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  • The Beekeeper of Aleppo

  • A Moving Testament to the Human Spirit
  • By: Christy Lefteri
  • Narrated by: Art Malik
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14,533 ratings)
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

By: Christy Lefteri
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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)

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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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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!

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Superb!

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

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Lovely book - not sure this is the right voice for it

Good story, skilfully written. Art Malik, great actor that he is, felt like the wrong Boyce for this book. One or two minor blips/ bad edits too.

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Beautiful story

I loved this, it was so beautifully written and the narrator was perfect. A tragic tale wonderfully written ❤️ I didn’t want it to end

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Beautifully written and narrated

Beautiful story and wonderfully narrated. Found it very moving and could imagine the beautiful country before the devastation there. The characters in the book were so well written. Overall and wonderful book which opened my eyes to the horrors of war and the effects on ordinary people.

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Humbling

An easy to read humbling book that gives you an insight into how it is for some refugees. Necessary read for these times.

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Excellent book

This book was a beautiful and moving story and beaitifully read. Mafe me appreciate the horror that asylum seakers have experienced

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Thought provoking

Art Malik is a superb narrator with a soft, easy to listen to voice.

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Well written engadging listen.

A very moving story, well read that kept me engaged to the end. The narrators tone really enhanced drama of the story.

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