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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathe Koja Narrator: Sarah Gorman Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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About to graduate from high school, quivering on the edge of adulthood, Dana, Avra, and Emil are locked in an intricate dance of commitment, desire, and promises. Dana, investigating the enigmatic world of bees, is ready to pursue her education as a science writer. Avra is longing to bolt for freedom. And Emil... well, Emil is keeping his own counsel.

No one doubts that Avra is the queen of this tiny hive. But queens can be demanding, and when royalty oversteps its bounds, a revolution may occur. For when the lines of love and loyalty cross, they make a point as sharp as a sting. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrie | 2/10/2014

    " Most readers will be able to relate well to the narrator's third-wheel situation. The information about "bees" and "bee culture" was a nice touch :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica - Bonner Springs Library | 2/2/2014

    " I loved this book! I completely identified with Dana, the narrator. I can only remember all too well how it felt to be the third wheel and be secretly "in love" with my friend's boyfriend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/1/2014

    " This weekend I was weeding the piles galleys I hadn't found time to read, FORCING myself to whittle down the stack. When I got to this book and did the mental "Will I ever get to it debate?" I thought I'd just read the first page and see if it grabbed me. If not? Discard city. Not only did the first page grab me, I read the entire book that day, feeling completely taken in by the story, loving the apiculture facts I learned along the way. This is a beautiful novel about relationships -- not just the romantic type, but the friends-for-reasons-neither-entirely-understands type too. This would be a great choice for high school-aged girls who are growing up, moving on, opting out of unfullfilling friendships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/29/2014

    " There were many parts of this book that I loved, loved, loved. Koje uses beautiful language--that I love. I also loved the carefully drawn portrayal of a dysfunctional friendship between girls. I loved the romance aspect and the sexual tension between Dana and Emil. That being said, the device of the bee project just didn't work for me and got in the way of my enjoyment of the story. The Secret Life of Bees is a book that I love, but even in that book I skipped all the bee background at the beginnings of chapters after a while. So maybe I'm just anti-bee. I'm not overly fond of honey! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica H | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book !!! Romances are always my favorite to read!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 1/28/2014

    " kinda interesting love triangle/friendship story about a high school senior who is working on a project about bees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/15/2014

    " Short and realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/15/2013

    " An awkward threesome setup, where the protagonist--surprise!--ends up getting the guy. Nice writing, but plot seems a little thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 12/14/2013

    " Really well done. Click here for my full review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Coppedge | 12/11/2013

    " Maybe it's because I love bees so much, but this book was pretty much near perfect as far as I'm concerned. It has some of the truest teenaged voices I've encountered so far, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vege | 7/29/2013

    " A great book. A great ending, a bit predictable, but otherwise marvelous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mia | 4/25/2013

    " this book would be great to book talk for summer reading club. our theme is metamorphosis. the book talks a lot about changing and of course the bees. there is also some butterfly info. a quick read and a beautiful story of finding who you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Bruce | 4/21/2013

    " A great, simple and psychologically deep story of a young girl who is in love with her best friend's boyfriend. Dana is on the cusp of realizing that she needs to explore who she is and that sometimes we move away from some people and closer to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/19/2013

    " Interesting enough. The metaphor is a little hard to take and the character lack true depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/28/2013

    " This was a good quick little read. I enjoyed it. This is the second story by Kathe Koja that I have read. Between the lines of the story you get a new understanding of bees. Who knew??? It is said "That you learn something new everyday", I really did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 9/29/2012

    " I loved this book! I completely identified with Dana, the narrator. I can only remember all too well how it felt to be the third wheel and be secretly "in love" with my friend's boyfriend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Cidon | 7/9/2012

    " This book was awesome! It was basically about teen life right before colege, and it teaches you to stand up for yourself or else, you'll regret it later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilycwg | 6/7/2012

    " Very sweet romance. short but very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 12/12/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book! I liked how the author related the topic at the time to bees. It made it interesting! I also enjoyed how the main character found herself and it ended how i expected..just not the way i expected which was good! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casz | 10/18/2011

    " I liked this Young Adult book, it's a very quick read and I like Koja's style of sub-narrating the book through the protagonists final senior project -- keeping the main metaphor of the book paralleled the story was fun. Good book if you have a teen struggling with a toxic friend relationship, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayla | 10/14/2011

    " I loved this story! It was beautifully written and sort of reminded me of The Secret Life of Bees too. Emil and Dana were perfect for each other which is why I really liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/21/2010

    " Dana feels that she is the worker bee in her relationship with her friends. When she realizes that she likes one of them, how will their whole dynamic change?

    Listened to the full-cast audio. Kind of neat and pretty well-done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/23/2010

    " This was a good quick little read. I enjoyed it. This is the second story by Kathe Koja that I have read. Between the lines of the story you get a new understanding of bees. Who knew??? It is said "That you learn something new everyday", I really did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/1/2010

    " Okay. Best friend falls for best friend's boyfriend and all that angst that happens. Like the bee project info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art | 11/9/2009

    " Relationships and the study of Bees. Interesting comparision between human relationships and life in the colony of Bees.
    I really enjoyed reading this book.
    Has a great twist at the end.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/26/2009

    " This book was an enjoyable, easy read. It's about three friends, two girls and a boy, and their journey on self-discovery. The author has an interesting way of making us compare the friends to bees. Who is the Queen bee, and who are the workers? Remember, there can only be one Queen Bee! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 7/3/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book! I liked how the author related the topic at the time to bees. It made it interesting! I also enjoyed how the main character found herself and it ended how i expected..just not the way i expected which was good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica H | 5/29/2009

    " I loved this book !!! Romances are always my favorite to read!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leni | 5/13/2009

    " VOYA Book Review Code: S, 2P, 3Q

    Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja is a book that teenage girls would enjoy. It’s about friendship and love, and the challenges both positive and negative they can have in a person(s) life.
    "

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