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Erin Willard

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  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

Mesmerizing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Though I’ve long admired Derek Jacobi’s skill as an actor, his voice work here is among the best I’ve ever heard. Highly recommended for Holmes fans—the story is spot-on Conan Doyle—for Anglophiles, and for all those who love excellence in their audiobooks.

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  • Enter a Murderer

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The crime was committed on stage at the Unicorn Theatre, when an unloaded gun fired a very real bullet. The Victim was Arthur Surbanadier, an actor clawing his way to stardom using Blackmail victims. The stage was set for one of Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn’s most baffling cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wholeheartedly recommended

  • By Erin Willard on 04-23-12

Wholeheartedly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-12

Ngaio Marsh lived and wrote her mysteries at the same time as Agatha Christie, whose work overshadowed hers. A pity, because Marsh's work is similar but with a superior edge. I heartily recommend each of her books, preferably read by John Saxon who does a wonderful job, and in chronological order as the detective's personal life is reflected in a minor way in each book.

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  • Artists in Crime

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Aii! Abridged

  • By Charles on 06-05-11

Ngaio Marsh and Benedict Cumberbatch together!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-12

Would you listen to Artists in Crime again? Why?

Ngaio Marsh is one of my very favorite authors. Her mysteries are tight, settings - 1930s and later, usually British - charming, detective and cronies are wonderful people with whom to spend time, and stories are a bit edgier than Christie's. We meet Agatha Troy in this book; she returns in subsequent Det. Alleyn mysteries. I reread Marsh books frequently, and now will re-listen as well.

What about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance did you like?

He has a charming voice which is very easy to listen to and understand, and he does a nicely reasonable job of varying character voices. His female characters don't sound ridiculous, though his fortunately-infrequent attempt at voicing an American woman from the south is an unintentional riot.

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