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The Secret Life of Bees Audiobook

The Secret Life of Bees

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.
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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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    Shawna 12-29-15
    Shawna 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I liked this book"

    Great characters and story. This one kept me listening long after I arrived home from work

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    Michelle Wilson 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "All the stars!!!"

    I was terribly sad for this book to end. To say I had my heart spoken to and cared for is an understatement. I'm looking forward to other books by Sue Monk Kidd - she is a wonderful author.

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    nikkacs3 12-08-15
    nikkacs3 12-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "very good"

    I liked the tones and inflections of the reader. nicely done. loved the story. love Lily.

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    L. LaSh 11-20-15
    L. LaSh 11-20-15
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    "A Must Read!"

    Perfectly told! The author makes me want to read every book they ever wrote! You won't be disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer 10-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "From Bees to Knees"

    I loved the story and this historic trio. thecgem howver, was discovering somewhere in the last few chapters that life is less about what you have done or had done to you and more about hiw you choose to be.

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    Debbie Sibley Mitchell 09-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent reminder"

    This is a story that teaches a person as He or She reads this beautifully written story. I felt like I was right there with Lilly and oh how I loved and felt so connected to all the characters in this story. It's a must read. I wish it would continue to tell us how Liilly's life goes on. How lucky she was to find love, unconditional Love.....isn't that what all of us crave?

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    jenean p. 09-18-15
    jenean p. 09-18-15
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    "great book"

    I love this story the narrator sends you back in time to a time most of us just hear about from our grandparents

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    Toni M Kenady 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration of a story painted with well crafted skill!"

    Wonderful narration of a story painted with well crafted skill! I will be searching out more books by Sue Monk Kidd. Jenna Lamia was the perfect choice for the narrator....

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    Barbara OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN, United States 09-02-15
    Barbara OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN, United States 09-02-15

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    "wow...just awesome book"

    story is so well written and told through the eyes and mind of a young girl makes it extra heartfelt.

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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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