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Publisher's Summary

We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't.
And it's what happens afterwards that is most important.
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
©2008 Chris Cleave (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rochelle on 11-25-12

Gifted storyteller

What made the experience of listening to The Other Hand the most enjoyable?

Purely the storytelling ability of Chris Cleave. The story is unexpected, and manages to be both sad & delightful at once.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Sarah. Someone who had the guts to do what she did not knowing what the outcome would be. But Little Bee has to be my favourite too. She is so intelligent & caring. A wonderful young person.

Which character – as performed by Zanubia Zafeera and Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

Zanubia Zafeera did a wonderful job of playing Little Bee. Such warmth & beauty.

Who was the most memorable character of The Other Hand and why?

Little Bee. I am trying so hard not to give the story away at all, but I am left feeling for her after reading the story.

Any additional comments?

This read is not too light, not too heavy - just right. It's a story that would appeal to most if not all readers & there is some enlightenment in there too. Lots of questions...I found myself asking my husband if you were [insert situation from the book here] what would you do? But even more I found I was asking myself. I am a very black & white person, but nothing is straightforward.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 08-10-12

A waste of time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Didnt like this at all

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Cleave again?

No

How could the performance have been better?

No idea

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

It was given such high regard the first I heard of it. When I checked comments after I read it most people felt the same way. A waste of time

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ida on 04-23-12

Interesting.

This is an enjoyable story barring a few scenes that I felt marred the gentle melody of the story. It was very interesting and opened my eyes to some things I had not thought about much.I feel that the rape and murder is described in more graphic detail than was needed. The fear and unfairness of life came across clearly and for that reason the graphic scenes were not necessary and spoiled it a little bit for me. One other thing I found disappointing and that was the ending.There was no real resolution. It left me unsatisfied.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By sharon on 06-10-12

suprising

i only bought this because it was cheap and i was intriged by the info on it, when it first started i though 'this was a waste of money im not going to get into this story' boy was i wrong.
i want to know what happens next though..............

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 12-05-16

Beautiful telling of the experience of grief

A complex and gripping story of two worlds colliding and finding the power and beauty of love whilst dealing with loss and grief

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on 12-02-16

Exceptional story & narration

This was compelling listening in spite of the brutal darkness at its core...touching on another culture & country that we're so removed from and exposing the tragedy behind so many fleeing refugees. The strength of the human spirit shines through like rays of sunshine through thunderous clouds.

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