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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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    Lynn Augusta, Maine United States 05-24-16
    Lynn Augusta, Maine United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Brooke 08-31-15
    Brooke 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    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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    Gotta Tellya Knoxville, TN 08-20-14
    Gotta Tellya Knoxville, TN 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    If you could sum up The Secret Life of Bees in three words, what would they be?

    Friendship, love, hope.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Life of Bees to and why?

    The Color Purple--different circumstances, but sharing the same theme about the value of compassion and friendship among women.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't choose from among so many fine moments. This book is rich with striking scenes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Same problem--so many!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a keeper. I could listen to this narration over and over. The story is exceptional and the narrator was perfection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MS 09-24-13
    MS 09-24-13 Member Since 2010

    I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!

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    "Favorite narrator and great book!"

    What a life for a young girl to go through! Lily proves that she is smart and is a very loving, caring person. She accomplishes her travels and learns so much throughout. She is strong and determined.

    Lovely book, would listen to again and I highly recommend.

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    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 09-05-13
    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Emotion Evoking"
    What did you love best about The Secret Life of Bees?

    This book really brought you back in time. Life was so much simpler then. I really enjoyed the everyday life part of the story.


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

    This book really moved me emotionally.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the narration. She brought the feeling of the emotions to this wonderful story.


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

    I do not listen to any book in one sitting, I have a long commute and listen in my car.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story, but did find it a little sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Fairfield, CA, United States 08-27-13
    Charles Fairfield, CA, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful book"
    If you could sum up The Secret Life of Bees in three words, what would they be?

    kindness always matters


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took me into the story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she runs away from home, and sleeping by the creek


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It is a film, I have not seen it, but I will.


    Any additional comments?

    You will enjoy this book, give it a try.

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    William Pennsville, NJ, United States 08-14-13
    William Pennsville, NJ, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Sweet Treat!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Life of Bees in three words, what would they be?

    I would sum up The Secret Life of Bees with the words: true, wise, and touching.


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

    The most memorable moment for me was when Lily had bees swarming around her and she didn't flinch but floated mentally to another place and was able to keep calm and become "one" with the bees.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many gems in this book. Each word drips with sweet truth against the backdrop of bitter racism. The book doesn't focus on "racism" beyond the matter of fact reality of living in the south during that era.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Life of Bees and why?

    August is the most memorable character for me. Salt of the earth sweetened with a lifetime of honey.


    Any additional comments?

    Please read or listen to this book before you see the movie. You will be touched, moved, and uplifted by this glorious work of art.

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    Amazon Customer EATONTOWN, NEW JERSEY, US 03-01-13
    Amazon Customer EATONTOWN, NEW JERSEY, US 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Life of Bees to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it in print but I can't imagine it could be better then Jenna Lamia reading it to me. I did enjoy the audio book better then the movie though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    August because I think she knew just who Lilly was and how much she needed August and her sisters right from the beginning.


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

    Lilly.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Lilly's perspective gave you such a clear view of the time. I especially love how Lilly didn't see color like the other white people she had in her life before she found August and her sisters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 06-08-12
    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2015

    I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...

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    "Wow- The audio book transports me back..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very well produced. Good quality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily and August. Lily because she tranforms her life in one summer and becomes a strong woman. August because she is like a Queen bee who takes care of every one.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Great! She embodies Lily. Her accent and tone are spot on with what I heard in my head when I read the book the first time. I played it for my 11th grade class and they said the same thing.


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

    Cry... I won't tell why.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read for a tranformation story set in the time of extreme racism. The book will make you want to eat honey so have some on hand.

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    Karen F Richland Center, WI USA 06-01-12
    Karen F Richland Center, WI USA 06-01-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great Story - narration superb!"

    This was a great story about a young girl longing to be loved by her mother. I was truly captivated by the narrator - what a great job of bringing this story to life. Each person in the story could be pictured in my mind by the excellent voice portrayals. My heart ached for young Lily but brought smiles to my face as well as tears. The innocence of childhood is a precious thing. I would hightly recommend this book. It certainly will make my top 10 favorites list!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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