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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauretta Hannon Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440768279
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Award-winning author and humorist Lauretta Hannon is also a popular contributor to Georgia Public Radio. A collection of hilarious and poignant true Southern stories, The Cracker Queen dispels the popular image of the Southern belle with spirited portraits of strong, authentic Southern women. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This wonderfully written book is the perfect antidote for our present hard times.”

    Tucson Citizen

  • Pat Conroy, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Hannon’s is a distinct voice reminding us that even cracker queens savor and learn from everyday experiences. ”

    Booklist

  • “A bracing, heart-gladdening embrace of human foibles and strangeness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Mallard | 2/2/2014

    " I was disappointed.I thought this book would be similar to a lot of Southern writers- Jill Connor Browne, Celia Rivenbark, Hollis Gillespie- but I just didn't like the author's voice. The book was a very easy read, I read it in one night but it wasn't anything memorable. Perhaps my hopes were just too high. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 1/27/2014

    " I couldn't finish this one. I couldn't relate to the author enough to get into it and enjoy the journey. The author relates stories from her childhood, most of which are outrageous along the lines of Jeannette Wall's The Glass Castle, but they don't feel real. Many times I wondered if the author hadn't exaggerated or even created the incidents just to make a more interesting book. The stories are told at surface level with no reflection on the thoughts or motives of the people involved. I was annoyed with the author's obvious class envy as well. I found myself questioning whether or not the author had simply misread situations or people. I tried repeatedly to finish the book but kept finding myself doing sudoku instead so I eventually gave up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 1/26/2014

    " Ended this fiasco on page 136. I like southern stories, real or fiction, and was intrigued by the title but this so called Cracker Queen was down right dull. It was like listening to a drunk friend try to tell you some irrelevant story who just kept getting sidetracked into some other crappy story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri Chapman | 1/23/2014

    " It was enjoyable. One of those books though that makes you wonder if anyone with a bit of a quirky life can just go ahead and write a book about it. To me, it's a humorous account but certainly not literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Bearden | 1/20/2014

    " Overall this just wasnt for me. The beginning of the book was decent, while she told the story of her childhood. Definitely some funny moments, but when she gets to the point of being a grown up, I really started to loose interest. The author also had an odd writing style that took me a while to really get used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leann | 1/20/2014

    " The Cracker Queen was a very funny read. Lauretta Hannon's perspective on her life growing up even though some parts were hard and some seemed obscure. She always put a spin on it to make you laugh in the end. A great memoir about growing up in South Georgia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fay Morrid | 1/15/2014

    " Love books set in the south but this one was disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James R. | 1/15/2014

    " Of all the memoirs I have read, this was my least favorite. It was written in short story form or collection of essays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle (meshe) | 12/31/2013

    " Didn't know when I started this that the author was from Warner Robins and that it was gonna be all about weird Georgia folks. It was funny and worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryl Brown | 12/27/2013

    " A memoir that really puts everything out there. As "joyful" as the author is about it, parts of it made me really sad for her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Whitlock | 12/3/2013

    " I grew up in Macon, GA. This book reminded me of many things that happened in my childhood: the goat man, the Warner Robins tornado, etc. It is like an Oprah book, one person overcoming great odds to grow into a happy and responsible person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/14/2013

    " A must read! This will enlighten and energize you, much like "Eat, Pray, Love." I'm seeing the author speak in Georgia next month, and can't wait. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 10/19/2013

    " There is no redeeming quality to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/14/2013

    " I didn't think the author's style was well-developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 10/10/2013

    " I admire her spirit, but I didn't laugh out loud as much as I would for a Sweet Potato Queens title. Maybe I needed to listen to the audio, and really hear the south in her voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/2/2013

    " Excellent book! And I loved the message that despite anything life dishes out, you can overcome and make your life what you want it to be. "

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

    " Delightful. Poignant. Shocking. Funny. A must. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 McGuffy Morris | 7/7/2013

    " Love it! Very honest & real! A gift to all Cracker Queens---the book & Lauretta Hannon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myra | 6/23/2012

    " One of the best books ever. A whole lotta life lessons, with lots of sparkle and laughter mixed in, in one book. Makes all us Southern Cracker Queens want to don our tiaras and kick up our heels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/5/2011

    " Wow, raised by barely sober parents and still come out level headed and not resentful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/16/2011

    " Very touching, and I loved recognizing so many brands and elements of the author's life. It definitely helps that I grew up in the same state and could almost be a cracker queen if I wanted to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Hennessey | 9/3/2011

    " Excellent book! Hannon tells an inspiring story. This book is empowering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jofaye | 8/4/2011

    " Not every southern girl signs up a silver and china pattern. Being poor isn't fun anywhere, but if you love the people you're with and they love you, it's a lot more fun than most people imagine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 julie | 8/4/2011

    " A GR First Reads book, this memoir was entertaining and interesting, but not life changing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madameugly | 3/15/2011

    " Wonderfully written, beautiful bittersweet stories. But the ending felt tacked on and I was embarrassed for the author that the final section even had to exist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meshe/Michelle | 1/8/2011

    " Didn't know when I started this that the author was from Warner Robins and that it was gonna be all about weird Georgia folks. It was funny and worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 McGuffy Ann | 11/8/2010

    " Love it! Very honest & real! A gift to all Cracker Queens---the book & Lauretta Hannon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/15/2010

    " Excellent book! And I loved the message that despite anything life dishes out, you can overcome and make your life what you want it to be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 8/18/2010

    " Not clever, not funny, but just bearable. A story that could have been interesting if not told through the author's whiny voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/14/2010

    " I didn't think the author's style was well-developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 3/9/2010

    " I grew up in Macon, GA. This book reminded me of many things that happened in my childhood: the goat man, the Warner Robins tornado, etc. It is like an Oprah book, one person overcoming great odds to grow into a happy and responsible person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 1/2/2010

    " It was enjoyable. One of those books though that makes you wonder if anyone with a bit of a quirky life can just go ahead and write a book about it. To me, it's a humorous account but certainly not literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madameugly | 12/7/2009

    " Wonderfully written, beautiful bittersweet stories. But the ending felt tacked on and I was embarrassed for the author that the final section even had to exist. "

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About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.