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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

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  • Agatha Award, Best Novel Nominee

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    Paranormal Pam 10-21-15

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    "Awesomely addictive"

    Completely engaging story. Marvelous tension and character interplay. I'm off to read the rest of the series!

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    Lola 10-21-15
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    "Holmes in Sussex with a Teenage Girl Apprentice"
    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Genius teacher's pet


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterization of Mary Russell is perfect. She's almost as prickly as Holmes himself, very smart, with a sad backstory, but never succumbs to simple hero worship of Sherlock. She genuinely comes to like and admire him, while inspiring the same in Holmes!


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

    She puts just the right spin on her vocal performance for each character. Her voice is clear and entrancing.


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    dvictor 10-19-15
    dvictor 10-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not just a mystery novel"

    I certainly enjoyed this book. The audio performance at first seemed a little cold but as I got used to her performance I found found it to be quite excellent. the book is well written and the author's vocabulary is quite extensive causing me to look up several words. I certainly enjoyed that. the novel itself is certainly more than I expected from your typical mystery novel. There was more exploration of the character's emotional history and it added overall depth to the character. in the end, I enjoyed the characters more than the plot itself which I find to be a bit of a rarity in the genre.

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    mama steph louisville, colorado United States 10-12-15
    mama steph louisville, colorado United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen the most enjoyable?

    I love Laurie R King, and read this book when it first came out in 1994. A delight to imagine Mary telling it to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such a novel revisiting of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and so believably done, Russell and Holmes develop a fine relationship, and its very believable.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    She voices the characters admirably, not over the top, and her pacing is excellent.


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    Miriam Pizann 10-05-15

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    "Sherlock takes a partner"
    Where does The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top. The writing is immaculate, the mystery is right in front of us and deliciously ellusive, the characters are real and juicy (and canonically accurate where applicable) and the performance was spot on.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Part of it was the pure joy of getting a new Holmes story, listening to the way his mind worked. Part of it was meeting Mary Russell for the first time and learning the way HER mind worked. Part of it was the pure joy of the adventure for our heroes.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but you can bet that I will! I'm sold! Sterlin has a wonderful range of accents and tones. She has brought Holmes and Russell alive to me in such a way that Russell feels like an old friend now. Her performance definitely adds to the experience of this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, yes! I had purchased it with the intention of just listening during my daily commute to work, and ended up forcing my husband to listen with me at home so that I could find out What Happened Next.


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    James Mackenzie Seattle, WA United States 09-30-15
    James Mackenzie Seattle, WA United States 09-30-15
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    "Old-school fun"
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    I remember ripping through Sherlock Holmes when I was a teenager, and while I was never a die-hard fan, I loved the believably preposterous sleuthing and wild melodrama. Mary Russell is a great way of continuing the genre, without trying to pastiche Conan Doyle, which is very smart. Which I think sums up the book both in style and content.
    The narration is good - well paced and with an interesting take on character voices.

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    Michael Anderson, TX, USA 09-30-15
    Michael Anderson, TX, USA 09-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid Reader and Audible Fan!

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    "Great Characters"

    As as Sherlock fan I was impressed with this series. This is book one of the series that tells how Russell and Homes meet and the back ground story of their relationship. If you are looking for a refreshing look to Sherlock try this series out.

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    Marissa Stone 09-27-15
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    "a mystery book"

    enjoyed the book. wasn't able to solve the mysteries on my own....kept me in suspense.

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    csce 09-10-15
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    "Satisfying for a Holmes enthusiast"

    Wonderful characters with a plot worthy of the classic Holmes. Can't wait to read on in the series.

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    Jeff 09-07-15
    Jeff 09-07-15
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    "An interesting twist on Sherlock Holmes"
    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Sherlock Holmes takes a young woman as his apprentice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen?

    Holmes and his apprentice tackle some interesting cases in this book. Some are more intriguing than others but they all move along quite well.


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

    Since the book is written from the perspective of the young woman who becomes Holmes apprentice, the narration captures that point of view quite well. Some of the voices (e.g. Holmes) are not as convincing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sherlock Holmes is back...with a young woman as his crime-solving partner!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was a good and involving story. The crimes Holmes and his new partner solve and the mysteries they unravel range from the mundane (the stolen hams) to the extraordinary (the final confrontation with they mysterious arch nemesis). Anyone who likes period mystery stories will enjoy this. If you don't enjoy hearing about the English class system of the Victorian era, you probably won't like this book. Definitely written from the perspective of the privileged upper-class with an extreme sense of entitlement.

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