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.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
Seeing Russell working on a mystery that was lighter with lest angst and the humorous situation she found herself in. It was light and fun, but still possessed an element of danger. The fewer, but intriguing connections with Holmes and Mycroft.
The plot engaged me, but it was a more relaxing read than the last few books in the series. It was a sleeper story just building with little bits here and there until the end. I missed the more intense story line that is usual for the series, but this was a nice breather after the angst and strong emotion of the last few books.
Everything! I want to listen to more of her work. She nailed Mary Russell in all her nuances, but I liked what she did with the other voices too. Her foreign accents were a bit rough, but not awful. I think conveying emotion and the rhythm of dialogue was superb.
This wasn't really the sort of story to be considered moving, but I suppose the excitement at the end would be the closest.
Though this story was rather different from the rest in the series, I still had a good time because it was Russell and Holmes. I enjoyed learning about early movie industry history and post war Portugal and Morocco. Won't be my favorite, but I have now found a new narrator to pursue.
I love the series and truly looked forward to the listen, but it was really off. I would only recommend to Ms. King to go back to basics and involve Holmes more. As others also mentioned I would not mind a mystery a bit closer to their home.
Farcical, boring, tedious. First Mary Russell book that I could not bear to finish. This is the first Mary Russell book that I did not enjoy. I Will still buy the 12th one because I loved all the others.
The story moves slowly, it took some real effort to keep returning to the recording - not because of Jenny Sterlin the narrator, she was fine, but because the pace was so slow. Mary plays the biggest roles in these books, Sherlock is marginal but he is so marginal in this book as to be missing in action in my opinion. Read it because you like Mary, and not necessarily want to solve a mystery. The setting is interesting and the narrator does a good job of helping you picture it.