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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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    Amazon Customer East Kingston, NH, United States 05-05-14
    Amazon Customer East Kingston, NH, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cheesy plot devices"
    What did you like best about The House of Silk? What did you like least?

    The narration - Derek Jacobi is very good, though his portrayal of Holmes was his weakest characterization. Very whiny.


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

    No - Not very Holmesian. The characters are there, the setting is there but the heart of what makes Holmes is missing.


    Did The House of Silk inspire you to do anything?

    Ran some sections of the narration at triple speed - just too cheesy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    The book jumped the shark for me when Horowitz resorted to the lamest of plot devices: putting the protagonist out on the highest of tree limbs. He has Holmes set up for murder in the most unHolmesian way - the old "don't be an idiot and go in that door, Oh he went in that door" type of set up. Holmes would never go into that circumstance without utilizing all of his resources, having worked out plans B though F. Horowitz instead had Holmes acting as an B movie idiot. Very disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Male Hawaii 04-24-13
    N. Male Hawaii 04-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't cut it on all levels"

    As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I found this book to be disappointing on all levels -- the narrator and the story. I respect Derek Jacobi as an actor, but I think him a poor choice as narrator for Sherlock. The voice he chose for Holmes did not suit the charactor and I found it hard to listen to. Female voices were nonexistent -- everything sounded the same. On the story level, I didn't feel that I was listening to a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Sherlock did not behave as I would have expected. Where were the disguises? Where was the infiltration into the criminal network? I am 3/4 into the book and ready to return it -- I can't get past Sherlock Holmes' voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-28-12
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-28-12 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Dull and Preachy"

    I enjoy mystery novels where the chances of guess the solution are null. For that part of the story it's all right. The problem I had with this book is that it really is far more worried about modern view of social problems of this period London then with say the story. Charles Dickens would have approve of the age spent on worrying about the fate of the street children but that is not in keeping with Sherlock Holmes. The book seems obsessed with fitting itself into the Sherlock Holmes story; not as the original author did by the need to refer all the time to the other stories and event and not just worry about the story. In turth the mystery seems to be second fiddle to Mr Horowitz social agenda and Mr. Horowitz need to put the story in the Sherlock Holmes's timeline.

    I suggest pasting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Software Engineer 08-22-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Unworthy of the name and leaves a nasty aftertaste"

    There's very little of Sherlock Holmes in the book - he's conveniently absent for most of the book - probably because the author didn't dare attempt much of a rendering. The story was wholly unsatisfactory to me, failing to conjure any of the atmosphere of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's wonderful work (of which I've read all the Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as some of his others). It might have been inoffensive even so but the story descends too far into the hypocritical underbelly of Victorian vice for something that's surely meant as entertainment, and I wish I hadn't listened to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 07-22-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Holmes at his best!!!"

    Great story,in this book they pull no punches and they hit you with a big ending.It is what you think.wow I think at times it is hard to separate Watson and Holmes voice. Jacobi could have switched it up a little better.....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 05-25-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Shame"

    Here I was, settling happily into a Holmes tale that gave real promise, when I began to suspect that Anthony Horowitz was going to use the most cliche of Victorian cliches to resolve this mystery. I won't spoil anyone's experience by referring to the ending, but I will say that I was surprised and disappointed that, in 2011, a writer would resort to exploiting a prejudice that may have been common in Victorian England (and certainly in Doyle) but that has no place in the resolution of a novel written today -- especially when so many other Sherlockian avenues were available to him.
    In other ways, I enjoyed Horowitz's adherence to the canon and his portrayal of Holmes and Watson and Mycroft. But he does bring a modern sensibility in questioning Holmes' exploitation of street children, for example, and in portraying poor old Lestrade and the police in a better light -- somethings I feel would not have occurred to Doyle. So, I was especially disappointed when he used prejudice to indicate villainy -- a lazy way to resolve what could have been a great book.
    Derek Jacobi, as always, does a great job and has a grand old time with the characters.
    So, it's a shame...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Charlotte, NC, United States 04-08-12
    Amy Charlotte, NC, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2010
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. United States 02-07-12
    K. United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Exception to "the rule""

    Most post-Conan Doyle Holmes books are deplorably absent of style. They focus on the twists of missed observations and not on the literary bend surronding and supporting Holmes' observations. This book is an exception. Though is is difficult to distinguish between the written words of Anthony Horowitz and the wonderful style of narrator Derek Jacobi, it "feels" like the Watson and, by extension, Holmes of the originator's work. I applaude everyone associated with the production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Berrien Berkeley, CA USA 11-29-11
    C. Berrien Berkeley, CA USA 11-29-11 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best"

    Beautifully written and phenomenally well performed. The story, the writing, and the narration have to be among Audible's best. It is so exciting that Audible has been able to retain the likes of Derek Jacobi to read the text. It makes the prose doubly entertaining.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony DEAL, NJ, United States 11-28-11
    Anthony DEAL, NJ, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A must for Sherlock Holmes fans"

    If you like Sherlock Holmes this is a must listen, excellent job of narration. Would recommend to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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