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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (94,545 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fannie Flagg Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780307750532
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Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women—of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present—for Evelyn and for us—will never be quite the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The people in Miss Flagg's book are as real as the people in books can
    be. If you put an ear to the pages, you can almost hear the characters
    speak. The writer's imaginative skill transforms simple, everyday events
    into complex happenings that take on universal meanings."
  • --Chattanooga Times
  • This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love
    of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten."
  • --Los Angeles Times
  • A sparkling gem."
  • --Birmingham News
  • Watch out for Fannie Flagg. When I walked into the Whistle Stop Cafe she
    fractured my funny bone, drained my tear ducts, and stole my heart."
  • --Florence King, Author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady
  • “Airplanes and television have removed the Threadgoodes from the Southern scene. Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved a whole community of them in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure. Idgie Threadgoode is a true original: Huckleberry Finn would have tried to marry her!”

    Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Admirers of the wise child in Flagg's first novel, Coming Attractions,
    will find her grown-up successor, Idgie, equally appealing. The book's
    best character, perhaps, is the town of Whistle Stop itself--too bad
    trains don't stop there anymore."
  • --Publisher's Weekly
  • “Watch out for Fannie Flagg. When I walked into the Whistle Stop Cafe she fractured my funny bone, drained my tear ducts, and stole my heart.”

    Florence King, author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

  • “A real novel and a good one…[from] the busy brain of a born storyteller.”

    New York Times

  • “It’s very good, in fact, just wonderful.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Funny and macabre.”

    Washington Post

  • “Courageous and wise.”

    Houston Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don LaFountaine | 2/16/2014

    " First off: I read this book because after seeing the movie again, I became interested in reading it. I enjoyed the movie, but when a book is made into a movie, things can change, so I went into reading it with some skepticism. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. As books often do, it gave so much more detail then the movie did. For example, the Evelyn character in the book was at sometimes very different than what I expected, but it did not detract from the book. If you have never read the book and only have seen the movie, it is worth taking the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Thomas | 2/16/2014

    " I am so glad that this book was recommended by book club or I would ha e never picked it up. This book was delightful. It was a great story that captivated you from the beginning. I liked the way the story was told in transitions with ton of foreshadowing. It was a very enjoyable. If you enjoyed The Help then you would definitely enjoy this novel. I am looking forward to watching the movie as I have heard that it is equally enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/13/2014

    " Lately, I am obsessed with stories about the south, and this one was perfect. I was nostalgic for a time I've never experienced. I loved the different avenues the author took to explain the story, and the friendships expressed. The love story was a little surprising at first just because of time period and setting, but it fit the story. Can't wait to see the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Ferrell gerke | 2/12/2014

    " Wasn't in the mindset to follow all the jumping around I guess:( neat story just hard to follow for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret McCullough | 2/11/2014

    " Loved this book. Read it many years ago after seeing the movie. Usually I have issues when I see the movie first, then read the book. Not with this book/movie duo; both were fantastic! I would read this book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/3/2014

    " This novel is surprisingly deep. I love myself a good Southern-style read, there's something very sweet and homey about the prose. I didn't like it quite as much as I liked "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," but I think "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" has a bit more substance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elysa | 1/27/2014

    " I have always enjoyed the Fried Green Tomatoes movie, but never realized that it was based off a book. I'm so happy I discovered it! Fannie Flagg's writing is wonderful and her characters feel like they have so much depth and history behind them. I also particularly loved that she managed to address so many social/political issues in her book, but done in a way that draws you close to the characters and makes you see things from their point of view. I loved it and can't wait to read more of her work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/26/2014

    " Great southern read! Fannie Flagged is one of the best authors from the south! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 1/12/2014

    " Same story as the movie I love so much. Great book. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Hoad | 12/24/2013

    " An entertaining story of various women where no one character dominates. The book has the same feeling and tone as the movie (which was great), but obviously with more depth and detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/10/2013

    " Fannie Flagg is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Sterling | 12/8/2013

    " I loved the characters and story but was distracted by the format. And some of the story line didn't ring true, but all in all, it was a very enjoyable read "

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

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fannie Flagg's works, but I must confess, I preferred "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 11/14/2013

    " Much, much better than the movie and the movie was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Reidy | 10/15/2013

    " A quick read with memorable characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cocoa | 9/4/2013

    " Good overall book, but it is hard to follow and doesn't make you want to keep reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diedra | 4/23/2013

    " Far better than "The Help" by K. Stockett. A fun, fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/2/2013

    " My personal inclination is that if there is any Cannibalism I just cant get over it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cain | 12/14/2012

    " i like Flagg's way of story telling. but somehow i enjoyed the film adaption more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 9/7/2012

    " this type of love story is just not my cup of tea. Plus, the main characters didn't interest me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.J. Hill | 5/22/2012

    " Witty, sweet, thoughtful and well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 5/16/2012

    " I loooove the movie, and watched it before reading the book. Contrary to usual, I like the film better. "

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

    " One of my all-time favorite books (though slightly behind "Welcome To The World Baby Girl"). I love Fannie Flagg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silke Juppenlatz | 10/29/2011

    " I really, REALLY love this book, and have read it many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather G | 9/29/2011

    " One of those rare books where I liked the movie as much as I did the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat Rambo | 8/25/2011

    " This is a sweet and lovely book, placed very firmly in the South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 8/24/2011

    " I really enjoy Fannie Flagg's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 5/23/2011

    " One of my all time favorites, along with Fannie Flaggs Red Bird Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 5/14/2011

    " If you recall Fannie Flagg as the perpetually smiling game-show diva, someone famous for being famous, you might over look this book. Don't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.K. | 5/10/2011

    " Another Southern story with a grand cast of quirky characters. Tons of heart, mixed with a dash of murder and personal victories. Fannie Flagg's sense of humor makes this story sing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 5/8/2011

    " I must say this is one book, maybe the only book I have ever read, where the movie was better. Read it if you must, watch the movie to enjoy. "

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

    " Towanda the Avenger...... Need I say more about this beautiful, heartwarming story about old age, friendships between women and life stages! A beautiful blend of the present day with the old South to tell a great story of Ruth and Idgy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ardesia | 4/27/2011

    " Una lettura sorprendente, proprio come la ricetta da cui prende il titolo. Gli ingredienti sembrano semplici e ordinari, la preparazione non mostra grandi difficoltà, ma alla fine il risultato è una pietanza estremamente sostanziosa e per nulla scontata. "

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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

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.