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The House of Silk | [Anthony Horowitz]

The House of Silk

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.
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Publisher's Summary

THE GAME'S AFOOT... It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks. Intrigued by the man's tale, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston. As the pair delve deeper into the case, they stumble across a whispered phrase 'the House of Silk': a mysterious entity and foe more deadly than any Holmes has encountered, and a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society itself. With devilish plotting and excellent characterisation, bestselling author Anthony Horowitz delivers a first-rate Sherlock Holmes mystery for a modern readership whilst remaining utterly true to the spirit of the original Conan Doyle books. Sherlock Holmes is back with all the nuance, pace and powers of deduction that make him the world's greatest and most celebrated detective.

©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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    Barbara Fisher 02-22-15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable in all respects."

    Jacobi's reading and the twists and turns of Horowitz's plot make an entertaining and absorbing audiobook in true Holmes style.

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    Bee 10-18-13
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    "Modern voice for a well-loved charactwr"
    What did you love best about The House of Silk?

    Compelling story on an important global issue. Horowitz uses a modern voice with all the twist and turns of a suspenseful "on the edge of your seat" thriller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Derek Jacobi is an excellent narrator who brings to life Sherlock Holmes and Watson.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The start of the story as it includes Watson reminiscing on Holmes and it reveals various interesting tidbits which fills in the gap on what happened to both of those main characters as they got on with the years. The chase scene towards the climax was action-filled & hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and credit spent listening to this wonderful story & talented narration by Derek Jacobi. Anthony Horowitz does justice to Arthur Conan Doyle's characters whilst tackling an important global issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 09-05-13
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 09-05-13 Listener Since 2007

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    "Taking up the case-load of Holmes and Watson."

    Quite a good, respectful, taking up of the case-load of Holmes and Watson.

    Anthony Horowitz has a long association with storytelling being creator of Foyle’s War and worked on Midsomer Murders. His dialogue for TV isn’t the usual stuff written only to fill in the time slot requirements.

    The style is a nice homage to Conan Doyle; good, clue-rich descriptions sprinkled with completely unhelpful, but interesting background as illustrated by Watson’s introduction to the story.

    As Roxalanne, Jodie and Madeleine, and others, have said before me:

    Roxalanne: “This tale is rather darker in places than Holmes tales …”
    Jodie: “It was very true to Conan Doyle's style … to keep you listening.”
    Madeleine: “"Very Much an Homage" …”

    The area I had some trouble with was the narration. Although it is nice to hear an English voice doing the characters.

    Derek Jacobi reads well, but maybe overuses the emphatic voice when reading dialogue; particularly between Holmes and Watson, which moves Holmes a little too far from the classic, mater of fact delivery. I would have liked to hear a bit of the sotto voice for dramatic effect and variation.

    I didn’t feel an excited rush; more sitting around a fire listing to a friend telling a tale; although sometimes it could be more leisurely with more of a gap after a full stop (period). This means when action is to be underlined by rapid reading, it sounds too much like the rest of the narration.

    It may be a little difficult for ear-phone listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 12-16-11
    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 12-16-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Very true to the originals"

    “The house of silk” is very true to the original stories of Sherlock Holmes but makes the characters, especially Holmes, more human. The story is classical, quite melodramatic and keeps you listening. The reading by Derek Jacobi (as Watson) is perfect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    8/28/13
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    "Enjoyable Holmes tribute"

    This not written as a pastiche of ACD's style as it has a much more modern sensibility whilst featuring all the devices one would expect of a traditional Holmes tale. This story covers subjects that simply wouldn't have been mentioned at the time so is rather more gritty.

    Derek Jacobi was excellent as you would expect but who knew he couldn't do a Scots accent for toffee?

    Overall an enjoyable tale of the Victorian underworld.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe
    Coventry UK
    8/10/13
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    "Engaging Sherlock tale with a disturbing focus"
    Would you listen to The House of Silk again? Why?

    I would listen again - the story has twists and turns and visits many of the familiar characters. I suspected what the House of Silk would be fairly early on though still found it shocking, possibly because the idea of Conan Doyle writing such a tale was unthinkable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock Holmes is one of the most loved characters in fiction for a reason - the deeply flawed genius is so intriguing to read about and I felt that Horowitz managed to write him convincingly


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

    Derek Jacobi's narration was excellent throughout - one of the better audiobook performances i have listened to. He really gave the characters different voices, from the street kids to the art dealers, I couldn't really choose a favourite, though his male characters were probably better than his females.


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

    I was fully expecting the ending by the time it arrived - I think we were intended to, the shock coming from the incongruity of Holmes investigating such a crime instead. However, even though I expected it, it didnt make it any less disturbing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "Thought it was an original Conan-Doyle"

    I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book before but have seen the TV series and really loved it. I found this book so interesting with all the characters well developed and interesting. I couldn't be parted from it for long and as I listen to audiobooks in the car I often stayed put longer than I should. I found the narration by Derek Jacobi to add greatly to the story and the many twists and turns especially the ending were totally unexpected to me. I wish there was another instalment I could read. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N
    Gosport, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Good Listen"

    I enjoyed this book very much. Derek Jacobi has a great voice. Anthony Horowitz is a great writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    12/24/12
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    "Everything he touches turns to gold"

    Horowitz is an amazing writer, I have listened to all his books for teenagers several times with my children (narrated by Paul Panting and Kelly Shale) they are always inventive, sometimes creepy and always entertaining. They never talk down to their audience. This was the first for adults and it was just as good. I don't know how he manages to find plot after plot so skilfully. It was a great listen and tackles a taboo subject with brio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom
    2/17/12
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    "Horowitz or Conan Doyle?"

    Having experienced many years of Sherlock Holmes through book, TV, Film and Theatre, I believe one becomes entrenched in the style and ways of the author, no matter how their characters my be portrayed through a range of media.
    So, for someone and talented as Anthony Horowitz to take the mantle and continue the Sherlock Holmes legacy is a great challenge and some would say, quite a risk.
    After listening to the whole book, I can only say that he does his predecessor proud in how he has brought together quite a masterpiece.
    A little lengthy and for the first hour, perhaps not sure where the plot was going, but as it progressed, so did its quality and content raise the bar.
    Full marks Mr Horowitz, you have kept our Victorian detective truly alive. Finally, much of this audio success must go to the narrator, who when listening, makes one feel you are sitting there in 221b Baker Street alongside the characters in the Drawing Room. Thank you too, Mr Jacobi !

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Saint Nazaire Les Eymes, France
    8/17/15
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    "Faithful to the spirit of Conan Doyle's SH stories"

    Really enjoyed this story & narration. Pretty gruesome stuff naturally... Wouldn't have guessed it wasn't the author of the original Holmes stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice Cadis
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    8/7/15
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    "Engaging"

    A picture of the era, more realistic than the current series, bit short on emotional involvement, very well read and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iris7900
    7/26/15
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    "An enjoyable Sherlock Holmes story"

    While not having read too many original Arthur Conan Doyle tales I have watched several television versions and the iconic duo of Watson and Holmes seem well realised in this book. The narration and story are well matched and I felt my audible credit was well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Judd
    7/24/15
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    "An excellent read"

    A story well told, full of intrigue and interest. Those who like Sherlock will be very satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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