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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70,836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate DiCamillo Narrator: Cherry Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog—a big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor, a dog she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive.

Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship, and forgiveness, can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this exquisitely crafted first novel, each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jones imbues her depiction of Opal with a tone of youthful, hopeful wonder and skillfully transforms her voice to distinguish the other older, life-weathered characters…She never sounds hokey as she adopts a Southern accent, and she effortlessly slips into a compelling storytelling rhythm. This is a top-notch treatment of an award-winning tale.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “[A] lyrical, moving, and enchanting book…Brush strokes of magical realism elevate this beyond a simple story of friendship to a well-crafted tale of community and fellowship, of sweetness, sorrow and hope. And, it’s funny, too. A real gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Award-winning actress Cherry Jones delivers a superb first-person narration that brings the charming ten-year-old daughter of the Open Arms Baptist Church preacher to life. Her simple, sometimes not-quite-grammatical, but always humorous, take on daily experiences and profound life issues rings true. Her gravelly voiced blind friend, Gloria Dump; her animal-charming, big-hearted friend, Otis; her dreamy, book-loving librarian, Miss Franny Block; and squeaky-voiced, lisping Sweetie Pie are all memorably and individually created. A stellar audio interpretation…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award and a 2002 Audie Award finalist.”


  • “A fine, economical story told in the authentic voice of a child, using regional language and vivid description in a clear, straightforward way. There is immediacy of feeling in this book, perfectly expressing the secret inner life that every child knows…Opal develops and grows as a character, in both her inner and her outer life. All of this is accomplished through a story worth telling. Children will enjoy Opal’s abiding humor and Winn-Dixie’s disarming and endearing ways, and the funny and important things that happen when the two of them get together.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Finalist for the 2001 Audie Award for Best Children's Narration
  • Winner of the 2002 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Named a School Library Journal Top Pick among Best Children's Novels of All Time
  • A 2001 Newbery Honor Book
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dylan | 2/19/2014

    " A good classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Seth | 2/9/2014

    " This book got me started on reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily Dambach | 2/6/2014

    " I liked it a lot but it was very odd "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jarynth â™› | 2/6/2014

    " Awesome teens book! Read it.. and I couldn't stop reading it.. Watched the movie with my class, really good movie, but i personally think the book is greater than the movie :) DOG lovers? WATCH or READ it! :DDD "

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