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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
    Mike T. 04-21-14 Member Since 2017
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-30-15
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I never cared about the villain or clues"

    A feminist reboot of Sherlock Holmes with a young female partner who demands — and deserves — to be treated as the detective’s equal. I love the premise and look forward to the second in the series, which is supposed to ramp up the feminism angle, but this one was just OK. It was too much like a superhero story where our heroes face their most formidable foe yet, but I never really felt they were in danger and I didn’t care about the villain. It was just a bunch of running around in disguise and getting stumped by clues intentionally left by the villain to see how smart they are. We know they’re smart so wouldn’t it be better not to leave clues? Bechdel test: pass. Grade: B.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Salem, OR, United States 01-04-15
    Beth Salem, OR, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2010

    Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.

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    "Great series."

    Nice series of stories tied together into the book. It comes across as a book, but also as distinct stories within the book. Charming story to imagine.

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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 02-25-14
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a perfectly good listen when all pistons were firing, but it definitely got bogged down at times. The character of Mary was fun and interesting and the author did a good job of capturing the Holmes we all know and love. But my mind wandered during the times when the story got sidetracked and away from the cases. The Palestine trip read like a Zionist travelogue and it felt really jarring in the midst of a mystery novel; like the author was attempting to bring true depth to a not particularly deep book. And just to make it clear, I would have felt the same way had she gone to Rome and waxed poetic for quite a long time about Catholicism while quoting scripture. It just seemed out of place.

    That said, it was an enjoyable listen although I probably won't seek out any more of the series.

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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 01-14-14
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Outstanding"
    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

    Yes! The book is well written and a great narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen to and why?

    :Lock Doors" with the same Mary Russel


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

    She has a great voice and sharp British articulation. Jenny can change voices for different people.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No cry or Laugh but just great story line starting from the beginning when Mary bet Holmes


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 02-14-14
    John S MA 02-14-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "The Retired Sherlock Holmes"

    At the price of $4.95 I thought I would try this book. It's actually quite good. Sherlock Holmes now retired to the countryside. He can't give up on crime solving so takes on a new assistant, Mary, a young woman. Dr. Watson is living in London. The story is told from her viewpoint. The stories themselves are not that exciting, but the female narration is quite excellent. The book would appeal to women and teens who have never experienced Sherlock Holmes before. For the price you can't go wrong with this one. I see that it is a series, but I am not sure I would go must past first book. However, other listeners may get hooked and may want to continue on.

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    Jacqueline WHITE PLAINS, NY, United States 08-23-15
    Jacqueline WHITE PLAINS, NY, United States 08-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "18 year old gilr as good as Mr. Holmes"
    What would have made The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen better?

    a more REAL character.


    What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

    She talks about learning but all we hear is how good she already is and all the BLAH BLAH BLAH all about me me me and how good I am blah blah blah....


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

    very very dry (but she didn't have much to work with)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Hate to be all negative so I will end on this positive note, I am glad I got it on sale.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-16-14
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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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    Brittany 07-25-17
    Brittany 07-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad narration"

    The story itself was fine, although it did take a bit to get going. I have never been a Sherlock Holmes reader, but the story dinner or cry or any previous knowledge.

    My massive complaint about this book is the narration: although they did get a British narrator, there were several points in the audiobook in which I could overhear other people talking, and the narrator had an unfortunate habit of popping her tongue or teeth or something, making a juicy, disgusting sound.

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    Leyla 07-16-15
    Leyla 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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