Little Bee

Book: Little Bee

Author: Chris Cleave

Short Summary:
“Little Bee”, a girl from Nigeria, is freed from a detention center in England. She a makes her way to the home of Sarah and Andrew, a couple Little Bee had encountered on a beach during a tragic day in Nigeria a few years before. As their friendship grows, the reader hears the voice of both Little Bee and Sarah in alternating chapters. We learn much about the lives of the Nigerian teen and English woman and how their lives become intertwined.

My Thoughts:
This was without a doubt the best narration I have heard of an audio book. I don’t think I would have liked the book nearly as much had I just read it instead of listened to it. The narrator did the voice of both the Nigerian teenager, Little Bee, and the English woman, Sarah, so brilliantly. The voices were so distinct and helped to add life to the story. The subtle humor in the book also really shined through the narrator’s voice. If you are going to read this book, I highly recommend the audio version.

This book pulled me in right away. I think a lot of it had to do with the narration, but the writing itself was very well done as well. I quickly fell in love with both the characters of Little Bee and Sarah, but I think the star of the book was Batman, AKA Charlie, Sarah’s son. Again, I’m not sure if it was due to the narration of his voice or how his character was written, but I wanted to take him out of the book and claim him as my own.

A big theme of this book was good and evil, right and wrong. Charlie, a four-year old who was always dressed in his batman costume, saw the world in terms of goodies and baddies. Through Sarah and Little Bee, along with Sarah’s husband Andrew and lover Lawrence, we see that there is quite a grey area. I felt this was well demonstrated throughout.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. I think it would make a great book club choice, with many topics of discussion. There is friendship, murder, suicide, immigration, war, and a glitzy magazine all wrapped up into this one little gem.

My Rating: 4.25/5 stars

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9 Responses

  1. Another one that is on my list. Some books lend themselves better to an audio format. Sounds like this one worked for you.,

  2. I have only attempted a few audios so your tweet caught my attention. I will look for this! Thank you. (the book has been on my tbr for awhile.)

  3. In fact, my husband and I had a good conversation debating what we would do in similar circumstances. It’s definitely a thought-provoking book!

  4. Glad you liked this! I’ve been seeing this everywhere lately, so it’s time for me to jump in too! Good review!

  5. I am just now trying an audio book for the first time and I am not sure it’s right for me or that one isn’t right. Since you liked this one in audio format so much I may want to try this one next!

  6. I have heard great things about this book – it is definitely on my “to be read” list but it may need to my “to be heard” list! If the narrator is good it really makes the audiobook!

  7. I read 13 books in March – still unemployed and still with too much time on my hands. I have reviewed all but the final March book. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Little Giant of Aberdeen County” would rank high on the list.

    I liked “Ella Minnow Pea”. I haven’t read any of your other April picks. There is only one reader in front of me at the library for “The Wind That Strings the Hangman’s Purse” so I should get that in April. Otherwise I will continue to pick from my TBR shelf.

  8. I LOVED this book, and have the Shriver one to read soon as well. Thanks for the great reviews.

  9. […] Little Bee by Chris Cleave – Because on Turning the Page it was mentioned that this was the best narration heard on an audio book. […]

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