It's a solid, though occasionally depressing, story. However, the production or audio quality is poor with frequent changes in sound and voice modulation. It does not seem professionally produced as most Audible titles.
The humor of this book is entirely based on the accumulation of gore. The more over-the-top the violence, the funnier? Also, one of the author's favorite adjectives is 'retarded'. Haven't we outgrown this, yet, Society?
No, probably not. I'm not terribly squeamish - just need some more smart humor to go with it, if the goal is a laugh.
Competent, varied, suitable
One concept, involving a character slipping in the time continuum while trying to contact another character, was pretty clever. This was early on in the book and nothing else really flashed as unique.
I can't believe someone thought this was a good idea for a movie.
You have to endure an awful lot of non-mystery padding (a couple of hours describing travel, for instance) in order to reach the 'to be continued' at the end. While it's not a bad story, I'm not fond of what the Mary Russell series does to my impression of Sherlock Holmes. The biggest problem, though, is the continued ending. There's a perfect opportunity to wrap the story neatly at the end, but I can't help feel like they want some more of my money. I won't be joining them for the remainder.
The narration was just too horrible to listen to the whole book, making it impossible to judge on the merits of the content. The accents are laughable and the reader seems bored at all other times; you can sense the places where they edited out the heavy sighs. If you're interested in the character, Audible also has the Mystery of the Yellow Room, which is well read and intriguing.
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