A Study in Emerald is a novel by famous author Neil Gaiman. The story revolves around the consulting detective and his storyteller friend solving the mystery of the murdered German aristocrat. With an unexpected ending, the mystery suggests that the real joy of solving this case lies in imagining details that Gaiman doesn’t reveal.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: A Study in Emerald audiobook by M. D. Baines
This story is brilliant, and subtle. It’s a real treat! It’s even worth re-listening to, because you will certainly miss some fantastical points the first time through. If you’ve listened to Sherlock Holmes stories before, don’t let yourself get lulled into the familiar patterns of speech and characters — keep sharp! You’ll be glad you paid attention! If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Gaiman pays great homage to two amazing authors, and leaves his own patent mark, too. Buy it! You won’t regret it!
Review 2: A Study in Emerald audiobook by Janice
Ready to start it over again
My love of Holmes and my growing admiration for Gaiman led me to choose this fantastic short story. I must confess to being at a slight disadvantage in my appreciation of the tale because I am not familiar with Lovecraft’s writings, being only an occasional visitor to the sci-fi genre. However, I was delighted at both the story and (as always) Gaiman’s performance, and my first instinct as it ended was to start it right back at the beginning, because I am certain I missed some details the first time through. Loved the “advertisements” at the beginning of the chapters, although I suspect my ignorance of Lovecraft obscured the meaning of some of them.
Review 3: A Study in Emerald audiobook by Willard
And with strange aeons even death may die..
This story is great. The homage to H.P. Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle is wonderfully done.
Its amazing how the story draws you in and, at a point, has you siding with the ancient evil that has taken hold of the world. The surprising identity of the main character flips your entire perspective of the story as you realize who the “bad guys” really are. The story is masterfully crafted, but this twist sealed the deal for me. It instantly became one of my all time favorite short stories.
All throughout, you’ll catch tid-bits of the Cthulhu tainted world the characters live in. The “commercials” at the beginning of each chapter are funny and horrific.
The fact that this audiobook is free blows my mind… Not that I’m complaining, but its better than ones I’ve paid for.
I’d say, “keep up the good work, Neil Gaiman…” but I don’t think its necessary, since every thing he puts imagination to is amazing. Anybody who can turn the Swampthing comic into a literary work of art is clearly gifted.
“But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?” –H.P. Lovecraft
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