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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Bloodworth Thomason Narrator: Cynthia Darlow Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781436126861
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How romantic: finding your youthful Romeo (or your Juliet) after 20 years. But for Woodrow and Duff, reunited when their college-aged children announce their wedding plans, it's not romantic, it's just messy. As their reckless behavior progresses, they wo Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you believe that all the sexy, interesting, and hip people live only in New York or LA, then you need to read this book. In Liberating Paris, Linda Bloodworth Thomason hilariously succeeds in debunking that misguided notion once and for all, while introducing us to a cast of characters you will not soon forget. Her writing is passionate, intelligent, and witty, a winning combination that not only touches your heart, but just might change your mind.”

    Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

  • Liberating Paris is a seamless work of fiction about the contemporary South deconstructing itself. It can stand with the very best of novels out of this strange country. Thomason’s people are, like this hybrid South itself, cantankerous, vulnerable, deeply affecting, wonderfully funny, and totally unforgettable. And her prose is so springwater clear and fine that it made me stop and take a deep breath many times over. Hurrah for Linda Bloodworth Thomason. Writing well is the best revenge.”

    Anne Rivers Siddons, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Thomason’s novel is engaging and heartwarming, with down-to-earth humor and emotionally charged drama…[A] first-rate debut.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Splendid, often hilarious…A thicket of sideplots—including the unwelcome arrival of a chain discount megastore, Mavis’ quest to find a sperm donor, and Brundidge’s long-distance romance with a New Yorker—give the novel a rich, layered feel. Poignant, welcoming, and warmly funny, this is an irresistible page-turner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Thomason] brings her trademark talent for combining humor with humility, intelligence with insouciance, to a sparkling debut novel that chronicles one exceptional year for a circle of longtime friends…Thomason excels at creating larger-than-life yet down-to-earth characters, endowing them with endearing flaws, enriching wisdom, and ennobling courage.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book! Sure it's not incredibly deep, but it's both funny and heart warming. A really quick read that's difficult to put down. "

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

    " a good read with several good chuckles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - it was a little different than what I normally read... it was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/19/2014

    " Good book, but the ending is a bit strange/disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/17/2014

    " This was a great book. Very readable. Didn't want to put it down. Compelling and complete - I appreciated how she tied up all the loose ends. I laughed, I cried. All in all, a wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Newman | 1/16/2014

    " A very fun, fast read. Made me rethink living in a city and consider what I may be missing in a small town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/10/2014

    " Pretty good, great characters, interesting depiction of life in a small town. Loved the critique of "Fed-Mart" (Wal-Mart) culture, and the demise of small businesses. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorna | 1/6/2014

    " Boring, Boring, Boring. I only continued to read this for my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lani | 12/20/2013

    " Wonderful characters in this book. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 11/27/2013

    " As in Paris, Arkansas. Six friends living in the contemporary south . It was fun in a few places,but, hate to say, forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/19/2013

    " Light, fun novel written by the creator of Designing Women. A typical southern novel, full of quirky characters. A great beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 11/19/2013

    " Wonderful novel by the creator of "Designing Women"--story of six 40-year-old friends in Paris, Arkansas, and a year that changed all of their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alta Keim | 10/24/2013

    " This was a great book about life in small town USA. Not a great plot but the characters were terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna | 10/3/2013

    " Read this over a weekend and I found that every time I put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up. I thought the characters and the plot were great. glad I wasn't discouraged by other reviews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/14/2013

    " I love this book. In one word - "pathos." Such great characters. Words I savored. A great plot in the end which I didn't even care about. READ IT!!! You'll be glad you did. "

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

    " This book is laugh out loud funny- I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 5/10/2013

    " I liked the characters in this book, but unfortunatly the author got preachy and ruined it for me in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara Beers | 3/30/2013

    " it's ok, saving judgement till I finish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Klemach | 3/9/2013

    " Excellent book about small town life. This is Paris, Arkansas after all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/4/2013

    " Good book about a group of friends in the south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/26/2012

    " This is one of those novels that I get sucked into and immediately feel a part of. This type of read always entertains me, but it drains me emotionally, too. These kinds of books all have essentially the same theme: relationships are the most important things in our lives and our lives are short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/19/2011

    " Bloodworth Thomason spent years in television before writing a novel. I've liked that work, and she must be some kind of distant relation, although I don't know how. A warm, funny book about death-dealing big box stores and small towns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/30/2011

    " I had my doubts after chapter one but that quickly changed. I loved the characters and the all the love they had for each other. The characters were believable and situations realistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 6/24/2011

    " Typical story of a middle-aged man who reconnects with an old flame, realizes he still loves his wife, and she takes him back. Set in a small town with a core group of characters who have grown up together. Didn't keep my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Pfefferkorn | 5/23/2011

    " The title refers to Paris, Arkansas, not Paris, France. The story reminded me of books by Fannie Flagg and other writers who bring small Southern towns to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is our book club's March selection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/19/2011

    " I thought this book was witty,funny,clever,sad and really captured living in a small town. I laughed out loud so much that my husband wanted to read it. He enjoyed it also. When reading this book, you really felt like you got to know these characters. I would definitely read another book by LBT. "

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

    " Contemporary southern fiction by creator of Designing Women and Evening Shade TV shows. Quirky characters that made me laugh. Listened in audio format. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 1/1/2011

    " I really disliked this book to begin...really it took 150 pages to even care about the charaters. I finished the book simply for closure. If you like the designing women, cliche small southern town, charaters that are odd instead of interesting this book has it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 11/25/2010

    " I felt there were some flaws to the plot of the story, but I loved the characters so much I didn't care about the weaknesses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/11/2010

    " Story about a group of 40 somethings who have grown up together in the small town of Paris, Arkansas. It was nice how they loved and have taken care of each other through the years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 9/27/2010

    " So far so good...an easy read, setting in Paris so that says it all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/26/2010

    " If you liked Designing Women, you'll love this book. Set in a small town in the south, the book focuses on a group of friends that have always been friends.
    I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/22/2010

    "
    Every Southern stereotype in the world is represented in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/28/2010

    " Love and hate; trust and betrayal; life and death; conventionality and unconventionality; conformity and defiance; friendship; family; walth and poverty; resiliance, values, morality. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/29/2009

    " Bloodworth Thomason spent years in television before writing a novel. I've liked that work, and she must be some kind of distant relation, although I don't know how. A warm, funny book about death-dealing big box stores and small towns. "

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About the Narrator

Cynthia Darlow’s unusual voice makes her devotion to the spoken arts a natural fit. As a narrator and veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, film, and television, her characterizations and facility with dialects are unforgettable. Her audiobook narrations have earned her seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), whose mission it is to present concert performances of long-neglected, language-driven plays.