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O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes | [Laurie R. King]

O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.
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It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

With her unerring flair for the dramatic, Laurie R. King packs this novel with bloodcurdling adventure, clever disguises, and layers of intrigue. Jenny Sterlin's superb voicing of the prickly Holmes and the fiercely intelligent Russell captures every nuance of their unconventional relationship.

©1999 Laurie R. King; (P)1999 Recorded Books

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-24-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-24-09 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "if you like Russell as theologian"

    and like to imaginitvely explore the geography (physical and spiritual) of the holy land circa 1919, then you will love this.

    I agree with other reviewers that this is not for those who want a fast-paced, straight forward mystery.

    I love the narration; in fact, I don't think I'd enjoy reading this series. But I can see that the very distinctive style is one that listeners will either love or hate, especially if they discovered this series first in print.

    A bonus: This fiction can actually help you better understand the Middle East and the aftermath of WWI - It sent me to listening to "Paris 1919" once I'd finished.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa Portland, OR, USA 05-06-09
    Alexa Portland, OR, USA 05-06-09 Member Since 2004

    Long time Audible fan.

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    "O Jerusalem! What fun!"

    Funny, witty and lots of thrills with Mary Russell and her favorite detective. A wonderful installment in Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes influenced series. As always, the narrator is a delight. All 30 voices of her!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    S. Still Birmingham, MI 02-04-11
    S. Still Birmingham, MI 02-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "I keep drifting off"

    First of all, I love Laurie King's writing and Jenny Sterlin is a remarkable actor. But I must admit, my mind wanders when listening to Oh Jerusalem. It's not the slower pace. I'm almost halfway and I still don't understand why Sherlock and Mary are wandering around Palestine. I feel a little lost. The book hasn't captured my interest....but...I will finish it. The Russell series is wonderful and I feel it's important to tough it out.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Keren Rockwall, TX, United States 07-16-09
    Keren Rockwall, TX, United States 07-16-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Love the series but give this book a miss."

    I love the Mary Russell series by Laurie King, but suggest people give O Jerusalem a miss. The circumstances and characters are just too far beyond believable (e.g., Sherlock Holmes & Mary Russell passing for Arabs) and the story drags endlessly, becoming more like an out-of-date travelogue than a solid story. The next book in the series, Justice Hall, fleshes out enough of the story line from this book. If you are new to the series, start w/ Beekeeper's Apprentice and don't let this one put you off.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Brampton, ON, Canada 06-19-10
    Randall Brampton, ON, Canada 06-19-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Sherlock Holmes Done Well"

    Laurie R. King does an excellent job of continuing the Sherlock Holmes. As well as an excellent story the narrator, Jenny Sterlin, makes you not want to put the story down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-27-10
    Keith Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Excellent Choice"

    This, like the previous books of the series, is an excellent choice in audio books. The narrarator is highly expressive and seems to have an fine sense of the characters. The series in general is written discriptively, and for some may seem slow, but I have found them to be captivating. I highly recommend this series.

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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 02-21-14
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.

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    "I tried, but ......."

    I tried 3 times to get into this book. I have listened to and enjoyed the "Beekeeper's Apprentice", the "Letter of Mary", and I made it to the end of the "Monstrous Regiment of Women". I was put off by the reviews on "The Moor", so I thought I'd give this one a try. I just couldn't hang in there.

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    Sarz Maxwell MD Chicago IL 01-10-14
    Sarz Maxwell MD Chicago IL 01-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Arguably my favourite Russell & Holmes book"
    Would you listen to O Jerusalem again? Why?

    I've listened to O Jerusalem several times. Jenny Sterling's narration bring all the characters to vivid life, and I shiver and laugh with them all through. I love the whole Russell / Holmes series but I think this is my favourite. I am so glad it appeared out of sequence! After "Monstrous Regiment", I felt that some of the sexual tension between Russell & Holmes disappeared ... it was great to go back to the "old days" and feel that unspoken tension again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has the very best final sentence of any book I've ever read. But do NOT cheat and skip to the last sentence without hearing the WHOLE book first! or it will mean nothing, and spoil it for when you do arrive there.


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    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 01-30-13
    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Phoning it in."
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    This book wasn't just slow, the story line was non-existent. One would be hard put to come up with a point other than "Mary and Sherlock wander in the wilderness." Very disappointing book. I hope Ms. King isn't as out of ideas as this story suggests.

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    David Fairfield, ME, United States 12-19-12
    David Fairfield, ME, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Geography, Culture, and Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to O Jerusalem the most enjoyable?

    Having lived in Israel, it was fun to follow their progress throughout the story.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Sterlin's narrative and voices are animated and draw you into the story.


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