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

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

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

©2009 Laurie R. King; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Pamela 02-13-10
    Pamela 02-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "enjoyable; great reader"

    I am a L.R.King fan and before joining Audible had read all of her books save this one. Since I have read all those books silently it was a real novelty to be able to hear the voices of the by-now very familiar characters and remarkable how well they matched the ones I have heard in my head.

    I had no problem with the scarcity of Holmes; to me this whole series has really been about Mary Russell all along, Holmes being more of a prop. And since his was about the only voice I didn't care for every much I minded it even less. Well, his and Estelle's and the American pilot's....but none were irritatingly bad; in the plethora of voices the reader did that's a pretty good success rate.

    The reader was excellent; I am hoping when the second part of this book comes out she reads it as well; am looking forward to it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-08-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-08-09

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "Know it's to be continued"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly M. Felton Gainesville. FL 06-16-09
    Shelly M. Felton Gainesville. FL 06-16-09 Member Since 2013

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    "not to my taste"

    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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Orangeville, UT, United States 02-21-15
    Carl Orangeville, UT, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The sale got me hooked"

    I like everything about this but it was definitely a go to and I will be setting the last one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karie 02-17-15
    Karie 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hooked!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Language of Bees the most enjoyable?

    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!


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra H. Stauffer 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful, Stilted reader and bloated story"
    What disappointed you about The Language of Bees?

    Sub-par prose, Chapters and chapters of non-action. Needlessly pretentious.


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

    Overly padded. Get a real plot and trim the filler.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    To slow and stilted. She made me want to throttle Mary Russell.


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

    Dissappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C.M. 02-02-15
    C.M. 02-02-15
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    "Enjoyed this much more"

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Schotter Lincoln, RI United States 01-25-15
    Nancy Schotter Lincoln, RI United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    I could not stop listening, great story with twists and turns , great characters, interesting plot, well done with a great narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bluelili 01-24-15
    bluelili 01-24-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Quite the adventure!!"

    This was my first time hearing a Laurie King book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Love2read Rogersville, TN 01-24-15
    Love2read Rogersville, TN 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good listen!"

    Great narrator and an interesting storyline. I enjoyed this and will probably read the series. I will recommend this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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