This book was excellent saw the movie awhile back couldn't remember how it went but I won't forget this great book. The narrator's voice is amazing with imagery and I can literally see the scene and see her as a 14 year old girl this is a great book and I've read it twice in one week. Great Job Sue Kidd and Jenna Lamia!
When I first read the title, I didn't think it would interest me. Bees are not typically something I care much for. But this book was so much more than that. It touched a place deep within me. It touched the tormented child within me I had been trying to suppress all these years. It put into words feelings I had buried deep within. It helped me heal a bit in some strange sort of way.
I have to say the narrator is my favorite. And for my next book, I will intentionally search for a story read by her. I would highly recommend reading this novel. The author is extremely talented and touches on many different aspects of life in such a way, the reader can relate to on many different facets.
I would listen again. The narrator was perfect for the age of young Lily and all the characters were so richly described. I had difficulty turning it off.
She seemed perfect for the age of Lily, the storyteller.
The book had emotional highs and lows. Many humorous times and certainly sad at others.
Jenna 's perfect narration and perfect Southern voice to me back to when I was her age is the early 60's. I felt like she was my best friend telling me her life. This story has drama, humor, sadness, happiness, with a sense of suspense running through out the story line. RECOMMEND
Not really Ron! Female, mid 40's. Need a good audio book really helps me get things done around the house. My family is annoyed!
I'm hooked on listening to books narrated by Jenna Lamia. I was searching for another after "The Help." The Secret Life Of Bees is practically poetry. Wonderful story with perfect narration.
Friendship, love, hope.
The Color Purple--different circumstances, but sharing the same theme about the value of compassion and friendship among women.
Can't choose from among so many fine moments. This book is rich with striking scenes.
Same problem--so many!
This is a keeper. I could listen to this narration over and over. The story is exceptional and the narrator was perfection.
It's a feel-good novel, though I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. Overall, the message is a good one, but one probably best used by the young or immature. Otherwise, this is a standard tale of a girl running from her abusive life into the arms of a quirky, lovable flock of women, and finding her own inner strength. The racial currents that run through it add interest, but not enough to help the extremely predictable plot. The narrator does a good job in sounding like a 14-year old, but I found it hard to listen to at times. Her performance had this sort of "Aw Shucks" flavor to it that I found irritating.
Be more careful when considering audiobooks with five stars.
The slow start of the book is forgotten after you get into the main section. So much color and emotions and real history. You end up loving all of the characters. I would listen to it again for sure.