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Download The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Battle Narrator: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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Although they come from different ways of life, both Bonnie and Ruth are experiencing drastic changes. After discovering that her husband has lost all of their money and has left her broke, Bonnie Duke Cullman is abandoning her comfortable life in Atlanta to teach at a community college in rural Alabama. Ruth Elkin just lost her sewing job at the Cherished Lady factory, and now she must attend college classes to get back on track. The two women's lives become unexpectedly intertwined, and together they survive the ups and downs of small town life.

Battle pens a novel full of conviction, courage, and a colorful cast of quirky, honest characters. Cristine McMurdo-Wallis' narration perfectly portrays the tenderness and strength of these women's friendships. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristal | 2/17/2014

    " When a factory decides to close its doors in a small town in south Alabama, it puts a lot of women out of a job. Attempting to appease the ladies, the company pays for them to attend a local community college for a year. And Bonnie Cullman is in desperate need of a job now that she is freshly divorced and looking to stand on her own two feet. What results is a charming tale of friendship, perseverance and family values. Full of Southern charm and fun, folksy sayings, this is a light, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyetra Belton | 2/13/2014

    " Great little book about Southern women, Southern small town life, and friendships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 F H | 2/1/2014

    " Slice of life, from different Southern womens' perspectives "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great "slice-of-life" southern novel. A local clothing mill closes and the displaced workers enroll in a college program run by a recently divorced woman. The story moves among the different characters and highlights the relationships among them. No high drama, just realistic hardships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/17/2014

    " I didn't know if I would like this book but, as it turns out, I liked the characters very much. I wish there had been a sequel because I wasn't ready to let them go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Ross | 1/10/2014

    " This was a sweet story about ladies dealing with hard circumstances they can't control and doing there best to survive and move on. It could have been titled better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cid | 1/8/2014

    " Very light. Another story of women at a life crossing banding together. I admit that I tend to enjoy those themes so I didn't hate it, but there wasn't much to distinguish it from many other books of a similar kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mj | 1/4/2014

    " A very enjoyable read about women working together to pull themselves up from various adversities. The characters are well drawn, diverse and lovable. This is a great book for the beach, traveling, or to cleanse the reader's palate after a heavy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 12/30/2013

    " Nice story of women overcoming various obstacles in their lives. Shows resilence of women in adversity. Battle's writing doesn't become sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/28/2013

    " An enjoyable, quick read with a wonderful Southern voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beekman Library | 12/22/2013

    " If you love stories about the peculiar characters that populate the American South, this one is for you. Florabama, Alabama is the setting and the characters have been down-sized out of their jobs at the Cherished Lady lingerie factory. "We've been screwed blue and tatooed." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flipflopmom | 12/16/2013

    " Not what I expected for the ending. It seemed rushed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 12/10/2013

    " A nice Southern read. A take to the beach book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merty | 12/7/2013

    " One of our first bookclub choices, would have not been my pick! It was ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 11/24/2013

    " I loved the characters in this book! Strong women, weak women, and others, but they feel like REAL women! How the women workers deal with the sudden closure of the lingerie factory where they've worked is the heart of the story, and it is a story with heart. Good read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 11/23/2013

    " Dumb. Only finished because I was on vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooweescoowee | 3/20/2013

    " Nicely written, sand and hard at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/31/2013

    " Kind of a silly read, but I enjoyed very much. It is a "coming-of-age" for a southern woman jilted by her ex-husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 8/13/2012

    " A good story about women coming together under unusual circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather G | 5/7/2012

    " One of the first books that I read and had me falling in love with Southern lit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/9/2012

    " Needed something light n' fluffy and this book delivered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purlewe | 1/18/2012

    " a good quick read. brain fluff that was enjoyable. I appreciated that the characters were more than 1 dimensional, altho some of them were only 2 dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/7/2011

    " Set in a small fictional Alabama town. A Birmingham socialite and a group of newly unemployed mill workers find unexpected strength in the face of adversity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/11/2011

    " I enjoyed this book a lot. Was a story of a bunch of women who stuck together and overcame a lot of obstacles, and some who didn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 6/27/2011

    " Snore. Characters were shallow, plot was canned and never quite developed. Love the idea of the small southern town and a group of its women trying to improve their lives, but it just never took shape! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa_friedrich | 6/26/2011

    " Southern story of reinventing yourself, entertaining, funny and insightful at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/21/2011

    " This book was okay. Very typical recipe. Not my kind of book, but I imagine most people will rate it higher than me. Unnecessary sexual references. "

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

    " Set in a small fictional Alabama town. A Birmingham socialite and a group of newly unemployed mill workers find unexpected strength in the face of adversity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 2/13/2011

    " This was a great story of how adversity can change your life for the better, and how strangers can become friends and work together. I really enjoyed this book, it's a quick read, and nice story with great characters.
    Thanks Pat!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 1/27/2011

    " The single worst book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/25/2011

    " Nice little story and a fun book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/26/2010

    " great book was a reminder of what the south still is all about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/23/2010

    " This was a sweet story about ladies dealing with hard circumstances they can't control and doing there best to survive and move on. It could have been titled better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/7/2010

    " I didn't know if I would like this book but, as it turns out, I liked the characters very much. I wish there had been a sequel because I wasn't ready to let them go.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purlewe | 4/15/2010

    " a good quick read. brain fluff that was enjoyable. I appreciated that the characters were more than 1 dimensional, altho some of them were only 2 dimensional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 4/12/2010

    " A nice Southern read. A take to the beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/15/2010

    " Needed something light n' fluffy and this book delivered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carole | 12/26/2009

    " Nothing new in the story and no great writing style, but a nice, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 12/5/2009

    " southern lit strikes again... and i agree with another comment about the sotto voce.. how MANY times can one use it in ONE book? BUT aside from that, if ya see it read it, good story about good friends(said sotto voce) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/26/2009

    " An enjoyable, quick read with a wonderful Southern voice. "

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About the Narrator

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis has appeared on stages from Connecticut to Alaska. She appeared in the Seattle Shakespeare Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has also worked with the Alaska Repertory Theater, the Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, New York. Cristine’s film credits include The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and American Heart, with Jeff Bridges. She lives in New York City.