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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,898 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fannie Flagg Narrator: Fannie Flagg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307704023
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The beloved Fannie Flagg is back and at her irresistible and hilarious best in I Still Dream about You, a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future.

Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect: she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real-estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition. She had been on her hopeful way to becoming Miss America and realizing her childhood dream of someday living in one of the elegant old homes on top of Red Mountain, with the adoring husband and the 2.5 children, but then something unexpected happened and changed everything.

Maggie graduated at the top of her class at charm school, can fold a napkin in more than forty-eight different ways, and can enter and exit a car gracefully, but all the finesse in the world cannot help her now. Since the death five years ago of the legendary real-estate dynamo Hazel Whisenknott, beloved founder of Red Mountain Realty, business has gone from bad to worse, and the future isn’t looking much better. But just when things seem completely hopeless, Maggie suddenly comes up with the perfect plan to solve it all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Fannie Flagg is] a born storyteller. The New York Times Book Review
  • Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate . . . Born of a tender heart and nurtured by an imaginative mind, it’s certain to touch the reader’s soul. Richmond Times Dispatch
  • A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups. The Birmingham News
  • Classic Fannie . . . What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human. Southern Living

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 2/19/2014

    " I tortured myself by reading half of this book. I should have put it down after the first chapter ended and saved myself a lot of bad reading. Big disappointment out of Fannie Flag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamilee | 2/13/2014

    " Not as funny and light-hearted as I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian Bryk | 2/8/2014

    " probabaly a good read for the older crowd, maybe not so much for younger ladies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/7/2014

    " Light-hearted and somewhat predictable read. A nice break during the cold winter months! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Muzik | 2/5/2014

    " This is the Fannie Flagg I know so well (at least through her books). I expect quirky and yet very tangible and accessible characters when I delve into her world and that is exactly what I got with I Still Dream About You. I always enjoy the journey through the small lives she writes about--lives with big impact, that resonate, showing how humanity is so intimately tied. This story had a nice little mystery woven through that didn't quite culminate with a bang to fit the intrigue, but since I was really taken with the disillusioned, people-pleasing beauty queen intent on suicide, I can't complain. Flagg has an innate ability to give small-town America a fairytale-ish quality that I adore. And while the ever-delayed "offing" seemed almost farcical at times, I can't knock the dark humor of planning a respectful suicide--saving those left behind from any gore, confusion, or sadness. Only Flagg. :) "

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

    " Hmmm...kind of a slow start, but midway it picks up well, and the humor kicks in at a higher level. It may be one of those that the 55+ crowd "gets" better than other ages. Given the title, I had rather expected a romance, and while there is an element of a romance in it, it is more about the main character's inner journey to find purpose in her later years and about friendship. I actually rather appreciated the low key ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 1/31/2014

    " Ms. Flagg never disappoints, can read all her books over and over and will too with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 1/27/2014

    " The first Fannie Flagg book I've ever read. Boy did I identify with many of her characters feelings. [I'm sure now that I'm getting old :)] Maggie and her friends struggle as they all age from different chronological vantage points-even the now deceased Mr. Crocker. We all treasure certain traditions in our lives, but everyone doesn't have the same traditions. I really enjoyed this book and will probably look for more of Fannie's stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra | 1/18/2014

    " i liked it, but then again, it was kind of depressing, but then again, it had to be so you would see her point of view. ?? not a must read, but not a don't read. : ) aren't my reviews great? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Lazaruk | 12/28/2013

    " not as good as some of Fannie Flagg but still a good listening book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alpapatel | 11/3/2013

    " funny but not a good story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 10/6/2013

    " Rushed ending, took too long to develop characters. Probably won't read any more of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol Shrader | 10/2/2013

    " The plot did not hold my attention. It took me a long time to finish because I had so little motivation in picking it up each day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/15/2013

    " A fun story, but too much of taking the Lord's name in vain. I'm probably more biased because I was listening to it and couldn't just skip over it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley Montgomery | 8/31/2013

    " A great look at Birmingham, AL and Southern culture in all their quirkiness. Plus, a happy ending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 2/1/2013

    " This book annoyed me a little considering Maggie's plan of action. Although I was leaning toward what her plan was I was also hoping I was wrong. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nightswimming | 11/19/2012

    " innocuous tale of a senile ex-southern belle. bland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/1/2012

    " I Still Dream about You is a folksy, slow-moving novel populated with likeable and believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 9/15/2012

    " This was a fun book, I did not think it was going to end the way it did. It is a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/15/2012

    " Fannie Flagg sure can tell a story. I've loved all her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Yeabsley | 4/17/2012

    " Total chick lit. totally feel good but loved it. Set in the deep South in Beauty Queen and good manners territory it was a really nice read. Want to get Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Vroman | 2/23/2012

    " Quick, easy and fun read....especially if you've lived in the south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Bridges | 9/8/2011

    " Heartwarming albeit a bit farcical. Enjoyed the Birmingham setting, and you're rooting for her until the end. Better supporting cast than main. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Mallard | 8/13/2011

    " Slow to start, the story dragged a bit and the constant hinting about a character's past quickly became old. I was rather disappointed as I usually love Flagg's work. "

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

    " This was a really great book. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Even though it is about a woman who has given up on life, believes there is nothing left and is planning her sucicide. It is really a story of hope and redemption and that life is truly worth living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/23/2011

    " Most always enjoy her books. Good read. "

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

    " Quick, easy and fun read....especially if you've lived in the south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/19/2011

    " Cute heroine in the southern town of Birmingham is planning to kill herself but life keeps interrupting her. Funny and just a nice read where everything turns out well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/17/2011

    " Very much enjoyed this story. Fannie Flagg is a great storyteller who keeps you wanting to know what comes next. I was particularly pleased with the idea of a central character who was no longer alive, but continued to help & inspire her friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 5/17/2011

    " Another quick book with characters I would love to meet in real life. Fannie has a great way with character development and making me wish I knew all of these women in real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 5/14/2011

    " This was just a sweet book with an odd theme. It was not life changing or deep. It was just a sweet story that starts weird and has a happy ending. It was a pleasant way to spend my reading time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 5/13/2011

    " southern charm with touches of mystery, history, and melancholy, nicely done "

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

    " I loved this book. It was a quick and easy ready, with very funny situations that had me laughing out loud. I needed something light after reading Fall of Giants and this was perfect. "

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

    " Another wonderful book from the witty, very readable Flagg. About a former Miss Alabama who meticulously ties up the loose ends of her life prior to ending it, but has to keep postponing the deed because life keeps intruding on her plans. "

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

    " I always read Fannie Flagg's books. This one I listened to on tape. She takes mundane things and makes a story about them. This book's ending is almost too good to be true. Also there are years covered in just a few paragraphs to bring about the kind of ending the author wanted. "

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

    " I adore Fannie Flagg's characters. While Maggie frustrated me with all her plans the scenes with the bones made me laugh!! When I grow up I want to be like Hazel!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste | 5/11/2011

    " Maggie's rambling on and on about her suicide plan pushed me to the point of cheering "do it...just do it already!". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/9/2011

    " I listened to this on tape and had a smile on my face almost from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/9/2011

    " I totally enjoyed reading this. I will no longer worry about a book being "good" but rate them by how much pleasure they give me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/9/2011

    " I love Fanny Flagg and can't wait to read this. "

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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.