We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (2340 )
5 star
 (1484)
4 star
 (607)
3 star
 (182)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (32)
Overall
4.5 (1765 )
5 star
 (1177)
4 star
 (404)
3 star
 (134)
2 star
 (29)
1 star
 (21)
Story
4.7 (1772 )
5 star
 (1365)
4 star
 (305)
3 star
 (69)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (17)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    LVAnderson 06-23-15
    LVAnderson 06-23-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great book by Susan Monk Kidd!"

    I first listened to "The Invention of Wings" which I found beautiful and captivating. Having visited Charleston several times I felt a great connection realizing I had been to many if the same places mentioned in the book. it really gave the city new life for me.

    I loved the narration and wondered if, in this book, because it is read by one of the same women who narrated "Wings" , there would be enough of a "differential" to make it work.

    Well it works! Brilluantly! The story is beautiful and beautifully read. And as with 'Wings" I developed a connection with the characters and was sad when it was over.

    Warm. Refreshing. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer 06-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very enjoyable"

    Great human interest story at a very troubled time in our history. Really liked the movie as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle 06-04-15
    Michelle 06-04-15 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "must listen!"

    A wonderful story! narration was actually better than my imagination and that has never happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Caryl Utah 05-25-15
    Caryl Utah 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Writing!"

    I loved the bare thoughts coming from Lily; the authentic and loving August. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive writing. Though I don't believe in their form of worship, I loved that these women were so devoted to it, and so strong. I was pulled in and became part of this group of women, feeling their joys and sorrows and aching. The audible performance was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lincoln Florida 05-04-15
    Lincoln Florida 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good not great..similar to the Help."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes for a decent read. It drags out though...so be prepared.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The "secret" dragged out for so long it was just annoying towards the end. I found myself saying "are you freaking kidding me? why havent you guys talked this out yet?"


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

    She did a great job playing all the characters and he voice "sounded" like what Lily would sound like if you imagined her as a real life person.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not. Id catch it on TV for a while. But it dragged out to much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laurel Richfield, OH, United States 04-30-15
    Laurel Richfield, OH, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2008

    I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    499
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Secret Lives"

    We all have secret lives - but there is a universality of humanity that makes us all the same. Their is a beautiful poignancy about this book that takes me back to haunt my own childhood. The narrator does such an exquisite job that it genuinely feels as if Lily is telling her own story with the beautiful simplicity of a 14 year old girl struggling to survive in an all too common reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rhonda Harnish 04-28-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I loved the story and the narrator was wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Life of Bees the most enjoyable?

    The narration and character descriptions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a good mix of injustice and personal growth


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't remember just one.


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

    I loved August, I wish i had someone so sensible, caring and balanced in my life to help guide me through the rough patches.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved and would urge others to read it. I'm excited to watch the movie now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Emily Vermont, USA 04-27-15
    Emily Vermont, USA 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    117
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good read"

    I watched the movie before reading the book. I love both and recommend reading the book before watching the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-11-15
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

    SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    722
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    118
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    146
    42
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bee-utiful!!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Life of Bees in three words, what would they be?

    Best. Narrator. Ever.


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

    The confrontation between T Ray and Lily in the home of the calendar sisters.


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

    Rosaleen


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely, moving, and memorable book. It will stay with me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alice Kentucky, USA 04-04-15
    Alice Kentucky, USA 04-04-15 Member Since 2016

    teacher

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unexpected depth"

    I didn't know what to expect when I began listening to the Secret Lives of Bees. What a story unfolded! I didn't expect to be drawn in to this story in many ways. But... I was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.