This story was just plain un-enjoyable. Terrible story, and the characters were borderline annoying - the audio book lended no hand in the story line as the narrator was equally annoying.
I just couldn't get into what the story was about. The exerpt sounded really interesting, but I finally gave up before I even got thru the first part. To me....it is just boring, and I felt like I wasted my credit.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to this book because it was selected by my book group. Overall, most us found it to be a very disappointing read. Although the original premise was interesting, the lack of character development made it difficult to empathize with any of the protaganists. In addition, much of the plot lacked credibility. For instance, from the beginning of the story, Bee never dropped her guard. That made the ending of the story even less believable.
Loved the book, and the narrator made it even better! You really understood the constant fear within which Little Bee lived.
I thought the book was well written, and that Chris Cleave did an excellent job of telling a hard tale of 1) the very difficult circumstances that some people must endure in our world as well as, 2) the inability of people in the other half of the world to truly understand that side of life.
What I didn't like, however, was the narration. Ms. Flosnik's voice is beautiful when she is speaking with a British accent, and I even liked the Jamaican accent. However I couldn't stand the accent she used for Little Bee, and was always distracted by that. It was almost impossible for me to visualize a young Nigerian girl with her narration. I would recommend reading the book over an audio book for that very reason.
I was totally enchanted by Little Bee and feel that Anne Flosnik did an excellent job of narrating, especially the two main characters. There were laughter and tears, surprises, and a constant suspense, exactly what a good story needs. I really like these characters and found myself worrying for them. The constant fear that, even in London, Bee's life could be so quickly over at any moment "when the men come, and then...".
The author gives you a lot to wonder and worry about, then a flashback to explain how a situation came about, and how dangerous life has become for these four characters.
I listen to books while on my daily walks, and this one kept me walking because I couldn't stop listening.
The two main characters haunt me as though they are now a part of my human psyche.
I will remember this wonderful novel for a very long time.
I found the narration nearly unbearable. The words were dragging from her mouth as if tethered to a massive weight. The ethnic accents were laughable. The story itself was somewhat engaging but I wasn't overly impressed...
Perhaps the fact that exposing the political impotency of a world superpower (GB) makes people sit up and pay attention...however, the book was dark, depressing, and left the heroine helpless. If there is a secret, it's that this treatment of whole villages still goes on today in all corners of the world, where natural resources are extracted at the cost of human life.
This is a bit of a British disappointment....you get really engrossed and then the ending falls apart. The story and characters are believable, but there doesn't seem to be any resolution for anyone. And the author starts to repeat himself....they looked at each other for a very long time, after a long time, etc, etc, etc. I think maybe Cleave was told to finish in a hurry....he really didn't think it through. Again, as with so many of the books I've listened to, I say, where are the editors? Who reads these books before they are published and polishes them? I think Cleave should have re read his work for a very long time.