Jayne Entwistle is a super star among readers, but especially here where her talents are wonderfully showcased by the main character in this amazing, brilliant and entertaining series. Start at the beginning and read them all. I cannot wait for the next book by Mr. Bradley.
The book holds together pretty well and provides a few heart pounding moments. Suspects abound and the author keeps you somewhat guessing. But the heroine does whine a bit, especially about being fat. Some of the action seems very contrived and the hopeful ending is completely unbelievable. To be believable, the story should have taken place over a few months instead of over 10 years. The worst part is the narrator's attempt at a male Norwegian accent. Because of these problems, I hesitate to recommend the book.
This is not simply a talented reader bringing to life a great work of fiction. It is a fully cast performance, a highly dramatic work of theater. I never wanted the story to end. Like all great works of fiction, while it entertains, it also is a window on human nature. As a woman, I especially like that the main character is a heroine who has all the derring-do of any swashbuckling young hero in the many books I have read featuring a young man as the main character. Readers of both genders who enjoy fantasy fiction will fall head-over-heels for this classic tale of good against evil in a fully conceived and populated alternate reality which so closely mirrors our own.
I have enjoyed every previous novel in this series by Laurie R. King but this one really is a dud IMHO. The plot is as boring as it is preposterous. It is difficult to listen as the intelligent and resourceful Ms. Russell is reduced to a secretary and gal Friday for an annoying troupe of theatrical types. The worst of all is having to listen to our heroine whine and complain about the absurd and incomprehensible situation in which she finds herself. She has arrived at this low point in her career ostensibly to avoid spending time with Mycroft Holmes. I can only say that had she decided to hang out with her brother-in-law a much better novel may have been the result. No spoiler alert from me - I gave up after listening for only 2 hours.
Sherlock Holmes has proven to be a character for the ages. Here is another pastiche based on the brilliant consulting detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle over 100 years ago. Laurie R. King has certainly come up with one of the most unusual versions of Sherlock Holmes' later years. Brought to life by the reader Jenny Sterlin, the young Mary Russell and Sherlock himself will keep the listener well entertained with many a wild and rollicking yarn as the series continues through at least 10 more books.
Of course, John Lee is one of the very best readers. I search for his books. The story is simply brilliant - keeps you riveted the entire time. And I discovered an India I had never imagined.
Informative, entertaining, clever
Van Gogh - for obvious reasons!
I am addicted to Van Gogh's work, not least because of the unusual life of the artist. I have been to Arles and Amsterdam to better understand his oeuvre. By listening to this book, I drew closer to the man who has eluded me all these years. I discovered our common love of Japanese prints and the paintings of Jean Millet which I first admired in Boston's MFA. It was a treat. The author brings the painter to life. I did not realize that Van Gogh could paint with words as well as with oils. This little book was a delight. I listened to it on the plane as I traveled to Ottawa to see the "Van Gogh Up Close" exhibit. I look forward to listening again now that I have seen so many more of his masterpieces "up close".
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