I am listening to these in order and am having a wonderful time with them. The author brings us back in time so deftly that we forget she is not writing herself from the early 20th century. Her research and knowledge of the history of that time as well as her theological references make me feel as though I'm listening to a real Oxford scholar from 1920. I don't mind that this is not fast paced or heavy on action, it relies instead on well defined characters and beautifully painted landscapes that, surprisingly, do not get long or boring.
I enjoy the reader as much as the stories themselves but will agree with another review that complained the Canadian accent sounded very off, more like a woman raised in Texas, but that is minor compared to the overall reading of it which I loved. I'm looking forward to the next one and will be sorry when I've completed the series.
I loved other books by this author, but with regard to this book, the combination of a very slow reader who emphasized what seemed like every other word, and the detail into which the author went regarding the life and times of the setting, just made for a long read.
I am a fan of the Mary Russell books and was very pleased with this one. It follows characters introduced in O Jerusalem. I highly reccommend it.
More than usual, King weaves intriguing and seemingly unrelated plot threads into a shocking design of revelations! In case you're wondering, Mary Russell's extensive yet spellbinding perception of personalities and settings in this novel account for the book's length compared to others in this series.
I'd rate this PG for some violence and mature themes.
There are so many details to this story that it causes it to drag on. If there were fewer details the story seems to be good.
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
A good listen, and very important that you read the book O, Jerusalem first to enjoy this tale. But if you proceed to this book right after O Jerusalem, it will be like the second part, and you will really like the depth of character. A strong plus for this book is the imagery of Justice Hall. At first, perhaps we don't think we need all the description, but it appears to have meaning and purpose as the final chapter unfolds. I recommend this book for fans of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.
No, the plot moved along slowly and had moments of faster pacing. Not the top of the series, but certainly among the memorable ones.
The main antagonist has a very tiny part in this story and we do not meet him/her until quite a ways into it. Perhaps this is good if you don't want to know ahead of time or if you like to be surprised.
Yes, I would, but not until I'm done with the entire series :-) Why? It's one of my favorite books to date. I love the tie in to O Jerusalem, the old characters are rich, the new characters are intriguing and the end and even where the whole story goes from the start is unexpected.
Not so much on the edge of my seat as firmly planted in it because I didn't want to stop reading. It was enthralling.
I've listened to her in all the other Mary Russell books. Believe it or not, out of all the readings of Holmes that I've heard - hers is my favorite. I love her voice work and I'm surprised at her range with characterizing male voices.
My only extreme reaction was enjoyment :-D
Read the next book too - it's just as good!
This book is the best in the Holmes/Russell series!
Im a huge fan of Holmes,unfortunately I read his adventures penned by the late/great ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE twice & decided2give Laurie a chance w/ Holmes. I WAS BLOWN AWAY w/ the storyline of the Mary Russell books, 2me it feels Doyle sprang2 life1 day and started writing about Holmes retirement, and he himself wrote the new series of Holmes adventures
U don't know me, but PLEASE believe me when I say Im1 of Holmes biggest fans&also believe when I say I'd tell U if this book OR ANY of Kings didnt live up 2 the skepticism of how Sherlock is 2B portraid or how Doyle would've invisioned Sherlock's life unfolding!
King writes these books as though Mary Russell gave her them by mail. She'dsaid these stories were jotted down by Mary Russell &she'd only organizing the notes & turing them in2 stories- BECAUSE of the way King writes these stories its not hard 2 imagine that shes telling the truth when she'dben given the tales from Marys own pen-quite honestly, if she said that Doyle's alive & kicking @ the age of 159 and was still writing the adventures of S.H.-I'd have ahard time not believing her
FINALLY= the reason I love this book MORE than all in the series plus its now my favorite book of all time, is like I said b4- Im ahuge S.H. fan&in other books so2 solve them they split up2gather clues NOW Iknow what your saying Holmes wouldnt do that, he needs2OBSERVE w/his own eyes& he'd never trust any1noteven Watson2collect clues but Marys the ying2hisyang&he knows w/her he can do2x the work she's truly his equaI! I started reading theRussell series cuz I needed NEW Holmes stories. W/ the other books when they S.H.&Mary sleuth on their own you dont hear what Holmes did while apart, but U do in this book, King explains what they both did while apart in order 2 make all the pieces fit and solve the mystery
It truly is the most thought out and descriptive book Ihave ever read so PLEASE take my word 4it &get this book ok