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Little Bee

A Novel
Cleave, Chris (Downloadable Audiobook - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.Two years later, Little Bee appears in London on the day of Andrew's funeral and reconnects with Sarah. Sarah is struggling to come to terms with her husband's recent suicide and the stubborn behavior of her four-year-old son, who is convinced that he really is Batman. The tenuous friendship between Sarah and Little Bee that grows, is challenged, and ultimately endures is the heart of this emotional, tense, and often hilarious novel.Considered by some to be the next Kite Runner, Little Bee is an achingly human story set against the inhuman realities of war-torn Africa. Wrenching tests of friendship and terrible moral dilemmas fuel this irresistible novel.
Authors: Cleave, Chris
Title: Little Bee
a novel
[electronic resource]
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (660 min.)) :,digital
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Cleave
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla
Summary: British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.Two years later, Little Bee appears in London on the day of Andrew's funeral and reconnects with Sarah. Sarah is struggling to come to terms with her husband's recent suicide and the stubborn behavior of her four-year-old son, who is convinced that he really is Batman. The tenuous friendship between Sarah and Little Bee that grows, is challenged, and ultimately endures is the heart of this emotional, tense, and often hilarious novel.Considered by some to be the next Kite Runner, Little Bee is an achingly human story set against the inhuman realities of war-torn Africa. Wrenching tests of friendship and terrible moral dilemmas fuel this irresistible novel.
Additional Contributors: Flosnik, Anne
hoopla digital
ISBN: 1400191718
9781400191710
Branch Call Number: Streaming audiobook
Performers: Read by Anne Flosnik.
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Headings: Emigration and immigration Fiction Identity (Psychology) Fiction Nigerians England Fiction Young women Fiction
Topical Term: Emigration and immigration
Identity (Psychology)
Nigerians
Young women
Publisher No: MWT10755891
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Dec 08, 2012
  • JudithE rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have mixed feelings about this book. There is some marvellous stuff in it, especially in the relationships between women and between women and the small boy. I see the author's goal as opening to us the experience of refugees who are coming from horrific experiences, and it is also fascinating to see England through the eyes of someone from a very poor Nigerian village. There are some terribly violent and disturbing scenes, which could be the stuff of nightmares. The uninteresting part for me was the relationship between our white protagonist and her lover -- he was insipid and didn't appeal to me at all, unlike pretty well every other principal character. In the end, I really liked it, and it was even unexpected. Worth a read, if you can bear the violence.

Aug 23, 2012
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Although I had mixed feelings about this book, I have to admit it is a very powerful story. Some parts of it were captivating and heart wrenching, while other parts rambled with irrelevant detail. Overall, I'm happy to have read it. Be warned there are one or two disturbing scenes that will leave you with a lump in your throat.

Jul 17, 2012
  • vollans rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an excellent read. I agree that the reader of the audiobook was impressive.

The reader of this audiobook is just fantastic! I'm not sure that I would be enjoying the story nearly so much without her gifted narration.

Dec 13, 2010
  • lsb57 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Narrator, Anne Flosnik, was excellent. Loved this audiobook!

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Aug 23, 2012
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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