When Lindy, a recently widowed American expat, buys a large manor house in the Cotswolds, she thinks it's the fresh start she and her wayward daughter Izzy need. Stagcote Manor is a large, rambling house with a rich history and Lindy is thrilled at the prospect of their new life there.
Izzy, however, is less convinced. She longs to be back in the hustle and bustle of London. There's something unnerving about the house that she can't quite put her finger on. And as Izzy begins to immerse herself in Stagcote life, she comes to realise the locals have a lot of bizarre superstitions, many of them related to the manor.
When Izzy begins to investigate the history of the manor her unease soon darkens to fear as the house's dark past finally comes to light.
Would you try another book written by R.S. Pateman or narrated by Penelope Rawlins?
What could R.S. Pateman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Ummmmm, I am afraid it just got sillier and sillier. I would have preferred more focus on the land and the folk lore… More Alan Garner less hammer horror? Also the perspective from which it was written was infuriating.
What character would you cut from The Prophecy of Bees?
The protagonist I am afraid
Any additional comments?
For some reason in my head I had decided it was going to be an interesting mix of The Owl Service and The Wasp Factory, sadly, this was not the case.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
tried twice, finished the second time and wasn't worth it . main character annoying and sillu story about witch craft.
Where does The Prophecy of Bees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It wasn't the best piece of literature I have ever read - but equally, not the worst either! I wasn't expecting much as the other reviews were quite disparaging about this book, but I have listened to Mr Pateman's first book, so i decided to find out for myself. Glad I did. Personally, I think they area little harsh... Its a nice little story, that isn't unpredictable, but isn't bad either! It's a little rushed in places and some things could have dpne with a little more explanation, but it was good!
What about Penelope Rawlins’s performance did you like?
Some of her accents were a little "testing" at times, but overall, not too bad. Some other reviews were very unfair on her I feel.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I think so. Ilistened to it over the course of 1 day.
Any additional comments?
Give it a go! If you enjoyed his first book, what do you have to lose? You can always get a refund if you hate it!! Try it. You never know, you may enjoy it too!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
I think that you need a light hand when writing a book of this sort, but this writer used a hammer and mallet instead. Hardly a literary device was left out: black dogs, hidden skeletons, ancient books written in code, stone circles, midsummer nights, wraiths .... the list goes on and on. I felt no sympathy with any of the characters. In the end the only one I felt sorry for was the dog. The ending was also unsatisfactory. I know it's perhaps old fashioned but I do like some sort of change or resolution.
The reader was good. I don't think I would have made it to the end without her performance.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful