Of Bees and Mist

  • by Erick Setiawan
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Of Bees and Mist centers on Meridia, who, at age 16, tries to escape her alienating childhood and her mysterious parents by running away to marry a tenderhearted young man, whose family is harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air in an army of bees. Setiawan takes readers through a tumultuous 30-year journey of hope and heartbreak as Meridia's capacity for love, courage, and sanity is pushed to the brink.

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What the Critics Say

"While filled with fortune-tellers, ghosts, and unexplained phenomena, the relationships between the various characters are true to life so that fans of fantasy and fiction lovers alike are sure to enjoy this magical tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Bizarre But Good

I'm almost through listening to this book, and I must say, it's a nice deviation from the "normal" novel chronicaling the tumultuous life of a main character.

This story is ... weird. It's not a fantasy novel, but one that is of the mystical: fortune tellers, spells, curses, psychic influences, ghosts, and twisted storylines. Tragedies of the oddest nature, and descriptions which make one wonder if they are literal or figurative abound. The story moves along well; there are lots of characters to hate and pity, and occurances to silently applaud. The bizarre nature of this story is actually what kept me listening.

The novel had an historical feel to me. Not modern, but not exactly ancient, either. It's hard for me to pin down a good, solid review for you, but I wasn't sorry to have parted with a credit to listen to it.

If you want to listen to something out of the norm, but aren't into fantasy, give this strange little gem a try!
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- Christine

Beautifully Written

I loved this book! One of the best I've read in years. Magical, mysterious and moving. He has a gift for language.
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- Jefferson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.