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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (47 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Wells Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061961526
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“A big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of three generations of crazy bayou debutantes.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between mother and daughter.”
Washington Post

“Mary McCarthy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and a host of others have portrayed the power and value of female friendships, but no one has done it with more grace, charm, talent, and power than Rebecca Wells.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The incomparable #1 New York Times bestseller—a book that reigned at the top of the list for an remarkable sixty-eight weeks—Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic of Southern women’s fiction to be read and reread over and over again. A poignant, funny, outrageous, and wise novel about a lifetime friendship between four Southern women, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood brilliantly explores the bonds of female friendship, the often-rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of humor and love, in a story as fresh and uplifting as when it was first published a decade and a half ago. If you haven’t yet met the Ya-Yas, what are you waiting for?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between mother and daughter.” 

    Washington Post

  • “An insightful, delicious novel.” 

    Oregonian

  • “Tony award winner Judith Ivey takes palpable pleasure in the chance to portray free-spirited Southern women. She gives full measure to these self-dramatizing women, providing voices that range from honeyed New Orleans French to cigarette-and-bourbon hoarse. The characters she inhabits include everyone from the gentlest lady to the toughest broad. It’s an amazing performance.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Wells’s colorful descriptions of small-town life in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s, coupled with Ivey’s outstanding performance on both programs, make this an excellent pick.”   

    Library Journal

  • A Audie Award Finalist
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • The American Bookseller Association Book of the Year for Adult Trade
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 2/20/2014

    " The style sucks you in to such an extent you feel everything. Loved the vivid imagery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy Minor | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book! I had read Little Altars Everywhere after hearing a review of it on NPR. When I saw that Wells had a second book, I was eager to read it too. Divine is even better, but I am glad I read Little Altars first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 2/3/2014

    " This book distrubed me and made me sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Medley | 1/30/2014

    " One of my all time favorites "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha Walsh | 1/16/2014

    " I couldn't get through the book. Usually I'm a quick reader, but I just could not get through the book. I only made it to page 45. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/8/2014

    " Listened to CDs, read by the author who did excellent job on the voices of the different characters. Dealt with struggling mother-daughter relationship. Daughter comes to understand mom better after hearing stories from her past as told by girlfriends. Some extreme situations. Not indepth enough to get really into the characters, but an interesting brief look. Only 3 CDs, enjoyed the story as I was cleaning my cupboards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L. Allen Stovey | 1/7/2014

    " The author has a great sense of humor. It makes for easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara Pollard | 12/20/2013

    " One of my favorites! Loved the movie too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Are | 12/19/2013

    " Hey it almost took me a year but I finished it! Just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 12/18/2013

    " The story of Siddalee Walker and her relationship with her mother and her mother's life-long friends, the Ya-Yas. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Thrasher | 11/30/2013

    " Fabulous in the style of Fried Green Tomatoes. Adorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millie Jo | 11/22/2013

    " Loved this book...very funny and can be tearful at times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Ibay | 11/18/2013

    " Some of the characters' stories were more compelling than others. Overall liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 11/2/2013

    " Easy, relate-able, reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Walsh | 10/2/2013

    " Some books are worth hating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 8/30/2013

    " One of my favorite books. You learn to love the Ya-Ya's and wish they were your own friends! Great read on life, love and special friendships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 8/25/2013

    " wonderfully funny, poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 7/1/2013

    " This book made me laugh it made me cry. But what it does best is remind me of the incredible female relationships I have been blessed with. Ya Ya's!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 6/16/2013

    " This changed my thinking about female relationshipw. LOVE THIS BOOK!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Christensen | 3/1/2013

    " Book is more enjoyable than the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vivian | 2/14/2013

    " The book is well-written and definitely has interesting themes but I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps I was suckered by the hype and simply expected too much from the book and the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book in a light, deep kind of way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Marley-Dilworth | 10/20/2012

    " Wells set the town of Alexandria, La. on edge when she published her book. The thinly veiled identities of town notables makes for a helluva read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Geldbach | 10/1/2012

    " great book, skip the movie.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally Devito | 9/13/2012

    " LOVED IT!!!!!!!! best book ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 7/9/2012

    " This was an interesting read, although somewhat tedious and predictable. I did like the characters, but some of the scenes were hard to read due to the subject matter. It all gets tied up nicely in the end though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arielle | 5/10/2012

    " chic book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Graziella | 3/17/2012

    " Spirited, sparky girlfriends, spirited, sparky dialogue, presumed righteousness, weak male figures. Blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Davila | 1/27/2012

    " One of my favorite books and movies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/25/2012

    " I loved the characters in this book...such vivid personalities "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 11/1/2011

    " I laughed; I cried; I learned that sometimes you don't need to know everything, you just need to be open to love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne Roussell | 8/4/2011

    " could not stay interested big disapointment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Gendel | 6/25/2011

    " fantastic read, quick read, and a fantastic group of charicters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 6/2/2011

    " One of my favorites - a book I could read over and over again. Just be prepared to run through a roller coaster of emotions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 6/1/2011

    " I can't help it - I want to sink into this book! Thanks to the ladies of book club for letting me indulge this past month! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynley | 5/29/2011

    " The author's distinctive voice captures the Louisiana way of speaking so well that I felt I had to slow down my reading to match the natural pace of it. There is some great dialogue and some great one-liners in this book. It's a shame more of those didn't make it into the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mistyreign | 5/28/2011

    " I tried to get into this but it bored me thoroughly. Just disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 5/28/2011

    " This changed my thinking about female relationshipw. LOVE THIS BOOK!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 5/26/2011

    " Cute book that took me back to my Southern roots -- and I still want to try out some of the recipes. Good, light, beach reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 5/24/2011

    " Wish I was A yaya... Loved each of these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 5/21/2011

    " I DEVOURED this book, it owned me, and I finished reading it only to flip back to the beginning to read again. One of those books you never forget. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " I thought this chic lit was a waste of time. But to each her own! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella | 5/20/2011

    " The storyline is great, this makes me wish that I had maintained such a close bond with such a close group of girlfriends as the Ya Ya tribe. Very well written southern novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michèle | 5/20/2011

    " La force de l'amitié et la complicité de quatre amies d'enfance, qui traversent joies et difficultés dans le sud des Etats-Unis, un pied de nez à l'hypocrisie et aux convenances. Une amitié qui franchit les années... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/14/2011

    " I hate this book with a fiery passion! did i spell fiery wrong? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maren | 5/13/2011

    " I was really not amused by this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/10/2011

    " This book made me laugh it made me cry. But what it does best is remind me of the incredible female relationships I have been blessed with. Ya Ya's!!! "

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About the Author
Author Rebecca Wells

Writer, actor, and playwright Rebecca Wells is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which was made into a feature film. A native of Louisiana, she now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace.