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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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    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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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


    Any additional comments?

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    Kim 07-19-12
    Kim 07-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not the Best of the Series"

    Rather slow-moving. The details are necessary for the next in the series, but really just as a way to introduce you to the characters and circumstances to come.
    It's a bit tedious, but will be worth the read once you get The God of the Hive.

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    Cari 09-10-11
    Cari 09-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I am a huge fan!"

    I really enjoy this series of Sherlock Holmes spinoffs. Mary Russell is a fabulous character and the perfect match for the famous detective. The reader captures the tone of the time and does the various voices believably.

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    Jackie Ontario, NY, United States 12-13-10
    Jackie Ontario, NY, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2011
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    "The Language of Bees"

    Exciting, captivating! It was exciting to listen too! I was carried away into the time period. There was never a good place to stop, I wanted to keep listening till the book was done. I am definitely going to listen to this book again, again!

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    Aubrey 08-07-10
    Aubrey 08-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "It is good, just wasnt as good as the Game"

    I happen to really enjoy Laurie King story's of Marry Russell. That said I had listened to The Game First. I was expecting it to be as well written as the Game so I was a little disappointed I think. Still a good listen of you follow the Marry Russell Novels though. It also is nice it gives you some extra back round on Holmes past! I wont give it away but I really enjoyed that bit. Also the reader is excellent.

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    Judith Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 03-14-10
    Judith Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 03-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, but not as good as others"

    I eagerly read each of the Mary Russell books, and have also ventured into reading others of Laurie R King's books which are also good, but I was a little disappointed in this one. I thought that the narration was superb. Overall, definitely a book not to miss if you like Mary Russell, but not one I'd recommend to someone new to the series, even if it wasn't chronologically near the end.

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