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A Study in Emerald Audiobook

A Study in Emerald

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Publisher's Summary

Alluding to both the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, this Hugo Award-winning short story will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and of course, Neil Gaiman.

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

©2006 Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo winner, Best Short Story, 2004

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    R Pendakur 09-27-15
    R Pendakur 09-27-15
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    "An enjoyable, fast-paced mashup"

    This short story keeps your mind engaged in puzzling out the new world details of an alien-ruled Victorian England.

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    Fred271 09-24-15
    Fred271 09-24-15
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    "Elegantly done"

    Whenever Neil Gaiman does something with either Lovecraft or Conan Doyle, good things happen, and since this story mixes both, you expect sparks to fly. As they do.

    On one level the story is simply clever -- the situation, the advertisements. But it isn't merely clever, but also reflects an interesting perspective on the way that cultural ideas develop. For example, the Great Old Ones, or whatever Lovecraft called them, fit in here very much like actual European royalty, and their vices, though heinous, probably aren't greater in magnitude or different in kind. And they have much the same claim to legitimacy, which is to say they grabbed power and held onto it, and they're doing a reasonable job running the state, without being too parasitical. They've been around so long that they're part of the national identity now, and people feel properly loyal without questioning very much how all this came about.

    So what makes them fundamentally different? The fact that they came from another planet and don't look human? People seem to have adjusted to that well enough, and there's plenty of precedent for foreign-born rulers. In fact, aren't they just the established national order now, and isn't rebellion against them regicide, hence treason? Would Holmes and Watson be the same people without their loyalty to the Crown, or would they just look like sleepwalkers if they were loyal under these circumstances? If they did look like sleepwalkers, would it just be because a familiar cultural process is being shown under an unfamiliar light?

    Gaiman narrates the story himself, and it's hard to imagine anyone else doing it better.

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    Cathy London grampian, pa United States 06-22-15
    Cathy London grampian, pa United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Good style"

    Eloquent writing coherent story
    Good performance i like it a lot very well done would like more

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    HeyCatherine Muddy Southern Oregon coast 05-30-15
    HeyCatherine Muddy Southern Oregon coast 05-30-15 Member Since 2008

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    "SPLENDID"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Study in Emerald to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say enough good things about this very well-written story. If you love the Sherlock Holmes stories and also appreciate H.P.Lovecraft, you will be in seventh heaven. It made it special for me to hear the author himself read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How clever it is.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Oh dear, that would be telling.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and get this story. Listen to it all the way through and without distractions.

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    Joella Allen 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A clever play on Holmes!"

    I really loved this short story! It's clever and set in an interesting version of London and the plot twist is excellent. This will be one of my new go to audio books. And Neil Gaiman is a wonderful narrator, as always

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    Kindle Customer Los Angeles, CA 03-30-15
    Kindle Customer Los Angeles, CA 03-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Sherlock Holmes story with a twist."

    This short story was true to the tone of the original while introducing several unexpected (and macabre) surprises with the biggest surprise revealed at the end. Loved it! it made me want to go back and listen to the original stories again!

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    samantha Hackettstown, NJ, United States 01-04-15
    samantha Hackettstown, NJ, United States 01-04-15
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    "Short and sweet."

    Nice mix between Sherlock Holmes and a sort of Lovecraft universe. I wish it were longer because after it ended I found myself wanting more.

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    Jose Miami, Florida, United States 07-18-14
    Jose Miami, Florida, United States 07-18-14
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    "Great with the companion of the written copy"

    Neil Gaiman offers a free copy of this story on his personal webpage. I highly recommend read it while listening to the audiobook (especially for us who English is not our native language).
    It's a great story that will please even the non-Sherlockians (although they will not appreciate the multiple and brilliant references).

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    Korie K 03-23-14
    Korie K 03-23-14

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    "A Study in Awesome!"
    Where does A Study in Emerald rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I had to take a moment to realize what I had just heard at the end.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I <3 Neil Gaiman!

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    Maggie PAINESVILLE, OH, United States 08-29-13
    Maggie PAINESVILLE, OH, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    This is the best Holmes story written by someone other than Doyle. Since it uses ideas from what seems like every Holmes story ever written it is full of Doyle. I mean that in a good way. Add in Lovecraft and you have something amazing. Gaiman swirls the situations and characters together into not only a terrific story but a neat puzzle. While reading the interesting story you have to figure out which Holmes story the characters were originally in and who they were and who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. You have to know a lot about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, little details like what Doyle had originally named Sherlock Holmes and what injuries Watson received while he was in the service. And there is the twist at the end. However, from reading other reviews I see a lot of people missed the surprises all through it, especially at the end. To catch everything Gaiman put in it you have to read the entire canon but even if you haven't the story is still excellent. And between chapters are advertisements such as would have been in The Strand magazine when the original stories were published except they are based on other famous Victorian books. I can't say enough good things about this story. I wish it were longer. I listen to it so often I almost have it memorized. I don't want to leave any spoilers because I don't want to take away the fun of figuring it out. You need to read it more than once to find all the surprises. I love it and anyone who likes Holmes shouldn't miss it.


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