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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (847)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Beautifully Written, Beautifully Read"
    Overall

    After wearing out the paperback version of this book, I finally broke down and purchased the audiobook. Jenna Lamia does a great job of narrating, and really helps the reader to fall even more in love with Lily and the other strong female characters.

    The story itself is inspiring and heartwarming. There is sadness and darkness, but Sue Monk Kidd does a great job of interjecting humor and lightheartedness at the perfect times. I've read and listened to this book more times than I can count, and it has never disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10717)
    Performance
    (9844)
    Story
    (9893)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    ""It Demands to be Felt""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    The abundance of emotion felt throughout the entire story. You fall in love with Hazel instantly, and from the moment Gus appears, you want to know him more! The wit, humor, genuine characters, and dialogue make this read great. It plants itself into your heart and stays there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    There are so many. Gus's speech to Hazel about loving her, and not denying himself the simple pleasure of saying true things. It's an awesome little speech.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Perfect emotion and unique characterization of each person without overacting or accenting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried, and cried, and cried. It's a beautifully tragic story, and it will stick with you long after the book is done. It's haunting in the best way.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it. You won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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