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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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    Amy Longmont, Colombia 12-28-12
    Amy Longmont, Colombia 12-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "If you need a Holmes fix"
    What did you like best about The House of Silk? What did you like least?

    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.


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

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Ken Mo Federal Way, WA USA 12-24-12
    Ken Mo Federal Way, WA USA 12-24-12

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    "Very good plot and performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The House of Silk the most enjoyable?

    The reader did a very good job on the voices.


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

    The plot was interesting, but confusing at times, convoluted, so pay attention, and if you lose it, go back.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    I liked his Watson, and he did a good job on most.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Rena Alberta Canada 12-13-12
    Rena Alberta Canada 12-13-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "A Real Treat for Sherlock Holmes Fans"
    Would you listen to The House of Silk again? Why?

    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.


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

    His voice is amazing ... perfect for this book .... executed with perfection. I don't know how he did it...didn't miss a beat.


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

    I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that Anthony Horowitz will write another one and that Derek Jacobi will be the narrator.

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    Elaine Katy, Texas, United States 11-26-12
    Elaine Katy, Texas, United States 11-26-12
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    "The best since Conan Doyle himself!"

    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!

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    Grifgirl OK, United States 11-11-12
    Grifgirl OK, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Holmes and Watson are alive and well!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holmes? Watson? How do you choose? They have a bromance that is so entertaining!


    What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    No. It's a bit long and complicated, as are all Sherlock Holmes books. I listened to a chapter or two at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Linda 10-29-12
    Linda 10-29-12
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    "A Fun Read"

    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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    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 10-22-12
    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 10-22-12

    My name is Madena Williams, I'm an author of nonfiction publications. I write mostly inspirational advice that will impact people's lives.

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    "Fabulous Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    Haven't come across that yet.


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

    I am not sure. But he is good, very good.


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

    OMG! When my husband and I heard what the House of Silk was, and who was involved. That was powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I were speechless! Just fabulous!

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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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