Beekeeping for Beginners

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5 out of 5 stars
By Phalene on 05-28-12

Great short story

A great addition to "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." A good short story and good narration.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 07-13-16

Fabulous to have Holmes' Perspective

What fun to listen to this one now! Highly recommend. And now on to the next "big" one!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cecilia on 06-27-17

Gaps explained

Loved having the back story from Holmes' perspective. One wonders if Holmes shared with Russell in later years.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By WWM on 09-17-14

Another outstanding twist to Sherlock Holmes

What did you love best about Beekeeping for Beginners?

This book begins by taking the meeting of Holmes and Russell from The Beekeepers Apprentice and tells it from Holmes' perspective, then goes on to events that cemented their relationship and why the Holmes we thought we knew would take this young protege under his wing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The relationship is cleverly handled without being suspicious or unrealistic. The writing is clever and intelligent, and well-placed in locale and history.

Did Robert Ian Mackenzie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. I was very disappointed in his narration. I frequently felt his attitude did not match the intention of the story, his women's voices are terrible and all of his men sound alike and the mood static. I also have Laurie King's other Holmes/Russell books on Audible, and her narration is nearly perfect, her voices differentiate, even for each of the male characters. I wish they would stop using RIM for some Holmes narration and simply use Jenny Sterlin for everything.

Any additional comments?

I recommend any of the books in the series to anyone who is a Holmes fan and looking for a good, clever, imaginative work.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By laura sunday on 04-29-18


wonderful to hear another side to the same story. engaging and curious. what a twist!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Robert Richardson on 03-16-18

Not happy

If you are looking for a beginner book for beekeeping, this isn’t it. This book is Sherlock Holmes story. Unfortunately I didn’t read the details about the book before downloading and only went by the title.

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