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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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    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 11 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 09-08-13
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Book always better!"

    I watched the movie first and really enjoyed it, but the book is always better!!! I love this story. Fantastic writing!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-03-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-03-10
    Susan Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-03-10 Member Since 2011
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    "The Secret Life of Bees"

    This audio book is delightful and inspiring. I enjoyed the gentle rhythm of the book. This is a presentation of powerful women who live a life of integrity and wisdom.

    2 of 3 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 3 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 04-19-17
    Joyce 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the story ... HATED the thick southern accent."

    As much as I loved the story and movie, I couldn't finish listening. I can only take so much of a southern accent. It ruined it for me.Love the story

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    Sara 04-18-17
    Sara 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE Jenna Lamia"

    Listened to this book prior to watching the movie. I loved it! Loved Lily's character and the entertainment of the Boatwright sisters. I'm a sucker for southern pre WWII stories. Wonderful depiction of a summer in the south.

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    Margaret 04-09-17
    Margaret 04-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding narration!"

    This book went straight to my favorites list! Every character is real to me.

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    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 10-13-16
    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 10-13-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautiful novel"

    Heart warming tale. Helpful to anyone who's lost parents or been discriminated against! Love it

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