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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen Audiobook

The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator's daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary: a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining...absorbing from beginning to end." (Booklist). Named "One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

©1994 Laurie R. King (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • Agatha Award, Best Novel Nominee

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    Jacqueline WHITE PLAINS, NY, United States 08-23-15
    Jacqueline WHITE PLAINS, NY, United States 08-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "18 year old gilr as good as Mr. Holmes"
    What would have made The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen better?

    a more REAL character.


    What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

    She talks about learning but all we hear is how good she already is and all the BLAH BLAH BLAH all about me me me and how good I am blah blah blah....


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

    very very dry (but she didn't have much to work with)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Hate to be all negative so I will end on this positive note, I am glad I got it on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leyla 07-16-15
    Leyla 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The story is not interesting"

    It just doesn't work. I am 3 hrs short of finishing the book and I can't get myself to go further.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 04-02-15
    Anonymous 04-02-15
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    "Was Great until near the end."
    What did you like best about The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen? What did you like least?

    I liked the story, but I had a issue with hearing voices in the background of the recording of the story that had nothing to do with the story.


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

    Great, if there wasn't anyone else talking in the studio in the background.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-30-15

    Loves Travelling, Music, Mystery/Paranormal/Action/Suspense/Comedy/Female Sleuths novels, Learning new things, & trying to better herself

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    "Loved it!"

    Well done! I really enjoyed this alternative perspective and new Sherlock Holmes adventures. I enjoyed the smaller "cases" that made up the overall story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Barnard 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Audiobooks are brilliant: you really have to focus and listen carefully. For me a good way of relaxing and getting a clear head again! :-D

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    "What a bliss! A truly interesting discovery!"
    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

    I think I will listen to the whole series again as soon as I reach the end of the last audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Russell and Holmes are both very convincing in their different backgrounds, ages, problems, and their daily chores.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    It is a real joy to listen to Jenny Sterlin. She brings the characters to life!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mary Russell's struggle with her life, her intelligence, her quick wittedness, her loneliness...


    Any additional comments?

    Follow the (audio-) books in the right order, it helps to understand both, Russell and Holmes, better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Salem, OR, United States 01-04-15
    Beth Salem, OR, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2010

    Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.

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    "Great series."

    Nice series of stories tied together into the book. It comes across as a book, but also as distinct stories within the book. Charming story to imagine.

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    Gary L. Richardson 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting Twist"

    Not exactly the Holmes story you would expect. It took a little while for the story to develop. I was losing faith early but the book hit a stride and I enjoyed the latter 2/3's. Be a little patient and I think you will enjoy it if you like Holmes mysteries.

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    Emanuel Zion, IL, United States 03-04-14
    Emanuel Zion, IL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Stuff!"

    This was very good. This is the first time I have listened to a writing from Laurie King or narration from Jenny Sterlin. I enjoyed them both. This is a good example of a well written and read story that did not need tons of profanity. I think there was only one or two spots. I intend to listen to more from this writer.

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    Mike 02-23-14
    Mike 02-23-14

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    "Need denture adhesive"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Sterlin?

    A problem with modern recording equipment: you hear every detail. In this case, Jenny Sterlin needs a better denture adhesive. Throughout the recording, you hear the clicks and pops of what seem to be dentures not quite glued tight.

    It might be something else... some unusual saliva buildup or something I don't know. It is enough that it is difficult to ignore.

    You want to ignore it, because Sterlin's performance is very good and so is the book. I'm not sure I'll get further books in the series, unless I listen to the previews and find this problem corrected.


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    El Libro Texas 11-26-14
    El Libro Texas 11-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Hombre

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    "Not for Holmesians"
    What would have made The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen better?

    While the story is good and the plot twisting and intriguing, if you are a true Holmes' fan and lover of the Chronicles, this is just not your cup of tea. When Holmes starts being hyper-critical of Watson to our heroine, the authenticity that this is our beloved Sherlock loses credibility. Further, Holmes' affectionate interest in Mary makes this book even more implausible for the readers of Conan-Doyle.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the reader doing Holmes to be unbelievable and, frankly, grating on the nerves.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    While looking for a rousing story about Holmes and his incredible talents, this fell flat for me.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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