©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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.
Derek Jacobi is an excellent narrator who brings to life Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
"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.
I understand that Anthony Horowitz was approached by the Conan Doyle estate to write an official follow-on book. I don't think a better author could have been selected for the project. He captures the pace and style perfectly, and writes in the 19th century way which is so fitting.
Derek Jacobi narrated all the other Holmes books I have, so this was the icing on the cake which made it 'real'. The story is quite dark, and without wanting to spoil the dénouement, very relevant to certain modern day crimes which have been revealed in public life. Although this was published before all that broke in the news - was Mr Horowitz declaring his abhorrence for something he knew was widespread?
Thoroughly enjoyable, didn't want it to end, yet desperate to get to the end to find out what was happening! Perfect.
"Sherlock Holmes rides again!"
Anthony Horowitz picks up the pen of the master and adds anither classic to the Sherlock Holmes cannon. The story is as true to the original as if written by Conan Doyle himself, the voice of John Watson, stumbling in the wake of his brilliant friend, rings out more than a hundre6 years after he commenced regaling the nation with Holmes's caseload . Horowitz has surpassed himself! Sir Derek Jacobi does a superlative job at lifting the novel off the printed page and breathing life into the characters. A first class production in every respect. Extremely highly recommended to fans of the original stories and those who have never ventured to read the classic tales.
"Absolute luxury and a real brain teaser"
Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life by a fantastic writer and read by one of our finest actors. What possibly is there not to like about this? This is a dark story that heads off in many directions and I did wonder how these two seemingly independent cases could possibly link up. All is finally revealed when everything is pulled together into a very satisfactory and highly credible conclusion.
When you listen to this, try not to be distracted as the clues come thick and fast and it is tremendous fun trying to solve the mystery yourself. If you are looking for a few hours of unadulterated pleasure, I cannot recommend this more highly.
"Engaging Sherlock tale with a disturbing focus"
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
I enjoyed this book very much. Derek Jacobi has a great voice. Anthony Horowitz is a great writer.
"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.
"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 !
Was a bit slow to start with but got increasingly enjoyable as it went on, great overall I really recommend :)
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