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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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    Susan Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-03-10
    Susan Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-03-10 Member Since 2011
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    "The Secret Life of Bees"

    This audio book is delightful and inspiring. I enjoyed the gentle rhythm of the book. This is a presentation of powerful women who live a life of integrity and wisdom.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha Asheville, NC, USA 02-03-10
    Sasha Asheville, NC, USA 02-03-10
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    "Like honey, this novel is a kind of soul food."

    A very sweet empowering tale. The naration is decent. Definitely worthwile.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Washington, DC, USA 08-12-09
    Patricia Washington, DC, USA 08-12-09
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    "The Secret Lifes of Bees"

    I loved the book. It was sad but a great story. I listen to it while walking home from work and it was a great companion.

    Patricia

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-29-10
    Cheryl Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this dramatization"

    Jenna Lamia takes a great book and makes it even better. I have read this book, seen the movie and listened to the audio, but my favorite is the audio version. The textures of the voices Jenna created for each character are so distinct and realistic, I could practically see the faces of each! A real treat!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 01-15-11
    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 01-15-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Bee Buddies Buffer Baddies"

    A poignant story of a young girl who finds herself born into a violent, abusive, rascist environment and has the strength, ingenuity and open-mindedness to fashion a beautiful new life for herself encouraged by the secret lives of the bees and their most excellent keepers. The effort was appreciated also as a cultural commentary, lest those of us living in this arguably post-racial society might not remember the hurt, pain and misunderstandings wrought by racism.
    The story is well-constructed; the characters are well-developed -- I want to meet August Boatright -- and masterfully narrated. A very enjoyable listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Napa, CA, United States 06-02-10
    Heidi Napa, CA, United States 06-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very nice, heartwarming story."

    I love a coming of age, heartwarming story, and this was a very nice one. Lily is a charming, strong willed character that I fell in love with instantly. She breaks away from the terrible life she is left with by her mother's death, and goes in search of her mother's past. It is a very enjoyable story, with some darkness, and humor to balance it nicely.

    I recommend it, and bought it for my teenage nieces, who loved it!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Pater 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "this book is ass"

    This book was forced upon me by a summer project, and it felt like I was being tortured for all ten hours of this aids.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book!"

    Listened to it in less than 2 days....entertaining and engaging. One of the best books I've heard or read in the past few years.

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    Lynn Shinault 07-08-17
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    "A must read..."

    Loved everything about this book. The narrator made it even better. Will read more from this author and definitely listen to more stories performed by the narrator.

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    Tatum White 07-01-17
    Tatum White 07-01-17
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    "pretty good"

    it was pretty good but it got really boring in the middle of the book

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