Dr. Strange Beard

Winston Brothers, Book 5
Series: Winston Brothers, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (667 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.

©2018 Cipher-Naught (P)2018 Cipher-Naught

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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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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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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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Disappointing

I love this series but this book was disappointing. I really did not like Simone or the voice for her. She made everyone sound super pitiful, especially Roscoe. There was nothing endearing about Simone's character and no chemistry between them. You never really figure out why Roscoe is so in love with her. She just seemed annoying to me. I will say I have loved all of the other books and characters and especially the male narrator!

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disapointed

I am a Reid fan but the heroine's character development was not compelling. She started out witty but unlikable, by turns thoughtless and self absorbed, moved on to a little cruel and demanding, and finished up with more self absorption. I had serious doubts about her maturity level for her profession. The hero felt complex and his growth had me, as well as the awesome supporting cast. The narration was true to the characters and made this book tolerable for me. Please don't set these spoiled girls take up too much room in such a great series.

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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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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!

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Not the best in this series

I’m a big fan of P. Reid but this long awaited story of Roscoe was anticlimactic. The chemistry between the two main character never melded together for me. The story is quite predictable. I kept hoping for a twist or something to make it interesting, but it ended just like I predicted within the first 3 chapters. Oh well. Can’t win them all. I’d still but P.R’s. books.

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The female narrator took me out of the story

I'm not sure if I like this book, I love Penny Reid's books typically but this I don't know because I found this hard to listen to, specifically the female narrator.

She has a sing song cadence that would cause sentences to trail up or down, and each sentence was said with weight and imparted with important emphasis. I felt like she consistently tried to impart vocal jazz hands or a joke with every sentence, not giving me as the listener time to settle into the story.

I had to stop the audiobook several times because I found it distracting. And lastly, I really didn't like her voice for Roscoe. It was soft spoken and coaxing, it kinda reminded me of sleazy guys at a club you try to avoid.

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Nope just Nope

I can not even begin to convey my utter disappointment with this book. At one point Simone casually mentions Banana cake queen’s mom killed her father and is now on the lamb I mean what the what. That’s just one instance of random info drop with absolutely no purpose to the information. Honestly don’t think I even want to hear Billy’s story if it is going to be this same absurd hot mess. Ugh and don’t even get me started on the female narrator.

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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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  • Clare Doran
  • 05-25-20

Such a great series

This took me on a ride. Especially after reading Billy and Claire's book before this. My eyes bugged out several times. Especially since I wasnt expecting the time jumps and all the inside info. I was all in with this and after just rereading the entire series I already want to do it again.

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  • Susan
  • 08-29-19

Not the best in the series

I don’t like giving negative reviews to an author who has given me so much enjoyment, but this book was a bit of a disappointment.

Roscoe had “ghosted” his best friend Simone, ten years previously, and now she was back in town working undercover for the FBI. Even now, having finished the book, I still feel I don’t really know Simone, or understand her. She was a confused mishmash of past book characters with frequent random and long-winded internal musings that did nothing to explain what had made her the person she was. Roscoe also spent a lot of time inside his own head, but his unique ability to recall detailed memories often made audio listening incomprehensible, as he flicked between present and past events.

This couple had zero chemistry: Roscoe was so hung up on Simone he was still a virgin, 10 years after they split up. This complete inability to “move on” did not add to his appeal. During this time Simone happily indulged in multiple “hook ups” because for some completely illogical reason she didn’t want a “relationship”. I did not find her particularly likeable, and was especially wierded out by the distasteful way she contemplated how best to “instruct” Roscoe in various sexual positions to ensure that he never failed to satisfy her.

There was a subplot about racism in the South which I thought was really good, and very enlightening. It has received some criticism but I feel that it really attempts to delve into the way that racism can have such an insidious effect on the decisions that someone makes. Unfortunately the FBI murder plotline was really weak and never really felt authentic

What I really missed in this book was Penny Reid’s wonderful sense of humour and her ability to bring real emotion to her characters. The last couple of books in this series have not been as good as the earlier ones and I suspect it must be difficult for an author such as Ms Reid to keep on bringing us the character “quirks” that make her books so unique (and often so brilliant), without repetition. She will always be a “must buy” for me, and I do think her books are so much better on audio, but I did not enjoy this one. I guess it must be difficult to be brilliant all the time!

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  • Ola
  • 05-07-19

Chloe is doing amazing job

Nice story. Chloe Miller is an asset to the story doing an excellent job narrating. The way she does different voices allows to dive into the story and forget that it is narrated.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-04-19

DSB

The Winston Brothers march on, this time with Roscoe at the helm.
He was always there in the background, the youngest in the family, a teenager in his elder brothers' stories. But now there has been a six year jump in time, and yes Roscoe has grown up into a fine (that's fiiiiiiiiiiiiine) young man.
His carefully constructed life crashes to a halt when his former best friend Simone shows up in their home town.
We also get a sneak peek into what has been happening in brother Billy's life during the last six years, and a set up into how that will continue.

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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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  • Kelly
  • 09-15-19

amazing audiobook series

Well, I've finished my Winston Brothers series reread in preparation for Beard With Me, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of the audiobooks in the series. (I wonder how long until the Beard With Me audiobook releases?.........in the meantime, my pre-order of the Beard With Me ebook downloads tomorrow, *happy dance*)

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  • Sam
  • 05-29-19

Just didn’t enjoy this one as much!

I usually enjoy the Winston brothers but this story was just SO boring!!! I found that Simone and Roscoe’s romance was just meh! For me, there were just zero sparks between them. Also, Simone was annoying with her “I can’t love you like that” excuses, and then doing a complete 180 about her feelings for Roscoe. The only thing I enjoyed about this book was the banter between the Winston brothers. Looking forward to Billy’s book though!

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 11-16-18

LOVE IT .. SO LOVE IT ..💕💕💕

i truly love the Winston family .. i really can't live with out them .. they are all AMAZING..i can't wait for more .. they are all perfect . thanks again for sharing these incredible character with us .. BLOOOOOODY PERFECT ...💕💋💕💋💕