Get Your Free Audiobook

After 30 days, Audible is ₹199/mo. Cancel anytime.

OR

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year - The British Book Awards 2020  

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)

What listeners say about The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    82
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A heartwarming story

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

"Home is where your heart is."

But what would happen when you have lost so much that your heart has been shred to million pieces? Will it be possible to mend that heart with love and trust? Can we still find ourselves home after that?

Noorie Abraham was a Beekeeper in Aleppo, Syria. He had led a simple yet beautiful life there with Afra, his wife who was an artist and their 8 year old son Samy, his cousin Mustafa and his family and their large bee colonies. Life was all good, until the civil war that destroyed everything. Afra sees something so terrible that she loses her eyesight after that. From there, their journey towards the unknown starts.

The life of a refugee us unexplainable. One moment you were in your own soil, where you understand the wind, the water and the air. You are in your safe haven. A simple peaceful life. The next moment you are a refugee fleeing from your own home. The home you have loved and that loved you all through your life. That separation itself hurts. Adding to it is the fear of the unknown. Where will you end up ? What would happen of you? And many such questions. As the author mentioned in one of the chapters-

"But how will we know that we have reached the International waters? "You will know because the water will become foreign. It will become unfamiliar."

Lines that beautifully show what the refugees go through.

The author who has worked in refugee camps, has interacted with the refugees had very well depicted their struggle in this book. It's not just the loss and fear of the unknown. It kills their hope, trust and love. The book beautifully depicts the journey of Noorie who in the beginning is hopeless, numb and dreams about murder to a Noorie who finally accepts the reality and hopes for a better future. 

The book also talks about love. The love between a husband and wife that stands strong amidst all the turmoils of life. Even in the catastrophe of their life, Noorie finds simple things-gifts that would uplift Afra's spirit. The love between two brothers who having gone through the same pain, supports and encourages each other to move forward in life. Their understanding at a profound level, and the way they help each other emotionally, being each other's rock, is overwhelming.

The way Afra and Noorie grow to support each other and have each other back is yet another beautiful layer. Afra having seen a terrible loss, becomes blind. It's not just a physical deformity. It symbolises how she have closed her eyes towards everything. She has shut herself from the world that's ruined. She has closed her eyes to life, hope and love. Yet, her love for Noorie is still there. Noorie and his love is her only hope. Afra doesn't speak much or her thoughts are not voiced. But the simple things she does speaks volumes. 

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a heartwarming story of Noorie and Afra. As the author herself says, bees represent vulnerability, life and hope. Like a wingless bee, Noorie struggles away from his bee-hive, his safe haven, away from other bees. Still, he fights and finds his footing in a new soil keeping his hope high.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

An insight into the life of refugees

People effected by wars have stories scared in their hearts. This book is their mirror!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Story of Loss and Hope

Loved the story so much. Narrator too did a fantastic job. Will search and read the other works of the author

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Deeply moving story, brilliantly narrated

Kept reminding me of the disturbing image of the Syrian boy's body washed up on a Greek beach. To imagine the plight of the refugees is as painful as looking at that image or reading this book. Makes you wish for a world without wars!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Love, Loss & Hope ❤️

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a story of one's suffering and finding hope in that suffering. The writing is so crisp that travelled to Syria and beyond with Nuri and Afra. So is the narration by Art Malik, so much so that at times I even cried with the two of them. I haven't read a book in a while that moved me as much as this one did. Syria is a subject so close to my heart and I absolutely loved how the story ended in a better circumstance, with the hope of a spring and a vast free sky.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ar
  • 30-01-21

brillian!!

heart warming story of life and hope. a story very well told. and the narration was top-notch. definitely recommend giving it a listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Left Me Wanting More

I wasn't very sure about the narration in the beginning but it really grew on me. This book has left me intrigued, wanting to know more about the life of people in Syria. I just ordered My Country in order satiate my want.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Moving, beyond words

A book about hope, love, despair, unimaginable tragedy and the human urge to survive. It's hard to step into another person's shoes and to really feel the tragedies that that person has gone through, but this book does just that. To me it felt like I was there, experiencing everything first hand. This is a book I feel everyone should read (or listen to), just to realize what are the things that make us human. And I simply loved the narration. I could close my eyes and see Noori and Afra in front of me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A story from the heart

Heavy with symbolism but it doesn’t get in the way of the story telling. The narrator’s voice is perfect and he emotes so well as he reads. Love his pronunciation of “orange”!
The story itself is beautiful and poignant.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A heart warming story

A story that stays with you always. A neat potrayal of a life of a refugee couple torn away from their home.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • gerardine lynch
  • 18-02-20

Tears in the rain

As I walked in storm Denis I was not sure whether it was tears or rain falling down my face. Such horrors amid such beauty, I can never consider refugees in the same way again. Behind each lies a life lost and maybe a little hope.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-21

Excellent novel

What a moving, heart-wrenching story! Artfully interweaving the past and the present, it kept me enthralled the whole way through. The narrator read beautifully, bringing the characters and the story to life. I highly recommend this book; it will help you to appreciate the terrible experiences refugees face on their quest for a better life.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Belle
  • 25-07-19

Brilliant

One of the best books I’ve ever listened to, heartbreaking yet hopeful, Christy manages to capture horror in events without being graphic and shows how important kindness and love are, it was really interesting listening to her talk at the end about how the book came about. I thought Art’s reading was perfect as it seemed to evoke an almost deer in the headlights description of their journey without truly understanding what was happening from the protagonist when as I listener you can sense the crash about to happen.
It made me angry at the world for not having open boarders and allowing people to trade in others pain and devastation but didn’t leave me feeling bereft although I cried a lot whilst listening to it.

94 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Claris, Grays, Essex
  • 29-06-19

Wonderful!

If there was one book that the world needs to read it's this one.
This book was so moving I cried when it was finished. So absorbing. It gave an insight into the terrible world of refugees and how people become asylum seekers.
Art Malik's performance was brilliant. He became Yuri.

60 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emma
  • 13-08-19

Beautiful Book

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The story was sad but beautiful. The struggle to not only leave your home and country to fight for survival. To take what you can and hope and pray you make it to a better life. This book was a wonderful hope filled read. 100% recommended.

31 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M Golesworthy
  • 13-08-19

Five stars aren't enought

Best book I've resd/listen to in years. So beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad I think it will stay with me forever.

30 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Seklof
  • 12-08-19

Fabulous story, beautifully written

I loved this book from start to finish. Heart rendering and beautifully told. and read.

24 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hattie
  • 20-07-19

Weeping

This is a very special book and I think everyone should read it to gain an insight into the lives of those forced from homes and family in the deepest distress through no fault of their own. It is a beautifully written book, full of empathy and love and I’m tearful even as I write this. I think Art Malik was moved as he read it because I could hear it in his voice. Thank you Christy for revealing these beautiful people to us. Let us open every gate to show them kindness and grace.

23 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-19

Such a moving story!

Really brought home the plight of refugees, their incredible bravery amid great traumas.
A sensitive reading by Art Malik .

18 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Poppy S
  • 21-09-19

Profound & moving

Opened my eyes to the suffering of Syrian (& other) immigrants and changed my perception of them in this country

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

29 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Greenfly
  • 20-06-19

Wow, what a book!

Eye's open to the plight of exploited fleeing refugees, extremely haunting & a very dark journey in places. How lucky are we in the UK? As Nuri says"Why does everyone laugh when I say we want to go to England". Very topical & narrator Art Malik superb. Everyone should read this book!

25 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jo-Anne Page
  • 31-07-19

A Beautiful Story

The entire book was just amazing, so detailed, so very real, you feel every heartache and every joy.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • H. A. McLeod
  • 03-07-19

Heartfelt story

A wonderfull telling of the hardships refugees experience in their search for a peaceful existence. Poetic and illuminating. I particularly enjoyed Art Malik’s reading of the book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • sue
  • 23-07-20

Captivating!

This is a beautiful book and perfectly read by Art Malik. Christy Lefteri is explicit about the horrors that drive a person to flee their country and then life as a refugee without being gratuitous. Through out the book there is hope.
It is a stark reminder of what is happening in the world and at the same time a story of love and courage. It’s marvelous.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carrie
  • 21-05-20

A vivid portrayal of the devastation of war and the triumph of love and friendship

This could have been a novel that left you feeling quite hopeless and distressed about the plight of refugees and what they endure, but the characters are so complex, and some show such compassion and acts of kindness (in spite of their treatment) that its a truly uplifting novel. Nuri and Afra exist in a world that is so foreign yet the detail of their existence draws us into their mental and physical landscape they inhabit on their journey to freedom. It’s a sad and tender story about loss, love and belonging,and the author’s work as a volunteer in refugee camps means that she has honoured the refugees with a truly beautiful novel that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity for love.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Judith Paulin
  • 12-05-20

A wonderful story of grace and delicacy in the midst of war.

I loved Lefteri’s poetic writing style! She portrayed the main characters with love and sympathy and allowed the reader to care about them and to be immersed in their past, present and hopes for the future!!
Highly recommended!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Roberts
  • 04-05-21

A superior story with excellent narration by Art Malik

I loved this. The story is great and this is possibly the best voice for narration I’ve ever heard in an audiobook.

Highly recommended!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs
  • 28-04-21

Beautiful story, captivating narration

I loved every minute of this beautiful written book. And, the narration was perfect and evoked the story all the more. Highly recommend!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sanaz
  • 15-03-21

something about narrator voice

Good story and performance, would recommend listening. One issue though, the voice of the narrator is much older than the character would be in the story which makes it a bit confusing (and annoying if you care about details).

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emcebe
  • 29-10-20

Amazing Insight

A wonderful insight into the tragedy and displacement of peoples fleeing wars and the dangers they encounter in their journey toward hope . Beautifully narrated I really felt that I knew Noori and Afra and Mustafa , and could just as easily visualise all the other characters and people they encountered along the journey . Many with their own tragic stories , others who would prey on the vulnerability of the refugees . Christy’s further insight at the end of the story and her reasons for writing the book were wonderful. I volunteer teaching English to refugee women from Syria, Afghanistan and parts of Africa and similarly hear stories from time to time of their experiences, but the storytelling here is so powerful I congratulate Christy on being able to direct her experiences into such a fine novel and to also allow it to be shared by such a great narration .

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-20

Brilliant

Beautifully written, though affronting portrayal of a Syrian refugee's meandering journey. A fabulous insight into a world we ignore.

Art Malik masterfully brings the words to life. Wonderful.