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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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    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, California 04-11-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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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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    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!!!

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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

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    Jennifer Nix Round Hill, VA United States 05-27-16
    Jennifer Nix Round Hill, VA United States 05-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What a beautiful book! I loved it! :)"

    Narration was the best I've ever heard. Absolutely loved it! You should listen, too! :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Augusta, Maine United States 05-24-16
    Lynn Augusta, Maine United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful narration"

    Listening to this book brought me such joy. The choosen narrator was superb...her inflections and tone really made the book come alive. A book that made me laugh and cry and I loved every minute of it. I'm sad it's over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 08-31-15
    Brooke 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    Loved this book. Couldn't stop listening!! I would tell anyone to read it. From the first word to the last I was never bored. I finished it in one day, talk about a good read!

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    Melissa 08-22-15
    Melissa 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I thought."

    Having had to read this for school, I enjoyed the story. Now I have a habit of talking in a South Carolina accent on occasion, but that's great.

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