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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,951 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Wells Narrator: Rebecca Wells Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061962455
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rebecca Wells has written a funny, eloquent, and sad novel that easily leaps regional bounds.”

    Washington Post

  • “Energetic and delicious…each voice is unique, independent and right on.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A gem of a book…Wells offers a virtuoso performance.”

    Denver Post

  • “Author Rebecca Wells uses her considerable acting talent to perform this abridgment, adding even more spark to her already lively characters…More like a recording of a one-woman show than a mere reading, Altars is an excellent example of how entertaining audiobooks can be.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Wells effectively juxtaposes the innocence and joy of childhood reveries with the pain and guilt of adult memories.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “At the Walker family altar, sainthood is a one-way ticket to purgatory, and getting there is half the fun.” 

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “This crazy, joyful Louisiana family has its share of secrets…Wells’ keen sense of character and superb ear for voice unify the loose assemblage of tales.”

    Library Journal

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2014

    " Wells' first outing with the Ya-Yas is very similar to the beginning of adolescence-- at times it's a little awkward, things don't always seem to work properly, but its undeniably heartfelt in everything that it attempts. When it was first written, I don't believe that Wells had her characters fully formed yet. But with these shortcomings (which are few), readers will still be impressed and captivated by the author's lyrical prose and obvious joy when writing about Louisiana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 2/14/2014

    " A fictional cross between "The Glass Castle" and "A Girl Named Zippy." Crossing my path courtesy of my new book club pals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonina Sh | 2/13/2014

    " THis is more like essays written in voices of different generations of quite a dysfunctional Louisiana family. Probably not the best exemplar of Southern American literature, and personally I enjoyed Secrets of Ya Ya sisterhood much much more, but it's still got the air and that "taste" of Southern decadence, cotton and rice, and society, so it's a good light reading for lazy hot summer afternoons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Parsons | 2/9/2014

    " Reading Ya-Ya series out of order has worked for me. Ya-Yas in Bloom got gobbled up first, delightful book. It shows several joys experienced by Vivi's children while giving a peek that everything is not perfect. This book, Little Altars Everywhere, reveals how imperfect the family situation really was. So interesting to see the burden each person carried, including the father. Rebecca Wells' voice is strong and insightful. Now I need to read Divine Secrets of the YA-YA Sisterhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Featherhead | 2/6/2014

    " FANTASTIC! Loved it! On par with the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I haven't read too many book series, but the Ya-Ya books were all so enjoyable. You laugh, your heart breaks a little, you relate to the characters....and in the end you're left very satisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/5/2014

    " Please, I am begging you, skip the YaYas and go straight to this book. This is the money. This is the one you need to read. These are the characters before they became insufferable. These are the characters before the author envisioned them being played in a movie. That's all I can figure since the writing just went off the rails when she got to the YaYas and Siddalee became a dramaturge or something or other and they ended up jumping up and down on the porch trying to catch their tears in jars. I mean, really. This is a spitfire of a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/30/2014

    " Pretty dark and depressing with not enough explination. Still intersting at parts. Ya ya sisterhood is much better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chu | 1/28/2014

    " I used to live in Louisiana and thought it would be fun to read stories if people from the area. Book is ordinary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally Boots | 1/26/2014

    " The Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a fun read, but by the time I got to the sequel, I was really sick of these women and their twisted psyches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie Dipiro | 1/19/2014

    " These characters enchant me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaity | 12/24/2013

    " A good book. It showed a different side to the characters from Divine Secrets. A good read, and excellent story telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 12/21/2013

    " I read this right after Ya Ya's and I didn't really care for it. I don't remember why... but I have some sort of revulsion to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan D. | 12/17/2013

    " Super crazy tale. Catches you off guard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/14/2013

    " Great introduction to the Yayas, but there's one chapter, Cuddling, that I found very disturbing and not keeping with the nature of the character of Vivi as she is described in the later novels. Still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/12/2013

    " I liked the short stories feel of this book, and while Divine Secrets is my favorite of the series, this is an easy read, great for summer beach trips! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrill | 12/5/2013

    " I read this before Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and it is so much better. Ya-Ya is fluff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 11/21/2013

    " I liked Divine Secrets better than this book. Still a good read for the summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sareh | 11/4/2013

    " The prequel to ya ya sisterhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 8/4/2013

    " A follow-up to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, not quite as impossible to put down, but a must-read if you liked the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natanya Epstein | 2/26/2013

    " An honest portrayal of an eccentric southern family living amidst alcoholism, intense race dynamics, and the pressures of family and gender roles. It is a sad, well-written novel, the kind you want to put away but just can't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trever | 2/1/2013

    " My least favorite of the trilogy, a bit dark compared to the other two, but still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 9/4/2012

    " A bit disappointing, not as good as the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Wax | 7/19/2012

    " Good but not as good as Divine Secrets--probably because it came second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 7/18/2012

    " Great book, read it years ago. Love the Yaya's!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temaire' | 5/31/2012

    " Way to redundant if you have read 'Divine secrets...' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Jenison | 3/23/2012

    " I read the Divine Secrets first, and frankly I'm glad. I think I enjoyed this book more because of it. I love Sidda's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/12/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books. Your soul feels fed when you are done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate LeDonne | 11/27/2011

    " Absolutely stellar. I think I like even better than "Divine Secrets". Fabulous storytelling, a favorite that I re-read and am wearing out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Lawson | 11/24/2011

    " Love Rebecca Wells' books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 8/1/2011

    " Love this author, I feel like I could be Southern Belle circa 1950 when I read her books, she does an outstanding job at depicting the culture and era. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 5/23/2011

    " I read this book after reading the Ya Ya book & was just disgusted with the mother's behavior. If I had read this book first and understood the mother, I would not have read Ya Ya. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 5/16/2011

    " This book gives a lot of background to the Ya Ya Sisterhood book. Hard truths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Great prequel (written first) to yaYa Sisterhood "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 4/30/2011

    " This book ruined ever watching "Divine Secrets" ever again. Vivi is terrible. I would never be able to watch that movie again without thinking of all the terrible things she did in this book-much worse than the movie portrays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren | 4/4/2011

    " The characters are just so interesting!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/30/2011

    " Not as good as YaYa Sisterhood, but still laden with descriptions of deep Southern characters. A sad, but powerful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 3/30/2011

    " Much darker than Yaya Sisterhood but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/8/2011

    " I loved all the ya-ya books. they make me laugh mostly and cry a little. her newest one, a/b a totally different character, was amazing as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 3/8/2011

    " While this explains a lot of Vivi's excentricities Iit just didn't have the unity of the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/3/2011

    " I read this after I read Ya-Ya. Sometimes I wish I hadn't read this because some of the background of the characters is disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannette | 2/19/2011

    " Ok story but ends up dealing w/ child abuse - never my favorite subject to read about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/15/2011

    " This book was a more unexpectedly dark and very "skeletons in the closet" back story for Vivi and her family. Interested to see how The Divine Secrets compares to this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/11/2011

    " This was a nice addition to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood story. Sad and happy, very poignant. A quick read as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/10/2011

    " Much better than her popular best-seller "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood". This book has great imagery and a compelling story-line that made me never want to put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidiheskett | 1/21/2011

    " This is by far the best of the YA YA books. I read this in 1999 and the plot and characters are still with me today. "

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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.