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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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    Nancy 05-31-12
    Nancy 05-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "MUCH Better than the movie!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    Yes, already have! I really enjoyed the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't pick just one thing!


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

    Her accent really made it for me. Her accent put me right there with every word.


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

    There were several points when I was really moved. I think each one was probably based in an act of real courage to go against the norm for that location and time.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I saw the movie AFTER listening to the book. The book is just so much better at character development than the movie. Listening to the book made want to just settle back on a porch swing and watch it play out. Really enjoyed this book!

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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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    "OK book"
    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Beautiful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Life of Bees the most enjoyable?

    I thought Jenna Lamia did a great job with the voices and dramatization. I also thought the story was very touching. The characters grew and changed during the story, but were dear throughout! Well -- except for T-Ray!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters!


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    If you could take any character from The Secret Life of Bees out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    August. She is so wise and down-to-earth. Maybe she would rub off on me!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, the story, the characters, and the many words of wisdom woven in. Lovely! I also learned a lot about bee-keeping!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LH huddleston, VA, United States 04-30-12
    LH huddleston, VA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a Wonderfully written book"
    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    Maybe, I usually do not reread or listen to books a second time but this was such a well written and enjoyable book, I would consider rereading it. The Secret Life of Bees has so much wrapped up between the covers of this book that its hard to begin to appraise it. Sue Monk Kidd has tackled the race issues of the 50 and 60s head on in this book. But she does it in such a way that the emotions and tensions of the period are revealed harmoniously. Using a young white girl to reveal the suffering of the blacks during this period is a unique and enlighting way to get her point accross.


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

    The most memorable moment of this book is when Lilly helps Rosaline escape from prison/hospital.


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

    Rosaline was my favorite character.


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    MommaLeoni 04-28-12
    MommaLeoni 04-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful story of the complications of family and"
    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    I would listen again, yes, it is a great story that is set in the early 1960's, a sometimes scary and sad, yet simple time. Loved the sweet voice of the narrator.


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

    Not to spoil the story, but the sister, May, touched my heart in her innocent love for others and their hardships, and how she ultimately responded to the grief and sadness.


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

    Loved all the "Calendar Sisters". They knew the secret of "how to do life"...


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a lovely story, please don't miss this!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mhurban 12-16-11
    mhurban 12-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done!"

    I loved this book and the narrator was wonderful. I know this is also a movie and I want to see it, but I'm glad I've listened to the book first. It did make me cry alot though.

    Definitely recommend, but probably more of a female read.

    Carol

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Miamisburg, OH, United States 10-08-11
    John Miamisburg, OH, United States 10-08-11
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    "wonderful story"

    A superb blend of characters and historical events. Each one comes to life and will win your heart.

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    Bokworm 09-09-11
    Bokworm 09-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrific"

    The narrator was excellent--which makes the presentation a great listen. Good book. x x x

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    alena 03-21-11
    alena 03-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    ""All those Mommas...""

    This is a lovely story, the color of golden honey. I actually listened to the whole thing in one day. A beautiful, fistful of unconditional love. I highly recommend it, especially if you're home alone.

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    Jeff 02-27-11
    Jeff 02-27-11
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    "Great Story"

    A very good story and read very well. Another reading that made the book come thru in 3D. Left you thinking there must be more to the story. Maybe?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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