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The House of Silk Audiobook

The House of Silk

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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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  • Alan S.
    4/24/15
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    "A darker, more considered Holmes story"

    Horowitz fully captures Holmes' world. Analyses it well and brings some considerations that Doyle never really addressed. Perhaps a modern outlook helps the author to do this.

    Note on the narrator. Jacobi is excellent and very human but his Holmes voice is squeaky, professorial and pedantic. I much prefer the suave and cool voice Simon Vance brings. At fist it was an issue for me and I wondered if I could go on. I soon got over it however.

    Overall, if you like Holmes, get this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/11/15
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    "Sherlock updated."

    Wasn't sure what to expect but am delighted I went ahead with purchase. Fantastic story & faithful to the originals. Subject matter more inline with today as probably would have been censored at the time. Well worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I T Platt
    St. Helens, Lancashire United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Excellent story, well presented"

    Derek Jacobi does a fine portrayal of what is a compelling story. The style of the book is very appealing with a good story thread. The plot is well woven and the traditional reveal is well supported throughout the story. I liked it a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ms_pumbie
    3/16/15
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    "Recaptures Conan Doyle perfectly"

    I was prepared not to like this but I was hooked from the start. It really does recapture the tone, pace, language and characterisation of the original - if you like Conan Doyle's originals then you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carmelo
    3/8/15
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    "Reader"

    The reader was absolutely amazing, telling the story as the best standard audible ever...... Really impressed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    3/8/15
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    "Captures classic Holmes, seamless yet contemporary"
    What made the experience of listening to The House of Silk the most enjoyable?

    Derek Jacobi, faultless narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Silk?

    The climax and the typical Holmes like twists


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No other performances but will look out for more now


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

    The death of the boy. Listeners will understand if you choose this book


    Any additional comments?

    I am pleasantly surprised how well it fits into the Conan Doyle cannon but adds an extra contemporary nuance and emotion depth

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    3/7/15
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    "A missing Doyle classic"

    The trend of publishers hiring authors to resurrect classic characters is one that I'm suspicious of, but this was a pleasant surprise, it just felt like a book that Sir Arthur would have written, if you're a Sherlock fan, get hold of this book, it's worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • julia
    Stow on the Wold, United Kingdom
    3/4/15
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    "Supurb"
    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Silk?

    the ending, a triple twist is pretty impressive to achieve


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    his ability to swap between the elderly narrator when old and the narrator at the time of the action


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

    no, but i pretty much ignored any outside stimulus whilst listening to it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Tucker
    UK
    2/11/15
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    "Engaging and interesting read"

    Nice references to the original, however, might loose something for those who have not read complete Sherlock Holmes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Carnegie
    UK
    2/6/15
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    "Admirable pastiche"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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