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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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    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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    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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    Kayla 08-05-16
    Kayla 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    This story took me by surprised! Better than I could have imagined! Every woman should listen to it!

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    Gretta Roberts 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved this book."

    all around great book. I didn't even want to take a break! read it! you will enjoy!

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    Genzale Kent, WA, United States 07-25-16
    Genzale Kent, WA, United States 07-25-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic!"

    This audiobook has it all- an interesting story, exceptional writing, and perfect narration that pulls you in to the story and won't let you go!

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    desertrose 07-22-16
    desertrose 07-22-16

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    "I hated for it to end!"

    Another great work by Sue Monk Kidd with EXCELLENT narration by Jenna Lamia.
    I stayed awake until 3:30 am to continue listening.
    After first listening to The Invention of Wings, also with narration by Jenna Lamia, I was almost afraid to begin The Secret Life of Bees. I was afraid I would be disappointed.
    I only wish that I had found these books, and this author, much sooner.
    Highly recommended!

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    Haley Murdoch 06-08-16
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    "😀😀😀"

    the narrator was amazing!!! it is my new favorite book!!! i can't wait to share it with my friends... how had i not read this before now???

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    Leanora M. Terhune 05-16-16

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    "Sweetly wonderful, like honey."

    I truly love this story. I'll carry it with me always. Thank you SMK. Namaste.

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    Dovie Ankrom Enterprise, Al, US 05-15-16
    Dovie Ankrom Enterprise, Al, US 05-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful book"

    I loved this I am going to by the hard copy and read it to my grand children

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    privacy ca,usa 05-12-16
    privacy ca,usa 05-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent book"
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    jenna lamia is one of my favorite narrators, and a perfect choice to perform this book. love them both. highly recommended!

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