I've listened to the entire series thus far and have enjoyed each book (although some more than others).
That said, the ending of this book is horrible. It was as if Ms. King's deadline was fast approaching, so she quickly (too quickly) wrapped up the story and slapped on "The End". It was quite unsatisfactory, unexpected and irritating.
I was uncertain as to why the next two novels in the series received such poor reviews. However, if the treatment of this novel's ending is a preview of things to come, I'm inclined to believe the reviewers and will likely not chose to read/listen to the next two books.
Funny -- Except for the last three or four, I've read or listened to all the previous 'Mary Russell' books -- almost all of the others, too. Laurie King and I used to live in the same community, didn't know her, but I made it a point to read everything she was putting out -- great books, really. That said, now I live outside the US and don't always have access to what's new in the publishing world. As it happens, "The Language of Bees" is the first of her books I'd missed. Only now do I realize that this book -- "Hives" -- is the second part of a two part series the first being "Language of Bees". I hadn't realized that when I bought it -- but clearly, I should have read the other book first.
I thought I knew the characters pretty well. But I'm a couple of hours into this one and realize I haven't more than the foggiest idea what's going on -- I'm afraid I have to disagree with other reviewers: I think you DO NEED to have read "The Language of Bees" first. Yes, there are bits and pieces of back-story sprinkled around, but I have the distinct feeling I walked into the middle of a conversation.
These books are good enough that I want to enjoy them completely -- I'm going back, going to buy "Language", then come back to this one.
Jenny Sterlin is a good narrator. I've enjoyed her performances of other novels.
The story was just o.k. It troubles me that someone can take and use the atmosphere and characters created and made famous by another author. It seems and feels like cheating. Too easy.
First, the rating is not based on either story or performance. I just can't write a review without rating first.
I bought this as a bargain - two for one credit. But that was why I didn't check the series before wasting my credit. Again, book 2 and book 11 are the only performances available for me, all others I can't order here. So why bother and start listening at all?
Either I like the story and can't listen the rest or I don't...
So my advice: if you are not an US citizen, check first for the availability of the books in a series.
My first introduction to Laurie King and now I have downloaded several other of the books in the series. I enjoyed the story and the concept
I enjoyed the print, but audio version brings the characters to life like no page can
This is a typical Holmesian plot, but the additioanl of Holmes' family members gives us somewhere lese tyo look for more adventures
I enjoyed the characted of Russell so much, not just a flimsy support around which Holmes can pivot, but the key to the ageing detectives ability
Never listen in one sitting, a good soap opera with small snippetts over a prolonged period makes it more enjoyable
More Holmes and Russell, more family intrigues!
I am a married grandma of ... Um...8! I deliver papers every night and listen to audio books much of the time. I love my job! The kids come with sometimes and they listen to some stuff I get.
I'm always skeptical of "remakes" but this has proven to be a wonderful story. I'm looking forward to listening to the whole series. Too bad I started on book 10! Oh well. I'm kinda new to Audible and love their format and ease of use. Judythepaperlady
Once again Laurie R. King guides us into the life of Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes, as the trio, along with family and friends, are hunted and manipulated by the gray threat they can sense, but not identify. Into this comes the Green Man, a charming and mysterious stranger who comes to the rescue when least expected.
I downloaded this based on other reviews here and on Amazon. I will have to revisit this book a year from now. Even audiobooks I come to love have sometimes taken a couple of tries, but after no less than five attempts at the first hour, I didn't feel I was any closer to understanding who the characters were or what they were up to. Fond of Sherlock Holmes ever since discovering Jeremy Brett, I could not get a handle on this novel or care.