The Game

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,219 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.
©2008 Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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I am addicted

Hard to believe this one was better than the last one, but it was. I listen on 1.25 speed, which is perfect. Excellent narration, to say the least, and the characters and story was intriguing and fascinating. How much research goes into a book like this.

On to the next in the series. I can't stop!!!

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Why are the chapters so confusing? Not consistent

I love Holmes and have long since exhausted ACD's canon, so I devour solid Holmesian fiction. This series elegantly incorporates, enhances and builds on the canon while gently tweaking some details. But this series is unique in the fresh inflection brought by the heroine, Mary Russell. I highly recommend this series if you are a Baker Street irregular. I also recommend it for feminists (acknowledging the issues inherent in the historical context) and anyone who enjoys historical fiction with tremendous cultural detail (Palestine/Arabia and India are examples of places this series has gone and I have several books to go!).

So, with all that praise aside, the reason I am writing this review is because the chapter breaks the listener hears from the narrator are unrelated to the chapter breaks as they appear on the screen (in the App). By the end of the book, I heard 30 chapters announced but the list of chapters I could use to navigate ended at 20. So confusing and frustrating. Within the first few chapters, the two numbering systems were already off (not matching). The App's chapter 20 included both longish and shorter chapters all crammed together. I know because the narrator told me! I listened to this book entirely on my phone/in App, but when I checked the chapter list for the book on a laptop (Audible's website), it was yet another, third chapter numbering system, which had 22 total chapters! Good heavens.

I recently finished the sci-fi comedy trilogy of the Bobiverse on Audible (which is excellent as well!). These books had many tiny chapters and each and every one was listed separately for navigation. It can be done! And of course there should be no problem with lengthy chapters... just leave them alone! So, that is my only complaint, really. I returned another book in the series for some audio problems but this is not about sound quality or skipping -- nor is it about the story quality or narration quality. I am frustrated with poor production regarding the variety of ways this audio has been chapter-ed.

That said, I am loving Audible, the Mary Russell series and almost all of the functionality of the App. Thank you.

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An Epic

Broad and exotic, the story's score is sweeping and is twists and turns engaging. Fresh off the boost on a mission from Mycroft, Holmes and Russell trek across India and a northern principality to defend the fate of a member of the British Indian Survey. Along the way they don various disguises, assume roles, make a few escapes and demonstrate considerable skills, including Russell's pig sticking.

This latter almost defeated me and would be the only nit I would pick with what really turns out to be a wonderful story. This part though took a bit too long to resolve for my taste. Even so, it provides a greater insight into Russell and provides a basis for later events.

Recommended.

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A Grand Conceit, A Deligntful Listen

The Mary Russel series is a grand conceit that extends the Sherlock Holmes character into middle age where he first mentors then partners with and finally marries Ms. Mary Russell. She is thoroughly competent and very emancipated. Each story is told from Russell's point of view. The novelty of the stories is the way she includes historical characters both real and literary. In this seventh of the series Laurie R. King introduces Rudyard Kipling's Kim as an older British spy in 1924 India who has an adolescent son. The story plot is built around a mythical Indian prince who is up to no good. It was a delightful listen.

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Rich description, "meh" story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was less entertaining than some of the previous books in the series, but it delivered on the rich description that I so appreciate.

Would you recommend The Game to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It just wasn't my favorite story. There are others I would recommend before this one.

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

Bindrah

Was The Game worth the listening time?

Yes, and I would argue that it wasn't long enough...

Any additional comments?

I tend to feel that the expansive description of settings and moments that are the hallmark of King's novels does not extend to the conclusion of the story. The endings always seem rushed and lacking detail. Almost as if the author got bored with the story and was trying to wrap it up as quickly as possible.

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almost perfect

I have loved all the books in this series. there were two things that I didn't like about this particular book. and it's really just me nitpicking...at times, the story moved slowly. and you are introduced to several characters who are seemingly held against their will, at one point two of the women just disappear. you are led to believe maybe they are in a dungeon ? but then, even at the end of the story when justice is served, it never circles back to anyone being released, bodies being discovered, etc.

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Mary Russell fan

I Love these books! I have listened to all of them at least once, and I still enjoy them!

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In the grip of a prince, or a mad man

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I enjoyed this book, and it builds pace and accelerates, so be prepared to plod through much of the first half of the book. But then, some unexpected twists and turns and some real danger for our duo, it becomes a very exciting mystery. The solution was excellent. Bravo, Laurie King. I went out and bought the audio book of Rudyard Kipling's KIM after this.

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another very enjoyable trip

I love how Ms King can take me to other places and times so perfectly. It is as though she has traveled there and then herself. Add to that the mystery and fun and you have a wonderful story. Jenny Sterlin is superb as always, a real pleasure to listen to. I was sorry when it ended.

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King at the top of her "Game" in this one!

This is the best Mary Russell so far. A real page turner. Can't wait to read the next one. Mary has come into her own.

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