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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fannie Flagg Narrator: Fannie Flagg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elmwood Springs Series Release Date: August 2002 ISBN: 9780553714159
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Good news! Fannie’s back in town—and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel.

Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers.

The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.

Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, “utterly irresistible.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 2/20/2014

    " Great book. Anyone from small town can relate. Or anyone growing older, watching time pass to fast can relate! "

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

    " 4.5 stars So it really didn't have a set plot throughout but the writing was so good. I laughed out lout several places and loved getting to know all the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 2/6/2014

    " This book is wonderful. The stories intermingle and the characters are relatable and lovable. The book spans 40 years and you really can see how things have changed in the world over those 40 years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill Manske | 2/6/2014

    " This was one goofy book. And it was about 200 pages too long. I thought it would be fun to go back in time to a simpler era and remember how things were when I was a kid. And it was sort of entertaining for about 100 pages. But it just went on. And on. And on. And on. The storyline was weak, although the characters were pretty well defined. There were a few amusing parts, but mostly it was just boring. Definitely a "granny book". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Lucido | 2/2/2014

    " loved this sweet n warm book n everyone in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 1/31/2014

    " I love Fannie Flagg. Not as good as some but still made me smile. "

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

    " I just finished reading this today. I LOVED it. Best of what I've read so far. Funny, warm and lovable characters, I laughed, I cried, I was totally involved in the life of the people, their town and escapades. It got a little draggy towards the end, but over all a completely enjoyable, light and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/26/2014

    " funny, heartwarming, feel good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/21/2014

    " A great story of courage and kindness that spans decades. Well-rounded characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Myers | 1/20/2014

    " I almost wish I had read this one first, and Welcome to the World, Baby Girl, second... it was almost a "prequel" to the latter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/11/2014

    " My favorite Fanny of all time. Grandma Tic Toc loved this book, too, and I can imagine it being just like this for her now. A new Fanny Flagg book in the stores is the best gift of the year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/28/2013

    " I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Fannie Flagg when I'm in the mood for just easy-reading, funny, nostalgia. If you want to know what life used to be like in "olden times" in mid-America, this book is delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Wieber | 12/23/2013

    " Good book from the start but it got kind of depressing towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F H | 12/14/2013

    " Nostalgic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 12/13/2013

    " I felt like Flagg couldn't figure out to wrap this up. It started strong and then sort of died away. Didn't have the oomph of Fried Green Tomatoes, which I loved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/24/2013

    " Really enjoyable. Great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oran | 11/21/2013

    " I will always be a loyal Fannie Flagg fan. I have enjoyed everything this lady has written. She always produces "feel good" work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liza | 11/4/2013

    " This book was all right. A little on the long side. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Masters | 10/2/2013

    " I expected something of the depth and quality of Fried Green Tomatoes. Not. Shallow at best character development. No thread throughout of a plot. Reminded me of the Father Tim books by Jan Karon, which have their place in sweet, light reads for my mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/29/2013

    " I listened to this book on CD, read by the author, so that may have been why it was so entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/3/2013

    " After reading "Fried Green Tomatoes" I have tried to read every book Fannie Flagg writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Hewitt | 3/2/2013

    " Love Fanny Flagg and love her deceptively 'easy' style. Small town America is brought to life in the multiple narratives which intersect to create an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/20/2013

    " I really just dig Fannie Flagg's prose, the way she makes you feel like you really do know the people you are reading about. very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Yeagley | 2/9/2013

    " My Grandma recommended this to me. I am in the middle of it, and it is fabulous! It's funny, and touching, and really great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 1/27/2013

    " Another easy read by this author.I enjoy the gentle Southern live that is depicted in these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kowanda Richardson | 11/23/2012

    " This is a fun look back in time. The characters jump around some, but the story made me laugh out loud more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 11/2/2012

    " really funny and heartwarming "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Jo | 10/31/2012

    " Another excellent story with familiar characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim VanSant | 4/7/2012

    " I love the conversational tone of this book. I like the characters and I enjoyed following them across the arc of decades. I'll be reading more by Flagg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2012

    " I compulsively read everything an author has done until I run out, or until the library has no more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy Briggs | 2/4/2012

    " a good character book & fun look into this time period "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ykoulouthros | 11/27/2011

    " Fannie Flagg is one fun author who pens breezy, comfty novels. This first of three set in the South takes the reader on the beginning of a delightful journey full of quirky, loveable characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsmannix | 10/19/2011

    " a little too home town for me. it was OK "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Solomon | 9/9/2011

    " Loved this book! The depiction of small town life, the quirky characters, the humor . . . most enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brook | 6/21/2011

    " Actually listen to this one on tape. I love the time period and the neighborly feel. The book took some unexpected turns of character plot. Good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 6/17/2011

    " I love Fannie Flagg and confess I am re-reading this book because it is not dark , just charmingly quirky and warm about the happy and sad parts of life . A relief from The Dark Knight Rises that we saw last night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 5/6/2011

    " Always funny, I always learn something about the eras of which Flagg writes when I read her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 4/28/2011

    " A really amusing and heartwarming story centering around a woman in a small midwestern town who has her own radio show, broadcast from her living room. "

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

    " I couldn't remember if I'd read this one or not. So I started it again, and I enjoyed the odd feeling of being so smart that I knew what was going to happen. Eventually, it occurred to me that I must have read the book already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 3/27/2011

    " This was a great book. I felt like I lived there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 3/20/2011

    " Good book from the start but it got kind of depressing towards the end. "

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

    " The story starts in the 40's and spans 5 decades. It takes place in a small in the midwest.The story brought back lots of memories and is a light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/8/2011

    " A longer read, jumped around alot but I still enjoyed it. Truly a Fannie Flagg story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 3/8/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time! The characterization is perfect and everything is just so cute and relatable. I wish I could live in, or at least visit, the quaint little town of Elmwood Springs. "

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

    " Fanny Flagg can tell a good story and get into the characters of a small town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/5/2011

    " This was a terrific book. I'd call it a twofer but the two stories were so well linked thet read as one. I laughed, cried, got really angry and thoroughly enjoyed myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/1/2011

    " A sweet, satisfying novel. It made me wish I'd grown up with the characters. "

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