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The Secret Life of Bees Audiobook
The Secret Life of Bees
Written by: 
Sue Monk Kidd
Narrated by: 
Jenna Lamia
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The Secret Life of Bees Audiobook

The Secret Life of Bees

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Publisher's Summary

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.

When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother", Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina - a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There, they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.

This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love - a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

©2003 Sue Monk Kidd; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Joey 05-17-10
    Joey 05-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome narrator"

    This is a great book by itself. Add narrator Jenna Lamia and it's one of my all time favorite audiobooks. I liked Jenna Lamia so much in this book that I bought a bunch more books that she narrated without even having heard of them (with mixed results). She has the perfect voice for this story.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Reina Damascus, MD, United States 12-17-10
    Reina Damascus, MD, United States 12-17-10
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    "Excellent Book"

    I have no complaints about this book, only praise. It was well written, kept my attention, I was captivated by the characters, and loved the narrator. This is one that will be listened to many times. You will find yourself laughing and crying along with the joys and sorrows of the characters as they grow from their experiences. Buy this book! You will be like me and finding more books by Sue Monk Kidd.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 02-05-10
    Laura 02-05-10
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    "It's hard to stop listening..."

    This book's story line, character development, rich imagery and pacing are such a treat! The narrator's vocal ability is superb and she provides added depth in the way she represents the characters and describes the scenes. This is my first GREAT audiobook experience and my enthusiasm for this format has been renewed.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Washington, DC, USA 08-12-09
    Patricia Washington, DC, USA 08-12-09
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    "The Secret Lifes of Bees"

    I loved the book. It was sad but a great story. I listen to it while walking home from work and it was a great companion.

    Patricia

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Ackerman 06-12-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good book"

    This is a great book. It is a wonderful story and I love the way the narrator reads it. The movie is really good, and I saw it first, but the book is so much better - as is usually the case.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10
    Melanie Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful"

    One of the best books I've ever read or listened to! Couldn't turn it off!!!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. Walker KCMO 07-29-10
    S. Walker KCMO 07-29-10 Member Since 2009

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    "So Goooooooooooood!"

    OK, I bought this when it was on sale. I had it in my wish list for a long time but it was low priority. Boy am I glad I got it! Aside from really enjoying Jenna Lamia as a narrator of other audiobooks, I thing she did a really good job here, even if her southern accent was less than authentic.
    The story is lovely and heartbreaking. I've wanted to see the movie but now that I've enjoyed the book so much I'm afraid that Hollywoods version will destroy the beauty of it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    D.Botz 06-06-11
    D.Botz 06-06-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully Written, Beautifully Read"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    alena 03-21-11
    alena 03-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    ""All those Mommas...""

    This is a lovely story, the color of golden honey. I actually listened to the whole thing in one day. A beautiful, fistful of unconditional love. I highly recommend it, especially if you're home alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 02-27-11
    Jeff 02-27-11
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    "Great Story"

    A very good story and read very well. Another reading that made the book come thru in 3D. Left you thinking there must be more to the story. Maybe?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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