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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

A Moving Testament to the Human Spirit
Narrated by: Art Malik
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)
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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

I loved this book. An emotional rollercoaster as you endure the journey alongside the characters

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Beautifully written story of courage

This story of refugees Nuri, and his wife Afra's, difficult journey from war torn Syria to England is haunting. Their quiet, dignified courage in the face of adversity is moving. The book also looks at the strain the journey puts on their health and marriage and portrays their enduring relationship with tenderness. This book gave me a greater understanding of the plight of refugees. It is beautifully narrated by Art Malik. Highly recommended.

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Sublime, beautifully drawn story of devastation, loss, chaos and ultimate hope

I adored this book - beautiful prose, poetic in many places, narrated masterfully by Art Malik. Definitely a story I will never forget. Very sad, in fact devastating in places. Nuri Ibrahim, a former beekeeper tells his story of fleeing Aleppo with his wife, Afra, blinded in an explosion that killed their small son. This broken couple have found themselves in a depressing B&B in S England seeking asylum after escaping the danger of Syria followed by dangerous times subsisting in a chaotic camp in Athens. Lefteri’s writing brings both beautiful and profoundly awful scenes to life from the perspective of a sensitive and damaged couple. Highly recommend.

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Powerful.

So sad but I loved this book. We all saw the horrific footage on the news in 2016. We mustn't forget why so many Syrians have had to flee their beautiful country, and their dream to return one day. To all the Nuris and Afras, and Sammys, I hope you find peace to recover and rebuild your lives wherever you are.

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Brilliant.

insightful and well written. Narrator brilliant. heartbreaking to hear the suffering of others. Highly recommended.

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