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

The Game: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.
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The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

©2008 Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Kat Coz 09-24-10
    Kat Coz 09-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "another very enjoyable trip"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 09-25-13
    Pat 09-25-13 Member Since 2005

    Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

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    "A Grand Conceit, A Deligntful Listen"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie 09-08-09
    connie 09-08-09

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "weakest link in series to date"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 05-26-14
    Christopher 05-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A workmanlike effort in a series I adore"
    What did you like best about The Game? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Game to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As I said, her usual wonderful self.


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    Saks1962 03-28-14
    Saks1962 03-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Totally riveting!"

    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!!!!

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    Tracey 02-14-13
    Tracey 02-14-13

    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!)

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    "Not King's usual fare"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Comeaux 09-28-12
    J. Comeaux 09-28-12 Member Since 2011

    AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire

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    "In the grip of a prince, or a mad man"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Jennifer Stahlman 08-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Witty and Engaging"
    Would you listen to The Game again? Why?

    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.


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    Kim 07-19-12
    Kim 07-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Why the Interest in the Immoral?"
    If you could sum up The Game in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Good, Uncomfortable


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laurie R. King? Why or why not?

    Yes, I already have and, for the most part, enjoy this series.


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

    Excellent voice control and distinctive characters.


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

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    Any additional comments?

    Ms. King likes to tickle the uncomfortable edge of the illicit - not what I read her stories for.

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    Lisa 07-01-09
    Lisa 07-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Such A Disappointment"

    I love this series, but the narrator's voice makes me think less of a clever, witty 20-something young woman and more of a grisled, prissy old lady. She makes Holmes sound mean and boring. I feel badly for Laurie King, who deserves better! Listening to this piece has me making faces and snide retorts at the end of most paragraphs.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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