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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheri Holman Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597104791
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Beautifully crafted and driven by warm, vibrant characters, The Mammoth Cheese follows the residents of rural Three Chimneys, Virginia, on their historic journey to re-create the making of the original Thomas Jefferson-era, 1,235-pound "Mammoth Cheese." As the book opens, the town is joyously celebrating the birth of the Frank Eleven (eleven babies simultaneously born to Manda and James Frank after fertility treatments) and enjoying the thrill of notoriety as reform-minded presidential hopeful Adams Brooke visits the newborns. But as autumn progresses and the babies start to die, the community seeks to redeem itself through the making and transporting of a symbolic Mammoth Cheese to Washington, as a gift for the newly elected President Brooke. The cheese is the brainchild of August Vaughn, a farmhand by day and a President Jefferson impersonator by night, and the creation of Margaret Prickett, a single mother and cheese maker trying to save her century-old family farm. As Margaret slips deeper into debt and desperation, her thirteen-year-old daughter, Polly, slides closer to an inappropriate relationship with her radical, attentive history teacher. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. I love books that deal with little niches in society. Like knowing how to make cheese. That said this mammoth book about recreating Jefferson's mammoth cheese went on a sizable tangent in the middle, but despite veering away from the plot it was all still very interesting and I kept going back for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 2/5/2014

    " A compelling story with flawed but deeply sympathetic characters. Actually made me laugh and cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/31/2014

    " I found the charcters in this book pretty unlikeable. "I want to run my farm unprofitably and hopefully someone will come and give me money so it doesn't fail." Although in the end she does decide to fix things herself. The underlying paradigms in the book was just very different from my own ,so it was hard to get into the book. "

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

    " "fantastic" and "laugh out loud" yet I don't remember why. From what I recall, the social commentary is the redeeming quality, that and all the fantastic caricatures of people we all know quite well. "

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

    " Quite funny and enjoyable, lightly political, plenty of real cheese and absurdity, along with interesting facts! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/19/2014

    " was ok, not as good as The Dress Lodger "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/14/2014

    " I am shocked that despite my initial skepticism, I am whipping through this book. I am not sure why my final response to it will be, but for now, I am hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/13/2014

    " A romance of sorts set to cheesemaking, a Presidential race, and Thomas Jefferson. Just my kind of wacky mix. Expected it to be predictable and corny, but found it anything but. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melutopia | 1/1/2014

    " Loved her other works, but just couldn't make it through this one - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/22/2013

    " On the surface this was a good book, however, there is a lot of political commentary running thru the whole thing and I think that spoiled some of it's charm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 12/21/2013

    " Disappointed but stayed with it to see how the story ended. Will give the author another chance since I plan on reading The Dress Lodger hoping for better since I prefer that time in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/9/2013

    " At first, I thought this book would present more of a moral quandary regarding infertility treatments, but while the books began with this focus it veered off more into a Grandma Moses-like portrait of small-town Americana. The characters were well drawn and the ending was very satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/27/2013

    " So easy to relate to each character. Filled with twists that I didn't expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 7/26/2012

    " I need to read this for book group Jan 13 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 6/27/2012

    " small Virginia town of Three Chimneys is setting to complex novel of parenting and politics--farming and faith, wanted more of multiple-births story but this book really grew on me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 6/11/2012

    " Pretty good yarn but a little windy. The cows were my favorite characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Franny Burd | 1/15/2012

    " Probably 3.5, to be a bit more exact. :) "

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

    " Couldn't get into this at all - stopped partway through. "

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

    " was ok, not as good as The Dress Lodger "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grandma | 4/25/2011

    " I don't know why I kept reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/7/2010

    " rEAD IT A LONG TIME AGO FOR BOOKCLUB. hAD A GREAT DISCUSSION ABOUT IT . lONG STORY WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " This is very good once I got into it. It's no where near as good as her earlier books (Dress Lodger, etc.), but I enjoyed it. I think I would have to re-read it to get a better appreciation of the novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grandma | 7/12/2010

    " I don't know why I kept reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/2/2010

    " I found this in the bargain books section and could not put it down, such a great Americana story with wonderful characters that you can relate to on so many levels... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Franny | 2/21/2010

    " Probably 3.5, to be a bit more exact. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 1/25/2010

    " small Virginia town of Three Chimneys is setting to complex novel of parenting and politics--farming and faith, wanted more of multiple-births story but this book really grew on me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/5/2010

    " At first, I thought this book would present more of a moral quandary regarding infertility treatments, but while the books began with this focus it veered off more into a Grandma Moses-like portrait of small-town Americana. The characters were well drawn and the ending was very satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 11/22/2009

    " I need to read this for book group Jan 13 "

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