The Hive: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gill Hornby

Narrated By: Karen Cass

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2013

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes


There's only room for one Queen Bee: A hilarious and touching novel about the social world of school mothers.

It's the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power...and how to get invited to lunch.

Beatrice -- undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come.

Heather -- desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong.

Georgie -- desperate for a cigarette.

And Rachel -- watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover taht the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.

THE HIVE is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one's part.


  • Laura Cochran

    I enjoyed this book. The relationships between these women, all mothers at a small school, was intriguing. The only challenge for me was that the cast was large so keeping straight which character was which was a bit of an issue but the narrator's voicing helped tremendously. The main plot line is telegraphed yet getting there is a lot of fun. This story has a lot of charm and entertaining dialogue.

Hive: A Novel

by Gill Hornby

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