It took me a long time to get through this one. I've listened to all of them thus far and for some reason this one didn't grab my attention much. I felt like I was going through the motions of listening just to get it over with. Jenny Sterlin is still fantastic - I love listening to her performances. She's cemented Holmes' voice in my head.
Tedious! I persisted with this because I enjoyed all the other Mary Russell audiobooks so much. I wish I had given up when I first became bored by the excessive description and the lack of forward motion to the story. Where was the mystery, the intrigue -- the plot?! A huge disappointment.
I have lived all the Mary Russell books, but this one is not up to par. There is also nothing in it that has any bearing on the characters' back stories. Read all the other books, but don't bother with this one. It was dull for the first 3/4 or the book.
Every family has he bad egg, every book series has a bad book. This is my least favorite book in the series and actually feels like a ghost author filled in for Ms. King on this one.
Thoroughly enjoyed, another great listen. Hope for more.
Especially liked details of ship and Morocco.
I've read many of the Mary Russell books and have always just absolutely loved them, but I did not like this one at all. I couldn't even make myself finish it!!! Which almost never happens! Usually, I'm so sucked into Mary Russell's world that I can't get enough of it, but not this time.
Mary was not believable in this book. She was whiny, weak, and not the normal Mary Russell that I love to walk next to. She also seemed somewhat bitter, and cynical, which isn't how I've been accustomed to experiencing her.
The story line did not grab my attention, even a little bit. And I was somewhat relieved to see Holmes finally make an appearance by nearly the end of the book, but still couldn't make myself finish the book.
If you are a Mary Russell fan, as I am, you will enjoy the new situation she finds herself in here. The storytelling is somewhat uneven, and it felt like it took a very long time to develop, and then suddenly, the story finished up very quickly, with a few loose ends that did not quite leave me satisfied. Being a "Pirates of Penzance" fan helped me understand some references that some folks might have missed. Narration was up to its usual excellent standard, and I can' imagine anyone else narrating any part of this series.
Dr. Bizzy Bee
There were about three chapters that held my attention, but the rest could have been edited down considerably. All of the other Russell/Holmes books had good story lines, but this one was really slow and somewhat pointless.
I've listened to all of the others in this series, so I'll find something else.
Yes. She does a fine job, but there wasn't much to work with in this story.
I hope not.
I found I couldn't care what happened to anyone in the story. A major flaw, that.
No. It was a slog getting through it. If I hadn't enjoyed the others in the series so much I would have stopped reading after a few chapters.
yes. She is just as good as always.
An interesting change of pace for the series. Although no strangers to international travel, our dynamic duo spend even more time on the road (or sea) than ever. And our femme fatale, Mary Russell, is ever more so in the driver's seat. While in most of the previous novels, her breaking the case always seems to be more happy accident than planned, here she is allowed to flex her muscles despite the appearance of being dumped in a fluff piece of a narrative. Makes one wonder if there will be a future for a set of "Just Russell" adventures.