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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

A Moving Testament to the Human Spirit
Written by: Christy Lefteri
Narrated by: Art Malik
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

In the midst of war, he found love.   

In the midst of darkness, he found courage.

In the midst of tragedy, he found hope.

Nuri is a beekeeper, his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.    

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.

©2019 Christy Lefteri (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Critic Reviews

"This is a novel of international significance. Courageous, provocative, haunting, it will open our eyes." (Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz)

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Beautiful, sensitive story

Written sensitively, in parts repetitive but the story is beautiful. Subtle but powerful. Excellent narration.

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  • Tracey
  • 25-05-19

Moving, Realistic, Touching...

Moving from the first page. Knowing that it was based on people's real experiences was eye-opening and made every step of this epic journey so realistic with great attention to detail told sympathetically. I have had huge sympathy for these people and all people who have ever had to flee their homeland because of a war they never wanted. The Beekeeper of Aleppo, however, has touched my heart with a great sadness for those who will never be free.
The performance was well suited to the story. Overall five stars for an excellent story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-19

Superb!

A superb read. Heartwrenching human suffering that is current and true. Wonderfully descriptive. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-19

beekeeper of Aleppo

such an incredible insight into the lives of people. beautifully written, and sensitivity read. Thankyou

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  • MELBOURNE, Derby
  • 17-06-19

Must Listen to This!!!!!!

Loved it. Follows a journey I could never dream of taking but too many have and too many have suffered the consequences of the distance between their country and their country of refuge.

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  • elly crook
  • 17-06-19

can't listen to this!

Sorry, the guys voice is so depressing even when nothing depressing is happening, i just cant listen to it- i'm sad to waste a credit :(

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  • K. Chard
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  • 16-06-19

I'm new here

I look forwards to hearing more books. I'm new so don't have anything to compare with. I enjoyed listening to this reader. The story is harrowing.

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  • Mrs. M. V. Scott
  • 15-06-19

Astounding

Astounding how it brings the horrendous journey of the Syrian family near to my heart as well as the bees.
Very moving story that connects me from human to human beautifully read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-19

I'm glad I read this book

A modern account of war and the inevitable casualties. This is a story of people thrust from their ordinary everyday into the nightmare scenario of the fleeing refugee because of a war tearing up their country where to stay could cost you your life. This story opens up the reader to the plight of two Syrians and I for one appreciated her often moving and gentle narrative about a crisis few of us know much about. It is a thought provoking, heart felt and informative read as she carries you with them from Syria to Athens and eventually the UK.

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  • Z
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  • 14-06-19

Lacks a heartbeat

By description, I thought I'd love this book, however, I found myself uninterested and bored. I'm not sure if it was the story structure jumping back and forth, past to present, the narrator speaks slowly and deliberately, his accents were good, but the tempo just too slow for me. Maybe it was extensive detail in the wrong places, or the lack of detail in others, I'm really not sure, but for me, despite all the trauma, it lacked depth and ultimately a heartbeat. Disappointed and don't recommend.

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  • Ktw
  • 13-06-19

A thought prevailing, emotive and powerful read

Thank you for such an important book. A devastating but beautiful story highlighting a burning issue. Brilliant.