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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Myla Goldberg Narrator: Myla Goldberg Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781449801076
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Young Eliza's skill in spelling bees is the fulcrum in this powerful novel. Her brilliance alters the delicate balance of her dysfunctional family. When her mother's secret life triggers a familial explosion, Eliza feels responsible. The movie stars Richa Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy Briggs | 2/16/2014

    " This book is so frustrating! This family is so disfunctional & made me mad! The ending was just as frustrating as the whole book. It was interesting enough that it gets some credit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kari | 2/11/2014

    " i think this author writes wonderfully. right up there with sue monk kidd "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Miller | 1/27/2014

    " This book started out a little slow, became fascinating in the middle, and then kind of got a little crazy at the end. I don't regret reading it, and parts of it I loved, but the book seemed to struggle with how much to focus on how this family was unraveling and how much the main character was changed by this experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlo | 1/22/2014

    " A very interesting book about how a little girl's rise in the spelling bee world reveals her family's truths but it left the reader wondering if and how this quite disfunctional family will heal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/21/2014

    " Not a book that sticks in my mind. It was an OK read, but nothing to write home to Mommy about I didn't think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/18/2014

    " I stayed up way too late two nights in a row reading this. I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning, but so many people told me it was wonderful, so I pushed on. I had a hard time getting past the author's voice in the first quarter of the book where every third sentence was a flowery simile, but after that, the story took over the author's voice and it was an enjoyable read. the author did a good job of holding a theme with parallels between all characters, and it was just such a train-wreck of a family, you couldn't help but read faster and faster out of morbid curiosity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 1/13/2014

    " I couldn't put it down. Can you say Kaballah (or spell it fr that matter, there's several ways). Obsession, rituals, family dynamics, denial, psycholgy. Learned a little about Spelling Bees which prompted me to follow a couple of them. The kids who enter them are pretty amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 1/13/2014

    " While I know this was part of a series of books where "crazy-mother" theme ran rampant, I really enjoyed this book and related to the characters very well. Especially the mother. Now what does that say about me? ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cye | 12/24/2013

    " beautifully tragic. i loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moksha | 12/13/2013

    " Good Read, thoroughly engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 11/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed Goldberg's writing. This was a very quick read, with compelling characters. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 11/23/2013

    " Great novel, insightful concept, complex design, well-written, and engrossing. I understand this is the author's first novel. It leaves a lasting impression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Dickson | 6/30/2013

    " what a very great writer Myla Goldberg is. Finished this morning & have been thinking about it all day. Great great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tj | 6/8/2013

    " Seriously, WTF kind of ending is this? After slogging through so much wordiness on top of it. This author did nothing but remind me of how smart she is. Ugh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/1/2013

    " Well-written. The author had a way of putting all the characters at a distance so you knew their thoughts and actions but somehow didn't feel close to them. A good picture of a family that didn't work at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C.c. Claybrook | 4/23/2013

    " This was one of those book I just had to hang in there with. Didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Post | 2/13/2013

    " I found this book really sad on so many levels, but I liked it. And took away from it something to ponder on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 12/31/2012

    " Bee Season: A Novel by Myla Goldberg (2001) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen Krepps | 12/27/2012

    " Pretty creepy book. I was thinking "Spellbound" the book but instead it was a tale of quite a disturbed, dysfunctional family. Not exactly light reading, if that's what you're looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/25/2012

    " families are fucked up, yo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 6/13/2012

    " malic liked this book so i got it...it was pretty awesome. the end got a little "odd", but i really liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 12/23/2011

    " All through the book I kept thinking I read this before....but certain that I haven't. Could I have seen the movie? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 10/3/2011

    " Unfortunately, for Eliza Goldman, while spelling ability transforms her, it cannot transform her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naglerr | 7/8/2011

    " This is one great book of a dysfunctional family. Very bittersweet and keenly insightful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 6/11/2011

    " If it wasn't for book club I would have abandoned this after 100 pages. To me the whole family was looney and obsessed. I could not relate to a single character in the book, didn't like them and thought they all needed counseling. Can't recommend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/17/2011

    " This book was a smooth read, but I found a lot of the plot unbelievable and almost 'silly'. Toward the end I wanted more than I got as a resolution and I felt like the book did not have much by way of character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kdubbs | 4/17/2011

    " I actually ended up liking this, but it missed the mark in a lot of ways. It was really slow to get going, and it just never really delivered on all of it's main themes, I thought. But, I did get into it and would say you should read it too. It's quick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 4/13/2011

    " The beginning of this book really drew me in with great descriptions and an unusual storyline. The ending got a little strange, which is why I only rated it a 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/12/2011

    " brilliant metaphors. A very dense story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha | 4/12/2011

    " This had to be one of the strangest glimpses into a family life that I've ever read. I didn't necessarily enjoy the spiritual/religion aspect of the novel (interesting that they are soul-seeking. Bad that it takes up such a central part of the book). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/8/2011

    " This book was entertaining at times but most of it was over the top. I kept wondering why it was a National Bestseller and if the ending would make the whole read worthwhile. Nope. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 4/6/2011

    " Book is better than the movie. But, the play is good fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tj | 4/5/2011

    " Seriously, WTF kind of ending is this? After slogging through so much wordiness on top of it. This author did nothing but remind me of how smart she is. Ugh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darla | 3/18/2011

    " I'm still not sure what I think about the ending, aside from it was too abrupt... really enjoyed the book up until the last few pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/17/2011

    " Still trying to puzzle this one out. Made me think a lot about my ideas of god and life. Very good writing, just strange. It will be interesting to discuss next week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 2/28/2011

    " A book about spirituality and insanity more than spelling. It was good, but took me a while to get through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/26/2011

    " I don't know...barely ok in my opinion. Very strange ending, yet predictable. The author isn't subscribing to the "show, don't tell" rule of creative writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 2/26/2011

    " Zero stars. Manages to insult spirituality in general, God specifically, fatherhood, motherhood, and the sacred institution of marriage. A complete waste of time and depressing to my soul. Don't read this. Rated NC-17 for sexuality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/24/2011

    " Just depressing and the ending kinda sucked! "

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About the Author
Author Myla Goldberg

Myla Goldberg is the author of several books, including The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and the bestselling, critically acclaimed Bee Season, which was widely translated and adapted to film. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.