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The Secret Life of Bees

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Jenna Lamia

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2003

Duration: 9 hours 57 minutes


An intoxicating debut novel of 'one motherless daughter's discovery of...the strange and wonderful places we find love' â€The Washington PostSue 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 Carolinaâ€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 loveâ€a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.


  • Helen Mills

    The book is excellent and the author has an uncanny way of showing you instead of just telling you through her descriptive use of adjectives. What really makes it come to life is the excellent narration.