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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. With access to the estate's archives and careful study of the original stories, Horowitz is sure to weave a tale that satisfies new fans as well as the most dedicated Baker Street Irregular.

©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Hachette

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Not bad but not Sherlock

Any additional comments?

Derek Jacobi did a wonderful job with narration but this is NOT Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. This Sherlock is much more open to explaining his methods and generally a more personable Holmes than Doyle's. Good story anyway with a definate "Holmesian" feel

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Horowitz could be Conan Doyle reincarnate

Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well written and performed book with enough complexity to keep one interested from first to last.

What other book might you compare The House of Silk to and why?

The Beekeeper's Apprentice was enjoyable, notwithstanding the fact that the protagonist was a new character inserted into the Holmes dynamic.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance and purposefully (i'm sure) reminiscent of the Rathbone/Bruce formula.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Found and now released, a newly discovered manuscript of Dr John H Watson, suppressed for over 100 years to protect the reputations of members of several well placed families,due to the sensitive nature of its content.

Any additional comments?

When will more be coming?

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Great story, great narrator

Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is among the top ten audiobooks in my vast library.

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

Dr Watson is forced to wander through pea-soup thick fog to do surveillance on an opium den while Holmes investigates on his own. Mayhem ensues that changes both of their lives forever.

Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

Derek Jacobi is a superb actor and narrator. I liked all his characters. His portrayal of Lestrade was spot on.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A mysterious organization is killing street children and has framed Sherlock Holmes for a terrible crime. Can Holmes and Watson uncover the conspiracy in time?

Any additional comments?

This was a great listen, and I plan on listening to it a few more times. The stories interweave together very well. Horowitz' descriptive style and the rhythm of the story pull you into the heart of a very cold and foggy winter in Victorian London, from seedy pubs to dangerous alleys to a forced coach ride and on to an inescapable prison. It is Dickens and Conan Doyle all rolled into one exciting story. This is the first book or audio by Horowitz I've read/listened to, and will definitely have to try another of his works.

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Good read, Great performance

Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Silk to be better than the print version?

I thought Derek Jacobi was excellent in the audio edition, making it far more entertaining than the printed version.

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

This was my first book with Jacobi, but he was fantastic. Eventually I googled him and saw he is an actor in some well known movies and has been doing theatre in London for many years. Well done Derek.

Any additional comments?

Keep in mind I won't hand out 5s very often. The book was slow to start and for awhile I contemplated bailing on it. The performance was good enough to keep me from doing so. The end was well done and it made a decent recovery. If you're a Holmes fan it will eventually be worth it. Patience is the key here.

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  • Joel
  • Dallas
  • 03-15-13

Not quite Arthur Conan Doyle

Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was good listen, but not the cliff hanger of other mysteries.u

What did you like best about this story?

I think the ending wrapped it up

Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

Of course Watson

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

Not especially

Any additional comments?

It was good, but not in the style and character plot of ACD.

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I loved this book. The story kept my interest.

What did you love best about The House of Silk?

I liked the basic story and the way it was told. It kept my interest to the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

I had nerver heard Derek Jacobi before and loved his voice. He made me feel like I was there.

Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

There were all my favorite and necessary to the book.

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

Parts of it made me laugh and parts made me sad. It was interesting to know that some things never change.

Any additional comments?

I think this book is worth the read.

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Best Holmes since originals

What did you love best about The House of Silk?

The story fit into "real" Sherlock stories.

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

Interesting plot that kept me guessing. I have read mysteries for over 50 years and usually can tell "who did it" less than halfway through. Not this time

Any additional comments?

I'm sure I will listen to it again in the future.

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Didn't like the plot turn at the end

Any additional comments?

Intriguing and well written, but I didn't like the way the story went at the end. Without totally spoiling it, the plot involves crimes against children. I'm looking for entertainment and it ended up being a downer for me, not entertaining. If I had known what the book was all about, I would not have selected this book.

I like Anthony Horowitz and he did well with the characters. Holmes and Watson were both in line with their historical literary characters. I just wish he'd written about a different crime.

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  • Amy
  • Longmont, Colombia
  • 12-28-12

If you need a Holmes fix

What did you like best about The House of Silk? What did you like least?

I enjoyed getting to spend some more time in the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the story was a bit too convoluted to keep my full attention throughout.

Would you recommend The House of Silk to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to diehard Sherlock Holmes fans because it's not that different in style or delivery to the original Arthur Conan Doyle series, but I'd recommend Laure R. King's Mary Russell series much more highly.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

All the voices except for that of Holmes were just fine. But the voice for Holmes was awful! For me, Jenny Sterlin's voice of Holmes, in the audio versions of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series, is what Holmes himself undoubtedly sounded like.

Do you think The House of Silk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, as the story seems pretty self-contained and is written from the perspective of a rather late period in Watson's life. But I'm sure the author could write other Holmes books that follow other cases, set in other time periods of the Holmes/Watson partnership.

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  • Ken Mo
  • Federal Way, WA USA
  • 12-24-12

Very good plot and performance

What made the experience of listening to The House of Silk the most enjoyable?

The reader did a very good job on the voices.

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

The plot was interesting, but confusing at times, convoluted, so pay attention, and if you lose it, go back.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

I liked his Watson, and he did a good job on most.

Any additional comments?

As I said above, pay attention. At one point I was lost because I went a few days without listening and there are confusing elements, lots of characters. Overall a very good listen.