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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olive Ann Burns Narrator: Richard Thomas Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750393
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The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Bond | 2/13/2014

    " Wonderful and entertaining. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Strawn | 2/12/2014

    " Sweet book written in the voice of a 14 year old boy. Good old southern read. Just a joy to read. "

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

    " I absolutely adored this book. I loved the narrator, the characters, the subject matter, the storytelling, the dialect...all of it! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Olive Ann Burns is a master of the art of writing effortless stories about life that instruct and inspire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather McKeon | 2/7/2014

    " I own this book, but hadn't read it in about 16 years, so it kind of was like reading it for the 1st time. There were so many details that I had forgotten! It's funny and interesting. Just a great story about a family in Georgia in the early 1900s. And Will has a great voice, he's really funny narrator. I'm going to enjoy chatting about this book at book club tonight. "

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

    " great story, dialogue makes me want to read it out loud and i start talking like the characters do in my head to myself! nice to get my fix of southern fiction, comforting favorite reads make me feel warm and fuzzy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Cooper | 1/29/2014

    " I read this book in high school and it has always stuck with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Unger | 1/28/2014

    " A very nice story. The characters truly come alive. The narrator, Will makes you feel as if you are experiencing his life. I really felt as if I knew the town and the characters and was sad to leave when the story was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/24/2014

    " It was a cute little book. Amusing, but nothing too deep or interesting happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/18/2014

    " I was endeared to these characters and imagined my own ancestors' lives and experiences as I read. It's Southern, which is usually a good thing when it comes to books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Z | 1/16/2014

    " I love this book. I was reminded of it when I was talking to Kelly today. This is one of those yummy, easy to read books that I want to read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ara133photography | 12/20/2013

    " Didn't like it as much as Fried Green Tomatoes, but still a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/7/2013

    " Love the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstie | 11/10/2013

    " I loved this story and the characters. I am planning on purchasing this one for my home library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desira | 11/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this southern perspective, at the turn of the 20th century. It is not an epic plot. despite it's length it is not particularly emotionally involved. But it is a very lifelike story whose characters I liked a great deal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo | 10/5/2013

    " Loved this one. I even cried a little at the end...I'm excited to read the sequel, I hope it's as good as this one was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 9/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining, humorous, and nostalgic. The characters were real and likeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Bundy | 7/17/2013

    " Boy howdy, did I like this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Akins | 5/19/2013

    " This was the first book that made me laugh out loud. I came to adore the richly written characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauri Forbush | 4/30/2013

    " Excellent book! Written about a small town in the year 1906. Narrarated by a young teenage boy about his family and their interesting lives. A good read. One you won't want to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Combs | 10/3/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books EVER! It shaped me in so many ways that I never even realized until I reread it as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lashaun | 8/2/2012

    " You'll love this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KatieCat | 5/6/2012

    " I LOVE COLD SASSY. The character's are so alive and the imagery so vivid. The story perfectly exemplifies how an alteration in a society's belief system can affect each individual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki Green | 4/19/2012

    " thank goodness I am FINALLY done this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/21/2012

    " A story of the rural south in 1906 where even those from Baltimore are considered Yankees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 12/28/2011

    " This book is so fun. Grandpa remarries a 30 something year old three weeks after grandma dies. "She's as dead as she'll ever be". Parts of this book really had me laughing. I would have given the book 5 stars, but near the end it lost its light heartedness. Still, this was a very fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 8/31/2011

    " Finished it for the third time, for our book club - and it is STILL one of the funniest books I've ever read, and very moving. Set in early 1900s in GA - and my Southern friends says it rings true. Grampa Blakeslee is a truly unforgettable character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 8/18/2011

    " Guess I wasn't really in the mood for this book and felt like I just had to get through it. I probably would have liked it a different time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 8/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I actually listened to it on CD and the accents he used really added to the reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 5/18/2011

    " Cute, humorous and a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/12/2011

    " It was a sweet story and had some good values, but was a little slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/9/2011

    " will tweedy love simpson loma grandpa blakeslee lightfoot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/2/2011

    " Very fun, very good read. This is full of rich characters with multi-layered development. It's a definite must-read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy | 4/27/2011

    " Just couldn't get into this one. The whole small southern town this just doesn't do it for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 4/26/2011

    " I kept waiting for the plot to start... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 4/25/2011

    " I don't know how this book escaped me before. It's wonderful. Will Tweedy may be the best fictional character ever, made only more better by the fact that Neil Patrick Harris played him in the movie version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/24/2011

    " Awesome book - a story that seems frozen in time. Highligh recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/23/2011

    " The last 100 pages was where stuff finally started happening! Too bad I had to read the 300 before that. It was a nice story, but it was a little too long for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 4/22/2011

    " Easy read. It's hard not to like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/20/2011

    " I loved this book. I can't believe that I waited so long enjoy it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 4/19/2011

    " The ending definitely leaves you hanging and wanting more of the rest of the story. It's a great page turner though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/16/2011

    " The book was written very well. There were a few points where I stopped reading to ponder something I'd read. However, I didn't really see the point of it. Excellent characters, but no plot. "

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

    " Excellent book! Felt like I was reading a mark twain novel. Lively characters and humorous adventures. "

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About the Author
Author Olive Ann Burns

Olive Ann Burns (1924–1990) was born on a farm in Banks County, Georgia, and went to school in nearby Commerce, which was the model for Cold Sassy. She received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and for ten years was on the Sunday magazine staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

About the Narrator

Richard Thomas, a film and television actor, is best known for his role as John-Boy Walton on the CBS television series, The Waltons. His performance earned him a Primetime Emmy, as well as two Golden Globe nominations. Also an audiobook narrator, he has read numerous books, including John Grisham’s Theodore Boone series.