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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

Booktrack Edition
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Series: Sherlock Holmes Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!* 

"Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale." (San Diego Union Tribune)

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine-art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.

The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in audio....until now.  

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale.... Close your eyes and you can smell the shag tobacco of Holmes' church warded pipe as he sorts through the evidence." (San Diego Union Tribune)

"Nicely captures the storytelling tone of Holmes' inventor in a galloping adventure that boasts enough twists, ominous turns and urgent nocturnal escapades to make modern moviemakers salivate.... Author Horowitz delivers some dramatic tableaux in these pages, including a railway robbery, a prison escape and a horse-drawn carriage chase...the Holmes we see here is just as cryptic and clever as we've come to expect." (Kirkus Reviews)

"The hype surrounding what's being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified...authentic. Horowitz gets everything right - the familiar narrative voice, brilliant deductions, a very active role for Watson, and a perplexing and disturbing series of puzzles to unravel - and the legion of fans of the originals will surely be begging for Horowitz to again dip into Watson's trove of untold tales." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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first class

Well written and well read.
Highly recommended . really catches the spirit of the original stories.

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Great listen

I really enjoyed this Horowitz Holmes story. It was very evocative of 19thcentury London. The story had lots of twists and turns and surprises. . The descriptions of each of the characters and the different environments really gave the narrative depth and detail . I could have done without the musical backdrop as the reader was excellent.

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  • Nelson
  • 03-10-2018

Music?

I thought the music would throw off the story but I was wrong,truly great read!

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  • Brendan
  • 07-01-2019

Helping Sir Derek?

Take a great story with a great character. Hire a FANTASTIC actor. Now you simply need...

Music in the background THROUGHOUT the book?!? I eventually tuned it out but this was a terrible production. Three stars carried solely by Jacobi. One star for the plinky mood music.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2019

no more music in background

I have the house of silk without the sound track and with the sound track. I will never buy a book with a music sound in the background. When I first noticed it I kept looking around to see who was trying to annoy me. Could not find the culprit. when I finally it was on the sound track I quit listening and loaded the one without music and am enjoying it again. g r ziegler

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  • Jon Stenman
  • 05-10-2018

A tribute to Conan Doyle

A wonderful story that was well written. The music sometimes interfered with the enjoyment of the book.

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  • NYDenizen
  • 21-06-2019

Musical background was a terrible interference

Musical background was a terrible interference.
Ridiculous sound track drove me crazy!
Getting a refund

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  • Cougar
  • 14-04-2019

book pauses without operator input.

very annoying automatic stopping. can't tell if audible player is malfunctioning or it is a feature of the book.

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  • Camilla Hoiby
  • 29-03-2019

A joy in every way<br />

Classic Homes style narrated by the eminently by the outstanding Derek Jacobi. It doesn't get better than that.

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  • Mrs. B. E. Maingard
  • 22-02-2019

What's with the background music!!!!

An eloquently written Sherlock Holmes novel written by AH and narrated deliciously by the wonderful DJ but oh my goodness the repetitive and boring background music nearly drove me up the wall... Whose idea was this ??? I was unable to block it out and I nearly gave up..... Not to be repeated PLEASE!

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  • miriam yastrubinetsky
  • 18-09-2018

Background music -why?

The background music is loud, resdundant and a little annoying, making it very hard to hear and understand the narrative.
The story might be good but this recorded version is just bad.

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  • Jean genevie
  • 16-09-2018

Music 👎🏽

The background music is so loud, I have a hard time hearing the narrative and dialogue. Could not finish the book.

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  • Mrs J M Beck
  • 20-09-2018

AWFUL background music

The inestimable Derek Jacobi narrating what promised to be an entertaining Holmesian tale. But RUINED by totally unnecessary, distracting, irritating background music of a 'plinkety-plonk' style better suited to a pantomime.
I an't take it any more, I'm going to return it. What a disappointment.

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  • Catherine Mcgirr
  • 20-09-2018

Why the horrible background music?

I was excited to listen to this book but the mind-bogglingly awful and constantly present background music has made this impossible
Is it possible to block it?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2018

Terrible production ruins a great book

This great book was rendered unlistenable by the tinkling music throughout. A total waste of money

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  • pjcamera
  • 24-09-2018

Background music ruins this story

No disrespect to Derek Jacobi; his performance is superb. Whoever thought that some background music would add atmosphere should have been taken out and shot. The music is irritating and intrusive.

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  • Joe the lion
  • 10-10-2018

Stop the background music

Why have intrusive background music? Unlistenable, I should taken notice of the other bad reviews.
Audible should feed back to the publisher how bad this is.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-11-2018

Forget the music

The narrator was his usual great form, but whose idea was the edition of music? Pointless addition there and only forced a split of concentration. Because of the music I was tempted to give an unfair 2 stars overall.

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  • Emilie
  • 12-02-2019

Lose the Soundtrack!!

Great plot, brilliant performance by Jacobi. Loved it - EXCEPT for that darn music constantly in the background throughout the book. It was so irritating I would not have stuck it out except for the author and reader. It’s the equivalent of a laugh track on TV. Mega, mega annoying.

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  • Mrs. Amanda Hann
  • 22-07-2020

House of silk

This is a fantastic story and well performed by Derek Jacobi unfortunately the music was awful and at times inter feared with the story. And drowned out the narrator. Stuck to the story and forget the music.

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  • john king
  • 24-05-2020

Really annoying music.

What's with the really annoying music? It's a good book and to do this to Derek Jacobi's narration. Big shame.

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  • roger.milligan1@ntlworld.com
  • 17-11-2019

Why the music?

Love Sherlock Holmes and I hope more new stories to follow. Please no more background music it ruins the experience.