I have listened to almost all of the Mary and Sherlock's adventures and enjoyed them. However, this book was more of a history/travelogue than mystery. It is very long and here is no action at all for at least the first half of the book and even when things began to happen, it was so overwoven with historical information that it was not exciting. I hope the next one is better.
More of a plot and less of the narrative
Nothing really grabbed me yet; I'm only about 2 hours into it and, as I listen in the car, I find my thoughts wandering about anything BUT the story. I seem to listen in for a minute, nothing going on, then I'm back thinking about other stuff, remember to listen in again, same old narrative. No real reason to pay attention. With all this in mind, I may have to amend this review; perhaps it will improve. Right now though, I'm inclined to move on to something a bit more interesting.
I got the feeling she was writing this book more as an obligation to produce than the desire to tell a good story.
It's an interesting story with Holmes and Russell embroiled in another critical international imbroglio. Toss in two of my favorite characters, Ali and Mahmoud Hazr, and you have a book as enjoyable as any in the series.
The addition of Robert Ian Mackenzie as a narrator was the first major mistake in the series. I have all the books, I've listened to them repeatedly, and Jenny Sterlin IS the voice of Sherlock Holmes. She's one of a handful of female narrators who can do justice to male voices to the point you completely forget her gender. I loved all the previous books. I cannot say the same for this one. Please, please, don't do this again. As a matter of fact, if you re-release it with Jenny Sterlin as the sole narrator, I will happily buy that one too.
No... not really. The only way that you are going to enjoy this book is if you are a very dedicated Holmes and Russell fan... and even then, the book drags............................
Sterlin - Awesome, Mackenzie - okay, Holmes and Russell in the desert again - (blows raspberry)!
Yes.... if nothing more than to get Holmes and Russell back to either England or America
There is another review by a reviewer named "Connie".... I absolutely agree with everything Connie said. I am a die hard Holmes and Russell fan - but if there are any more stories of them in some Middle Eastern Country, in the desert, with Amnesia etc etc.... Then I am out!
Not sure these really aren't mysteries that is usually an afterthought. Mostly about the maturation of Mary Russell. I would recommend this series to someone who is interested in that aspect.
Mary Russell and Sherlock of course.
They are on a horse talking about what has happened and Russell's description of the embrace
the moments aren't big but small when I am listening I am always amazed by how much character is revealed in those small moments.
This is the only series i have listened too without actually reading the books. I cant say enough good things about Ms Sterlin's rendition. That being said Mr Mackenzie is quite good and the counterpoint was a good thought. But I believe Ms Sterlin would have been enough.
I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and this is the first series that I have continued to listen to based on the original. Mary Russell is a nice addition to the storyline.
I didn't read the print version. I have, however, read many of Laurie King's novels. I would say that listening vs reading is strictly a preference based on what other activities I'm engaged in and what time of the day I want to be entertained.
Laurie King revived my interest/excitement over the series with this book after the previous one in the series which was pretty disappointing. Good, sound writing and excellent psychological insight into the characters. Good amount of tension and uncertainty.
One can't skim sections. One has to keep to the pace of the spoken word -- sometimes this is an advantage.
Only if I was on a very long drive. But yes, the plot was sufficiently engaging that it was hard to stop listening.
Reader and director did a super job capturing the feel of the novel.
Laurie King doesn't disappoint with this story. Once again there are some good characters and a convoluted story line to keep you entertained.
I think this book is as good as most of her books.
I liked having the 2 voices for the two main characters. It made the story a bit more "real.
I've enjoyed each book of this series but am puzzled about why a male narrator has been added. I haven't finished listening, but so far I find it hard to distinguish the voices of the characters he narrates. This is confusing and does nothing to enhance the story.
I wanted it to be good. Certainly, the narration was flawless as usual with the magnificent Jenny Sterlin. But for some reason Laurie R. King seems to have lost the thread in the past few Russel/Holmes books. The duo now seems to spend far more time working apart than together, which is a let-down. I'm pretty burned-out on the "Mysterious Middle East" as well -- the backgrounds and characters are starting to hum one very tired single note and reek of cliche. I LOVED this series when it started; it's one of the few series that caused me to eagerly anticipate release dates -- but... it's gone downhill. Just not the same interesting interplay of characters with a tight, fast-paced plot that the first books of the series possessed. I hope the next Russel/Holmes book is better (and I hope it's not set in Morocco, or Palestine or India!).
Amnesia - really???? The initial premise hit a tin note. I enjoyed the books where Holmes and Russell actually worked together instead of apart. And most of the characters just seemed like rehashed versions from previous books.
Jenny Sterlin IS Mary Russel -- she nails the character; her narration is impeccable. Robert Ian Mackenzie's not bad... but he frequently over enunciates to the point of distraction -- it pulls me right out of the story. Makes me imagine him wearing dentures that are about 1.5 sizes too large! But Sterlin is a gem.
I've been loyal to this series; I struggled to finish this one because it just seemed stale and predictable to me. The ending was SO not a surprise -- it was actually pretty obvious. Which is a let-down with a mystery!
I'll check the next book that comes out -- but if that follows the same path, it'll probably be my last visit with Holmes and Russell. There are several really talented Holmes pastiche authors out there; the only problem on the audiobook side is that they don't generally have truly exceptional narrators. That's one thing that set this series apart -- it was FAR more fun to listen to Sterlin's narration than it was to read the print. I hope it comes back to the dash and fun of The Moor, Beekeeper's Apprentice, etc...