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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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  • Nelson
  • 03-10-18

Music?

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

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  • Brendan
  • 07-01-19

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
  • 28-02-19

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
  • 05-10-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-21

Fun Ride

Love the twists and turns!!! Delicious! Thank you for this wonderful fun! Must read for anyone!

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  • TeresaP
  • 25-09-20

Two mysteries neatly tied together

Love Derek Jacobi's narration. Background music became annoying as story progressed. Story was well structured.

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  • Meoww09
  • 12-08-20

Great book to listen to, not sure why they added..

Great book to listen to, not sure why they added a soundtrack. While it wasn't terrible it made me think of a different type of book, something of the likes if Harry Potter! It was at times distracting but the story was well written and very well narrated and only hope they abstain. fro. adding unnecessary background music.

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  • Cougar
  • 14-04-19

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
  • 29-03-19

A joy in every way

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
  • 22-02-19

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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  • Mrs J M Beck
  • 20-09-18

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
  • 20-09-18

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
  • 27-09-18

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
  • 24-09-18

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
  • 10-10-18

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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  • Emilie
  • 12-02-19

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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  • Andrew Johnston
  • 21-03-21

Impossible to listen to!

Sadly, I found this book impossible to listen to. Shortly after the beginning of each chapter a very intrusive music score ruins any enjoyment. I persevered for a little while but had to abandon. I am now aware that another version of the book, sans music, is available on Audiobooks.

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  • ANNETTE HOUGHTON
  • 03-12-20

Excellent product

Loved the book. Narration superb. Constant music very annoying and often inappropriate. Otherwise excellent production.

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  • J. Ramage
  • 24-08-20

Background music is really intrusive in places

The audiobook would’ve been excellent but for the irritating background music, which occasionally frowns out the narration, and which is usually incongruous with the mood of the writing. No idea who thought it was a good idea to add it.

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  • Mrs. Amanda Hann
  • 22-07-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

first class

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-19

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.