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The Secret Life of Bees | [Sue Monk Kidd]

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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    "Add it to your library you'll not be sorry..."

    Narration by Jenna Lamia is spectacular - I didn't want it to end. It's a touching story well written by Sue Monk Kidd. It's another one of those "can't put down" or "kept me up late listening" type of books. I would listen on the subway and could easily miss my stop as I would get so involved in anticipation of what was next.

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    Linda Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 01-11-12
    Linda Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    Love Jemma Lamia as she tends to bring anything she reads to life. The book was great and I am now looking forward to seeing the movie.

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    Michele Manning, ND, United States 07-30-11
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    "The Secret Life of Bees"

    This is a great listen to book. I would recommend it. The author and the narrator are excellent.

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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 01-30-11
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 01-30-11

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    All I will say is that all of the hulla-bu-loo about this book is well-deserved. If you are on the fence about whether or not to listen to it, I recommend going ahead and doing so.

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    "to make a short story long"

    don't be in any hurry, this one has a lot of extra to say. there's 2 stories really one is about bee's the other is heartfelt.

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    Jonathan 1, NJ, United States 10-11-11
    Jonathan 1, NJ, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    Where does The Secret Life of Bees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book itself is ok. Its entertaining, but the story hasn't captured me the way other books have. The narration is fantastic, and is the best part of the listen.


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    "Should have been named: My Mammies"

    I found this distasteful. The old south and the way Black women supposedly adored the "White chilluns" was rehashed in this book. Not something that interest me, a Black woman.

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    Today's media, be it television, music or books are released with the express intention of corrupting our morals and turning the population away from Christianity. This is one. Just too sick to continue listening to. Don't need it. Don't want it. It's awful.

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