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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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    S.F. Chicago, IL USA 09-15-16
    S.F. Chicago, IL USA 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully performed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would. Jenna Lamia is one of the best!


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    She is so emotionally present with the material -- she really draws me in as a listener. I felt like I was completely inside the main character's head.


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    100 stres 09-02-16
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    "Great listen"

    Loved it the story and the narration were wonderful. such an easy book to listen to such an enjoyable listen.

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    Jennifer Nix 05-27-16
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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! :)

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    Lynn Augusta, Maine United States 05-24-16
    Lynn Augusta, Maine United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    "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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    Gotta Tellya Knoxville, TN 08-20-14
    Gotta Tellya Knoxville, TN 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it!"
    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.

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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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