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  • To Bee

  • A Budding Beekeeper’s Book: Beginner to Beekeeping? Discover How to Start Your First Hive in Your Own Backyard. Harvest Your Own Honey and Have Fun Doing It!
  • By: Bob Jakes
  • Narrated by: Jack Russell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Summary

The main secret of the success of skilled beekeepers is having the proper book of knowledge.

It is the knowledge that helps to create large apiaries, get good yields of bee products, and increase profits. Ignorance only spoils and destroys everything.

In To Bee: A Budding Beekeeper’s Book, you will learn about:

  • the nature and biology of the bee colony;
  • the art of its progressive growth;
  • food supply and pollination of plants;
  • methods of breeding work in the apiary;
  • the use of natural resources for the production of bee products.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced beekeeper, To Bee: A Budding Beekeeper’s Book has prepared the right materials for everyone.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Bob Jakes (P)2021 Bob Jakes

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Very informative!

Are you interested in how beekeepers do it? Does becoming a beekeeper interest you?

If the answer is yes to either of those questions then this is the book for you!

This book covered so much, but it wasn't overwhelming. It started at the beginning - bees and moved on in a make-sense order. To Bee: A Budding Beekeeper's Book' covers everything you need to know to kick off your hobby and keep it buzzing!

I loved that the author provided a PDF for me to read later or to follow along as I listened. I personally followed along. It helped the information absorb more. It also included some images that made it simpler for me to understand what he was referring to. I kind of needed that as I knew zero about beekeeping until I listened to this book. The PDF was formatted excellently. Sections were titled and points we numbered making it a great tool for referencing back to later.

Chapter 10: Frequently asked questions, was a great chapter. Personally, I felt it should have been placed at the beginning of the book. I don't feel it was wrong to have it where it is, I just feel that at the beginning would be ideal for an easy-to-find and refer to later. Or even at the very end. Just my thoughts.

I loved that he even added recipes in this book. I would have liked images for each recipe. Again, just my preference. I won't make a recipe if I don't see the image first. That said, it was a great bonus.

The narrator: I liked his tone and the pace that he read. He didn't race through it, and he didn't read at a snail's crawl either. I liked that he didn't sound like he was reading except a few times where mid-sentence he took a pause and I heard the click of his mouse as he changed the page I assume. There was one chapter he stumbled a number of times. He didn't drop words or anything like that. I could just hear the struggle he had getting the words out. I am not sure that made sense. That said, I can't recall what chapter it was as I was busy taking in the information. The point to pointing this out is that I was getting so much out of this book that it didn't distract me from it. To me, this book was a course and he made it sound like one. I loved it.

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  • mr j c newman
  • 04-12-21

Fantastic work but better off reading

In an age where so many people are growing their own vegetables, seeking ways to be self sufficient and where the need to save Mother Earth is more crucial than ever, Jakes introduces the art of beekeeping.

There are so many benefits to running an apiary, to yourself, your wallet, humanity and mother nature, and they're all explained here. If it's a hobby you wish to pursue or have often though about it, this book is for you. There is so much involvement and Jakes explains it all deeply, it would definitely keep you out of mischief.

I would suggest you read a paperback or kindle copy rather than listen to an audio copy because one of the chapters talks about recipes involving honey and you'd be better off following written instructions when it comes to cooking. Otherwise this is a fascinating and educational listen. I learnt from Jakes that there are roughly 20,000 known bee species.

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  • S0cializm is Ev1l
  • 18-11-21

Good introduction, realistic information

Was provided a copy of this audiobook to listen and review. Just finishing an intensive university extension class on beekeeping, and wondered just how anyone could cover this complex topic in a short audiobook. The short answer is, you can't, but it does provide a lot of information and food for thought for those thinking about getting into it. Without being overly daunting and turning folks off, I think it gives a necessary reality check on what needs to be considered before venturing forth. It does not replace a mentor or further research and learning to keep a healthy hive. One complaint; why the reference to hives as "families?" That's a first for me. Good job overall, tho.