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Dr. Strange Beard

Winston Brothers, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-seller. Wall Street Journal best-seller. USA Today best-seller.

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak!

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He'd also like to forget her entirely, but that's never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything - every look, every word, every single unrequited second - and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be....

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She'd also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that's a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She's more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor....

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be listened to as a stand-alone, and is the fifth audiobook in the USA Today best-selling Winston Brothers series.

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Too much Simone

I will preface this with an apology to Penny. I normally adore everything she puts out there but I could not connect with this one. I started reading the ebook until the audiobook became available. Now I'm left wondering if I would have enjoyed the story more if I had just read it. Chloe Miller's narration was AWFUL. She mispronounced words like hastily and tsunami. Did she even have a production editor? And don't even get me started on her so-called Tennessee accent. If Chris Brinkley had more narration time it would have been more enjoyable, in my opinion. His narration is always excellent.

I was intrigued the the Darrel storyline but I was also a little confused by the time jump. I feel like we missed so much, which I'm sure will be explained in the next few books. Or at least I hope so.

I can say without a doubt that I will not recommend the audio version of Dr. Strange Beard to my friends. I will certainly never listen to this audiobook again. I'll give the book a second try after I get over how disappointed I feel right now.

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  • Richard
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 11-30-18

Somewhat disappointed

Dr Strange Beard doesn’t live up to the previous Winston books or the knitting club books. The story is almost entirely about Simone. And her character wasn’t even well developed. Roscoe’s interest in animals and veterinary medicine were only mentioned in passing. I was hoping for more about Roscoe. There wasn’t much interaction with the other Winstons. The book felt like it was almost all Simone’s stream of consciousness. It’s not a bad book, just not as good as Ms Reid’s previous books.

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Can’t!

I can’t even finish this book! I’ve loved all the Winston brothers books, but this was a waste of money! All of Penny Reid’s books have been AWESOME... EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Simone & Roscoe

I adore this story. Chris Brinkley, as usual rocked the narration and Chloe Miller was superb as Simone.

The only hiccup, having read the print version first, was that because Roscoe does a lot of memory flashbacks, especially in the beginning, it is difficult to keep track of that on audio. In print, those scenes are italicized. Even though I’m very familiar with the story, I still found myself getting lost a time or two when Roscoe was “flashing back.” I honestly have no idea what could have made it less confusing, but I found it distracting at the beginning.

Overall, however, this is a fantastic story, well read, and highly recommend.

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Oh Roscoe

I have been waiting for this to come out in audio for a while patiently waiting.
I have always had a soft spot for Roscoe so I wanted his story so badly. Though I liked this book it wasn’t my favorite. Maybe I had too much many expectations? I don’t know.
I think Simone and Roscoe are totally meant for each other. I just wanted more story more connection something. It felt very one-sided for me.

I love Chris Brinkley’s narration, Chloe’s narration is ok it just felt like something was missing.
#lostlove #HEA #NeverForget #WinstonBrothers #Stand-Alone #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Poor Narration

I love Penny Reid, and this was great, but the narrator sucked! Her tone is off. She pronounced surreptitiously wrong and repeatedly pronounce hastily wrong.

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  • Judi
  • Vancouver
  • 03-22-19

Used to love this series. . .

I am not quite sure how writing can get worse over time but the last two books in this series just haven’t been great. The last one I couldn’t finish. This one I almost bailed on but pushed through. Chris Brinkley is an awesome narrator but Chloe Miller not so great. Not horrible but not good. I love these men which keeps me coming back. Not sure I will be able to listen to Billy’s story

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Good ole Winston boys

I love the Winston Bros series. Chris Brinkley is as always, fabulous in his portrayal of the men of this series. I had to give the performance four stars though because of the awkward way Chloe Miller chose to pronounce words like enchiladas, hastily, replete, progress, etc. I’ve never in my life heard anyone say the words the way she did and so it threw me off and had me trying to figure out what it was she said. But the depth of emotion she put into her performance, especially the later chapters when all of the anguish is coming out, helps to redeem the peculiar pronunciations.

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Fun, yet sad story.

The performance given was my least favorite of all of the Winston series books. The female voice, Chloe Miller, did not do a great job impersonating the main male character. Hated it. I wished they had used Chris Brinkley, the male’s voice, for any chapter he had any lines. Other than that, it was another great story with an interesting plot development and fun quirky characters. I loved the mystery development.

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Great book, audio could be better

I love this book and absolutely everything by Penny Reid. In audio, I also usually love her work because her narrators are typically superb. I wish I could say that for this audio version. While Chris Brinkley is perfect as usual, something about the other narrator really just rubs me the wrong way. Besides a few places where her audio skips or is choppy, she also mispronounced some words. Otherwise, I can't quite explain my feelings on her performance. It just seems off compared to others I've heard. To be fair though, I think she plays the other characters and the men amazingly well. I guess I just didn't like her portrayal of Simone.

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  • Book addict
  • 12-08-18

Not my favourite, but worth a listen

I love Penny Reid books but this wasn’t as good as her others. I was on track to give it 3 stars but it really improved by the end so it bumped up to 3.5/4 stars.

Simone wasn’t really likeable until the last quarter of the story. I’ve given it a lot of thought since finishing it to try and put my finger on what was wrong with the book. I think it was that the narrator, Chloe Miller, wasn’t a good match for the character. Don’t get me wrong, Chloe is a good narrator and I’d happily listen to more of her, but she had far too much emotion and soft squidgy centre coming through in her voice to convincingly portray a character who is supposed to be logical and makes decisions based on facts. Because of this, Simone comes across as a heartless b***h who doesn’t feel enough for the hero, instead of a clueless brainiac who takes a while to process emotions (which is what Penny was going for I’m sure). By the end you felt what she felt, but the start was all wrong. I usually love Penny’s brainiac emotionally out of touch characters, but it really didn’t work here.

There wasn’t much description on what the characters looked like (hair length/style for example) so I felt like my imagination was stunted. It could have been weaved in seamlessly if it linked to physical interactions between the characters. I don’t need much description, but more than “she’s black with smallish boobs” and wearing a scarf round her hair when she sleeps presumably means natural hair (I may be wrong), but length? Style? Anything? Facial features? And with him I only figured there was a beard because of the title and reference to it towards the end.

As a side note, as a white British female, I found the references to the realities of growing up as a black person in America incredibly sad but poignant, and well balanced with the plot to share a message through a different medium which might resonate with a wide audience in a way that stimulates more reflection, discussion, action and social change. Let’s hope it does anyway. Often the topic of racism comes up after police shootings and the news reports which rightfully shine a spotlight on what is still happening, but there is so much to be done to change culture from the ground up in daily life with shaping people and their views before it ever escalates. Books like this can contribute to this in subtle ways. I’m glad I’ve grown up in a community where guns aren’t around and racism is shunned and not a daily fact of life - not to say it doesn’t happen, and there is still stigma and assumptions made based on looks, but the picture this book painted made me feel outraged. How can you judge a person based on the colour of their skin?!?! To judge a person based on appearance/background/money/other trait is far more telling of the person doing the judging, than the person being judged. And the people who are there to serve and protect being like that? So despicably wrong. Some people are such small minded pricks.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 11-17-18

Sweet with a little suspense

Loved. Loved. Loved. My heart ached for Roscoe Winston and the love he had for Simone Payton, who I have to say, I did not like in the beginning. I thought she was hard faced and cruel, but, give it a few chapters and of course I warmed up to her. To be honest, she was clueless about life and love. Her job, she was brilliant at, a superb agent. Feelings, no clue. Roscoe however was completely in touch with his feelings, and his memories, he just wished he wasn’t. Struggling with a broken heart for so long takes its toll on a person. The Winston brothers, as ever, had me grinning to myself, I love these guys and it’s alway great checking in with them, I forgot how anal Cletus is. Roscoe though, just takes everything in his stride, apart from Simone that is. Daddy dearest also makes another appearance in this story and the Iron Order as I’ve grown to expect, stirs up some trouble. A wonderfully written story (as always from Ms Reid) with a number of unexpected twists and turns, sweet with a little suspense and wonderful characters. The audio version worked so well for me, Chris Brinkley and Chloe Miller were just as I imagined Roscoe and Simone to sound.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 11-16-18

Perfect ❤️💕❤️

I truly love the Winston family .. they amazing.. I’ve fallen for all of these characters .. they tell their stories so brilliant and funny and crazy .. they really are perfect .. thanks again for sharing these beautiful characters with us ..💕💋💕