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The Colonel and the Bee: A Globe-Trotting Adventure

Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-size hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Summer 2018 - Best Adventure

Beatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world of the halcyon 19th century, a time when the last dark corners of the map were being sketched out and travel still possessed a kind of magic.

One night in Switzerland, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix's show. This larger-than-life English gentleman, reputed to have a voracious appetite for female conquests, is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon called The Ox.

Beatrix flees that night to join the colonel, and the two of them make a narrow escape - Beatrix from her abusive ringleader, the colonel from a freshly made cuckold. Beatrix, feeling the colonel may have the answers to her problems, pledges to help him catch the criminal he seeks in exchange for passage on his magnificent balloon.

The criminal seeks a precious figurine, The Blue Star Sphinx, but he's not alone. The sphinx's immense value has also drawn the attention of the world's most deadly treasure hunters. A murder in Antwerp begins a path of mystery that leads all the way to the most isolated island on Earth.

What dangers await the colonel and the acrobat?

Evolved Publishing presents a globe-trotting adventure in the tradition of such greats as Around the World in 80 Days.

©2018 Evolved Publishing LLC (P)2018 Evolved Publishing LLC

Critic Reviews

"Described by the author as Around the World in 80 Days meets The Wizard of Oz, The Colonel and The Bee is a story, I would deem, worth being remembered as a classic.... Their adventures are filled with mystery, riddles, humor, surprising twists, and a stupendous amount of quotes that put my Kindle highlighter to use! ...for my fellow coffee lovers, this quote: 'Why Bee! Tea is for the indecisive, hard pressed to take a position on which way to comb their hair in the morning. A more apathetic beverage is hard to come across. Coffee begs you to take it somewhere new. A welcome traveling partner, an astute mind sharpener, and a trustworthy enema you can set your watch to!'" (Literature Approved

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  • ontario canada
  • 02-25-19

Great story

A great Adventure story
Well written with great characters And setting this audiobook was a lot of fun with a satisfying Ending hopefully The colonel and the bee Show up in a future novel
I also recommend Patrick’s other unrelated Audiobook cryptofauna
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Wonderfully Entertaining Adventure

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Beatrice [Bee] has run away to the circus and become an acrobat. However, the owner of the circus is a tryant. One night, Bee meets the Colonel at a party where she is providing the entertainment and he provides the opportunity for her to escape. She then joins the Colonel on his adventures traveling in a 4-story hot air balloon called "The Ox."

I loved this story - there is a mystery, a treasure hunt, quirky and enjoyable characters, a travelogue, and well-written prose. I think this would be suitable as a family story [although there is a bit of violence - but nothing graphic]. This story kept me captivated from beginning to end. I do hope the author is working on the next adventure for the Colonel and Bee.

The narrator did a great job and was a compliment to the written word.

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Fun Adventure for an Older Reader

I have to agree with the other reviewer that said this was over written... I have an immense vocabulary but I do agree that more simplicity would have gone a long way. It's was a very entertaining story but due to the way it was written it is a book that you need to devote more attention to. This is not a book that I could multitask with while you are listening to it. I had to go back several times and re-listen to whole sections because I listen while I work on projects, and this was one I really couldn't do that with. Overall I like the story and plot, but would put it as a high school and up level read due to the wordiness. The narrator does a great job and was fun to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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best book of 2019

Loved this book! I really want to read a sequel! The ensemble of characters worked so well together. The layers of story wove a beautiful tapestry.

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good adventure and narrator, but overwritten

I liked the adventure aspect of this novel, but in the end it wasn't for me. I'm not generally a fan of steampunk novels (though I love novels about circuses and escapes to and from them). I just saw a review as I was coming to post this that this is a "cross between around the world in 180 days and the Wizard of Oz" which seems both accurate and a good predictor of why I just felt so 'meh' about this book.

The characters were over the top caricatures, and the Colonel rubbed me the wrong way from the first.

I would have given it 3 stars for the adventure, but subtracted one because it was *extremely* overwritten and it was clear the author was far too dependent on his thesaurus.

Example: "I refrained from interrupting, as I observed his disposition traverse from jest to solemnity"

Thats... not how you use traverse? Having to reread every other sentence in order to figure out what the heck the author is trying to say is annoying, especially in an audiobook. Simplicity is often best.

also around the same time the Colonel became "exasperated with pleasure" which just... doesn't mean what the author seems to think it does.

Takeaway: good adventure, could tone down the characters a bit and make them less caricatures, and could really use an edit for clarity to remove some of the worst thesaurus-ed words

Mil Nicholson's audiobook performance was very good, and she did the best she could with the story but ultimately could only improve on it so much

*I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this review

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  • 02-27-19

Heartwarming adventure

Loved this coming of age story about a feisty young girl searching for a place to belong. Told with warmth and honesty. Truly enjoyed it