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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.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Did Laurie King run out of paper?

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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.

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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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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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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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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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Holmes needs his wife more than ever, meets son

Would you consider the audio edition of The God of the Hive to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the print, but audio version brings the characters to life like no page can

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

This is a typical Holmesian plot, but the additioanl of Holmes' family members gives us somewhere lese tyo look for more adventures

Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the characted of Russell so much, not just a flimsy support around which Holmes can pivot, but the key to the ageing detectives ability

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Never listen in one sitting, a good soap opera with small snippetts over a prolonged period makes it more enjoyable

Any additional comments?

More Holmes and Russell, more family intrigues!

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I love Sherlock Holmes so I thought I'd try these.

I'm always skeptical of "remakes" but this has proven to be a wonderful story. I'm looking forward to listening to the whole series. Too bad I started on book 10! Oh well. I'm kinda new to Audible and love their format and ease of use. Judythepaperlady

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  • Kazren
  • www.ohjohnny.net
  • 04-23-11

Holmes & Holmes & Russell never fail to deliver

Once again Laurie R. King guides us into the life of Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes, as the trio, along with family and friends, are hunted and manipulated by the gray threat they can sense, but not identify. Into this comes the Green Man, a charming and mysterious stranger who comes to the rescue when least expected.

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  • Jeanette
  • Kerrville, TX, United States
  • 02-16-11

Yawn

I downloaded this based on other reviews here and on Amazon. I will have to revisit this book a year from now. Even audiobooks I come to love have sometimes taken a couple of tries, but after no less than five attempts at the first hour, I didn't feel I was any closer to understanding who the characters were or what they were up to. Fond of Sherlock Holmes ever since discovering Jeremy Brett, I could not get a handle on this novel or care.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful