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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

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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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    Mike T. 04-21-14
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    "Great book, good narrator,somewhat bad production."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Great fresh take on Sherlock Holmes. Mind you, the lead character is not Holmes, but a teenage girl befriending him and becoming his (sort of) apprentice. The development of the the characters is spot on. Thoroughly enjoyable story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene is great.


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty bad production. I use a pair of quality "over the ear" headphones when listening and since they dont let much noise in, some flaws in the production stands out. Most noticeable is a faint analog echo of the readers speech, that gets more and more pronounced as the book progresses. (At first I thought it was outside voices form a poorly soundproofed recording studio). It's a very annoying immersion breaker.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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.


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    Jennifer 05-04-16
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    "Content good but narrator's dry mouth ruined it"

    YUCK! The narrator's dry mouth and associated smacking sounds were very distracting. If the book had been less entertaining, I would have returned it because of the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cdwil 03-22-16
    Cdwil 03-22-16
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    "Fun!"

    I loved the premise and character development but couldn't help at times feeling the author 'dumbed down' Sherlock to make Russell shine. But even so it kept my attention and interest. I didn't care for the narrator for this book, a bit to mature-sounding. She portrayed Sherlock with a nasal high-pitched tone that didn't appeal at all. And there were constant little clicks, could have been a poor recording, but to me sounded like the narrator had a case of dry mouth. Really distracting. Seems like the clicks could be edited out..,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tessa 01-11-16
    Tessa 01-11-16 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Leyla 07-16-15
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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.

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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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