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Honeybee

Narrated by: Harvey Zielinski
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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The highly anticipated new novel by the best-selling author of Jasper Jones. 

Find out who you are, and live that life.

Late in the night, 14-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.

At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.

The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.

At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.

Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere and when to be merciful as Sam learns when to let go and when to hold on.

©2020 Craig Silvey (P)2020 W F Howes

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Simply glorious

Without doubt, the best book I have listened to in a very, very long time.

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Heartfelt

Beautiful story Craig Silvey. A beautiful book so well written and Descriptive of a boy trying to fit into this world. Obviously well researched to show us the life of a troubled but adorable character. Honeybee is a wonderful human being and right till the end his lovely nature shone through to give us the perspective we need to have.

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Intensely riveting, exquisitely narrated

Sam's story covers so much territory. His struggle for survival at the most basic level is an intense roller-coaster ride . The narrator skilfully guides us through the tumult, creating authentic characterisations, capturing the tenderness, chaos and cruelty of the journey. Most importantly, we experience the heartbreak of having to continually deny who you really are.

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One you wont forget

A beautiful story, insightful and kind, an inspirational story though sad at times. Very well read.

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Amazing!!

Wow! I couldn’t stop listening. This book has all the feels and is full of love and strength and compassion. Everyone should read this one!

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Wow!!!!

Emotional, thought provoking, heart-warming. I feel like a better person for having read this book. A real privilege.

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Could not stop listening

Absolutely brilliant! Just wanted this book to keep going. Craig Silvey is amazing. Hope he’s writing his next book!

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best book I've read in a long, long time

A beautiful story which feels true. Wonderfully read. Unpredictable and engaging. I'll recommend it to everyone who asks.

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Great listen

Interesting and believable story line. Good narration. Nice to hear an Australian story delving into trans and drag territory.

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Heart wrenching, but also heart warming.

A very different story, but one that I was glad to hear. Life can be do Tuff at times, but the rewards are always greater, when you are surrounded by people you love.