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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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    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.


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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.


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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).

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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!

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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.

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    NICOLA 01-19-15
    NICOLA 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hang in there!"

    If you are as picky as me about narrators this may be hard to listen to at first. He choice to make Holmes such a thanklessly unrelenting whine can be distracting and does his character a disservice. In other instances the performance is excellent. The story is fantastic. That is why I kept listening. I'm glad I stuck to it, but her Scott's accent was appalling and halting.

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    Christine Yemoto 01-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Mesmerizing Tale"

    Well crafted and performed. I was quickly caught up in this intriguing tale. The next in this series is in my queue.

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    Karen 09-19-14
    Karen 09-19-14
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    "Hard for me to rate an audio book..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Bees to be better than the print version?

    This is pretty difficult for me, as I admit I prefer to read on my own rather than listening to someone else read a book. However, I have a long commute, and I listen to audio books as I drive to work each day. I've become accustomed to it, and overall I enjoy the Mary Russell series. There are certain books that I have elected NOT to download, following a bad experience with genre as audio book ("romantic" novels in particular, I found don't appeal to me in this format. When reading these, I tend to "skip" or skim past bits and that can't be done in audio books, at least not easily).

    Unfortunately, this one book in the series (so far) has something in common with those books that I don't like to listen to. It contains content that I find even less appealing when read aloud--odd little bits that I might overlook if I were reading, but which you are forced to attend to as an audio book. In this case, the little "quotes" at the beginning of the chapter feel intrusive and uninteresting, and I found it grating after the first few chapters. The other books have similar quotations, but these seem more off putting (some sort of pseudo-religious text, possibly a real one, I can't tell). I can't blame the narrator, it was just a literary device that didn't work for me in this one.


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    neuro2166 04-22-13
    neuro2166 04-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story"
    Where does The Language of Bees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my favorite books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Classic Sherlock, because he's clever, but has some bad habits


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