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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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    GP Greenwood, CA, United States 05-05-12
    GP Greenwood, CA, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A disapointment"

    First off, the narration by Derek Jacobi was very good. No complaints there.
    My problem is with the portrayal of Holmes. It just wasn't Holmesian. I've read the originals, loved many of the adaptations on TV and film, but this story just didn't cut it. Holmes is much less than his marvelous self. Not terribly quick witted, or even very bright. When he does trot out his expertise it's done in the manner of a side show magic act. Certainly not the way Holmes would have done it.
    Many of the actions Holmes takes in the book just aren't things Holmes would have done. For example, Holmes went into an opium den, as himself, to find facts. Never in a million years. Holmes would have disguised himself and infiltrated!
    I tried to separate the Holmes that I know and just read the story as a mystery. I didn't have much success. Part of the love I've had for the Sherlock Holmes stories is his wit, near infallibility, and clever ways of uncovering facts. All of these are absent.
    If you want more Holmes, as Holmes himself, try the Laurie King books.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Julia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 11-10-11
    Julia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2008

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks.

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    "Excellent"

    Both the story and the narration are fantastic. This story goes to a place that I did not at all expect for a Sherlock Holmes novel. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and felt this was perhaps one of the best I've listened to so far on Audible.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Palo Alto, CA, United States 11-08-11
    Penny Palo Alto, CA, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "The Game's afoot!"

    Great writing, great reading, satisfying and complete resolution. Who could ask for anything more.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Downingtown, PA, United States 11-15-11
    Tracy Downingtown, PA, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow, really does justice to the Holmes canon!"

    Better than I could have hoped. This listen was just great. There are a few things that die-hard Conan Doyle fans might point out as deviating from the master, but the excellence of the story and its telling can't be denied.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Wheeling, IL, United States 01-17-12
    Debra Wheeling, IL, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"

    Absolutely excellent from first to last. Too engrossing to listen at bedtime - it wil keep you up. I'm a big fan of Holmes in many iterations - Larry Millett and Laurie King among others, but Anthony Horowitz really captures it all - the essence of a good Holmes story - plus excellent description of place, action and character - brought leaping to life by Derek Jacobi - truly a brilliant and lush performance. Even if you are not a Holmes fan - this is a great book. I'm pretty fussy and rarely, if ever, have given such an unabashed 5 star review. This one is sooooooo worth it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sammy Says california 04-09-12
    Sammy Says california 04-09-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Perhaps not strictly true to Holmes, still fun."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Attempting to explore the beloved characters of other authors is tricky. I think maybe this story would have played better if it hadn't tried to take on Holmes, but had been a newly introduced detective. Having said that, it was entertaining.


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

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked his characters and he was very consistent - which I have to imagine is difficult. There were moments I had trouble understanding what he was saying, but that could have been me.


    Was The House of Silk worth the listening time?

    Yes, but buy it on sale.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    shopper from Playa del Rey LA, CA 12-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would smile!"

    I have read Sherlock Holmes books written by authors other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Until I read this one I was of the firm believe that Laurie R. King was the only one I truly enjoyed. Mr. Horowitz did an excellent job. The story has expected and unexpected twists. Amazingly, even the expected outcomes had some unexpected twists! If you are a Sherlock fan, I highly recommend this one!

    5 of 5 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Luvzhorses Hutto, Texas 11-14-11
    Luvzhorses Hutto, Texas 11-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be happy with this."

    A wonderfully written story with a "spot on" intricate plot line that would make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle a happy man. Mr. Horowitz has definately done his homework and made this a totally complete trip down Sherlock Holmes memory lane. Loved it. Highly recommend it. The performance by Derek Jacobi lent itself to the perfect ambiance.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Raleigh, NC, United States 11-06-11
    Virginia Raleigh, NC, United States 11-06-11

    Virginia Claire

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    "A Must Read!"
    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Derek Jacobi's reading is Outstanding!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How wonderful the writing was.


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

    Watson was excellent though Sherlock himself wasnt the best


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

    I thought the modern twist was both interesting but also very dark


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent edition to the Holmes canon

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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