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Jayne

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  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (570)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
    "Enjoyable Book, great narrator"
    Overall

    I have read or listened to all the Mary Russell books and have enjoyed them all. I knew from other reviewers that this book was 'to be continued' so that didn't worry me. I fully enjoyed the story and the details. I find the pace very calming and didn't feel that there was too much padding. I think the narrator did a great job with the voices and accents of the characters. I find her voice quite melodic and a pleasure to listen to. Enjoy the details for what they reveal about life at the time. If you want a face paced action adventure story this is not for you but if you fancy a well reasoned mystery with a lot of insight into life in Britain in the 1920s then give it a go. I will certainly listen to part 2 when it becomes available.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9700)
    Performance
    (3854)
    Story
    (3934)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Very Boring"
    Overall

    This was just about the worst audio book that I have ever listened to.
    Totally boring and implausible. There were a few good parts, a surprising twist that I had not foreseen and some interesting facts.
    Otherwise it was actually quite annoying. Full of needless padding. As has been previously mentioned the last hour and a half is totally un-necessary.
    Funniest of all is this poor severely tortured man with an amputated arm, having been emotionally devasted by events going off for some great philosophical discussion and reveal! Get the guy to the hospital already!
    Totally implausible in oh so many ways and I actually feel annoyed that it was so bad. This is a case of churning out a book to cash in on a previous success when you really have nothing entertaining to write.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The American Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    England, 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after, a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of Seven Dials. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny links each of these events to the American boy Edgar Allen Poe, brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.

    Jayne says: "Engrossing,historical mystery"
    "Engrossing,historical mystery"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing is incredibly vivid and totally enthralling. It is a mystery, with many threads. It is not fast paced, but clues and details are gradually revealed until finally it all comes together at the end.
    Much of the pleasure of the listen comes from the historical backdrop for the story. I love the details of life in the early 19th century. The author draws a fabulous picture of society, the social conventions, the dress and acceptable etiquette observed by the affluent through to the extreme poverty, filth and violence endured by the poor. Life in a boys school and the acceptability of thrashing and the apparent inevitability of bullying are also fascinating to hear about.
    The narrator is quite wonderful too. He does a great job with portraying the various English, American and Irish accents of the characters and he really added to my enjoyment of the book.
    I have to admit that the involvement of the schoolmaster throughout the story is at at times a little contrived but this did not detract from my enjoyment. The child Edgar Allen Poe does appear throughout the story and although he is integral to the tale, any child would have served to play the part just as well. So don't read this just because you are a fan of Poe, that may result in disappointment.
    All in all a rich and vivid picture of early 19th century London, with a cleverly woven mystery to keep you guessing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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