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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:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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". "

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