I've always prided myself that I am not addicted to anything but I am definitely addicted to the Holmes and Russel adventures. I have now listened to six of these books and am dreading the day that the series runs out. I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan since childhood and I was wary of a new author trying to capture that enigmatic character but Laurie King does it brilliantly.
Her writing is elegant and precise with enough detail to make the characters real and make the reader (or listener) really care about them but not so much that the plot gets bogged down. I was also wary of a female reader bringing Holmes to life (I had no doubt she could do Mary Russell) but I will now listen to ANYTHING read by Jenny Sterlin.
Listening to these adventures is a thoroughly enjoyable experience with the ability to transport the reader to a British Manor House (as in this one), to the Sussex countryside, to the lonely windswept moors or to Jerusalem - my favourite experience so far.
In my experience an enjoyable adventure must have more than just a strong plot. All the characters - not just the principal players - must be fully drawn and credible and the localities must transport the reader. Laurie King, togeter with Jenny Sterlin, succeed in all of these and more.
I did enjoy the first few of these books. First I must say that the reader is excellent and the first few stories were light hearted and witty detective stories with an "I help dead people" twist - a lot of fun.
However this one I just could not finish. I think the author is now trying too hard to compete with 50 shades of grey. I quite enjoy a bit of sex in my books but the plot just too frequently comes to a dead halt while she describes their sexual encounters in great detail. Probably OK if I'm listening alone in a dark room but not on a treadmill at the Gym!
I began listening to this book with expectations that it would be interesting and imaginative. I persevered because of sheer determination.
The concept was interesting - time travellers returning to the time of Jesus but it devolved to pure silliness. The central characters were far from convincing - a renowned Jewish scientist totally ignorant of who jesus was? When it descended into battles with demons I lost interest totally.
This is a mystery and an adventure which Arthur Conan Doyle would love to have written.
A mystery lasting a century and two parallel adventures a century apart could be confusing but Moore has written them well so that there is no confusion.
A book definitely written in the Sherlock Holmes genre but more about Doyle than Holmes, it will be very entertaining to anyone who has ever been a fan of the great detective
I have now listened to this book a second time, simply to enjoy it once more and i did enjoy it just as much as the first.
The story is engrossing. A very different variation on the time travel genre, I love the way it interweaves the 14th and 21st centuries.
I found myself totally enthralled by the story, really caring about the characters, crying and laughing. What more can one ask from a book?
This is my third "Odd Thomas" book and I found that the the device of using his unusual abilities to solve mysteries is beginning to wear thin and become predictable. I don't think I'll bother with another but nonetheless this was an enjoyable listening experience with a surprise ending.
The first book in the series was definitely the most interesting.
Having read most of the Preston & Child novels but now having listened to my first, I have to say it was riveting. The storyline, as always is not only suspenseful but interesting and by now I feel like I know the main characters. I was wary about listening because I feared that no narrator could personify the character of Pendergast as well as my imagination had but Rene Auberjonois is brilliant - a voice that is clear but creepy. Wonderful!
Oh yes! The "fustrating" part? The ending or lack thereof. I wanted to scream (and did in fact) "Where's the rest?" Oh well anticipation etc...
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