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I love how Ms King can take me to other places and times so perfectly. It is as though she has traveled there and then herself. Add to that the mystery and fun and you have a wonderful story. Jenny Sterlin is superb as always, a real pleasure to listen to. I was sorry when it ended.
In contrast to O Jerusalem, the view of India in this book is rather trite and boring, and the opposition characters rather less interesting. In OJ, post-war Palestine shone with the fierce intensity of its desert sun and the people were richly portrayed. Alas, King's India was far less engaging and the plot of the story fell short of her brilliant best.
Yes. While well below the best of this series, it is still a fun read. Jenny Sterling's narration is as usual impeccable, and even being relatively unexceptional in the series, the series is itself a fascinating exploration of one of western literature's most interesting legends.
As I said, her usual wonderful self.
This is the first book by Laurie King from her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series I've listened to. I was not disappointed!!!! I was engrossed from the start by the story line, the narration by Jenny Sterlin is excellent, and the calm yet dynamic connection between Holmes and Russell is terrific! I plan to purchase more from this series as soon as possible - finishing this book has left me chomping at the bit for more!!!!
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
I enjoyed this book, and it builds pace and accelerates, so be prepared to plod through much of the first half of the book. But then, some unexpected twists and turns and some real danger for our duo, it becomes a very exciting mystery. The solution was excellent. Bravo, Laurie King. I went out and bought the audio book of Rudyard Kipling's KIM after this.
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The Mary Russel series is a grand conceit that extends the Sherlock Holmes character into middle age where he first mentors then partners with and finally marries Ms. Mary Russell. She is thoroughly competent and very emancipated. Each story is told from Russell's point of view. The novelty of the stories is the way she includes historical characters both real and literary. In this seventh of the series Laurie R. King introduces Rudyard Kipling's Kim as an older British spy in 1924 India who has an adolescent son. The story plot is built around a mythical Indian prince who is up to no good. It was a delightful listen.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I love Sterlin's narration (I think of it as an older Russell writing of her youth) and I really enjoyed most other titles in this series, but I did not enjoy the bulk of this listen --i.e. REPEATED and long descriptions of nocturnal escapes from the same guarded palace (Did I miss humour in this, or...?) Also - the period setting did not seem as authentic as in other installments--Or perhaps my expectations of Russell and Holmes taking on the Empire's "Game" in post-Kipling India were just too high.
If you do not plan to listen to the entire series, this might be one to skip or pick up in print for quicker perusing.
I've read this book series up to this point and this book really makes me question whether to continue. This story seems really too trite. It also starts to become comical how excellently Mary is at everything she puts her hand to (from languages to magician tricks to pig-sticking). And the story all wraps up too nicely in my opinion. The narrator tends to accentuate the pleasant outcomes, and the tone starts to stray too close to the romance genre.
Also, while this is of course historical fiction, and one must put all kinds of comments and behavior in context, I found hearing the typical Brit's assessments of all things Indian rather painful. Yes, it was typical for the 1920's but it felt a little too raw.
I still am in question whether I like this series or just keep plugging on. Sorry to the extreme fans - simply my opinion.
Laurie King is a superb writer and this latest addition is one of her best. If you love a good Sherlock Holmes mystery you will be enchanted with this 1920 intrigue set in British India. Mary Russell, Holmes' associate, partner and wife, is a good counterpart for the detective post Watson. I really enjoyed this audible book.
Interesting, Good, Uncomfortable
Yes, I already have and, for the most part, enjoy this series.
Excellent voice control and distinctive characters.
Ms. King likes to tickle the uncomfortable edge of the illicit - not what I read her stories for.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
I have read several installments in this series (not in order), but this is my least favorite. Perhaps because Holmes and Russell are taken away from their usual haunts of Sussex and London, or perhaps because the secondary characters just weren't engaging. Starlin delivers, as always, but this volume isn't on par with the rest of the series.
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