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The Murmur of Bees: A Novel

The Murmur of Bees: A Novel

Geschrieben von Sofia Segovia

Erzählt von Xe Sands und Angelo Di Loreto


The Murmur of Bees: A Novel

Geschrieben von Sofia Segovia

Erzählt von Xe Sands und Angelo Di Loreto

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (258 Bewertungen)
Länge:
14 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Apr 16, 2019
ISBN:
9781721357499
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

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.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Apr 16, 2019
ISBN:
9781721357499
Format:
Hörbuch


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  • (5/5)
    My new favourite book. It’s very long, but after a while you settle into the pace and absolutely get lost in the world. So beautiful written and I personally love the voice actors and think they did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
  • (5/5)
    What a fabulous story, i really enjoyed this story & i think u will too!
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully touching story and the narrators were perfect! Loved it.
  • (5/5)
    This book forces you to slow down and just go with it. What a beautifully written tale. Such a talented writer!
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the best audio narrations I've heard in a very long time. Excellent!
  • (5/5)
    Magical! The imagery was wonderful and was what made this book so special.
  • (5/5)
    Simonopio should have never lived, would have never lived, if it weren't for the bees who protected him and ancient Nana Reja who found him against all odds. But he was born with a facial deformity, and considered a monster by some. Not a monster, just a baby, a little boy, who needed care in the eyes of the Morales family. And care for him they did. Even though the bees were always there.And a coyote, the human kind, but not the smuggling kind. Just the mean, superstitious, resentful kind. And the influenza of 1918, along with repressive government changes.This is a beautiful book, full of harsh reality and a good dose of magic realism. The combination is lovely, heartbreaking, uplifting. The characters became real. The writing was descriptive but not flowery or over the top. I loved this book.I started listening to the Audible version, and the narrator, Simon Bruni, was very good, but my old ears had trouble with the accent and some of the names, so I ended up reading most of the book. But now that I now the story and the characters' names, I may listen to it for the joy of it.
  • (5/5)
    Set in Monterrey, Mexico beginning in the early twentieth century, this historically informed piece of fiction is beautifully written. It begins during the Mexican Revolution, when an old wet nurse (nana) on a large hacienda finds an abandoned baby boy with a cleft palate who is surrounded by bees. The owners of the hacienda, who have two daughters adopt the boy as their godson whom they name Simonpio. The historical aspects of the novel take them through the skirmishes of the civil war, the 1918 flu epidemic, and post war agrarian reforms implemented by the government. The story exudes warmth and captures the character of the culture. An element of magical realism accompanies Simonopio and the bees who tend to him through out the story.There is some redundancy through the story that sometimes feels repetitive and at other times feels like a way of conveying a cultural aspect of the narrative because it happens most when there is sadness and mourning. There are two narrators to the story: One is omnicient and the other is Francisco Jr. who was born after Simonopio joins the family and becomes his young protege.I agree with others that this book should receive attention for the quality of the translation. I highly recommend it.
  • (4/5)
    The Murmur of BeesBy: Sofia Segovia, Simon Bruni - translationNarrated by: Xe Sands, Angelo Di LoretoThis is a story that is rich in history, society's best and worst reactions to extreme situations, family ties, and reactions to the unusual. A baby is born with "a devil's kiss", which sounds like possibly a cleft palate. He was left for the elements and the bees surround him but did him no harm. The period is 1918-1919 or so and the Spanish flu is killing off people. The description and writing style made me feel like I was there. I can still visualize it. The war was then also as well as roaming bands of gangs. This book is centered around an extended family and what they experience. Also the baby is thought to be a curse and should be killed. He turns out to be a blessing for his adopted family at times.The book did have places that slowed a bit too much I thought.The narration was fairly good. A few times I heard a sentence repeated like they might have stopped then started again and read the same sentence again.
  • (5/5)
    You know how it feels when you're listening to a really great story? It's as if it touches your soul. This is a story like that.
  • (5/5)
    This is a stand-out book. Exquisitely narrated, a wonderful tale that transports you to rural Mexico and immerses you in history, family and culture. Unusual, beguiling, the author captures your imagination and paints a vivid picture of life in another world, another time. Beautiful.
  • (5/5)
    I felt it was informative-
    made me think and pay attention and follow along.
    i really liked it.
  • (5/5)
    It’s hard to describe yet. The riders ability to draw me into an emotional experience with the characters, and caused me to suspend logic long enough to believe in a little bit of magic. I learned so much about Mexico‘s recent history and yet wedded my taste buds for more I loved this book and will listen again.
  • (5/5)
    Well-written and well-narrated. Found it refreshing to dip my toes in the the less-explored Mexican history instead of the typical historical novels (Europe, American civil war, etc). I read the negative reviews....and here are my thoughts. It’s a little slow simply because the author is describing characters, scenery, and emotions. It’s a slow-drip rich brew. If you like that sort of thing...you’re set. If you don’t, don’t spend your time on this one. I loved the narrating! Thought it was perfect.....interesting that it was annoying to some. To each their own!
  • (4/5)
    Really great but also very sad and hard to get through at times. Also I like the male narrator's voice but not the females'. Ans usually I prefer female narrartors
  • (5/5)
    Amazing read, my all favorite novel! There's been some complaints about the narration but I think it fits the storyline perfectly. I might have had a little trouble understanding sometimes but it's not too bad, and I am hearing impaired. If you cannot follow the narration of this audio book then I really suggest reading the book instead for the first time. Reading this gives you a much better experience because in my opinion, it's too long to listen to. Anyway, wonderful blend of history over a wide range and insight to the characters' psyche. Very grateful for the translation of this wonderful story into English.
  • (5/5)
    A powerful book of love and loss and magic. Refreshingly different! I will be looking for more of her writing.
  • (5/5)
    I want to thank all involved in bringing us this story. It brings delight, takes you back to what's important and keeps you hooked with each new turn. Elements of the rich characters are recognizable in my life — that is both so different and familiar with my own. It even has me creating a new narrative for my own stories. I loved it and have shared with my sisters and family. I'm glad to reflect, although I don't know I had a choice—on my own slowness to recognize the love poured into me when I didn't even realize, like Francisco Jnr, while still inspiring me to sieze the day with those little ones here still. I wish the story wasn't over yet.
  • (5/5)
    If this book didn’t receive an award for translation, it should. When an old nana at a Mexican hacienda finds an abandoned baby with a misshapen mouth who is covered with bees, Nana refuses to leave the baby. She takes him home, where the rancher’s owner and wife become his godparents and undertake giving him a good life. His muteness has made him a keep observer of others and as he grows up, Simonopio is constantly surrounded by bees. Simonopio becomes the protector of the owner’s youngest son and as the story unfolds, its made clear what others might see as ugly is actually beautiful.
  • (3/5)
    Very wordy and story didn’t move fast enough. I enjoyed the story line but it just felt like it dragged.
  • (2/5)
    Well written and narrated but a biased view of the times with an overly romantic view of the white, wealthy elite
  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Narrators of Audiobook Xe Sands and Angelo Di Loreto gave perfect authenticity of the book.
    Book consists of small glimpses of history and relationships.
    The ending felt incomplete.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (1/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    From the start I couldn't be interested because of the voice of the person who is reading the book. Hard to understand and no intonations, may be the book itself is interesting

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Murmur of Bees” by Sofia Segovia, Amazon Crossing, April 2019 (Translated by Simon Bruni)Sofia Segovia has written a captivating, intense, intriguing, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, and Historical Fiction as researched and interpreted by the author. There are several layers in this story. There are also elements of Superstition and Tall Tales that are written as well. The story takes places in Mexico, and goes through the time periods of the Spanish Influenza, and the Political Unrest in Mexico and how it affected the farmers and landowners. The author describes are dramatic and colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated.In this amazingly well written story there are several contrasts: good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, and right vs. wrong. There is also a theme of the balance of man and nature.A very old woman hears the sounds of a crying baby under a bridge, and goes to bring him back to the home. He is covered in swarming bees, but the bees are not hurting him. The Morales family takes the baby in, and raise him, and name him Simonopio. Some people feel that Simonopio is evil . They are superstitious and feel he is responsible for the problems in Mexico. He is disfigured and can’t communicate by understandable speech. Somehow he is able to look out for the Morales family and the land.I appreciate that the author has researched the historical events of the time and vividly describes them. I would highly recommend this unique novel for those readers who enjoy Historical Fiction, and a thought-provoking story. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Loved this historical fiction - so relevant to some of the current issues this modern day world is facing. Characters that steal your heart and make you long for days gone by.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This is definitely one of the top three books that I’ve ever read or listened to in my life. I can’t believe how deeply it touched me and heart wrenching it was at times. The characters will stay forever in my heart. It chronicles the triumph of the human spirit despite the most difficult tragedies. I am so grateful to the author for writing this book.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    Sweet, sad, joyful, true! I loved it and recommend it 100%.

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

  • (1/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Honestly, I’m on chapter 21 and I just can’t finish it!! This is only the 2nd if 3rd book I could not complete - ever.......too slow and boring.
    Not sure what all the buzz is about ?

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Beautifully written and narrated throughout the text. Many themes are woven into the events which left me with a touched, penetrated heart that brought some healing to my own life events.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    Best book I’ve listened to all year, hands down. Absolutely beautiful, both the writing and the narration.