I am a L.R.King fan and before joining Audible had read all of her books save this one. Since I have read all those books silently it was a real novelty to be able to hear the voices of the by-now very familiar characters and remarkable how well they matched the ones I have heard in my head.
I had no problem with the scarcity of Holmes; to me this whole series has really been about Mary Russell all along, Holmes being more of a prop. And since his was about the only voice I didn't care for every much I minded it even less. Well, his and Estelle's and the American pilot's....but none were irritatingly bad; in the plethora of voices the reader did that's a pretty good success rate.
The reader was excellent; I am hoping when the second part of this book comes out she reads it as well; am looking forward to it.
Narrative makes the world go round.
Listening to the first 9 novels in this series was my summer 2009 backyard treat. Lang. of Bees is not the strongest in the series --I agree with comments in previous reviews-- so I almost rated it lower, but it's still great listening compared to other light fiction. HOWEVER, had I known the novel was a "part 1," I would have waited for part 2 before starting it. By 2010, I will have lost interest.
I've read all the previous Mary Russell novels, but I just couldn't induce myself to finish this one; ennui was overpowering. To my mind, the quality of both the writing and the plotting has deteriorated with each new book. Please... not another crazy religion. No more endless boring discourse on Hebraic minutiae. Annoyingly, Mycroft Holmes is all over the place in this one, not as a genuine character but basically as a shortcut for the author to provide things for Sherlock and Mary. By making things oh so easy for them, drama is garrotted. The narrator does a creditable job on the English characters, but tortures French accents to death. Maybe the ending made the beginning worthwhile, but I didn't stick around to find out.
Jenny Sterlin amazes me with her range of voices and how she slips in and out the characters. Her tone, and the continuity of the reading are wonderful. I enjoy the varieties of the British accents!
I like how the stories are built on each other. This was my first Laurie King novel. I've now started at the beginning of her Sherlock series, and am listening to them in sequence.
Sub-par prose, Chapters and chapters of non-action. Needlessly pretentious.
Overly padded. Get a real plot and trim the filler.
To slow and stilted. She made me want to throttle Mary Russell.
I'm going thru the series and kept wondering how much I actually like it. I rated the last book in the series somewhat harshly - but there seemed to be good reason.
This book I enjoyed much more. It returned to providing a very sound historical context, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mary R. seemed human again (instead of superhuman) and Holmes shows a very sensitive side (which is presumably always there, but always in check).
I could not stop listening, great story with twists and turns , great characters, interesting plot, well done with a great narrator!