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The Enlightenment of Bees

Narrated by: Madison Lawrence
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins

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Summary

In a romantic adventure across the globe, The Enlightenment of Bees beautifully explores what it means to find the sweet spot in life where our greatest passions meet the world’s greatest need. “I combed through the pages with delight. This book is going to cause a real buzz.” (Debbie Macomber, number one New York Times best-selling author)

Sometimes a shattered dream leads to an amazing journey.

At 26, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at the Butter Emporium, and her first love - her boyfriend, Ethan - by her side. But when Ethan declares he “needs some space”, Mia’s carefully planned future crumbles. 

Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways/ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her.

©2019 Rachel Linden (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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  • Andrea
  • 16-07-19

Charming read perfect for summer ☀️

This book is the perfect summer read! It's well paced and was hard to stop listening to!

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  • ckirkwood
  • 04-08-19

A light entertainment

The person who read the book was talented and did the best she could with what was written. She didnt butcher all the accents of the characters.

The description in the writing felt overdone and predictable. I did listen to the whole thing and the plot events were great for making a story entertaining. It just felt forced at times,like the author wrote a word and then hit "synonym" on the computer to find a fancier word. I kept thinking, no one would say it like that... and I'm from Seattle, so it's not a culture/dialect word choice. Go head and listen to it, but the foreshadowing ruins the rise in storylines and the words feel fake at times. This author just needs more time to grow.

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  • B. Chaplin
  • 15-07-19

Encouraging read

loved it! and the audio edition is so well done. She does the myriad of accents found in the book so well!!

It was really hard to keep having stop listening as I was listening to it while travelling and couldn't wait until I could finish it all the way to the end. Mia's story and the bees struck a chord with me... and not only because my nickname is Bee ;)

highly recommended!

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  • erikkayep
  • 03-08-19

Saaaaapppppy

I eye-rolled about 20 times in the first ten minutes and then gave up. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  • C. B.
  • 17-07-19

Really good

I loved this sweet story. Nice journey. Nice and happy ending. A light enjoyable read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-19

Absolute Gold - Read this book!

I absolutely loved everything about this book. The performance was amazing - the accents, voices, and all. And the content. I literally gasped out loud at certain points. I laughed, I cried, I got all the feels. I really felt connected to the characters and saw a lot of my own life within the words. I love the way the author describes the space around her. From the feel and smell of food, to the vivid colors and landscapes. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Silversnaps
  • 27-10-19

Inspiring story

The narrator’s voice irritatingly raspy. True, believable account of finding one’s place in the world.

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  • Annon
  • 07-10-19

Very cheesy

This book is like the literary equivalent of a CW show or a hallmark romcom. If that’s what you’re looking for... then you’ll find it cute!

It was just very predictable and basic, and I found the main character to be pretty irritating and self-indulgent. It felt like the diary of a naive college student thinking they can save the world through study abroad.

Not for me.

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  • Elizabeth A. Mcmanus
  • 20-08-19

Sweet story

I appreciate the premise of the story but the main character falls very short. Mia is Sweet but so narcissistic - Distractingly so that she is quite unlikeable. She whines throughout the entire novel and everything is about her. The noble did have poignant lessons and a sweet story. I debating giving up but glad I followed through until the end. The reader did her best white what she was given!

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  • Barbara
  • 20-07-19

Thought provoking?

What is your life's best work? How can you make the world a better place?