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The Secret Life of Bees Audiobook

The Secret Life of Bees

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Publisher's Summary

A fabulous coming-of-age debut novel that has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and has been made into a movie starring Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, and Paul Bettany.

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart.

South Carolina in the '60s is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died 10 years before.

Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.

©2003 Sue Monk Kidd (P)2008 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous... Do read it" (Joanna Trollope)

'This is a wonderful book, by turns funny, sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph

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    SUSAN 02-22-15
    SUSAN 02-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Suemallon@online.de"

    Beautifully read
    Beautifully written with great compassion
    I loved the writing style and descriptive quality of this book
    Sad in so many places but written with a great sense of how a child thinks and with a good sense of humor

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Withane 01-31-15
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    "Deeply personal and heart wrenching"

    Set in a sliver of tumultuous contemporary American history, the story follows Lilly's search for her true self and is warm, funny, sad, tragic, comical, romantic, instructive, serendipitous and slowly unravelling a raw truth and a bond that draws all the characters together. An unexpected joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    2/2/15
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    "Beautiful story beautifully told"

    I loved this story from start to finish. I also loved the reading from the narrator, it was very unique and brought me at times all the way to South Carolina.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Janice chandler
    1/2/15
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    "Beautifully written ."

    I'd never heard of this book before I chose it and was looking for something different.
    I was pleasantly surprised by the whe thing. Wonderful characters with a storyline that touches your heart.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    9/26/14
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    "feel good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Life of Bees to be better than the print version?

    i have only listend to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily was a very sad lovely lonely brave girl looking for love trying to do the right thing living in a terrible situation and time.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    perfect accent


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    loved all the information about bees, with out being lectured.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
    Hayling Island, UK
    8/4/14
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    "Love it - start to finish!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Life of Bees to be better than the print version?

    This is one of those stories that you never want to end - you fall in love with the characters and just want them to keep telling you their tales!

    I listen to my books in the car and actually found myself driving a little slower to get home so that I could hear just a little more of the story!

    The performance was captivating and I enjoyed every bit.

    I don't have the printed version so can't compare but I'd recommend the audio in a heartbeat and feel that it added to my enjoyment of it!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final scenes with Lily and her father.


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

    Yes I went through lots of emotions - sadness, amusement and a sense of wellbeing at the end!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - and I'll be watching out for the film now too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perranmaid
    Cornwall
    6/10/14
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    "Such a wonderful story of women and prejudices"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would strongly recommend it


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

    I can't think of any other book that compares to it


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    most of the chapters once they reached the honey farm


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    kneeling on grits; punishment by her father
    I don't want to write about the others as it may ruin the story for others, but the women at the honey farm are wonderful in many ways


    Any additional comments?

    strongly recommend it. I'm not sure if you would describe it as a coming of age story but certainly the young girl's story is so moving. I love the way they relate back to facts about bees and honey

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Vicary
    York, England
    10/11/15
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    "Lovely story beautifully told"
    What did you like most about The Secret Life of Bees?

    It was an unusual story but what I really loved was listening to the beautiful reading by Jenna Lamia. I loved her southern accent and I thought she brought the characters to life very well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foshy
    8/26/15
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    "I liked this audio book"

    This was slow to start, but once I got into the story it just got better and better. Kept me listening. The accents of the narrator took a little time to get used to. Overall this was a good book. I recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M MacInnes
    1/19/15
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    "Good read, good performance"

    I loved this book great storyline and the performance was appropriate to the story. Definitely recommend it as a nice easy read. Not too taxing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    1/14/15
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    "beautifully written and narrated"

    Saw the film which is equally good. This is escapism in a positive way. Very easy to picture the pink house and all the characters even without seeing the film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • abena
    1/5/15
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    "brilliant"

    Just couldn't stop listening! really good. The reader bring all whole story to live! Great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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