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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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    Jeff 02-27-11
    Jeff 02-27-11
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    "Great Story"

    A very good story and read very well. Another reading that made the book come thru in 3D. Left you thinking there must be more to the story. Maybe?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Hubbard, TX, United States 02-17-11
    Deanna Hubbard, TX, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favorite"

    It just felt like one of those books that you start so you might as well finish.

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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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    "Enjoyable listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 01-30-11
    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic of the life of blacks in America"

    The Secret Life of Bees joins the list of great books about black life in the USA. I think it is actually as good as other such great books as The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Roots by Alex Haley, and The Measure of a Man by Sidney Portier. These books should be required reading for those in the world who want to go to a university for further studies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thom & Donna 01-15-11 Member Since 2013
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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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    Gretha 01-09-11
    Gretha 01-09-11
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    "Great Book"

    I loved this book and loved the narrator, Jenna Lamia. Well written and Jenna reads with expression, which brings the story to life. I was sad when it ended.

    Good job, Sue Monk Kidd and Jenna Lamia!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 09-19-10
    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 09-19-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "This is the best audible book ever recorded"

    The book has the most charming narration I have ever heard. I almost didn't even care what I was listening to, just so I could listen to this narration. That the writing in this book is pure poetry makes it a combination that is simply irresistible. I love it. I cannot recommend it too highly.

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    menary kitchen 02-26-10 Member Since 2015
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    "fun story"

    fun and uplifting story

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    Emma New Bern, NC, USA 01-01-10
    Emma New Bern, NC, USA 01-01-10
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    "Great Book"

    Could not put it down

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    SRT7777777 Rapid City, SD, United States 05-13-12
    SRT7777777 Rapid City, SD, United States 05-13-12
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    "OK book"
    What did you like best about The Secret Life of Bees? What did you like least?

    OK story line but well written.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Monk Kidd again?

    Nope


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was perfect for the character.


    Did The Secret Life of Bees inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended by a person whom obviously does not know me well, because this is not my kind of story I like to read/hear. Doesn't mean it was a bad book, just not my cup of tea.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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