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The Secret Life of Bees

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sue Monk Kidd

Narrated By: Jenna Lamia

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2003

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


An intoxicating debut novel of 'one motherless daughter's discovery of...the strange and wonderful places we find love' —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 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.


  • Rachel O.

    I really did enjoy this book. If u liked “The Help” this is the same type of southern American feel but a different yet just as interesting story. I found it very hard to stop listening to and had it finished in 2 days. I enjoyed the narration of the book also finding it a pleasant voice with good expectation.

  • Cathy B.

    Loved the book and the narration was excellent. The whole thing flowed deliciously and was so clever in the way it revealed how we hide the truth from ourselves. The pace was excellent- let one grow into the story as Lily developed as a person. Reminded me of 'to kill a mockingbird ' in its setting and timing. Loved it!

  • Sharon L

    I have ready this book at least a couple times previous, but had never listened to it on audio.......the narrator was excellent!

  • Drew M

    good book I enjoyed listening to it overall it's a great book but I do recommend using a faster speed considering the fact that the narrator reads the book fairly slow.

  • Rebecca Pruveadenti

    This story flowed smoothly like honey. It was seamless and left you wanting for more at the end. The narrator did an exceptional job.

  • Jordan Patterson

    Narrator brought this book to life for me. The audio was amazing and the details in the story were spot on, I could see each setting as it was described. Women coming together and helping one another and lifting each other up is what I took away from this book. It reminded me of the strength we have that we sometime forget is there. I walked away feeling inspired as a woman. This was a beautifully written book by the author and I couldn't put the 'book' down!

  • Elaine Abbott

    Loving this book and I think a lot has a lot to do with the narrator, just wonderful!!

  • 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.

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Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd