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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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    What did you love best about The Secret Life of Bees?

    I love the way Jenna Lamia narrates a story! Sue Monk Kidd writes in a way that puts the listener into the story and makes one feel like you are talking with the characters yourself! I would sit in my car in my driveway just to continue listening to parts of the story.


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    Susan 02-08-17
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    "great story... with only one complaint"

    I love this novel. the only complaint is have was the voice of the narrator. Her voice just irritated me at first. I got use to it. it was probably a personal preference. I also didn't like how she did rosaleen voice in a deep way and then didn't do any other characters voices. I just found that odd. but again it may just be me

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    Kathy-Jane 01-29-17
    Kathy-Jane 01-29-17 Member Since 2016

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    "One of my favourites ever!"

    I loved this story - everything. How the little girl found her way "home" and felt the love in a new environment. And how she had strength at such a young age to make the right decisions.

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    "great novel!"

    I loved this book, and the narrator did a fantastic job. It was suspenseful, and couldn't wait to drive to listen to it again.

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    Sharon B. 12-31-16
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    "waited too long to listen in"

    Wow!! the imagery, the cadence, all contribute to the impact of this lovely book.

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    "An absolutely beautiful book!"

    I love this narrator and every book she narrates comes to life in the most wonderful way! This book was an uplifting story of finding your way which we all can relate to. Beautifully written one of my top ten favorites!

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    I adored this book! I read it and listened to the audio. This audio recording is such a delight. The story is so touching and the writing so beautifully crafted. Sue Monk Kidd is my favorite author! This book just makes me love her more!

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    Amazon Customer Keene, NY United States 12-21-16
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    Love love the strong characters in this story and the raw emotions that they share with one another

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    Wendy 11-27-16
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    Delightful book honoring the pain and strength of the women in this book. I was a wonderful read.

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    Lattemom 11-10-16
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    "Breathtaking, serious and funny"

    This is the kind of book you want to read again as soon as you reach the last page. Narrator added a lot to the emotion in the story. Excellent read!!

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