Miss Benson's Beetle: A Novel

Written by:
Rachel Joyce
Narrated by:
Juliet Stevenson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2020
12 hours 4 minutes
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A beautifully written, extraordinary quest in which two ordinary, overlooked women embark on an unlikely scientific expedition to the South Seas.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting, irresistible novel about two women on a life-changing adventure, where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves—together.

She’s going too far to go it alone.
It is 1950. London is still reeling from World War II, and Margery Benson, a schoolteacher and spinster, is trying to get through life, surviving on scraps. One day, she reaches her breaking point, abandoning her job and small existence to set out on an expedition to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession: an insect that may or may not exist—the golden beetle of New Caledonia. When she advertises for an assistant to accompany her, the woman she ends up with is the last person she had in mind. Fun-loving Enid Pretty in her tight-fitting pink suit and pom-pom sandals seems to attract trouble wherever she goes. But together these two British women find themselves drawn into a cross-ocean adventure that exceeds all expectations and delivers something neither of them expected to find: the transformative power of friendship.

Praise for Miss Benson’s Beetle

“A hilarious jaunt into the wilderness of women’s friendship and the triumph of outrageous dreams.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Loved the characters brought to life by the narrartor!

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This book was amazing! I am now a Rachel Joyce fan.

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Trent J.

Excellent … about overcoming the impossible… about true friendship … about following your dreams no matter what

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Loved it from the first letter to the last. A story that shows how friendships develop and how strong can they become. Keep your hankie near

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Gina M.

Amazing narration and extraordinary adventure. Unpredictable and beautiful. I laughed and cried. I didn't want it to end!

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Tracy Arbogast

Loved this book! The narration was excellent!!

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Loved the story! The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life in your mind.

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