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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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    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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    Neva 08-06-15
    Neva 08-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Buzz"

    Great narration. Touching relationships and historical look at that time. Bees are so interesting too. Liked it a lot.

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    Kori Haleiwa, HI, United States 08-03-15
    Kori Haleiwa, HI, United States 08-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator's voice was like honey to my ears"
    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was able to do perform a southern accent that I found irresistible.


    Any additional comments?

    The story had me hooked right from the beginning, when T-Ray verbally abuses his daughter.

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    Barn Goddess 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pollywog"

    Enjoyed the audio version very much, while on a long road trip by myself!! Excellent story and excellent narration. She nailed the Carolina accent!

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    Caryn 07-24-15
    Caryn 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I preferred The Invention of Wings"

    While the narrator was amazing, I found the story itself a little boring. Interesting feminist and race themes that reminded me of her other book except almost nothing happens in this book. She runs away from her home and finds a new home living with a trio of african-american women. The story is driven mainly by the Lily's own (largely internal) journey of self forgiveness etc etc.

    The invention of wings on the other hand was the complete opposite with the story spanning decades and filled with numerous (many historically accurate) events occuring that keep you guessing about the fates of the two main characters. You get insight about their inner journey as well but in a much more eventful setting which suits me more I guess.

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    Brimmer555 07-21-15
    Brimmer555 07-21-15
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    "Graceful story"

    I felt that the story was graceful. It was full of controversy, heart warming moments, and growth from a nigh-eve girl to stead fast young woman.

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    Jessica 07-11-15
    Jessica 07-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great story to lift any spirit."

    I first read this book when I was 14 and I couldn't put it down. Ten years later and I still read it when I'm feeling down about my life. I like the narrator. She really brought out the emotions of the story.

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