©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.
"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.
"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 !
probably the best, Derek Jacobi is absolutely superb as the narrator and helped by a gripping, new plot but amongst a well loved so familiar character set
the ending, a triple twist is pretty impressive to achieve
his ability to swap between the elderly narrator when old and the narrator at the time of the action
no, but i pretty much ignored any outside stimulus whilst listening to it!
"Engaging and interesting read"
Nice references to the original, however, might loose something for those who have not read complete Sherlock Holmes.
Captured Doyle's prose style and complex plotting very well although subject matter would have been unacceptable in its time, and I would rather have avoided it in a bedtime story. Intrigue, yes, depravity, no. I'm not looking for the brutality of Victorian London at 221b Baker St.
Loved the originals & this book by Anthony Horowitz did not disappoint. The Wonderful narrators rich tones brought it to life.
Great book very much in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle
Narration was excellent too
Was as expected another great Sherlock adventure
"All comes together nicely"
A well-worked and faithful recreation of Watson's world as he recounts another adventure with Sherlock Holmes. Enjoyable and fast-paced, it's only the shocking and current nature of the crimes revealed at the end that feel something other than authentic material - and probably the better for it.
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