I have never been so mad at an author before in my life. The book was interesting but nothing great. The author though decided to end the book at the climax instead of finishing writing it. I don't know if he got bored or just thought it should be the readers job to finish the book. I will not be reading another book by this author.
I thought Little Bee was really beautifully written. There were so many touching and thought provoking analogies and insights. And the story was compelling and powerful. I do think that it was a little bit uneven... some parts left me a little cold and then some parts did seem really unrealistic. ** spoiler alert ** For example, the whole idea of Sarah and Andrew going to Nigeria in the first place and THEN going out on that beach and ignoring the hotel guard who tried to help them? That seemed totally false. And THEN how Sarah goes back at the end of the book and keeps traveling around getting the "stories" and bribing people for protection? Again, I don't think so. A woman who had undergone what she had years before would have learned her lesson! and then the ending! Actually, the whole deportation idea was unnecessary... from then on I thought it spiraled out of control. However, again, the writing saved it AND I did think there were lots of story elements that were really exciting ...more I thought Little Bee was really beautifully written. There were so many touching and thought provoking analogies and insights. And the story was compelling and powerful. I do think that it was a little bit uneven... some parts left me a little cold and then some parts did seem really unrealistic. For example, the whole idea of Sarah and Andrew going to Nigeria in the first place and THEN going out on that beach and ignoring the hotel guard who tried to help them? That seemed totally false. And THEN how Sarah goes back at the end of the book and keeps traveling around getting the "stories" and bribing people for protection? Again, I don't think so. A woman who had undergone what she had years before would have learned her lesson! and then the ending! Actually, the whole deportation idea was unnecessary... from then on I thought it spiraled out of control. However, again, the writing saved it AND I did think there were lots of story elements that were really exciting and it wa
My review will discuss some plot points that are revealed early on in the book.
This is the story of Little Bee and Sarah. Little Bee is a 16 year-old Nigerian girl. Sarah is the editor of a British fashion magazine. They first met on a Nigerian beach while Little Bee was running for her life and Sarah was enjoying a sunny vacation, willfully oblivious to the danger outside of the resorts' walls. Sarah made a dramatic sacrifice in an attempt to save Little Bee's life, but she returned to England without knowing what had happened to Little Bee.
When the novel opens two years later, Little Bee has just been released from an English refugee center. She goes to visit Sarah just as Sarah's husband dies. Sarah and Little Bee decide to help one another move on with their lives. As they do so, the book explores the problems each character faces. Sarah's problems are mostly about relationships and finding meaning in life. How does she navigate her difficult relationship with, and the death of, her husband? How does she parent her son? Can she use her role as a magazine editor to shed light on meaningful issues, or does she need to publish ever more insipid articles to keep her subscribers' attention? Can she make a difference, and does she want to be bothered?
Little Bee too struggles with the questions of how she wants to live her life and what she owes to the people around her, but she also faces more immediate challenges. She's under constant threat of deportation, which would almost certainly lead to her death.
Considering the many interesting themes the book addresses, the actual story is surprisingly tedious. Little Bee and Sarah never seem like real people. Sarah is hard to sympathize with. Little Bee often seems overly wise. The narrator speaks slowly, and moves at a particularly painful snail's pace while giving voice to Little Bee. Unfortunately, that leaves plenty of time for the listener to reflect on the unsatisfying aspects of the book
Interesting that this is written by a man, with such strong, almost exclusively female characters. This is a great read. For me, an English women, it was authentic and took me back home to London. His descriptions bring it to life. The depth of each character is what really draws you in, and hearing the same story told from two perspectives. I am left wanting to meet this Little Bee.
The narrator is good, and believable, but more so for Bee than for Sarah.
Although I read in other reviews that the narrator's voice was annoying,I thought the narrator did an excellent job with the voices. I found this to be a very compelling, realistic, but sad story. The author uses such beautiful descriptive language, and the character development, especially of Sara, Little Bee and Charley ("Batman") are excellent. At it's heart, I think it is a story about women--their inner strength, determination and power. But I also think it is a story of forgiveness and love. While there are men in this story, the men are portrayed as weak and selfish, or mean and powerful. I felt there was never a sense of true happiness in this story, but one of searching and living painful things and dealing with unpleasant life experiences. Although at times I thought I could predict how this book would end, the ending was unexpected, realistic and left me feeling sad and resigned. Bittersweet. One of those books you want to keep listening to and characters you think about long after you've finished.
I just didn't get it. This was a highly recommended book club choice. While the story features important issues for our world, it trivializes them with sophomoric writing and shallow characters.There were moments of perception, and even lovely touches of humor, in the end I felt extremely manipulated and disappointed.
This book is an amazing combination of touching personal stories, unique and surprising humour, biting social commentary and a very realistic portrayal of refugee experience in England. I could not wait to listen to each episode and I laughed and cried throughout the book, an experience much enhanced by the narrator's gift for accents and characters. Until now I thought that my top audible favorites were Shantaram and The Help. I have now added Little Bee as an unforgettable and deeply human story about an increasingly pressing question: what will you do when a vulnerable and suffering human being shows up on your doorstep? And between cultures that have nothing in common, where can we meet, find ways to laugh and learn to love?
This was a pick for our book club. I enjoyed it, but it overall it was a depressing read. The end of the book was frustrating because I found the choices the characters made to be unrealistic.
I found the narration slow too. I gave this book a listen for 90 minutes and had to give up. The story was interesting so I will most likely get this book at my library and read it.
Personally, I thought the narrating was exhausting. Not only was I distracted with the accent, it was so slow--when I'd been listening for what felt like hours and I was only on page 40 in the book, I gave up.
This is solely based on personal preference, though, and I realize that. But, I just couldn't give that kind of commitment.