Queen Bee

A Novel
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Series: Lowcountry Tales, Book 12
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,000 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank." (Elin Hilderbrand, the New York Times best-selling author)

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of New York Times best-selling author Dorthea Benton Frank’s Carolina Lowcountry in this evocative tale that returns at long last to her beloved Sullivan’s Island. 

Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan’s Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother "The Queen Bee" because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware she’s quite ill, but that doesn’t stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly’s sister, Leslie, married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. 

Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what’s happening in their neighbor’s home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they’ll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will. 

Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale, warm, wise, and hilarious, roaring with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her 20th novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.

©2019 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Quenn Bee

Couldn't stop listening at the beginning....then couldn't wait for it to end. Just ok.

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Awful, terrible, horrible

What has happened to this author? This story is entirely lacking of the charm and warmth of her usual low country stories. What a waste of money. Dorothea Benton Frank this is an absolute fail. And the characters are awful! A total rip off and sell out.

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the word said

I'm not sure if "he said, she said they said," was in the written text but if the reader of this book said the words said one more time I thought I would scream. most readers change their voice for other people speaking and in many cases it's obvious that what is being said is being said by someone else. It drove me absolutely crazy

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Queen Bee

Not her best effort. Had a hard time with the transgender. Guess I must be too old.

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What a disappointment

I love Dorothea Benton Frank’s writing, but this story was way too political, pushing a single agenda. What a waste.

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low country

Loved this book, made you fell as tho you were there! Would recommend reading you will enjoy!!!!

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Swan Song

What a fun way to enjoy the last book from a beloved author. Just a light and entertaining read that everyone needs once in awhile. Rest with the angels, Miss Dorothea ❤️

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Entertaining

Pretty good storyline. Wasn’t crazy over the narrator. Voices for all the “male” character were the same...no different regardless of which character was speaking. Her “southern” accent just seemed off. Almost didn’t go past the first couple of chapters strictly because of the narrator. Would have been better if I would have read vs listened.

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I always wait patiently for the next Dorothea Benton Frank book

.....But this was not one of her best. I thought the story line was thin and predictable and far fetched. It lacked the humor that I so look forward to with DBT’s books. Also the narrator was tooo exaggerated for me.

I hope there is another coming out soon so I dont’t have to remember this one.

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2 Different Story Lines

I love Dorothea Benton Franks' books, but this one just doesn't have the charm of her other Low Country books. This book just wasn't cohesive. Either the editor did a hatchet job on this book or the writer just didn't meld the 2 stories together well. Also Holly reminded me of a 1950's throwback. She was a constant irritant. The narrator made her sound even more irritating.

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