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Island of the Mad

Lu par : Jenny Sterlin
Série : Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Volume 15
Durée : 11 h et 14 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical

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With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt.

Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

Russell wants nothing to do with the case - but she can’t say no. And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge - and of course enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice - only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.

©2018 Laurie R. King (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Victoria L Snyder
  • 03/07/2018

a little let down but still worth the listen.

the end was anticlimactic and the whole of the story not as complex and satisfying as most if her stories. I will keep coming back. and the narration is excellent. one of my favorite voices.

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  • Manuel
  • 13/07/2018

Excellent Narration, Terrible Story

If this had been the first book in the series, I would have given it up. The story was incredibly weak, the characters seemed to be shadows of their former selves (suddenly okay with blackmail?!), and the plot relied more on name dropping than detective work. Even though I agree with it, the political message throughout the novel was also a bit too heavy-handed for me.

I really love this series and if the author keeps writing, I'll continue listening - but I hope to see a return actual mysteries and detective work in the next book.

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  • Anna
  • 21/06/2018

Another Triumph by Ms King

Set with the backdrop of the rise of fascism in Italy, this excellent story reminds us that it wasn’t just Germany and Hitler that embraced such a horrible movement. In fiction, she points out the dangers and warning signs that, frankly, we are seeing again today. Even being very aware and sad about the need for this education of our past, I feel this tale of bravery and beautiful difference is uplifting and among her best yet. #Provocative #WorldWarII #WakeUpCall #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Mary
  • 08/06/2019

Too Much Name Dropping

Having read all previous Mary Russell novels, this one was a disappointment. Too much time spent on including boring famous historical characters and not enough on the development of the mystery plot. I think this will be my last read of Laurie R. King.

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  • C. Johnson
  • 19/02/2019

Sherlock Holmes? This series continues to devolve.

I honestly stopped enjoying this series about 4 books in. I'm an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes, but this series has devolved into utter drivel and nonsense, having little to do with Sherlock Holmes. Jenny Stirlin gets full credit for doing a typically stellar rendition of the written material, but this is my last foray into the rambling verses that do little to perpetuate the historical significance of the character that so many ACD fans love.

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  • 12/07/2018

As vapid as the time written about

I have read all the Mary Russel books. Gone from this one was the wit and repartee exhibited by the main characters. It was replaced by teenage snark by Russell, a depreciating view by her of Holmes, and loads of King's own political views on the sexes, which became very tedious. This book is one not to enjoy, but to be endured until Russell finally catches on to the key revelation that any halfway astute reader would have made many chapters ago. I thought the Pirate King was her worst book,. King has topped (bottomed) that one with a novel as vacuous as the empty heads she describes on the Lido beach. Preposterous Cole Porter song inspirations coming from the mouth of Holmes and Russell's almost instantaneous instructing on the physics of water skiing within moments of its nascent introduction to Venice beaches. Ridiculous stretches of literary device that lose the reader. Then for Russell to declare that she loves blackmail at the end of the book when in the just previous novel, the Murder of Mary Russell, King writes how Holmes HATES blackmailers. Where was her editor during all this!?!?!? King needs to get back to her roots and off her podium. A little more subtlety, a lot more mystery and investigation, and much less pontification.

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  • Kay Curry
  • 04/07/2018

Disappointed in this Latest Russell/Holmes

I've read all the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series and have eagerly awaited this latest installment. I regret to say this one was not on the same level of Ms Kings other books. The plot was a bit farfetched and I had a hard time connecting with the Russell in the Island of the Mad. Sorry,Laurie R King, but I have read better from you than this latest offering.

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  • Ru
  • 27/11/2018

Great story — Venice!

As a Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes fan, I loved this story! Venice In the 20’s was a intriguing location. The whole Cole Porter inclusion was fun. Ms. King always does a great deal of research for historical details of the story. I will admit, I was relieved when the “Island” turned out to be in and around Venice, which is still mysterious.
I will also agree with other reviewers, however, that Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes finding “satisfaction” in blackmail is counter intuitive to every bit of their character. Not convincing, and I wonder why Ms. King posed it in such away.
This story turned out to be a fun mystery, history, and Holmes is still a hero. With a violin and sword. Yes.

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  • Crista J.
  • 25/08/2018

Best Book Yet!

My favorite author keeps outdoing herself. Her descriptions of Venice made me feel like I was there!!

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  • Sparkle
  • 20/08/2018

I relish Laurie R.King's indefatigable prose!

This is one of my favorites of the series. My age demographic probably will enjoy the Cole Porter character and description of the Lido in the time setting more than some younger listeners...who is Cole Porter!?
Regardless of the setting or story line I could listen to King's writing and Jenny Sterlin's narration endlessly. I will be listening to the entire series again and again!

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