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The Honey Bus

A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather, and one of nature’s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.

Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split, and suddenly, she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment, she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees. 

May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. Her mother had receded into a volatile cycle of neurosis and despair and spent most days locked away in the bedroom. It was during this pivotal time in May’s childhood that she learned to take care of herself, forged an unbreakable bond with her grandfather, and opened her eyes to the magic and wisdom of nature. 

The bees became a guiding force in May’s life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival, and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is an unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.

©2019 Meredith May (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Touching story

Loved it! Such a beautifully written and touching memoir, my heart exploded. I raised my 2 girls in Carmel Valley, the old airstrip met where our backyard ended. I did not like the narrator at all. She would read in a normal tone then fluctuate into a raspy nasal high pitch. It was unnerving . I so wished the author had read the book. Several times I wanted to stop listening and get the book, which by the way includes some actual photos of grandpa, Mathew, mom,granny , grandpas hives etc.

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Enjoyed the story; not the narrator so much

I thought the story was interesting and enjoyable, but I found the narrator annoying. She did a good job using distinguishing voices for various characters, but the way she had the main character talk almost caused me to quit.

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Really enjoyed this

In fact I listened to it twice in a row and will listen again! I am a backyard beekeeper and the product of a broken family. Both aspects of the story resonate with me. The bee information is accurate, and it is a good depiction of how and why the bees are so important to me. Wonderful story and great performance

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Loved it!

This was one of the most enjoyable read's I've had in a long time. The story is heart warming and sad at the same time. I also developed a huge fascination for bees. What an interesting comparison and parallel she made between the life of bees and her upbringing. I highly recommend this book.

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lovely

lite and memorable I felt like I grew up with our main character. Very knowledgeable about bees without being teachy.

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Didn't want it to end...loved it!!

the narrator did a terrific performance. My heart aches for Merideth and I loved the relationship the children had with their grandpa. So sweet...i cried.

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Amazing read

I literally couldn’t stop listening to this book.. it’s so captivating.. heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. Amazing story. Kudos to the author. Must read.

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Excellent book

This was a story well told. I never knew there was so much to know about bees.

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Wonderful, touching and well written story

Well written story about merging the importance of the community of bees with a little girl growing up in a dysfunctional family and needing guidance and love. Very impactful story and a good read.

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oh my

I am not very good at writing reviews. this book really touched my heart. it taught about about family and one of the most important things is how it taught you so much about bees now I know that bees are becoming more and more extinct and we do need them desperately I have a friend who raises bees and sometimes they die out she's always so sad when they do but she helps them when she can and gets more in fact she's wonderful with all of God's Little Creatures she just found baby birds that have broken legs and she put splints on there legs and now they can walk and fly away. the book really makes you realize what we are doing not only to one another but the creatures around us. I cryed.