The Keeper of the Bees

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(4.7 stars; 75 reviews)

Threatened with isolation in a sanitorium for tuberculosis, a young soldier escapes and finds himself healing in a paradisal bee-garden by the ocean, tending bees which he knows nothing about, and other unlikely charges who in their circuitous ways, challenge him to discover love. (summary by Czandra) (14 hr 7 min)


Chapter 1 - His own man 14:54 Read by czandra
Chapter 2 - The great adventure 20:36 Read by KevinS
Chapter 3 - The bee master 45:59 Read by czandra
Chapter 4 - In the garden of the bees 21:44 Read by Christine Rottger
Chapter 5 - The little scout 46:10 Read by Christine Rottger
Chapter 6 - "Good master, what shall I do?" 33:51 Read by czandra
Chapter 7 - The storm woman 25:21 Read by Margaret Herbers
Chapter 8 - A new kind of wedding 58:28 Read by RK Wilcox
Chapter 9 - Vitamines and Scouts 56:21 Read by RK Wilcox
Chapter 10 - Because of God 40:36 Read by czandra
Chapter 11 - The aroma of a spirit and a flower 41:41 Read by TR Love
Chapter 12 - Seeing through veiled places 58:54 Read by TR Love
Chapter 13 - The keeper of the bees 1:03:23 Read by TR Love
Chapter 14 - The home-made miracle 43:56 Read by TR Love
Chapter 15 - Reaping the whirlwind 32:02 Read by czandra
Chapter 16 - The partnership baby 38:12 Read by RK Wilcox
Chapter 17 - The interloper 41:59 Read by Wallace Morgan
Chapter 18 - The little scout on the warpath 39:18 Read by czandra
Chapter 19 - The province of a friend 28:19 Read by czandra
Chapter 20 - The scout mutiny 37:17 Read by RK Wilcox
Chapter 21 - Then comes a vision 19:10 Read by czandra
Chapter 22 - The magnificent lie 10:15 Read by czandra
Chapter 23 - Still adventuring 29:24 Read by KevinS


Best Book Ever!!!

(5 stars)

I absolutely love this story and this author! She has written my favorite books, and this is my all-time favorite! I love how she includes faith in God, and following his precepts, as part of a good life. I think this book would make an excellent movie! Plenty of drama and suspense, and it takes place on the beautiful California coast. Never a dull moment. And, All of the readers were excellent!

A tale well told.

(4 stars)

There are only a few characters in this book, but they are distinctive and memorable. This vintage book is full of humor, sights, smells, humming of bees, sunlight and old fashioned values. I would like to know these people. I found it delightful. There are multiple readers which usually put me off on audio books, but this one is an exception. I enjoyed them all.

Another Masterpiece

(5 stars)

I felt like the name of this book was so boring, so I almost didn't read it! I am so glad I did! It is so beautifully written, has a great plot, and the imagery makes me see each scene in my mind as if I was there. I didn't want it to end.

such a wholesome story

(5 stars)

I've read many and own several old copies of Porter's books, but had never got to this one... I was captivated. Most of the readers were great, except for chapters 16 and 17. His expression was so off kilter it was almost hard to follow lol. And one of the female readers had too much honey in her voice to fit the story (chapters 11-14). But freeloaders can't be choosers.

(5 stars)

Well that was definitely worth listening too! Trust Gene Stratton Porter to come up with another high quality book! Wish modern writers would come up with books of this caliber.


(5 stars)

First time I have read this book, wonderfully written. A real attention grabber and carried 👏 out throughout the book. ENJOY

(5 stars)

The readers are all great!! 🤩 I just LOVED it!! 😀

(5 stars)

brilliant book, and very well read.