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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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    Thom & Donna 01-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "to make a short story long"

    don't be in any hurry, this one has a lot of extra to say. there's 2 stories really one is about bee's the other is heartfelt.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gretha 01-09-11
    Gretha 01-09-11
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    "Great Book"

    I loved this book and loved the narrator, Jenna Lamia. Well written and Jenna reads with expression, which brings the story to life. I was sad when it ended.

    Good job, Sue Monk Kidd and Jenna Lamia!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 09-19-10
    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 09-19-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "This is the best audible book ever recorded"

    The book has the most charming narration I have ever heard. I almost didn't even care what I was listening to, just so I could listen to this narration. That the writing in this book is pure poetry makes it a combination that is simply irresistible. I love it. I cannot recommend it too highly.

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    menary kitchen 02-26-10 Member Since 2015
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    "fun story"

    fun and uplifting story

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    Emma New Bern, NC, USA 01-01-10
    Emma New Bern, NC, USA 01-01-10
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    "Great Book"

    Could not put it down

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    Sean FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 05-13-12
    Sean FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 05-13-12
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    What did you like best about The Secret Life of Bees? What did you like least?

    OK story line but well written.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Monk Kidd again?

    Nope


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was perfect for the character.


    Did The Secret Life of Bees inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended by a person whom obviously does not know me well, because this is not my kind of story I like to read/hear. Doesn't mean it was a bad book, just not my cup of tea.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-28-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Pleasant and thoughtful about loss & relationships"

    But I prefer something more entertaining.

    The story is about Lily’s grief over losing her mother and her feelings about what’s going on around her. She hurts at the racial problems happening to her black friends. This book is told from Lily’s point of view. We do not see feelings or thoughts from a black person’s perspective. That would be a different story. This story is about Lily’s loss and hurts and then finding love and support with black women.

    During the last half of the book I was sad and depressed. It made me think about losses and regrets in my own life. I think I’m better off if I don’t think about those kinds of things. I prefer to read books that make me feel happy, emotionally fulfilled, and forward thinking. I prefer books that take me on an adventure or escape. So, I’m not the best audience for this book.

    I admired August. I grew attached to some of the characters. I liked August’s answer to Lily when Lily asked why her mother Debra married an abusive man T Ray. August said he wasn’t that way in the beginning and that people change after life gets through doing things to them. When Debra left T Ray, he sunk into bitterness.

    A couple of side stories were interesting. We learn some things about bees. The ladies had regular services and traditions where they honored Our Lady. The story was that Our Lady was in chains by the master and broke free. August said Our Lady goes into the holes that life has gouged out of us.

    One thing bothered me. Lily is a wonderful girl in many ways. Yet when she is angry about her mother, she goes into a rage where she breaks all the jars of honey. And she never apologized. It bothered me. This is how August makes a living, and Lily has just destroyed her income. You don’t destroy someone else’s property like that, and it’s even worse when they are taking care of you. Sure this was meant to show Lily’s grief. But negative feelings stayed with me after the book.

    The ending was good for Lily and Rosaleen.

    NARRATOR:
    The narrator Jenna Lamia has a pleasant teenage girl voice. She was good.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great novel!"

    I loved this book, and the narrator did a fantastic job. It was suspenseful, and couldn't wait to drive to listen to it again.

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    Sharon B. 12-31-16
    Sharon B. 12-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "waited too long to listen in"

    Wow!! the imagery, the cadence, all contribute to the impact of this lovely book.

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    loveliv1309 12-26-16
    loveliv1309 12-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An absolutely beautiful book!"

    I love this narrator and every book she narrates comes to life in the most wonderful way! This book was an uplifting story of finding your way which we all can relate to. Beautifully written one of my top ten favorites!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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