Our latest batch of audio reviews is online and in print. Take a look below at our Starred Review of the audio edition of Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk. The audio is narrated by Derek Jacobi and available from Hachette Audio. Click HERE for an audio excerpt and HERE for a related video. And don’t forget to check out THIS LINK for all PW’s latest audio reviews.
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel Anthony Horowitz, read by Derek Jacobi. Hachette Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 10.5 hrs., $29.98 ISBN 978-1-61113-689-0
Jacobi, whose readings of many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories have been impressive, more than does justice to Horowitz’s standout pastiche, easily one of the best ever attempted. The dark and somber plot plunges Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the dark underbelly of Victorian London in search of the titular house, the mere mention of which sparks fear at the highest levels of the British government. The detective’s probe overlaps with a murder case linked to the stalking of an art dealer, apparently by an old nemesis from America. Jacobi is unparalleled at making his vocal characterizations distinct: his Watson has an inherent warmth and humanity and is a sharp contrast from his rendition of the doctor’s higher-pitched and higher-energy companion. Even minor parts, such as Holmes’s smarter older brother, Mycroft, a pawnbroker, and members of Holmes’s young assistants, the Baker Street Irregulars, benefit from Jacobi’s considerable gifts. Fans of Doyle’s original stories are in for a real treat, both from the compelling story itself, and this memorable and gripping performance from Jacobi. A Little, Brown/Mulholland hardcover. (Nov.)
I’ve always been a huge fan of Shackleton, and when I learned that this audiobook was narrated by the great Simon Prebble, I couldn’t resist. If you’re a fan of history or survival stories, definitely check this one out — you won’t be disappointed.
But don’t take my word for it: Check out THIS LINK for a review from AudioFile and an audio excerpt.
I have an audiobooks fantasy: Johnny Depp recording the audio versions of the complete works of Hunter S. Thompson. Until someone makes that happen, I’ll have to settle for these terrific videos of Depp reading his correspondence with Thompson:
And while these sort of early apps won’t let you download audiobooks directly into your car, this may soon be a reality — something that could allow audio publishers to reach a whole new breed of listeners.
If you love pulp fiction and radio dramas, then you have to check out this amazing video from Galaxy Press about the making of their Golden Age Audiobooks — which include great science fiction, western, mystery, fantasy, and adventure titles written by L. Ron Hubbard. Check out THIS LINK for more videos from Golden Age, and let’s go to the videotape:
In celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday, Naxos AudioBooks will — by May of 2012 — be releasing all 16 of the author’s major novels (in both unabridged and abridged forms) read by the likes of Anton Lesser and David Horovitch.
To meet all the narrators, click HERE. And be sure to check out Naxos’ Charles Dickens Podcasts, which include introductions to and excerpts from all the audiobooks.