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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel | [Anthony Horowitz]

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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 bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.
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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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    Kindle Customer 04-24-12

    Crowwolf

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    "Sherlock Holmes! By Jove"
    What made the experience of listening to The House of Silk the most enjoyable?

    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,.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

    Oh Dr.Watson of course, not wait...Sherlock..darn he was so good its not fair to ask which ONE!


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

    When Sherlock find out maybe he shouldn't rely so heavily on his runners. Im keeping it cryptic so not to give out spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book, highly recommend a good listen too..what?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Blue Springs, MO, United States 04-23-12
    Elizabeth Blue Springs, MO, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I Didn't Really Feel the Presence of Holmes"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Share 6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042 04-19-12
    David Share 6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042 04-19-12 Member Since 2009

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    "House of Silk"

    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.

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    amy williams 04-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "100% Enjoyable in every way"
    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This ranks as one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Anthony Horowitz writes more of these and that Derek Jacobi will narrate them. This was an outstanding pairing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Rockville, MD, United States 03-08-12
    Scott Rockville, MD, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Well-written, poorly-read"
    What did you love best about The House of Silk?

    What Sherlock Holmes fan wouldn't jump at the chance to read a new story written in the spirit of Conan Doyle?!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had all of the twists and turns of a great Holmes story, and it didn't rush through any of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Holmes and Watson thought they had seen it all... until they entered the House of Silk.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer FT MITCHELL, KY, United States 02-29-12
    Amazon Customer FT MITCHELL, KY, United States 02-29-12 Listener Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Silk to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was true to my vision of the Sherlock Holmes stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best scene was when Watson walked into the bar thinking he was meeting someone else and it turned out to be Holmes.


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

    Watson's description of the plight of children in London of his day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole surprise, AZ, United States 02-22-12
    Nicole surprise, AZ, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "a good listen with an interesting twist"
    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there. It's not one of my top three favorites but I'd definitely listen to more books from this author.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Engaging


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    Stephen Southgate, MI, United States 02-21-12
    Stephen Southgate, MI, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sir Arthur would be proud"
    What did you love best about The House of Silk?

    Loved the way Horowitz weaved in references to original Holmes stories.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Sir Derek was suburb. Never seems to


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    Micah Spout Spring, VA, United States 02-06-12
    Micah Spout Spring, VA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to believe it wasn't Doyle."

    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.

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    TL TAMPA, FL, United States 01-23-12
    TL TAMPA, FL, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "5 Stars from Sherlock Holmes fans"

    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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