The Help, but it's even better.
I always enjoy her performances, but I think she outdid herself here. Her timing, inflections... all is superior.
Loved all the strong women in this story! My own journey is enriched by strong women characters and I learn lessons, along with Lily, about who I'm becoming and how women in my life impact me; how we learn from each other.
I'm too new to audiobooks to recommend anyone but I do wonder...are there no Southern narrators who could read books set in the South? I was often terribly distracted by the forced accent and, in some cases, just incorrect pronunciations. (Where is the editor in those instances?) I read many rave reviews about Jenna's work. I suspect those reviews weren't written by Southerners.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I don't know why I avoided reading this book for so long - it was such a wonderful story! Jenna Lamia is a great narrator and made this read near perfect. It is a heartwarming book that focuses on the relationships between women, with a few men sprinkled in here and there. It is set in South Carolina in the 1960s, and portrays how we all belong to one race - the human race.
I don't usually go for this genre, but I was won over from the very beginning. The characters are vivid, the writing is creatively descriptive and witty (without being flowery). The performance was spot on and endearing. The story had a powerful message, as all good stories do. I would recommend this book to anyone- an easy, enjoyable listen!
The ending was just right for this book. A little predictable, but just what we wanted. We actually had a great conversation in my book club, considering the ending and what could have happened in the years that followed. Excellent springboard for the imagination.
I haven't heard anything else from this narrator but you can be sure I'll look for her!! Jenna Lamia was PERFECT for this book. I found the story line was not necessarily my cup of tea, but I couldn't stop listening because I just loved to hear her tell it!!
I loved Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings and that is why I listened to this book. I must say The Invention of Wings was far superior in my opinion. In addition, I love Jenna Lamia. I was hooked on her from The Help and The Invention of Wings. This book was a bit boring and lacked excitement.
Yes. The Invention of Wings was amazing!
I have listed to The Help and The Invention of Wings narrated by Jenna Lamia. She is one of my favorite narrators and did not disappoint in The Secret Life of Bees.
I found the audio easy to follow and keep track of characters. I have not read the print version and feel no need to after hearing the audio edition. The reader's voice was appropriate for the setting and enjoyable.
The phrase, "Some people bite off more than they can chew, but August chews more than she can bite off." That was memorable
When Rosalie confronted Lilly, after they escaped from the hospital, questioning her motives.
August was so strong and steady and loving--very memorable. But, May will also stay with me as she was so in tune and I loved her wall.
All the comments about bees were wonderful and informative. At the end I was remembering how I love to crawl under the drooping branches of the desert Ironwood trees in the spring when the bees are hard at work. When I curl up near the trunk, the bees ignore me and I can sleep listening to the symphony all around me. This book spoke of the same sensation.
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.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
What a life for a young girl to go through! Lily proves that she is smart and is a very loving, caring person. She accomplishes her travels and learns so much throughout. She is strong and determined.
Lovely book, would listen to again and I highly recommend.
This book really brought you back in time. Life was so much simpler then. I really enjoyed the everyday life part of the story.
This book really moved me emotionally.
I loved the narration. She brought the feeling of the emotions to this wonderful story.
I do not listen to any book in one sitting, I have a long commute and listen in my car.
I loved the story, but did find it a little sad.