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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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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-03-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "An enjoyable listen"

    Had I not read "The Help" first, so much this book might have earned five stars too. To me, the most interesting character is this story was May. The author earned six stars for May's character development. As a matter of fact, most of the female characters were well done, while I thought the male characters were average. The story was fairly predictable with no big surprises and no outrageous plot twists. I think the story lends itself to a sequel and I hope the author takes a stab at one. I look forward to renting the movie version. And the narrator did an outstanding job.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 01-30-11
    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2014

    I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.

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    "Classic of the life of blacks in America"

    The Secret Life of Bees joins the list of great books about black life in the USA. I think it is actually as good as other such great books as The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Roots by Alex Haley, and The Measure of a Man by Sidney Portier. These books should be required reading for those in the world who want to go to a university for further studies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gretha 01-09-11
    Gretha 01-09-11
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    "Great Book"

    I loved this book and loved the narrator, Jenna Lamia. Well written and Jenna reads with expression, which brings the story to life. I was sad when it ended.

    Good job, Sue Monk Kidd and Jenna Lamia!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-29-10
    Cheryl Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this dramatization"

    Jenna Lamia takes a great book and makes it even better. I have read this book, seen the movie and listened to the audio, but my favorite is the audio version. The textures of the voices Jenna created for each character are so distinct and realistic, I could practically see the faces of each! A real treat!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 09-19-10
    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 09-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "This is the best audible book ever recorded"

    The book has the most charming narration I have ever heard. I almost didn't even care what I was listening to, just so I could listen to this narration. That the writing in this book is pure poetry makes it a combination that is simply irresistible. I love it. I cannot recommend it too highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    menary kitchen 02-26-10 Member Since 2015
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    "fun story"

    fun and uplifting story

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    Sasha Asheville, NC, USA 02-03-10
    Sasha Asheville, NC, USA 02-03-10
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    "Like honey, this novel is a kind of soul food."

    A very sweet empowering tale. The naration is decent. Definitely worthwile.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 01-15-11
    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 01-15-11 Member Since 2014

    Attorney & Artist

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    "Bee Buddies Buffer Baddies"

    A poignant story of a young girl who finds herself born into a violent, abusive, rascist environment and has the strength, ingenuity and open-mindedness to fashion a beautiful new life for herself encouraged by the secret lives of the bees and their most excellent keepers. The effort was appreciated also as a cultural commentary, lest those of us living in this arguably post-racial society might not remember the hurt, pain and misunderstandings wrought by racism.
    The story is well-constructed; the characters are well-developed -- I want to meet August Boatright -- and masterfully narrated. A very enjoyable listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Napa, CA, United States 06-02-10
    Heidi Napa, CA, United States 06-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very nice, heartwarming story."

    I love a coming of age, heartwarming story, and this was a very nice one. Lily is a charming, strong willed character that I fell in love with instantly. She breaks away from the terrible life she is left with by her mother's death, and goes in search of her mother's past. It is a very enjoyable story, with some darkness, and humor to balance it nicely.

    I recommend it, and bought it for my teenage nieces, who loved it!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-11-15
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

    SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!

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    "Bee-utiful!!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Life of Bees in three words, what would they be?

    Best. Narrator. Ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Bees?

    The confrontation between T Ray and Lily in the home of the calendar sisters.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Rosaleen


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely, moving, and memorable book. It will stay with me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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