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2.49 out of 52.49 out of 52.49 out of 52.49 out of 52.49 out of 5 2.49 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Kaye Gibbons Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780739321911
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In this sequel to Gibbons’s beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child­hood—humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta—she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. 
 
With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas­sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lacy | 2/20/2014

    " Her abstract writing style was the main factor that ruined the book to me...that and the fact that the story seemed to revolve too much around her abandonement issues with her mother, it was kind of a weak crutch for the plot to lean on. I wish they would have explored Laura's character more as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 2/9/2014

    " Didn't enjoy this one. Might be because I read it out of order and should have read Ellen Foster first but I thought that was what I had picked up at the library not realizing this was the second book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 2/8/2014

    " I loved the original Ellen Foster but this was really really disappointing. I didn't even finish it and that's rare for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 1/24/2014

    " In this sequel to ELLEN FOSTER Ellen is living in a stable foster home & maintaining her friendships with all the local misfits. She also applies to Harvard at the age of 15. I think it helped that I listened to this book as read by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Ray | 1/23/2014

    " Eh. I just couldn't finish this one. I liked it just fine, but couldn't seem to get any kind of real connection with Ellen. Maybe later... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/21/2014

    " Not as good as the first (Ellen Foster) but still very good. Does a great job providing closure for this wonderful character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cris | 12/28/2013

    " Stopped reading this after about 30 pages. COULD NOT get into it, very confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/6/2013

    " The charm of Ellen Foster continues in this sequel. The author sculpts her characters and gives them voices that echo on after the last page in the book is read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/28/2013

    " A good message about overcoming adversity, but hard to read. The language/voice of the main characters and the lack of quotation marks made hard to read. I had to keep going back and rereading to get meaning and follow the plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 chambejd / Joy | 11/17/2013

    " A horrible sequel to a great book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JQ | 10/4/2013

    " Didn't finish this. Agree with what others have said. Could not get into this at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 5/2/2013

    " Not as good as the first but Ellen Foster is always an intriguing character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deena Scintilla | 10/13/2012

    " I had a lot of trouble with this CD because Kaye Gibbons herself read the book-BIG mistake. I couldn't take her monotone voice. Since I loved Ellen Foster, I may try to read this myself someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 8/26/2012

    " The Life All Around Me By Ellen Foster is the sequel to Ellen Foster. I listened to audio version which included an interview with the author, Kaye Gibbons, which was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Holloway | 8/21/2012

    " I LOVED "Ellen Foster," Five stars for sure, but this sequel was a three star book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 1/2/2012

    " Bizarre sentence structures reminiscent of Sarah P. Is this supposed to be the way they talk in the South? Kind of fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 12/25/2011

    " Rarely does an author write a continuation that becomes so essential a part of a story. However, Gibbons makes this book an inseparable part of the character Ellen Foster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 8/17/2011

    " It always take me a bit to relax into Kaye Gibbons' writing style--I didn't feel this was quite as good as some of her other books, but still rewarding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aliza | 7/18/2011

    " Same good old wonderful Ellen but the writing and plot veers too much into "stream of conscious" storytelling that feels scattered and is often confusing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 6/24/2011

    " I loved Ellen Foster, so of course I had to read the follow-up. I didn't make it through the 4th chapter. I liked Ellen at 11. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia Kurz | 5/17/2011

    " Terrible follow up to the beloved "Ellen Foster," I suffer for Kaye Gibbons' forced prose, her poor planning and the unimportance of this follow up 20 years later. I am embarrassed for her, and I hope she redeems her gift and saves her fans with another effort, but soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/25/2011

    " Beginning and end were delightful. Writing style were a challenge to read. Middle of the book was "good" but a slow read. Author is a quirk. Glad I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 2/16/2011

    " I really liked "Ellen Foster" but I could not get into this sequel at all and never finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanette | 12/30/2010

    " I liked this book much more than Ellen Foster. It wasn't as depressing, and it was so nice to read more about Ellen's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 12/24/2010

    " This sequel to Ellen Foster shows how Ellen uses all her resources to continue to move forward with her life after all her losses & then to find out about her good fortune. She is faithful to her friends who have helped her out throughout her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/2/2010

    " Not as good as the first (Ellen Foster) but still very good. Does a great job providing closure for this wonderful character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 9/3/2010

    " Bizarre sentence structures reminiscent of Sarah P. Is this supposed to be the way they talk in the South? Kind of fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aliza | 7/19/2010

    " Same good old wonderful Ellen but the writing and plot veers too much into "stream of conscious" storytelling that feels scattered and is often confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 7/8/2010

    " I LOVED "Ellen Foster," Five stars for sure, but this sequel was a three star book.












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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 6/14/2010

    " 4-- This sequel was harder to follow and understand. Not as good as the first book, Ellen Foster. Was interesting to see how Ellen is doing 3 years after the end of previous book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 4/19/2010

    " The charm of Ellen Foster continues in this sequel. The author sculpts her characters and gives them voices that echo on after the last page in the book is read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/9/2010

    " It always take me a bit to relax into Kaye Gibbons' writing style--I didn't feel this was quite as good as some of her other books, but still rewarding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luisa | 12/6/2009

    " This book wasn't hard to get through, but I didn't come away with any particular impressions of what happened in the story. So-so. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 12/1/2009

    " I remember loving Ellen Foster, but maybe I read it too long ago. Anyhow this sequel was written in such an annoying style I almost couldn't stick with it and then the ending was too much to believe. Too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/27/2009

    " OK, I think I would have liked this better if I read it, rather than listened to it.
    The author narrated, and she had the perfect tone and accent, but she just speaks so fast! I had trouble sometimes keeping up with what was going on. "

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About the Author
KAYE GIBBONS is the author of eight novels, including Ellen Foster, A Virtuous Woman and Divining Women. With domestic sales of more than 4.2 million copies and numerous worldwide translations, she was designated "one of the most lyrical writers working today" by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her 3 daughters.