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The Murmur of Bees

Narrated by: Xe Sands, Angelo Di Loreto
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (379 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel - her first to be translated into English - about a mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can - visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective swarm of bees and living to deliver his adoptive family from threats - both human and those of nature - Simonopio’s purpose in Linares will, in time, be divined.

Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love, faith, and future in the unbelievable.

©2019 by Sofía Segovia. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. English translation © 2019 by Simon Bruni.

Critic Reviews

“Acclaimed Mexican author Segovia’s first work translated into English is a gorgeous novel of family, friendship, land, and murderous envy, a tale reminiscent of Isabel Allende’s early tales…With the help of a gifted translator, Segovia skillfully envelops readers, fully engaging their senses and imagination in this wonderful novel.” --Booklist

Editorial Review

Bees, magic, and the Mexican Revolution

I wasn’t necessarily looking for a springtime listen, but I absolutely found one with The Murmur of Bees. In a small town in Mexico, an abandoned baby with a cleft palate is found covered in a blanket of bees. Despite the belief that he may be cursed, Simonopio is saved. Over time, uncanny communication skills develop and he proves to be so much more than just an orphaned boy who is followed by a cloud of bees. Lyrical, magical, and narrated perfectly by Xe Sands and Angelo Di Loreto, I’ve been recommending this debut to everyone. —Heather S., Audible Editor

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AMAZING.......

5 stars. I will recommend it over and over. Beautiful writing, characters, story. Loved it!

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A wonderful addition to the sparse genre of magical realism

I loved this story. Finally—a wonderful addition to the genre of magical realism! We need more of these. I felt like I was listening to a beloved relative or friend personally tell me their story. I could have listed to the performers voices forever. Please translate her other stories into English.

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Exceptional!

Magical & intense, human, heartrending and utterly compelling. I loved this book more than any in many years. The narration was superb.

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In love

I am in love with this book it reminds me of being in Mexico as a child on our visit to visit family thank you for this book thank you for your words thank you for giving me this these memories brilliant

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this book is amazing and one of the best books I have ever read. wonderful

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Wonderfully Heartwarming!

The art of storytelling has not been lost! What a beautiful story of family love. Narration was superb! Loved it!

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Compelling listening

I was really “taken in” by this book. The narration was excellent and really made this a story told rather than a book listened to. I became very invested in the characters.

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Great book

Best book I've got into in a decade, I laughed and cried. If I could give it 10 stars I would.

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Absolutely Breathtaking!

This book was so beautiful, and warm, and heartbreaking, that it actually took my breath away. A story, a fable, a song. I can still hear the bees! The narration - Xe Sands and Angelo Di Loreto are magnificent.

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Beautiful!

I love this story. The author is a treasure to the world. It's so beautifully written. I'll never forget this one. Only a few books make me emotional, and this one made me cry like a baby. I applaud Sofia Segovia. She is a wonder. And thank you Simon Bruni for helping me absorb her words into my bloodstream.

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