I've read all the books in this series -- but have only listened to two others on audio. I loved them. This is my favorite book of the series, full of exotic adventure and really good fun. So why does the narrator read it as if it is the phone book? Could she read more slooowly? I doubt it. The long pauses make. the. story. drag. painfully. I was very disappointed. Now I'm wondering if I want to take a chance and purchase more of the series on audio. Such a shame. (Also -- her Arab accent sounds like bad Russian -- 'think-king.' A little effort on this would have helped.) I'm only halfway through the book and it's putting me to sleep. The three stars are for the story -- 0 for the narrator.
I really enjoy the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series but, seriously, this is one of the most boring books I've ever read. It's rare for me to give up on a book but I became a chore to listen to this one. I don't know what happened to them in the desert and I do not care.
I usually love Jenny Sterlin's narration but her voice in this one just made everyone sound arrogant.
While I agree with other reviewers that the mystery solution is random and unsupported, I still give this a 5 star rating because of it's wonderful qualities as a travel narrative and as a snapshot of history that we continue to face ramifications of today.
Wow! What an adventure! The narration was fabulous, as always, the writing was wonderful, and the story and plot gripping. I just can't say enough good things about this story and series!
I know there were some who said one could skip this installment as it was s bit of a prequel but I differ there. The story is good, the character development is entertaining and the narration is first rate. If you enjoy this series, you will enjoy this book. Go ahead and give it a lot stem.
I KNOW this is fiction, but I didn't really BELIEVE it was when listening to it. The historical and geographical material King includes is precisely enough to add to believability without making it seem like a textbook. The characters are dynamic and engaging and the plot is well-constructed. This is the best book in the Mary Russell series so far and I am eager to start the next one. The narrator does an excellent job differentiating the characters and I am convinced this is better listened to than read. Highly recommended to both history and mystery enthusiasts.
Interesting characters, good story. Would have liked a bit more history of Israel and Palestine.
Recommend for any interest in Russell - Holmes story.