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  • Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
    "Eighth book of the series"
    Where does Locked Rooms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I consider the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes books by Laurie King to be excellent and look forward to the next one as soon as the present book has been completed. Locked Rooms answered a lot of questions and was a very satisfying finish to the angst Mary suffered over the perceived guilt surrounding the death of her family. It was also written in a style somewhat different than the other books in the series of eight.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary is always my favourite character. She is improbably intelligent, outspoken and well travelled, married to a middle aged icon. Her many skills include the art of disguise as a detective in her own right, adept at self protection and attack, a degree in theology and chemistry from Oxford, master of many languages, an ardent feminist and the only other match to Holmes beyond Adler. Her stories are written over a span of almost 20 years, as memoirs, introduced by a series of writings delivered to a novelist with a request for any information on the writer, Mary Russell. Intriguing!
    She is her usual enigmatic and factual self, with a little vulnerability thrown in. Mary has suffered dreams and memories that tormented her over the death of her family in an auto accident that she considers her fault. The resolution of this restores her equilibrium and brings piece of mind.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best scene is the one that takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown where Holmes, Russell and a group of 'irregulars' end up on a chase of two suspects. The Chinese man with them, Long, was the son of her parents' good friends. He calls on the crowd to prevent them from getting away. Russell confronts the two before they are arrested, and is able to solve the last mystery — a memory she has of a man who tampered with her parents' car the day they died.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. I was driving a long distance when I started it and sat in the driveway for a while after I stopped to hear more.

    Any additional comments?

    King often brings interesting characters into her novels. Mary has met met T. E. Lawrence, J. R. R. Tolkien and Edmund Allenby in addition to several characters in specific novels. In The Game, the spy is one whom Holmes knows from his travels in India long ago, under the name Sigurson - Kimball O'Hara, known to the world by the name Rudyard Kipling called him, Kim. In A Letter of Mary, a fictional Lord Peter Wimsey makes a brief cameo appearance. In God of the Hive, modern-day Robin Goodfellow is introduced to help Russell. She also meets Holmes' old acquaintance, Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, the squire of Lew Trenchard, to help solve the mystery of the ghostly hound in The Moor. Locked Rooms is no exception where Holmes and Russell team up with a former Pinkerton agent Dashiell Hammett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "A child's lovely tale"

    The Forgotten Garden reminds me of the story of The Secret Garden - lovely, but a child's tale. It is not written for adults unless you are looking for the characteristic simplicity a ten year old would like. It is an interesting story non the less, but a little over long and heavy on the trials and tribulations to end up all right in the end. Much along the lines of Cinderella.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Obsessed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Kyle Herbert

    This is a deadly tale of ultimate obsession. Stephen Friedman is making a good living in good times. He's just an ordinary guy...or so he thinks. But one day, an extraordinary piece of information tells him differently. It's a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor - a clue that makes him heir to an incredible fortune.

    A User says: "Obsessed"

    Unfortunately, it has finally happened. I have had to scrap a book from Audible. This one was made truly dreadful by the reading rather than the text. Herbert read as though he was trying to cram a four hour book into 30 minutes and made it an irritant to hear and try to follow. I am sure the basic story was probably worth hearing but not in this circumstance. Give it a miss and go with Stephen Pacey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Violin: An Inspector Troy Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Lawton
    • Narrated By Lewis Hancock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    March 1938. The Germans take Vienna without a shot being fired. Covering Austria for the English press is a young journalist named Rod Troy. Back home his younger brother joins the CID as a detective-constable. November 1938. Kristallnacht. The Jews leave Vienna-Sigmund Freud with an American escort on a sleeper train, Josef Hummel tied to the underside of a box car.

    Antoine says: "History and Mystery, woven together beautifully"

    I found the plot written to be of interest, but the book was not so. The narrator was indeed heavy and hard to listen to, the script equally so. As I listened, I found my interest wandering after 5 - 10 minutes, unable to concentrate on such a story.
    I wish I had not wasted my money on such a book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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