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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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    Belinda Ray Martinez, Ca. USA 06-29-17
    Belinda Ray Martinez, Ca. USA 06-29-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Delightful book"
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    This book was my go to for several nights as it took my mind to another place and time. Much better than watching tv before bed.

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    If I finish a book in less than two weeks, it is compelling and a good read.

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    Ruth Bain 06-17-17
    Ruth Bain 06-17-17

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    This just didn't work for me. I didn't like the story, the characters were flat and/or unrealistic, and it was a struggle to finish. I realize I'm in the minority on this one, but I just didn't like it.

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    stampmom9 Dawn Gallop North Carolina 06-13-17
    stampmom9 Dawn Gallop North Carolina 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh my I certainly enjoyed this!"

    A wonderful narrator and wonderful story! I will probably listen again. I do that with the really good ones.

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    Linda 06-10-17
    Linda 06-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tears came occasionally as there were so many touching moments of kindness and love. The narrator has the voice of an angel. I think she was almost my favorite part. Jenna Lamia is outstanding as a narrator. She has to be my favorite ever.

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    Sage 06-06-17
    Sage 06-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just As Amazing As The Hardcover!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Life of Bees?

    I loved thethe accent of the narrator for one because she made the whole story feel as if you were right there in the plot. I also loved the inspirational and modivational phrases that were used from time to time in the story. I loved! the entire storyline, made me feel like I was readind the hardcover in hand.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Bees?

    The most memmorable moments were every moment that May felt someone elses pain, when T-Ray came for Lily in the end, when May committed suicide and when lily found out about her mom. There is more but I wont spoil the listening for other *laughs out loud*.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Seeing that I read the book, watched the movie AND listened to the audio *laughs out loud* My favorite characters would be May, August and Lily .


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

    YES NO DOUBT!!!


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    "And when you get down to it that's the only purpose Grand enough for a human life. Not just to love, but to persist in love." Sue monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees , page 289

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    Layne DC 06-02-17
    Layne DC 06-02-17

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Perfection"

    I marvel that it took me so long to "discover" what's become a modern classic ... but better late than never - and Jenna Lamia, as narrator, has become one of my favorites. In fact, it was doing a search for her other narrations, after listening to "The Book of Polly" that brought me here. Simply lovely.

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    Karen 05-28-17
    Karen 05-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration for a lovely story"

    If I could give the narrator 10 stars I would for this lovely story. She was perfect for this story of southern women. A very enjoyable listen.

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    Victory 05-22-17
    Victory 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "GREAT, amazing audio-book!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    First of all, this book is just amazing. It is full of symbolism, rich in Southern culture, and the plot is completely mesmerizing. <br/><br/>Secondly, the narrator is spot-on. She reads the book EXACTLY as you'd hope: a young, southern voice with all the right fluctuation. She will have you laughing and crying all in the way she says her words.<br/><br/>Just marvelous. Please listen


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