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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fannie Flagg Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elmwood Springs Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781415935286
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Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhoda | 2/18/2014

    " Pure, unadulterated "fluff', this is a delightful read, as are all of Fannie Flagg's books. Her characters are quirky, kind, down-to-earth souls and if you need a book that will cheer you up and make you chuckle out loud, this just may be one you'd like to read. "

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

    " Recommended by JB as a fun summer read. I did NOT want to like it, a bit fluffy, but I love her style. She IS an easy, fun summer read, and yes, I did laugh aloud at least twice. I wish I knew Elner, but I know a few people with a few of her virtues. Fun, fun. Thanks, JB. lkp "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennefer | 2/9/2014

    " This is a really beautifully written book - I really enjoy Fannie Flagg's writing. This book is about how one woman inspired a whole town to live life to it's fullest. Really wonderful story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/6/2014

    " Hilarious! Not a true view of heaven, but it's fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmel | 2/5/2014

    " Not as good as "....Baby Girl" but a very quick read and interesting concept. Helps to have met the characters in earlier novel i think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 2/4/2014

    " I absolutely LOVED this book! I think it has a good message, but it isn't the exact message I thought it would be when I started reading it. There were a few nice surprises to the way things worked out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frangipani | 2/2/2014

    " A sweet and humourous, box of kleenex kind of story with a sweet message behind it. Made me think, what if? What a nice way of thinking, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Napier | 1/27/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. The characters are rich and deep and you can't help but love them all. Full of heart and humor and just a few tears. A classic in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Dixon | 1/23/2014

    " This book has some really funny moments and some great comment on human nature. I enjoyed it thoroughly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Day | 1/17/2014

    " I usually love Fannie Flagg, but this I loved a little less. And I bought it, too ! Grrr "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harmony | 1/3/2014

    " Really deserves 4 1/2 stars. Again, great characters, lots of good friends, and sweet and tearful ending. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Helfrich | 12/27/2013

    " What a fun book! Great reading for all ages, a very unique view of arriving in Heaven! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 12/25/2013

    " Very cute, light hearted book with a wonderful message about being human. Great summer reading or vacation book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Jenny | 12/19/2013

    " Brilliant! But all of Fannie Flagg's books are. Such a sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeanne | 12/1/2013

    " very uplifting and light reading. Perfect reading for the Holidays as it isn't too heavy. I tells us to live each day to it's fullest! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 10/31/2013

    " funny, quirky, some weird religious ideas... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 9/14/2013

    " An enjoyable story about Elner Shimfissle's fall from a fig tree and how that event affects her and others in her community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista Kirk | 8/26/2013

    " This is a book I would have never read except it was a book club book. I absolutely loved it. Not a hard read and I laughed and cried throughout the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 5/12/2013

    " Great on audio as it is read very well. Enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 2/11/2013

    " Fannie Flagg never lets me down on a wholesome, sometimes silly book. I really enjoyed this book. Especially after reading some very dry and descriptive books it was nice to read something with conversation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doranne Long | 11/28/2012

    " I love the positive attitudes and the joy of just being alive and the beauty in this world. I appreciate reading good, kind, and loving books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Thomas roach | 11/26/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. Plenty of lovable and unique characters, typical of Fannie Flagg. We need more Elner Shimfissle's in this world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Montrudd | 8/28/2012

    " A great light read! Very cute story, although the protagonist was a bit too goody-goody (a couple of times I yelled out loud at her!!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 3/1/2012

    " Loved listening to this book. Makes me wish there was an Elner in my neighborhood or family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslieerz | 12/27/2011

    " One of the most pleasant, laid back reads of the year. Fannie Flagg has a way with dialog and this one had me laughing out loud from beginning to end. I love old people (I can relate) and highly suggest this one if you do too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andie Zajaceskowski | 11/8/2011

    " Cute book. Reminded me of my grandmother. Its amazing how much impact one person can have on so many lives. She was loved by so many and bothered by none. I love the main character's personality and her simple way of looking at things and other people. I wish I could be more like her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 7/11/2011

    " Even better the second time around! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cmh | 7/9/2011

    " Good writing, not crazy about the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/11/2011

    " Fun, fast, good read. The small town characters pull you right in to their world and you learn to love everyone of them and their many quirks. Just makes you feel good to read a book like this. I'll be reading some more by this author. "

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

    " Indelible characters, again, and some chuckle-out-loud moments. I was thinking that it was pretty good, but not as good as the last Flagg I read, and then she began to weave and tuck in all the loose ends. Good fun. The theology's a little off, but I was willing to go along for the ride. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/8/2011

    " This is a fun romp through small-town America. When Elner falls out of her fig tree and everyone thinks she has died, Elner learns about the legacy she will leave behind. There are several story lines and many fun characters that all come together to create a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/4/2011

    " This book was SO entertaining. The characters were great and I had many laugh out loud moments. The plot was very unpredictable. I was shocked at the turn of events and it just made me laugh even harder! Really, I debated between 4 and 5 stars for this book, I enjoyed it that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/2/2011

    " What's not to like in this book. I am thankful to Fannie Flagg for creating the world and characters of this novel, I'll visit again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 4/30/2011

    " Aunt Elner has a near death experience. This book is the latest news from Elmwood Springs, MO "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 4/27/2011

    " Good at first, then slow for awhile. But mainly a nice Fannie Flagg book. She's almost always fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nimazayu | 4/21/2011

    " buku ini cukup lucu, santai dan mengibur... cerita tentang mati surinya si Elner.. dan bagaimana orang disekelilingnya menghadapi hidup tanpa nenek Elner yang dicintai banyak orang. quite inspires me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 4/17/2011

    " This book had a lot of laughs and a little crying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/15/2011

    " Fannie Flagg, I love your writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sciomom | 4/12/2011

    " probably one of my all time favorite books. The characters are rich and just seems like you are part of the town and it's characters. I wish my town was as kind and crazy!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/9/2011

    " Fannie Flagg perfectly captures southern white Christian rural life in this tale of 80-some-year-old (her age is uncertain since her older sister buried the family bible, the only record of birth dates) Elner Shimfissle's fatal encounter with gravity and the fallout that ensues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 4/7/2011

    " Very cute, light hearted book with a wonderful message about being human. Great summer reading or vacation book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/7/2011

    " A fun, feel good, uplifting book. About the real people of America working and living life with their neighbors and families. "

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About the Author
Author Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and A Redbird Christmas. Her script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writers Guild of America awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. She lives in California and in Alabama.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.