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Dr. Strange Beard

Winston Brothers, Book 5
Written by: Penny Reid
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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New York Times best-seller. Wall Street Journal best-seller. USA Today best-seller.

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak!

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He'd also like to forget her entirely, but that's never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything - every look, every word, every single unrequited second - and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be....

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She'd also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that's a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She's more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor....

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be listened to as a stand-alone, and is the fifth audiobook in the USA Today best-selling Winston Brothers series.

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  • 2018-11-12

Oh Roscoe

I have been waiting for this to come out in audio for a while patiently waiting.
I have always had a soft spot for Roscoe so I wanted his story so badly. Though I liked this book it wasn’t my favorite. Maybe I had too much many expectations? I don’t know.
I think Simone and Roscoe are totally meant for each other. I just wanted more story more connection something. It felt very one-sided for me.

I love Chris Brinkley’s narration, Chloe’s narration is ok it just felt like something was missing.
#lostlove #HEA #NeverForget #WinstonBrothers #Stand-Alone #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • JKBrown
  • 2018-11-13

Too much Simone

I will preface this with an apology to Penny. I normally adore everything she puts out there but I could not connect with this one. I started reading the ebook until the audiobook became available. Now I'm left wondering if I would have enjoyed the story more if I had just read it. Chloe Miller's narration was AWFUL. She mispronounced words like hastily and tsunami. Did she even have a production editor? And don't even get me started on her so-called Tennessee accent. If Chris Brinkley had more narration time it would have been more enjoyable, in my opinion. His narration is always excellent.

I was intrigued the the Darrel storyline but I was also a little confused by the time jump. I feel like we missed so much, which I'm sure will be explained in the next few books. Or at least I hope so.

I can say without a doubt that I will not recommend the audio version of Dr. Strange Beard to my friends. I will certainly never listen to this audiobook again. I'll give the book a second try after I get over how disappointed I feel right now.

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  • Richard
  • 2018-11-30

Somewhat disappointed

Dr Strange Beard doesn’t live up to the previous Winston books or the knitting club books. The story is almost entirely about Simone. And her character wasn’t even well developed. Roscoe’s interest in animals and veterinary medicine were only mentioned in passing. I was hoping for more about Roscoe. There wasn’t much interaction with the other Winstons. The book felt like it was almost all Simone’s stream of consciousness. It’s not a bad book, just not as good as Ms Reid’s previous books.

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  • 2018-11-14

Simone & Roscoe

I adore this story. Chris Brinkley, as usual rocked the narration and Chloe Miller was superb as Simone.

The only hiccup, having read the print version first, was that because Roscoe does a lot of memory flashbacks, especially in the beginning, it is difficult to keep track of that on audio. In print, those scenes are italicized. Even though I’m very familiar with the story, I still found myself getting lost a time or two when Roscoe was “flashing back.” I honestly have no idea what could have made it less confusing, but I found it distracting at the beginning.

Overall, however, this is a fantastic story, well read, and highly recommend.

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  • Mazzoccs
  • 2018-11-11

Poor Narration

I love Penny Reid, and this was great, but the narrator sucked! Her tone is off. She pronounced surreptitiously wrong and repeatedly pronounce hastily wrong.

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  • Emilie K. Mcdonald
  • 2019-02-14

Good ole Winston boys

I love the Winston Bros series. Chris Brinkley is as always, fabulous in his portrayal of the men of this series. I had to give the performance four stars though because of the awkward way Chloe Miller chose to pronounce words like enchiladas, hastily, replete, progress, etc. I’ve never in my life heard anyone say the words the way she did and so it threw me off and had me trying to figure out what it was she said. But the depth of emotion she put into her performance, especially the later chapters when all of the anguish is coming out, helps to redeem the peculiar pronunciations.

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  • Jsp
  • 2019-01-21

Fun, yet sad story.

The performance given was my least favorite of all of the Winston series books. The female voice, Chloe Miller, did not do a great job impersonating the main male character. Hated it. I wished they had used Chris Brinkley, the male’s voice, for any chapter he had any lines. Other than that, it was another great story with an interesting plot development and fun quirky characters. I loved the mystery development.

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  • s_chan
  • 2019-01-13

Great book, audio could be better

I love this book and absolutely everything by Penny Reid. In audio, I also usually love her work because her narrators are typically superb. I wish I could say that for this audio version. While Chris Brinkley is perfect as usual, something about the other narrator really just rubs me the wrong way. Besides a few places where her audio skips or is choppy, she also mispronounced some words. Otherwise, I can't quite explain my feelings on her performance. It just seems off compared to others I've heard. To be fair though, I think she plays the other characters and the men amazingly well. I guess I just didn't like her portrayal of Simone.

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  • Amy K.
  • 2019-01-11

Does someone need a doctor!

Oh Roscoe how you’ve grown up! Being the youngest sibling in the family I loved this. The history, the family, the excitement and most importantly the strained relationships due to things that were misunderstandings. This book is amazing and now every time I take my dog to the vet I hope to find a handsome man covered in puppies lying on the floor.

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  • Leah Nebergall
  • 2019-01-03

Read the book instead

I love this series and was looking forward to the release of Roscoe's story. Overall I enjoyed the story but wished that it would have focused more on Roscoe and less on Simone. Chris Brinkley was excellent as always but Chloe Miller was annoying at best. Her tone was all wrong throughout the entire book. I have listened to the other books in this series several times but will probably retire this one.