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
Loved this book. Ms. Kidd knows how to set a scene to make the reader feel like you're part of the story, and I can't imagine a better narrator than Jenna Lamia.
I will listen to any book that Jenna Lamia performs. She is an outstanding performer, particularly with the Southern accents. The story was a disappointment to me. I liked the movie better.
Yes. I think the accent and voice of the reader of the Audible edition of the book complimented the story very nicely and made it especially enjoyable.
When the main character realized that the beekeeper had not only known her long-deceased mother, but had helped reer her and had known her for her entire life.
Meaningful, hopeful, and the power of love
The story line is a bit implausable, but the author ties it all together with a powerful message.
I've listened to two of her narrations. Both were superbly read. She effectively adapts her voice to the story.
The honesty of the characters.
About the same. I listened to this during car rides to and from work, school, and home. If I had time to read the print I would probably have preferred that, but it was still a very enjoyable experience. The reader was fun to listen to, and helped me get into the story.
that the story is told from the perspective of a young teen and her perspective on how the adult world during all the civil issues in the 1960s.
When June finally accepts Niel's proposal! So cute! Or when Lily and June get in the water fight and finally start to accept one another.
August. She makes you think and become a better person.
HAS TO BE WITH JENNA READING IT.
SHE TURNED IT INTO A LIVE PLAY.
IT WAS THE WAY LIFE WAS!
The Secret Life of Bees may become an annual read for me. Sometimes one just needs a well written inspiring book especially one read by a person who transports one smack dab into the sixties.
Her voice sounded as if she were young, Southern and confused yet strong. All my senses were set to high as I listened.
August after May
Loved it. A treasure.
Can't beat this story for tugging at your heartstrings but also maintaining an interesting level of tension to keep you listening.
This is a heartwarming story of acceptance and love. I sadly have not seen the movie, but I did enjoy the reading. The different characters came to life.
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