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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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    Krista Cope 03-15-15
    Krista Cope 03-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic"

    Beautiful story expertly written and narrated. I loved every last second of it. Heartwarming. Gentle. Thoughtful. Gracious. Spiritual. Loving. Beautiful.

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    tinafl 03-06-15
    tinafl 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story beautiful narration"

    Your time won't be wasted reading this wonderful story.
    It takes you want to journey about finding out your history and who you are

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    Lulu18 01-14-15
    Lulu18 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read!!!"

    This book was excellent saw the movie awhile back couldn't remember how it went but I won't forget this great book. The narrator's voice is amazing with imagery and I can literally see the scene and see her as a 14 year old girl this is a great book and I've read it twice in one week. Great Job Sue Kidd and Jenna Lamia!

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    Dawn 01-12-15
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    "It deeply touched me"

    When I first read the title, I didn't think it would interest me. Bees are not typically something I care much for. But this book was so much more than that. It touched a place deep within me. It touched the tormented child within me I had been trying to suppress all these years. It put into words feelings I had buried deep within. It helped me heal a bit in some strange sort of way.

    I have to say the narrator is my favorite. And for my next book, I will intentionally search for a story read by her. I would highly recommend reading this novel. The author is extremely talented and touches on many different aspects of life in such a way, the reader can relate to on many different facets.

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    Mary D. Allen 01-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Extraordinary novel, with such insightful writng."
    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    I would listen again. The narrator was perfect for the age of young Lily and all the characters were so richly described. I had difficulty turning it off.


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

    May's death.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    She seemed perfect for the age of Lily, the storyteller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book had emotional highs and lows. Many humorous times and certainly sad at others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Mahan 01-05-15
    Judy Mahan 01-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Took me back to the 60's."

    Jenna 's perfect narration and perfect Southern voice to me back to when I was her age is the early 60's. I felt like she was my best friend telling me her life. This story has drama, humor, sadness, happiness, with a sense of suspense running through out the story line. RECOMMEND

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    Joanna K. Harada 01-02-15

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    "Refreshing"

    Narrator was excellent Story is refreshing liked the girls spunk. Wish the father would have showed a little love to his daughter

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    Ron ELY, IA, United States 08-23-14
    Ron ELY, IA, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Not really Ron! Female, mid 40's. Need a good audio book really helps me get things done around the house. My family is annoyed!

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    "Loved it!"

    I'm hooked on listening to books narrated by Jenna Lamia. I was searching for another after "The Help." The Secret Life Of Bees is practically poetry. Wonderful story with perfect narration.

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    Sara 08-18-14
    Sara 08-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty standard stuff, probably best for the young"
    What did you like best about The Secret Life of Bees? What did you like least?

    It's a feel-good novel, though I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. Overall, the message is a good one, but one probably best used by the young or immature. Otherwise, this is a standard tale of a girl running from her abusive life into the arms of a quirky, lovable flock of women, and finding her own inner strength. The racial currents that run through it add interest, but not enough to help the extremely predictable plot. The narrator does a good job in sounding like a 14-year old, but I found it hard to listen to at times. Her performance had this sort of "Aw Shucks" flavor to it that I found irritating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Monk Kidd again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenna Lamia’s performances?

    Probably not.


    Did The Secret Life of Bees inspire you to do anything?

    Be more careful when considering audiobooks with five stars.


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    Rick 07-31-14
    Rick 07-31-14
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    "Love this narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it is well written and perfectly narrated.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Life of Bees to and why?

    The Help is a similar book.


    Have you listened to any of Jenna Lamia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jenna Lamia is a superb reader who captures the very spirit of a book. I listened to her performance in The Help and she is a sublime narrator in that book as well.


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

    I couldn't get enough of this book. I wanted to listen to it in one setting, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear more from Jenna Lamia.

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