©2009 Laurie R. King; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"A one-woman case for the defense of unauthorized literary sequels...intelligent, witty, complex and atmospheric." (Washington Post Book World)
"Along the way, we are treated to a great deal about ancient sites in England; a major supporting role from Holmes' brother, Mycroft; information on an occult set of beliefs possibly related to Aleister Crowley; a terrifying set piece on the horrors of early air travel; and discourse on the queasy pleasures of surrealist art - all in Mary Russell's wry, brilliant, and occasionally utterly deluded voice." (Booklist)
A caveat: if you are a fan of Jane Austen, you "may" like this book. For me however, it was Sherlock Holmes--poorly narrated, and as written by Jane Austen (but without Austen's considerable skills).
An hour into a 15(?) hour book I found myself wishing that the bees would swarm and attack the narrator. I don't think I have ever read a book where I started rooting for the villain if only to end the novel immediately. I don't give up on novels, so I listened to the end, and the only satisfaction I gained was in deleting it from my iPod immediately thereafter.
Cliche-ridden writing, tedious "clever" dialogue, and pretentious English characters. Save a credit, there has to be many better books out there.
I have no idea if the narrator is actually English or not, but if she is, her's is the first "British" accent I have heard that I do not like. Then when she tries to imitate a French MAN, speaking British English with a bad French accent . . . it's just painful.
I have no idea how this book has become so popular. I have to believe it is female Jane Austen fans who like the tedious digressions and pompous English society characters, and are willing to forgive the actual quality of the writing.
(FYI, after probably 30-40+ audible listens...I think this is my first one star review.)
I really enjoyed the plot and the various characters and how they were portrayed. I have enjoyed listening to other books in this series and this is one of my favourites.
although i found the storyline quite interesting the author lost me at times over describing feelings, situations, surroundings. this maybe due to the era of the book or of the unfamiliar UK vocabulary. i am new at audiobooks and not a strong reader. i would have never finished this book had i had to read it and i would have missed a great ending! thank you Audible for reaching out to folks like me and introducing new literary styles.
Amoureux de livre
Ms King continues to be an amazing storyteller. My favorite series next to Pendergast. And I love the narrator; extremely talented.
Jenny Sterlin amazes me with her range of voices and how she slips in and out the characters. Her tone, and the continuity of the reading are wonderful. I enjoy the varieties of the British accents!
I like how the stories are built on each other. This was my first Laurie King novel. I've now started at the beginning of her Sherlock series, and am listening to them in sequence.
Sub-par prose, Chapters and chapters of non-action. Needlessly pretentious.
Overly padded. Get a real plot and trim the filler.
To slow and stilted. She made me want to throttle Mary Russell.
Narrative makes the world go round.
Listening to the first 9 novels in this series was my summer 2009 backyard treat. Lang. of Bees is not the strongest in the series --I agree with comments in previous reviews-- so I almost rated it lower, but it's still great listening compared to other light fiction. HOWEVER, had I known the novel was a "part 1," I would have waited for part 2 before starting it. By 2010, I will have lost interest.
I've read all the previous Mary Russell novels, but I just couldn't induce myself to finish this one; ennui was overpowering. To my mind, the quality of both the writing and the plotting has deteriorated with each new book. Please... not another crazy religion. No more endless boring discourse on Hebraic minutiae. Annoyingly, Mycroft Holmes is all over the place in this one, not as a genuine character but basically as a shortcut for the author to provide things for Sherlock and Mary. By making things oh so easy for them, drama is garrotted. The narrator does a creditable job on the English characters, but tortures French accents to death. Maybe the ending made the beginning worthwhile, but I didn't stick around to find out.
I'm going thru the series and kept wondering how much I actually like it. I rated the last book in the series somewhat harshly - but there seemed to be good reason.
This book I enjoyed much more. It returned to providing a very sound historical context, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mary R. seemed human again (instead of superhuman) and Holmes shows a very sensitive side (which is presumably always there, but always in check).
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