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Garment of Shadows Audiobook

Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

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Publisher's Summary

In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

©2012 Laurie R. King (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    LISA S 09-28-12
    LISA S 09-28-12
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    "Laurie R King back on track"
    Would you listen to Garment of Shadows again? Why?

    I had enjoyed all of the Russell titles until the last which was far below the rest in terms of story, tone and general interest. I was ready to give up the series. However, this one is as good as the rest. My interest was maintained by the intricate plot, including the presence of Holmes in more of the story. The descriptions of historical foreign lands take me away during my daily commute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Holmes and Russell is always fun and the author has always shown the more humanistic side to Sherlock Holmes which I enjoy. I also love the description of exotic lands and lifestyles of Morocco between the wars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the Russell- Holmes combo.


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    Kathy D. Ericksen Houston, TX 09-24-16
    Kathy D. Ericksen Houston, TX 09-24-16 Member Since 2016

    beautitreasures

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    This book built and at the end I was totally sucked in and enjoyed it. I was thrown off by the new reader as the original reader is superb. Overall would give it a 4.5 rating

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    Irene 09-05-16
    Irene 09-05-16
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    "Narration change"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have enjoyed Jenny Sterlin's voicing of both the Holmes' and others throughout this series. I found the addition of a male voice jolting and distracting. Especially one who added a Scottish, or was it Irish, accent to Holmes proper and rye English comments, not to mention the middle eastern characters throughout this story.
    Aware that I am coming to the end of a series I have throughly enjoyed, I have been carefully pacing myself so as to make it last. Imagine my disappointment when I finally treated myself to this title and found the familiar voice of Holmes totally out of character. However, I found the book one of the best in the series and look forward to the the next. I sincerely hope I will not have to continue to mentally substitute Ms Sterlin's voicing of Sherlock for Mr Machenzie's in order to better enjoy the dry humor and understated observations Mrs King has written for him.


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    Kat 07-21-16
    Kat 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Politics-driven, amnesia-ridden disappointment"

    How many times will Mary suffer blackout concussions throughout this series?! A bit cliché...The dialogue is meandering and frustrating with attempt to showcase the author's historical fiction storytelling, I miss the Holmes-Russell banter and deduction. Sterling, however is amazing as ever- truly one of the best readers

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    scottiegirl 07-03-16
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    "A Great Read/Listen"

    I loved it! Was actually sorry to get to the end and have to stop listening. Jenny Sterlin was excellent - she always is - I was less enthusiastic about the added male reader, probably because I have always liked the voice Ms Sterlin gave Holmes and I found the new Holmes voice less appealing. The story is compelling, the taste of Morocco's history, though fictionalized, is valuable and will have this reader looking up more information, and the performances kept the plot moving along and was hard to abandon. Listen to it, you'll enjoy it!

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    Amanda 05-27-16
    Amanda 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book full of history and intrigue"

    This is my favorite series right now and this book did not disappoint. I both enjoyed the book immensely and also learned a lot about the history of that time. Jenny Sterlin, as always, brought this story to life in such a perfect performance.

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    workin'onit 03-23-16
    workin'onit 03-23-16
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    "very good, almost great."

    The book is great! It has twists and turns you will never anticipate. The characters are vivid, familiar yet unexpected. The only disappointing part was the narration. Most of it was very good even great; but part of the masculine narrative just droned on. This was particularly vexing to me because I have read this book and know how tense and fearful that part is; but there was no change of inflection in the narrator's voice. However, I do recommend this book to everyone--it is so exciting. A darn good read!

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    Gary Sanders Youngsville, NC 12-12-15
    Gary Sanders Youngsville, NC 12-12-15
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    "Slow and Plodding"

    Slow and plodding - the second "clunker" in a row by Ms. King. Really think she should retire this book series.

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    Cecelia A. Sondag 08-07-15

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    "Love Jenny Sterling not too fond of Robert Ian"

    I totally understand the need for a different narrator in portions of this book but I'm thankful it wasn't the majority of the book because Robert wasn't easy to listen too. His variations on the characters wasn't distinct and at times I wasn't sure who was speaking.

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    Katheryn Gardner 06-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this series!"
    Where does Garment of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Garment of Shadows continues the wonderful series of Russell and Holmes. King does a wonderful job of weaving fact and fantasy, intrigue and history, humor and suspense. Sterlin is the perfect voice for Mary Russell and really brings her to life. Only one complaint-Ms. King, please write more! Quickly! I have developed a serious addiction to these stories and dread the end of each one!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Garment of Shadows?

    This is a difficult question. If there was only one memorable moment, it would not be a very good book, right? I love Mary's ingenuity when faced with difficult circumstances but also really appreciated the scene where the main characters discuss treason, loyalty, love, friendship, service and how each of these must be continually evaluated lest blind obedience have unintended consequences.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie – was your favorite?

    Mary Russell, of course!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How wonderful would a film series be?! I think a tagline for this particular book could be "One of the greatest minds of her generation is lost. In her own mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Just bought the new Mary Russell book about the Holmes' time in Japan. Can't wait to start it!

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