I found this book to be the perfect blend of exciting, plot-twisting story, accessible writing, and terrific vocal storytelling. I would recommend the whole series to fans of mysteries, Sherlock Holmes, and pre-WW 2 history. The book was intellectually stimulating without seeming stuffy or drab. I plan on reading more in the series ASAP!
Oppressive minutia bogs the story down to a crawl. But we forced ourselves to persevere to the end only to be punished by a lack of conclusion and multiple loose ends. No amount of curiosity will entice me to suffer through such horrible writing so I won't be reading anything else by this author.
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!
Great narrator and an interesting storyline. I enjoyed this and will probably read the series. I will recommend this author.
If you are as picky as me about narrators this may be hard to listen to at first. He choice to make Holmes such a thanklessly unrelenting whine can be distracting and does his character a disservice. In other instances the performance is excellent. The story is fantastic. That is why I kept listening. I'm glad I stuck to it, but her Scott's accent was appalling and halting.
This is pretty difficult for me, as I admit I prefer to read on my own rather than listening to someone else read a book. However, I have a long commute, and I listen to audio books as I drive to work each day. I've become accustomed to it, and overall I enjoy the Mary Russell series. There are certain books that I have elected NOT to download, following a bad experience with genre as audio book ("romantic" novels in particular, I found don't appeal to me in this format. When reading these, I tend to "skip" or skim past bits and that can't be done in audio books, at least not easily).
Unfortunately, this one book in the series (so far) has something in common with those books that I don't like to listen to. It contains content that I find even less appealing when read aloud--odd little bits that I might overlook if I were reading, but which you are forced to attend to as an audio book. In this case, the little "quotes" at the beginning of the chapter feel intrusive and uninteresting, and I found it grating after the first few chapters. The other books have similar quotations, but these seem more off putting (some sort of pseudo-religious text, possibly a real one, I can't tell). I can't blame the narrator, it was just a literary device that didn't work for me in this one.