I am not really a best seller reader. I tend to read what I am interested in. I read a small amount of general fiction to other books. However, I can readily see why people have been charmed by The Secret Life of Bees. I listened to it on tape, and the actor who reads it had a wonderful childlike voice, of course, with an southern accent. It was a wonderful book full of detail and overblown metaphors. The end almost started to go no where, but then it abruptly got back on track in a simple but satisfying way.
Of course, I then had to rent the movie which as the cliche goes, was not quite as good as the book, missing much of the detail and changing some parts to suit a more heavy handed Hollywood message of racism. Still, I enjoyed it as a ghost of the book. Although Dakota Fanning, was only ok, Queen Latifa was fabulous as August Boatwright channelling Whoopie Goldberg in the Color Purple.
The Secret Life of Bees Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition