Fans craving mystery, romance, and adventure will find all that and more in Laurie R. King's New York Times best-selling tales starring Mary Russell and her world-famous husband Sherlock Holmes. Their 11th outing, Garment of Shadows finds the couple separated under strange circumstances. Mary awakens in a dark room with blood on her hands and no memory of who she is. Meanwhile, with war looming over Europe, Sherlock desperately searches for his missing wife.
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Very Bad Actor
I very much enjoyed reading Garment of Shadows, and I was looking forward to listening to it. I have listened to all the other Mary Russell books, some more than once.
Jenny Sterlin was the actor of all the previous books. Her Holmes spoke crisply, with distinct diction, and with great energy. I was able to picture him as quick witted, sharp-witted, and nimble of mind and body. In this book, she only acts the female parts, which is a shame.
With this male actor, I had to concentrate hard to recognize when the narrator was speaking and when Holmes was speaking, because the actor uses the same voice for nearly all the characters, and only adds various odd accents in an attempt do distinguish them. His voice is gravelly, his diction is mushy, and he does not change his voice for the various characters. His Holmes is portrayed as a lugubrious old man with indistinct speech! His Ali Hazar sounds as though he’s suffering from sedation! How could that have come to be?
I couldn’t continue listening. I found it intolerable. If I knew how to return audiobooks to iTunes, I would.