Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen. A feat of bravery grants her access to the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.
But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all - daring to challenge the Queen's preeminence - enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the hive's strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by a greater power: A fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, and her society - and lead her to perform unthinkable deeds.
Thrilling, suspenseful, and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees and its dazzling young heroine will forever change the way you look at the world outside your window.
©2014 Laline Paull (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
As a beekeeper, a story from the bees perspective was interesting. It describes the intricate society of bees as human. I loved it. It tells of the perils bees face and why they are disappearing.
It is like Animal Farm. Some bees are more powerful or important.
She is a great story teller. She varies her performance well for different characters.
Flora 717. A brave bee who retains her individuality within a tightly controlled society.
Every beekeeper should read or listen to this book.
Professor of Religion and Ethics
A quirky but well-crafted novel and an excellent reading.
Only Flora, the main character, really stood out as a character. Others were types.
A very clever book. The author knows the world of bees inside and out. If you can overcome the oddness of the anthropomorphism of bees this book has interesting lessons to tell about individualism vs. collectivism, hierarchy, religion, and even the epistemology. It reminded me of Nagel's now-classic essay on what it's like to be a bat. The reader is forced to consider what it might be like to be a bee, albeit one which is a little like a Disney princess -- respectful and yearning to break free from social constraints in order to find her true place in the world.
I was interested in so many levels. As a nature lover, the caste system of a bee hive was fascinating and their ability to communicate was brought to life by the author. It's also a story of a royal court with the secrets and privileges that come with it. If you like Hunger Games, you'll like this too, because the lead character, Flora 717 questions the social system that is rigged and flawed.
She was fantastic! Her narrative skills brought to life the many characters (bees and other insects) that were in the story (male, female, noble, worker, wasp, spider etc).
If it had more drama or been less predictable. I listened to it twice but not intentionally... My mind kept wandering to other, more interesting things (like watching a fly crawl up a wall) and I would have to rewind a bit and listen again
The narrator chose the same voice for different bees, and sometimes it was hard to discern who was speaking. One time she used a unique voice for the main character (Fl;ora 717) and didn't go back and edit a change. Unthinkable.
Not so much. It wasn't horrible, it just tried too hard to force normal bee activity into human attributes and feelings, and it didn't work. It seemed to be well researched... as the offspring of a beekeeper, I recognized many of the activities described, but it just proved that though they may sound interesting, to live them as a bee is pretty boring.
To compare this to Watership Down is an insult to Richard Adams and the legion of fans who treasure that work. This wasn't even a shadow of that.
Yes. It forced me to have a different perspective while listening to the book.
Most Interesting: An animal being the main character was new to me, but I enjoyed it and I personally love the fact that 90% of the book takes place in the hive. It shows the scale of life and that even in small secluded places, life is happening. Which was perfectly wrapped into the story by the begging and ending scenes.
Least Interesting: I am not a beekeeper, nor do I claim to have knowledge abounding on bees, so it wasn't always easy to follow some of the terms used in the book. Although now I do feel able to say I know a minuscule amount about bees.
She was a good narrator. I am picky on narration voices and she did a good job. So if you're picky like me, I think you'll like her.
The Hunger Games: Bees
Game of Thrones: Bees
(Just because I'd make a killing in the box office)
Read it. I enjoyed it. And because I enjoyed it. That means you will.
Doesn't provoke thought or new ideas. Its childish and simplistic in its plot. I had high expectations, I was deeply dissapointed, waiting for a turning point which did not happen. I took the reviews of other listeners but feel mislead. This book is a decent listen. I could drift in and out of the story without missing critical information.
I disliked how the reader (Orlagh Cassidy) changed voices for the characters. Her reading of characters voices was similar to nails on a chalk board. If you like a very matriarchal reader, one of whom reminds one of their grandmother or mother reading at bedtime, she might interest you.
all and all- its ok. If you like a mindless, lifetime movie-esque drama this would be a good choice, as in performance and in plot it did nothing to differentiate itself from the masses.
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This was lovely. A subtle look at humanity, life, power structures, feminism, and family. Sticks with you for a long time. Well worth a listen.
Yeah it is fiction which I usually hate. But the characters are cool bees and not stupid boring humans
Pretty much like how it was an unusual perspective
I do not know I cannot read that's why I got the audio version
Yeah and did BAM
Good for long car rides I was totally sucked into to jive mind for about 12 hours until my battery ran out
It was recommended to me and no I would not. It's an ok story and I suppose it does bring awareness of the bee's plight, but it's not a gripper.
She changes voices nicely.
A well executed idea. It felt a little bit too linear and I would have liked some side stories. Definitely changed the way I think about honey. Great narrator.
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