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Bonnie

hayward, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (570)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "Slow to start but finally moved along"
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    the first half was so slow moving that I wasn't sure I was listening to a suspense story. It is apparently the 2nd half of a previously told story, but I don't think that missing the first part really made any difference. Some interesting characters were revealed in the first half, but there was virtually no action and not much to do but wait for something to happen.
    In the second half of the book were some of the machinations that Holmes and Russel are known for, and the story moved a bit faster .. but I noticed that it took me almost a week to get through this book and i never really cared how it was going to turn out ... not a good sign!

    The reader, on the other hand, is amazing. It's easy to forget that one person is creating all the different characters each is so distinct.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1518)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Amateurish and disappointing"
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    This is the first time I've listened to a Harlan Coben story that was outside his normal Bolitar series and it is debatable that i will give him "another chance." His light-weight, simplistic narration style does not lend itself to this intentionally convoluted tale. Our main character is a disfunctional woman officer who is stuck in a 20 year old past. Suddenly "things" happen so she can unravel and resolve issues ... it is all very amateurish. At one point when people's lives are at stake and she is hot on a trail of kidnappers, she pulls off to make a personal side-trip, abandoning all that is urgent to "take care" of something that can clearly wait. Even the ending, which was supposed to leave us "wondering" instead gave me the feeling that the author just didn't know how to write a decent ending so he dropped it.

    I wanted to like the characters .... uh, not so much. A few smatterings of humanity here and there, but overall they are forgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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