeting someone else and it turned out to be Holmes.
Watson's description of the plight of children in London of his day.
It's up there. It's not one of my top three favorites but I'd definitely listen to more books from this author.
Loved the way Horowitz weaved in references to original Holmes stories.
Sir Derek was suburb. Never seems to
Another great Holmes novel in the tradition of Doyle. Great storyline twisting the two mysteries together. Love the way it was tied in to Doyle's work.
As die-hart Sherlock Holmes fans, we are thrilled that this write continues in the Donan style. Great story, great deductions and lots of twists.
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