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The Wonders of Beekeeping

National Trust Beekeeping
Narrated by: Alex Norton
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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In this wonderful audiobook narrated by Alex Norton comes inspiration and practical advice for would-be smallholders. Full of curiosities and sensible advice to get you started. The joy of keeping bees is that they never fail to surprise you.

©2012 Spoken Ink (P)2012 Spoken Ink

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A great starting point for a newbie!

Excellent info for the aspiring beekeeper!
Very little fluff; full of high quality information.
Recommended highly.
A great narrator too 😎

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informative, well read book.

What did you like most about The Wonders of Beekeeping?

Nothing in particular, just wanted to learn a little about what it's all about and what it entails.

What other book might you compare The Wonders of Beekeeping to, and why?

I can't compare it to any other.

What does Alex Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing, but I don't know if this book is available in braille so maybe can't read anyway.

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

no but I don't think it was meant to evoke emotions.

Any additional comments?

Even though I'm not going to keep bees, I still found this book interesting as I like learning about new things. I wonder what was missing from the unabridged book and why it was edited.

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  • midevilone
  • 18-04-15

A good fact filled overview

A good fact filled overview, a quick listen. If you want a book that gets to the point then this is for you.

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  • Mark Lilly
  • 24-02-16

Good book for the beginner

I enjoyed this beginner bee book, (have listened to it a dozen times) the only drawbacks are that it is British and some info isn't easily absorbed by this American. For instance, temperatures are reported in Celsius, seasons I'm not sure if they correspond to my location. And he uses British national hives instead of the Langstroth that most Americans use. Well worth the $ for the info

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  • William
  • 13-03-19

Fantastic Info That Is Worthy Of Repeat Reads

I have owned this book since 2014 and I listen to it every year before the beekeeping season starts. Alex Norton's Scottish brogue has become the theme music of my beekeeping journey.

The book is fairly short, as are most audio beekeeping books, but it is filled with useful information. The best of this information is the section on hive splits.

If you are a new beekeeper, then I strongly suggest you give this book a listen. If you are a seasoned beekeeper, then I still suggest the book - sure it won't provide you with new information but you just might be reminded of some basics you have forgotten.

If for no other reason, I recommend this book for Alex Norton's voice. The way he says Mer-Der when talking about killing old queens, echoes in my head every time I have to do the deed.

Just a wonderful book... I think I'll give it a listen before I make my Spring splits next week.

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  • justin reid jordan
  • 10-06-16

spot on

Absolutely loved this book. not only was it structured well, it was "not" full of fluff, yet still managed to covered in greater detail than any other book on beekeeping, and as for the narrator (Alex Norton), I wish he narrated more.