England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant who sets out to build a new type of beehive - one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.
United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming but hopes that his son can be their salvation.
China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.
Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
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By Paul on 13-09-17
Absolutely loved this. Wonderfully written and performed. Was truly sad when it ended. Had tones of Station 11, Never Let Me Go with a David Mitchell style but still completely her own. Highly recommend.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Chaoslu on 12-07-18
This book consists of three storylines.
one that plays in the past which is relatively interesting. though most of the interactions described seam robotic and erratic and inconsistent .
The second story plays in a roughly now. early 2000. the stroy is not overly interesting. the main character is more of a robot than a human incable of normal human interactions.
the third story is terrible it's boring. it's 7h of a mother talking to a toddler than talking to her husband which at times seams mentally challenged. but worst at all the mother she is written horrible (though fantastically acted). all she does is scream a name over 5 hours.
my advice skip the third story line. it does nothing for the plot. they are loosely connected and plottwists are obvious.
all the review saying politicians and leaders need to read this book are widely exaggerated. this book is fiction with a fundamental if minimal science.
now if you read this far you either already bought the book and wanted to see what others though,
or more importantly you are on the verge of buying it. if this is the case I would say give it a pass or just skip all of the third future storyline.
well this is my opinion yours may be different.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Dianne on 22-08-17
I loved this book !!!
This is the best story I listened to in years. I felt present in all the chapters, as if Maja was talking to me, to my heart. Each era drew me into the story deeper and deeper into the past, present, and future and left me with an amazing hope for the health and beauty of our planet Earth
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Tiffany Boyland on 22-11-17
Very moving book and super suitable format for audible with the 3 person storylines. Really enjoyed it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful