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The God of the Hive Audiobook

The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

Listen to another Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.

©2010 Laurie R. King (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Using short chapters and wielding her virtual pen like a burnished sword, King allows readers to race through this gloriously complex second half of last year’s Language of Bees. Sherlock Holmes is trying to get his gravely wounded son, the artist Damien Adler, out of England. Holmes’ wife, Mary Russell, is trying to protect Estelle, Damien’s small daughter. Mycroft Holmes, recovering from a heart attack, suddenly goes missing....all of it makes for utterly absorbing reading." (Booklist)

“The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart.” (Washington Post Book World)

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    ozgribbo Australia 01-07-14
    ozgribbo Australia 01-07-14
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    "Holmes, but not as you know him"

    I read the first in this series and it was good"classic" Holmes with a twist. This is by no means a bad story, just a bit away from the expected Holmes. It was much more in the vein of "Boys own stories", Bulldog Drummond or even "The thirty nine steps."

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    Robert Potter Las Cruces, New Mexico 01-05-14
    Robert Potter Las Cruces, New Mexico 01-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Can We Get to the Point...Please?"
    What did you love best about The God of the Hive?

    I love Sherlock Holmes stories. Even the ones not written by Mr. Doyle. But one of the reasons, maybe the number one reason, is that the tales get to the point and stay on point. God of the Hive is a great dialog, travelogue and guide book but the descriptions invoking those things deviates from the gist of the story enough so as to cause anxiety leading to aggravation about what happens next. At least it did to me. If the book were condensed to a screenplay, I'd love it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, being the central character and with the most development, was truly the favorite with the Green Man a close second.


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

    No I have not. I think the narrator did a wonderful job however and I will look for her in the future


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

    All in all it was an OK listen but I am not inclined to listen to other books in this series. I don't recall any emotional moments during my listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook reminds me of what is said about the profession of piloting a passenger aircraft. "Hours and hours of boredom followed by several minutes of sheer terror."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "guess it's just my kind of book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Sherlock Holmes fans I guess. I had a hard time getting into the book even after several hours. I try to get to the half way point of all books but I couldn't do it this time. I don't know it just seemed so slow.


    Has The God of the Hive turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yeah, I have tried Laurie King before thinking I am missing something because of all her great reviews. Guess she's just not my cup of tea.


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

    BOREDOM.


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    Jaime 10-22-13
    Jaime 10-22-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting take on Holmes/Russell"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It was really enjoyable and the narration was very pleasant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the focus on Mary Russell and, though it is definitely a departure from the Sherlock Holmes world because I would not really consider it a mystery. I am not sure if I would enjoy reading 5 of these non-mystery Sherlock Holmes books, but I think one or two is a interesting experiment. I'd like to see whether there is room for a couple of "storytelling" books and if that could be woven into a series that will hopefully contain actual mysteries in future.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is perfect for this book and the pace makes it a fun, casual listen.


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    Annie L. Horvath Italy 06-06-13
    Annie L. Horvath Italy 06-06-13
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    "Did Laurie King run out of paper?"
    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to the entire series thus far and have enjoyed each book (although some more than others).

    That said, the ending of this book is horrible. It was as if Ms. King's deadline was fast approaching, so she quickly (too quickly) wrapped up the story and slapped on "The End". It was quite unsatisfactory, unexpected and irritating.

    I was uncertain as to why the next two novels in the series received such poor reviews. However, if the treatment of this novel's ending is a preview of things to come, I'm inclined to believe the reviewers and will likely not chose to read/listen to the next two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    This is a very entertaining series. Good to keep interest but not too deep to require a lot of attention.

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    karen 10-30-12
    karen 10-30-12
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    "I may have to postpone this one...."

    Funny -- Except for the last three or four, I've read or listened to all the previous 'Mary Russell' books -- almost all of the others, too. Laurie King and I used to live in the same community, didn't know her, but I made it a point to read everything she was putting out -- great books, really. That said, now I live outside the US and don't always have access to what's new in the publishing world. As it happens, "The Language of Bees" is the first of her books I'd missed. Only now do I realize that this book -- "Hives" -- is the second part of a two part series the first being "Language of Bees". I hadn't realized that when I bought it -- but clearly, I should have read the other book first.

    I thought I knew the characters pretty well. But I'm a couple of hours into this one and realize I haven't more than the foggiest idea what's going on -- I'm afraid I have to disagree with other reviewers: I think you DO NEED to have read "The Language of Bees" first. Yes, there are bits and pieces of back-story sprinkled around, but I have the distinct feeling I walked into the middle of a conversation.

    These books are good enough that I want to enjoy them completely -- I'm going back, going to buy "Language", then come back to this one.

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    Carol 09-22-12
    Carol 09-22-12
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    "Not sure about this one"
    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jenny Sterlin is a good narrator. I've enjoyed her performances of other novels.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was just o.k. It troubles me that someone can take and use the atmosphere and characters created and made famous by another author. It seems and feels like cheating. Too easy.

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    Monika 09-05-12
    Monika 09-05-12
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    "Bad marketing - wasted half a credit"

    First, the rating is not based on either story or performance. I just can't write a review without rating first.
    I bought this as a bargain - two for one credit. But that was why I didn't check the series before wasting my credit. Again, book 2 and book 11 are the only performances available for me, all others I can't order here. So why bother and start listening at all?
    Either I like the story and can't listen the rest or I don't...
    So my advice: if you are not an US citizen, check first for the availability of the books in a series.

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    Sheenagh 08-17-12
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    "Entertaining"
    What did you love best about The God of the Hive?

    My first introduction to Laurie King and now I have downloaded several other of the books in the series. I enjoyed the story and the concept


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    "Excellent"

    Excellent story, enjoyed it very much. However, as I have said before, that is provided that you like the basic premise of this series.

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