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.
Rollicking good fun as the author piles improbability upon unbelievable circumstance with silliness and unexpected turns of events. All in all excellent performance by the reader with a tongue placed firmly in her cheek.
Probably not, the things that make it wonderful wouldn't wear as well a second time.
It reminds me a bit of the second of Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint books, the name of which escapes me, just a bit of darkness wrapped up in well-executed fluff.
Everything! She has made the character of Mary Russell something even more special.
Two, but I had this inconvenient need for sleep.
I downgrade this, because it comes after the amazing two-book story in The Language of Bees and The God of the Hive, which show Ms. King at the amazing height of her creative powers for suspense. Pirate King is excellent for what it is, a deliciously flawed cream puff of a novel where the urge for cleverness seems to have overtaken in small part the genius of storytelling. I just can't take it as seriously as previous works in the Mary Russell universe. That said, it's still a delightful romp.
Yes, I actually like her narration.
Yes, but only because I see all Sherlock Holmes movies.
I have enjoyed the previous books in this series much more than this one. The story line of possible criminal activity amongst the crew of "a movie about a movie of Pirates of Penzance" was too much of a stretch, and for the first half of the book there was way too much Russell and way too little Sherlock Holmes. Too much exposition and not enough mystery solving. Hope the next one is better.
I've listened to all the Mary Russell series now except the very last one. This one is incredibly boring and just terrible! Rediculous subject matter, vacuous characters, page after page of sameness, no Sherlock Holmes to speak of…..I've forced myself to keep listening but I'm stopping now at the half way point. It's that unenjoyable. I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing it but I was so enjoying going through the series I didn't ever dream there would be a stinker like this! I've enjoyed all of the others in this series very much. Of course some are better than others but all were quite entertaining. If there were "recalls" in the publishing industry this one should be recalled.
The worst in the series. It was a struggle to finish. If I wasn't a completest I would have abandoned this less than halfway through.
Barely a mystery, just pages of dull descriptions of boats and a cast of characters too numerous and indistinguishable from one another to matter. I'm really hoping the next one makes up for this.