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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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    ltlrookie 11-23-17
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    "Loved it!"

    This is a precious story. The narrator does a fabulous job. I absolutely enjoyed the whole book.

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    jb 11-08-17
    jb 11-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    Although some parts were very sad and required maturity the book was amazing and kept me reading for hours

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    Kim Jordan 11-03-17
    Kim Jordan 11-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "LOVED it"

    Great audio performance
    wonderful heartfelt story. Love knows no color. She found her place in the world.

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    barbara a schendel 10-30-17
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    "Great book. Fair narration"

    I am sure it's very hard to ever find a narrator that everyone likes. We all have our own idea of how it should sound. But I felt that her voice was too high and childlike. Sort of found that distracting. But it was more than made up for by the great story. Really great book. Rich characters and complex story.

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