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The House of Silk Audiobook

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    hh pdx United States 10-16-12
    hh pdx United States 10-16-12 Listener Since 2003

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    "Clever, socio-historical, but pedantic by the end"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to someone who likes Holmes and perhaps mysteries, in general.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jacobi's a gem. I'd listen to him read a cereal box.


    Do you think The House of Silk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA 10-08-12
    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA 10-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent Sherlockian tale"
    What did you love best about The House of Silk?

    Interesting story


    Would you recommend The House of Silk to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they are interested in Sherlock Holmes I might suggest. Otherwise just ok murder mystery,


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Consistency


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

    nope


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    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 10-05-12
    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2003
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    "You will not be sorry---finally"
    If you could sum up The House of Silk in three words, what would they be?

    To all Homes fans---This is as close to the "real deal" that we will get.


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    Bob Prout Greensboro, NC United States 10-01-12
    Bob Prout Greensboro, NC United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great Sherlock Holmes yarn for a long trip"

    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.

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    Janice Hamilton Square, NJ, United States 09-17-12
    Janice Hamilton Square, NJ, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book...a must for all Sherlock lovers."
    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    James R. Ellis sacramento, ca 09-01-12
    James R. Ellis sacramento, ca 09-01-12 Member Since 2009

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    "A Sherlock and Watson tale you can trust"
    What made the experience of listening to The House of Silk the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Silk?

    The final reveals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pawn shop


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

    The horrible revelations in the house of silk


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    Emma Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-13-12
    Emma Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-13-12
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    "Great Listening. Great Mystery"
    What did you love best about 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.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Really Believably Good!


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    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 08-09-12
    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 08-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, wonderful writing."
    Would you listen to The House of Silk again? Why?

    Well, I seldom listen to audiobooks twice no matter how good they are - too many I haven't heard!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Robin 07-23-12
    Robin 07-23-12
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    "Great for Holmes fans"

    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.

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    Ms. Brentano USA 07-22-12
    Ms. Brentano USA 07-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Beethoven lover

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    "A Ripping Good Tale"
    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly. Both the story and the narration were of the best quality.


    What other book might you compare The House of Silk to and why?

    I think it compares very favorably the Conan Doyle canon.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    Yes but, due to my schedule, it took about three sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, in particular, and detective stories, in general

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