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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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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-20-13
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Dithering"
    What would have made Garment of Shadows better?

    More of a plot and less of the narrative


    What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

    Nothing really grabbed me yet; I'm only about 2 hours into it and, as I listen in the car, I find my thoughts wandering about anything BUT the story. I seem to listen in for a minute, nothing going on, then I'm back thinking about other stuff, remember to listen in again, same old narrative. No real reason to pay attention. With all this in mind, I may have to amend this review; perhaps it will improve. Right now though, I'm inclined to move on to something a bit more interesting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I got the feeling she was writing this book more as an obligation to produce than the desire to tell a good story.

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    Lisa S. Venture, CA 06-04-13
    Lisa S. Venture, CA 06-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "If it works, don't fix it"
    What made the experience of listening to Garment of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    It's an interesting story with Holmes and Russell embroiled in another critical international imbroglio. Toss in two of my favorite characters, Ali and Mahmoud Hazr, and you have a book as enjoyable as any in the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The addition of Robert Ian Mackenzie as a narrator was the first major mistake in the series. I have all the books, I've listened to them repeatedly, and Jenny Sterlin IS the voice of Sherlock Holmes. She's one of a handful of female narrators who can do justice to male voices to the point you completely forget her gender. I loved all the previous books. I cannot say the same for this one. Please, please, don't do this again. As a matter of fact, if you re-release it with Jenny Sterlin as the sole narrator, I will happily buy that one too.


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    mike Springville, NY, United States 05-31-13
    mike Springville, NY, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "PLEASE (ftlog) get out of the Desert!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No... not really. The only way that you are going to enjoy this book is if you are a very dedicated Holmes and Russell fan... and even then, the book drags............................


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie R. King again?

    Absolutely


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie ’s performance?

    Sterlin - Awesome, Mackenzie - okay, Holmes and Russell in the desert again - (blows raspberry)!


    Do you think Garment of Shadows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes.... if nothing more than to get Holmes and Russell back to either England or America


    Any additional comments?

    There is another review by a reviewer named "Connie".... I absolutely agree with everything Connie said. I am a die hard Holmes and Russell fan - but if there are any more stories of them in some Middle Eastern Country, in the desert, with Amnesia etc etc.... Then I am out!

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    David Albany, NY, United States 03-04-13
    David Albany, NY, United States 03-04-13
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    "Fun book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not sure these really aren't mysteries that is usually an afterthought. Mostly about the maturation of Mary Russell. I would recommend this series to someone who is interested in that aspect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Russell and Sherlock of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are on a horse talking about what has happened and Russell's description of the embrace


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the moments aren't big but small when I am listening I am always amazed by how much character is revealed in those small moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only series i have listened too without actually reading the books. I cant say enough good things about Ms Sterlin's rendition. That being said Mr Mackenzie is quite good and the counterpoint was a good thought. But I believe Ms Sterlin would have been enough.

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    Simmons 02-22-13
    Simmons 02-22-13

    Massachusetts

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    "Best Sherlock Holmes series since original"

    I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and this is the first series that I have continued to listen to based on the original. Mary Russell is a nice addition to the storyline.

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    Tina Tucson, AZ, United States 02-09-13
    Tina Tucson, AZ, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Garment of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. I have, however, read many of Laurie King's novels. I would say that listening vs reading is strictly a preference based on what other activities I'm engaged in and what time of the day I want to be entertained.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Laurie King revived my interest/excitement over the series with this book after the previous one in the series which was pretty disappointing. Good, sound writing and excellent psychological insight into the characters. Good amount of tension and uncertainty.


    What does Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One can't skim sections. One has to keep to the pace of the spoken word -- sometimes this is an advantage.


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

    Only if I was on a very long drive. But yes, the plot was sufficiently engaging that it was hard to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Reader and director did a super job capturing the feel of the novel.

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    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 02-04-13
    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 02-04-13
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    "Entertaining Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Laurie King doesn't disappoint with this story. Once again there are some good characters and a convoluted story line to keep you entertained.


    What other book might you compare Garment of Shadows to and why?

    I think this book is as good as most of her books.


    What about Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie ’s performance did you like?

    I liked having the 2 voices for the two main characters. It made the story a bit more "real.


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    Heather Hesperus, CO, United States 01-12-13
    Heather Hesperus, CO, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "why a second narrator?"

    I've enjoyed each book of this series but am puzzled about why a male narrator has been added. I haven't finished listening, but so far I find it hard to distinguish the voices of the characters he narrates. This is confusing and does nothing to enhance the story.

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    Laura Higgins San Rafael, CA United States 01-08-13
    Laura Higgins San Rafael, CA United States 01-08-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Laurie R. King and/or Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie ?

    I wanted it to be good. Certainly, the narration was flawless as usual with the magnificent Jenny Sterlin. But for some reason Laurie R. King seems to have lost the thread in the past few Russel/Holmes books. The duo now seems to spend far more time working apart than together, which is a let-down. I'm pretty burned-out on the "Mysterious Middle East" as well -- the backgrounds and characters are starting to hum one very tired single note and reek of cliche. I LOVED this series when it started; it's one of the few series that caused me to eagerly anticipate release dates -- but... it's gone downhill. Just not the same interesting interplay of characters with a tight, fast-paced plot that the first books of the series possessed. I hope the next Russel/Holmes book is better (and I hope it's not set in Morocco, or Palestine or India!).


    What could Laurie R. King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Amnesia - really???? The initial premise hit a tin note. I enjoyed the books where Holmes and Russell actually worked together instead of apart. And most of the characters just seemed like rehashed versions from previous books.


    What does Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenny Sterlin IS Mary Russel -- she nails the character; her narration is impeccable. Robert Ian Mackenzie's not bad... but he frequently over enunciates to the point of distraction -- it pulls me right out of the story. Makes me imagine him wearing dentures that are about 1.5 sizes too large! But Sterlin is a gem.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I've been loyal to this series; I struggled to finish this one because it just seemed stale and predictable to me. The ending was SO not a surprise -- it was actually pretty obvious. Which is a let-down with a mystery!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll check the next book that comes out -- but if that follows the same path, it'll probably be my last visit with Holmes and Russell. There are several really talented Holmes pastiche authors out there; the only problem on the audiobook side is that they don't generally have truly exceptional narrators. That's one thing that set this series apart -- it was FAR more fun to listen to Sterlin's narration than it was to read the print. I hope it comes back to the dash and fun of The Moor, Beekeeper's Apprentice, etc...

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    Leigh Billingsley California 01-07-13
    Leigh Billingsley California 01-07-13 Member Since 2016

    Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"

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    "Change in format"

    The format was changed for this audiobook and resulted in quite a disappointment. Love Jenny Sterlin's narration in all past books. Nothing wrong with the male narrator that took on Sherlock's parts in this book - he did an okay job -- but it really impacted the book reading in a negative way (very negative) to make this change. Should have somehow adapted it to allow Jenny Sterlin to narrate the entire book.

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