King is a good writer but does not tell an interesting story. I read "Beekeepers Apprentice" and thought that the "case" was weak but chalked that up to using half the book to introduce the characters and build the relationship. That was not necessary in this book but still takes 5 hours to get to a crime. Once again, the case is resolved on its own and all that the detectives had to do was wait until the end and the bad guys reveal themselves. It seems as though the ending would not be any different if the two just sat and drank tea until the last chapter. Their intellects and skill sets change things very little. Even though the idea of a female partner for Holmes is an intriguing idea, a detective story needs both detection and story. This will be my last King.
Audible promoted this book and since I enjoy books about that period and stories about magic, I thought I might like this one. I was bored throughout the book. There was no suspense, no drama and no surprises. It took willpower not to give up on it. It might make a visually interesting movie, but as a book - lackluster.
The reader did a nice job, but who cares?
I got this book on the strength of other reviews and am glad I did. Most of the reviewers were women so I wasn't sure if I would be to my taste. It's much different from my usual books, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not sure I would have loved it if I read it, but the narrators really sold the characters and involved me. Very original tale.
I read this book years ago but I think I enjoyed it even more listening to it. The witty illiterations are more effective when heard than read, and I don't have to stop reading to laugh. In fact, I'm going to but another Robbins' book as soon as I finnish this review.
Robbins' criticisms of organized religions have lost some of their venom since "Another Roadside Attraction," and feel almost as if he is disappointed that they haven't done something more spiritual with all of the faithful followers they have.
Don't be dissuaded by some of the reviews here that are shocked and appalled by the sexuality of the book. As Sailor Boy the Parrot would tell them, "People of the World, Relax!"
I've read or heard all of the "Preys" and this one is my least favorite. I didn't dislike it, but found it too full of coincidences and missing the interesting Lucas friends.
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