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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

What the Critics Say

  • Agatha Award, Best Novel Nominee

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    "fun clean read for Holmes' fans"
    What did you love best about The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen?

    A glimpse of Holmes as a person with a heart in addition to wit and intelligence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Russell, the young orphaned heroine of the story who displays courage and heart.


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a great job of reading it using different voices for different characters which is a treat if you are driving and want to be entertained.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tessa 01-11-16
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    "Curious, fascinating read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The book itself is interesting, well written, and it kept my attention. The only downside was the narrator. She was constantly making dry mouth noises which was distracting. I could also hear background noises of other people talking.

    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.

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    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 Member Since 2016

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

    I enjoyed Jenny Sterlin's performance for all characters, and suspect that when I listen to the next book in the series (yes, it is in my cart awaiting an Audible credit!), I will be truly disappointed if Ms. Sterlin is not the narrator. Like Barbara Rosenblat for Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody, Kate Forbes reading Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series, and Justine Eyre giving voice to Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce, it will be Ms. Sterlin that I hear whenever I think of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like it when other authors take liberties with a beloved character created and brought to life by another author. Most often, the other author brings very little to the table and I can see clearly that the book is riding on the coattails of the original author, that the book used the familiar character just to make money. I did not expect to really like this book- I am listening to it 20 years after it was first released in print! - but the tale is enjoyable and I did not figure out who was the bad guy until nearly the end. That makes a good mystery in my book.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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