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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 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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    Jacalyn Chalfant 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful story"

    This is one of my new favorite books and a must read for people of all ages.

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    Sandra K. Heinzman Midlothian, VA USA 08-20-15
    Sandra K. Heinzman Midlothian, VA USA 08-20-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved this book!"

    This is one of the best Audible books, story and narration, that I have listened to. I could barely bear to stop listening. This author writes beautifully and her words are like poetry. I can't wait to watch the movie! Highly recommend this book!'n

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    Mary D. Allen 01-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Extraordinary novel, with such insightful writng."
    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    I would listen again. The narrator was perfect for the age of young Lily and all the characters were so richly described. I had difficulty turning it off.


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

    May's death.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    She seemed perfect for the age of Lily, the storyteller.


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

    The book had emotional highs and lows. Many humorous times and certainly sad at others.


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    Judy Mahan 01-05-15
    Judy Mahan 01-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Took me back to the 60's."

    Jenna 's perfect narration and perfect Southern voice to me back to when I was her age is the early 60's. I felt like she was my best friend telling me her life. This story has drama, humor, sadness, happiness, with a sense of suspense running through out the story line. RECOMMEND

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    Joanna K. Harada 01-02-15

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    "Refreshing"

    Narrator was excellent Story is refreshing liked the girls spunk. Wish the father would have showed a little love to his daughter

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    Ron ELY, IA, United States 08-23-14
    Ron ELY, IA, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Not really Ron! Female, mid 40's. Need a good audio book really helps me get things done around the house. My family is annoyed!

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    "Loved it!"

    I'm hooked on listening to books narrated by Jenna Lamia. I was searching for another after "The Help." The Secret Life Of Bees is practically poetry. Wonderful story with perfect narration.

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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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