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  • Justice Hall

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

With her debut novel, A Grave Talent, Laurie R. King became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic. Few authors dare to touch the classic canon of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but in this charming and suspenseful series, Edgar award-winner King succeeds with triumphant originality. Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are now on their sixth thrilling outing together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended to anyone who actually likes series

  • By Hevpais on 21-02-15

Well written but too long.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-19

It's okay. The story itself is fine. It is mostly in England with a brief visit to France, the characters are well written - just longer than it needed to be in my opinion.

  • O Jerusalem

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes has traveled to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city will surely go up in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, what a lovely...series

  • By Frances Roche on 19-08-15

Not keen on this one.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-19

I love the historical setting in this one but the story didn't grab me. I'd rate this much lower than books 1 & 2 and also not as enjoyable as 'The Moor'.

  • Still Not Bionic

  • Adventures in Unremarkable Ultrarunning
  • By: Ira Rainey
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

If running extreme distances is as much about mental endurance as physical, how do you keep going when your internal monologue turns against you? That was the simple question Ira Rainey faced when the darkness of depression cast its long shadow over his life. It turned out the answer was far from simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book that is very well read.

  • By Paul on 02-09-18

Non-Elite but still remarkable.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Good book. A middle-aged man with depression running distances of up to 100 miles.

Ira can be rightly proud of his running achievements. The distances run are remarkable but in one sense not. Most able bodied people can run long distance if dedicated enough - I haven't run as far as Ira but am running distances I would never have imagined a couple of years ago. The human body is incredible in what it can do even into your 70s. Ira has pushed his mind and body to its limits, he will never be the best in the world but has done his personal best which is something we all can do if we are willing. Like all such books it is encouraging and inspirational.

  • The Moor

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Sherlock Holmes has received a call for help from an old friend. The Reverend Barring-Gould, noted parson and folklorist, wants Holmes to investigate some strange sightings. When Mary Russell realises where their search will take them, however, her blood runs cold. A ghostly coach and giant dog have been glimpsed on Dartmoor - the chilling landscape of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Back to Baskerville Hall

  • By Ned on 11-02-19

Back to Baskerville Hall

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I preferred this to Book 3 but not up there with books 1 & 2.

Jenny Sterlin did a marvelous job voicing the different characters. I particularly liked Reverend Barring-Gould. The story itself was average though.

  • A Letter of Mary

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Mary Russell, assistant and protégée of the great Sherlock Holmes, finds herself and her partner once more mired in mystery. When Mary is given a scrap of papyrus by an old archaeologist friend, she has no inkling of what it contains. Written in Greek, it could be a letter from a previously unknown apostle - who just happens to be female. However, the situation moves from being curiously exciting to chillingly perilous as the archaeologist is murdered and Mary and Sherlock's home is ransacked.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Felt abridged

  • By Christine on 16-03-12

A blip in the series!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

After thoroughly enjoying the first 2 books I found this a real drop in quality. The first half was good although I didn't like the idea of a supposed Mary Magdalene letter. I wish people would leave Mary alone, she is much loved but was not one of the Apostles! If you want to listen to a good book on the Bible then try Bill Creasy.

Rather than the second half bursting into life it dragged on and was rather dull. Also, I was disappointed with the feminist thing coming up again and again in various ways - we get the point by now. Laurie is a really good writer and '2 out of 3 ain't bad'.

So, a bit of a disappointment but I'm confident there will be good stories to come - so I'm returning this and moving on to Book 4: 'The Moor'.

  • One Year Bible

  • By: Dr. Bill Creasy
  • Narrated by: Dr. Bill Creasy
  • Length: 62 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

Study through the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation, in one year! This "flagship" Logos course grew out of Dr. Creasy's year-long UCLA program, "The English Bible as Literature." One of the most highly rated courses on campus, "The English Bible as Literature" placed Dr. Creasy among the top 2% of UCLA teaching faculty for over 20 years!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best bible study

  • By CATRIONA on 07-04-15

Great stuff.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Bill is really engaging and and has the ability to bring the Bible to life. It's a shame that so many rush to Dan Brown and Dawkins with their attacks on the Bible and miss out on quality work like this. It's also a bargain, almost 63 hours for 1 credit.

  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

While visiting London, Mary Russell comes across a friend from Oxford. The young woman introduces Mary to Margery Childe, charismatic leader of a religious sect involved in the suffrage movement. When several members of the sect's female volunteers are murdered, Mary starts to investigate - but events spiral out of control, and Mary's search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the first

  • By Ned on 01-02-19

As good as the first

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I bought this as soon as I finished 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice' and found it equally enjoyable. Laurie King's writing is very good and her characters have depth. Hope the quality is maintained throughout the series, just started book 3 and so far so good...

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

It's 1914, and a bold, young American called Mary Russell is about to experience a rather dynamic change of life. Deep in the rural English countryside, she meets a retired beekeeper by the name of Sherlock Holmes. Although many years have passed since he astonished Watson by solving Scotland Yard's most baffling crimes, The Great Detective is still very much in possession of his excellent faculties. Surprisingly for both of them, he sees Mary's untapped potential for his old line of work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book really well read

  • By Emma S. on 20-03-18

Holmes' later years.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Note: The characters have English accents. Only the introduction is in an American one, which you hear in the clip.

This first in a series introduces a new character Mary Russell who is to become the retired Holmes new partner in the adventures ahead. The first part of the book covers the building of this partnership which needs doing when you're introducing a new character into the very established world of Sherlock Holmes. I found Mary an interesting character in her own right which is a credit to the author. Mrs Hudson is involved as is Watson which was a nice touch. It's different to the Conan Doyle original in that there is a lot more about the characters and the plot develops at a slower pace. I really enjoyed it, I was very impressed by the writing and Jenny Sterlin's Holmes voice was okay.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder

  • By: Luke Kuhns
  • Narrated by: Joff Manning
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Three seemingly separate crimes, three detectives. A mysterious stalker is on the loose in London known only as the Goblin Man and his sights are set on a wealthy businessman, David Daniels. A horrific explosion rips through Whitechapel Underground Station and the prime suspect is a Jewish anarchist. And a Mrs. Clara Edwards is searching for her missing lover, Philias Jackson. What connects these three?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Three fun and well-narrated Holmes stories.

  • By A on 17-08-17

Enjoyable.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Any good new Holmes stories are more than welcome in my opinion. I wasn't sure if I'd like the narrator having heard the clip but was soon won over. There are 3 stories, the first being more of a team effort with Holmes working alongside other detectives and police. I wouldn't normally favour that approach but I really enjoyed the other characters. The second story was a more traditional Holmes & Watson case and involves a character from a past adventure and the third was very much in the Conan Doyle tradition. Well written, well narrated and I hope there will be more to come.

  • Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Bonnie MacBird
  • Narrated by: Simon Darwen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

December 1889. Fresh from debunking a 'ghostly' hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French detective Jean Vidocq...and a terrible discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good plot

  • By lucy-lou on 06-10-17

As good as The House of Silk

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Unquiet Spirits captures the feel of the original Holmes stories. Simon Darwen does a good job on the narration too. I tend to think that any non Conan-Doyle Holmes books are going to have a hard time in pleasing the purists but this is a good effort as was The House of Silk.

Hope they'll be more of these.