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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clyde Edgerton Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Clyde Edgerton's ear for regional voices and his eye for life's small but significant details enable him to create characters who are charming and utterly convincing. Beginning with an engagement announcement and ending with the birth of a son, Raney is a snapshot of the first few years of a modern Southern marriage. Newly married, Raney is a Southern Baptist who has lived her whole life in her tiny home town. Her husband, Charles, is a newcomer, a liberal raised in Atlanta. Amidst family traditions, curious relatives, and bowls of macaroni salad, their search for common ground begins. As Raney tells us about Charles' beliefs and habits, and thus reveals her own, her honesty and gumption will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone.

Narrator Ruth Ann Phimister's soft voice beautifully captures the emotional tides that rise and fall in Raney's life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer Kinard | 2/13/2014

    " I read this book four or five years ago, and I still remember it vividly. The characters seemed so real that I sometimes wonder what happened to them afterward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Hartl | 2/8/2014

    " Edgerton is a hoot! He has the southern voice down pat, and I love his stuff. This book brings back memories of my childhood in east Texas, and my mother's friends who played bridge together every few weeks at someone's home. Their conversations used to sound like the conversations that Raney's family had around the dinner table, and my mom used to tell my dad about them when he came home after work. I never really realized how apart my parents felt until after I was older and their friendships changed to include the people they met traveling. But I remember hearing about Mrs. Holsomback's liver problems over the bridge table.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Puccinelli | 2/7/2014

    " This book is pretty much perfect. The narrator's voice is unwavering, innocent, and hilarious, and every character here is flawlessly created. LOVE this book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 1/30/2014

    " It's been years since I've read this charming book, but it remains on my "old favorites list." Edgerton nails the Southern psyche with humor and affection. "

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

    " Anyone growing up in the bible-belt of the South can appreciate this one. It's a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaye Esser | 1/25/2014

    " Quick and entertaining but not a show stopper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 1/23/2014

    " Couldn't get past the extremely southern conservative characters so I didn't get too far into this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chezley | 1/18/2014

    " Growing up in North Carolina, Edgerton speaks to all that I love and much that I hate, against the backdrop of the disappearing small towns and rural routes of my youth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Penny | 1/18/2014

    " I was not amused. The language was horrible, the people stupid and intrusive, and the whole point of the story was to relate how people fight in a marriage. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 11/4/2013

    " eh.... not great. But, it was about a southern god-fearing family in Bethel. If that's your thing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 9/4/2013

    " Simple but enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 5/1/2013

    " Salem College, Meroney Theatre play "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Lew | 4/22/2013

    " If you are going to read a Clyde Edgerton novel read "The Floatplane Notebooks" first. Then read this one. It is very good, but I think more people could relate to "The Floatplane Notebooks" (making it a better introduction to Clyde Edgerton's work). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista Zivkovich | 4/13/2013

    " Delightful, funny, sweet. Highly recommended for the characters and sense of time and place. If you like Fannie Flagg, you'll like this first novel by Clyde Edgerton. "

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

    " I've been trying to go with more solid fiction recommendations, and this was one of them. It's short, it's funny, and it's sweet too. A good read if you have a little time. But it's not my favorite book ever. I have previously tried "Lunch at the Picadelly" by Edgerton and I didn't get very far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Melville | 3/31/2013

    " This is a humorous book about a newly married couple in SC in the mid 70's. You will laugh out loud a few times. I especially thought the last few pages were funny. It's nice to read a bit of "fluff" amid all the serious books that we tend to read, especially for book clubs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 1/12/2013

    " I did not like this book at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 12/28/2012

    " Somewhat amusing, but nowhere near as good as another I'd read by him, _Walking Across Egypt_. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maetta | 12/5/2012

    " A good laugh at marriage and communication. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Connie | 4/7/2012

    " This story is about a young married man and woman who come from extremely different backgrounds and the ways they deal with their differences of opinion and life style. I wish I could remember why this book was so highly recommended by a friend. I found it to be distasteful, with unsettling results. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/11/2012

    " "Lord have mercy, it might have happened in the feed room." Hehe. Ignorant Raney from smalltown, Baptist North Caroline marries educated Charles from uptown Atlanta, and the laughs never end. Quick, easy and funny read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Leigh | 2/8/2012

    " A very annoying novel about family dynamics. Not much plot, a lot of Southern culture, and a really annoying protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/3/2012

    " Had a lot of funny parts, but also a lot of real-life, hard situations. Being from the South, it reminded me of people I know :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/30/2011

    " The third book I have read by Edgerton. It is interesting but kind of strange. The clash of two cultures within the southern culture...very interesting.
    I like "The Bible Salesman" better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/18/2011

    " "Southern literature" at its best and funniest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/28/2011

    " Wonderful, classic southern book. (That reminded me a lot of who and where I came from.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 1/14/2011

    " Really liked it, but I think you had to have spent some time in the south to truly appreciate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/5/2011

    " In the same vein as the Miss Julia books by Ann B Ross - small town personalities up close. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 12/27/2010

    " found Raney herself to not be very likable--too intolerant to be "funny" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/3/2010

    " My first Clyde Edgerton book - I laughed and laughed outloud and read passages outloud to whoever would listen - became a fan adn groupie of his and southern writers as a result of this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/24/2010

    " A very light read that was a good break from what I've been reading this summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myla | 7/12/2010

    " read both the book, and the playscript, and still think it has a charming humor that makes you chuckle outloud. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 7/4/2010

    " eh.... not great. But, it was about a southern god-fearing family in Bethel. If that's your thing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 4/10/2010

    " Somebody told me this was the best book they ever read. Won't take their advice again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 3/9/2010

    " Couldn't get past the extremely southern conservative characters so I didn't get too far into this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 9/9/2009

    " a lot of humor in Clyde Edgerton's books. Also check out "Walking Across Egypt" "

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