Beekeeping for Beginners

Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling, award-winning author Laurie R. King’s tales featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell are among the most popular mysteries being published. Here, King explores the great detective’s initial meeting with Russell. Holmes is in a decidedly dark temper as he searches the countryside for wild bees, until he meets the headstrong young woman who will become his apprentice and eventual bride.

©2011 Laurie R. King (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Great short story

A great addition to "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." A good short story and good narration.

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Fabulous to have Holmes' Perspective

What fun to listen to this one now! Highly recommend. And now on to the next "big" one!

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Another outstanding twist to Sherlock Holmes

What did you love best about Beekeeping for Beginners?

This book begins by taking the meeting of Holmes and Russell from The Beekeepers Apprentice and tells it from Holmes' perspective, then goes on to events that cemented their relationship and why the Holmes we thought we knew would take this young protege under his wing.

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

The relationship is cleverly handled without being suspicious or unrealistic. The writing is clever and intelligent, and well-placed in locale and history.

Did Robert Ian Mackenzie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. I was very disappointed in his narration. I frequently felt his attitude did not match the intention of the story, his women's voices are terrible and all of his men sound alike and the mood static. I also have Laurie King's other Holmes/Russell books on Audible, and her narration is nearly perfect, her voices differentiate, even for each of the male characters. I wish they would stop using RIM for some Holmes narration and simply use Jenny Sterlin for everything.

Any additional comments?

I recommend any of the books in the series to anyone who is a Holmes fan and looking for a good, clever, imaginative work.

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Gaps explained

Loved having the back story from Holmes' perspective. One wonders if Holmes shared with Russell in later years.

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The Backstory

Another excellent piece of writing. If by chance you find this review before starting the series this should be read simultaneously with book 1

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Charming novella

If one has read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice this is a charming “mirror image” to the saga begun in that book and continued through the Mary Russell series.

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Great Addition to Russell/Holmes Series

I really loved the short story and to tell you the truth I wish it had got on. So many times when I'm reading the Mary Russell series I think what is Sherlock Holmes thinking. Maybe it's because I've listened for so many years to the series, but I found this narrator lacking. I was glad it was a short story because I don't think I could have made it through with his take on Sherlock Holmes for a whole novel. I found him way to matter of fact and American. And I especially found the women's voices lacking. But the story itself well become a favorite of mine for sure

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enjoyable

wonderful to hear another side to the same story. engaging and curious. what a twist!

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If you are looking for a beginner book for beekeeping, this isn’t it. This book is Sherlock Holmes story. Unfortunately I didn’t read the details about the book before downloading and only went by the title.

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Short and Sweet, from Holmes’ Perspective

I enjoyed hearing Holmes point of view for a change, and hope there will be more like them. I enjoy the whole series.

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  • 05-29-12

A good 'short'.

The other side of the story told in 'Beekeepers Aprentice'. I found Macenzie's voice deper than I 'hear' myself from both LR King's and Doyle's description which blunted my enthusiasm lightly but it is well read and fills in details hinted at in the 1st book beutifully.