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3.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 5 3.21 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haven Kimmel Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781482977226
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The Used World Emporium is the sprawling antique store where Hazel, Claudia, and Rebekah pass their days surrounded by dusty furniture, cast-off clothes, and ancient housewares. But with the unexpected arrival of two babies and the unfolding of not one but three love stories, each spanning generations, their formerly used world becomes new again. Heartrending, hilarious, and inspiring, this is the book that Kimmel‘s loyal fans have been waiting for—and it is certain to win her legions of new ones.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one can evoke a universe with a safety pin holding up its hem in the way Haven Kimmel can…As Faulkner did before her, Kimmel writes about doing what needs doing.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • The Used World awakens in the used reader the hallelujah impulse, making new all over again the realization that a novel can be honest, stormy, bitterly funny, and not merely worth the time, but necessary.”

    Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series

  • “Kimmel pulls off an unexpectedly affecting novelistic coup, in which sunny exuberance exists side by side with solemnity, faith sits next to doubt, the past cohabits with the present, and the ineffable cozies up to the real.”

    Washington Post

  • “An intriguing puzzle box of a novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kimmel can write with real charm.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " This is how you write. If I can write a book a third, a quarter, as divine as this one, then my work here will be done. I actually give it six stars, at least. "

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

    " I listened to the audio version of this book and was turned off by the exceptional "wordyness" in the first part. At times it was very difficult to follow. Towards the later part of the book, things started to come together better, and I almost enjoyed it. Overall, though, I can only give this book a "3". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/7/2014

    " Haven, Haven. You are such an amazing writer! Since "Zippy" and "She Got Up Off the Couch" are two of my all time favorites, I couldn't wait for this newest book by Ms. Kimmel to be released. Although very different from her hilarious memoirs of growing up in Mooreland, Indiana, this book was rich, engaging and sensitively written. Three cheers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 2/2/2014

    " Yet again, Kimmel created a beautiful story inhabited by enigmatic characters. Her prose is dense and enlightening, and often must be reread. There is a lot going on in this novel, and much of it ties in with her two novels and memoirs. Around page 70, you will not be able to put it down, so hold on. I attended a book signing and Kimmel did a reading of this novel. She is as funny, smart and charming as you would imagine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eliana | 1/26/2014

    " I like Ms. Kimmel. But this book did not work. I could tell from the first five pages but persevered and made it through the whole thing. Characters that weren't real enough--I kept having a hard time keeping them straight. Bits of greatness, like the antiques store of the title, that never take off. The denouncement that isn't...Such disappointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Relyn | 1/22/2014

    " UGH. Disjointed. Unappealing. Short on plot. Vague. Hard to follow. Who the heck is this character who suddenly pops up? NOT my favorite read of the year. Not even close. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/20/2014

    " I picked this up at a bookstore because I love Haven Kimmel's Zippy books, so I was interested to see how she did with fiction. It was ok, but not at all great. Pretty disappointed. "

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

    " First 1/3, hard to get into. Second 1/3, ok. Third 1/3...great! This book was worth wading though to get to the ending! "

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

    " I adore two of the three main characters in this book, but stumbled over the third. Still, it's a powerful and lovely portrayal of my favorite and well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 11/14/2013

    " Was well-written and entertaining although I prefer Haven Kimmel's memoirs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 11/6/2013

    " Very much a women-centered novel of friendship, life, love, and those achy places in your heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 11/2/2013

    " The most amazingly structured book I've read in a long time, maybe ever. She is a serious genius. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Traci | 12/26/2012

    " Lost interest and never finished. Disappointing since I loved A Girl Nalled Zippy... and since I went to a reading of Used World by Kimmel herself and had my copy signed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 4/21/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. The title pretty much explains it all. It follows some of the ladies in a Friday night knitting club. I loved watching their relationships develop. Warning...there is A LOT of bad language. Enough to be a deal breaker if this bothers you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/25/2011

    " Couldn't get I to this book, I think there is an interesting story in it somewhere I just couldn't get attached to it and decided to move on to something more enjoyable rather than wade through a book I don't like. "

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

    " I think I have loved every sentence Havel Kimmel has ever written. The easy grace of her prose and wit is uncommon. This book, like her others, is satisfying for its story and style. I think Haven Kimmel is one of the most entirely enjoyable living writers we've got. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 5/28/2011

    " the only flaw with this book is that it ended. haven created characters, created a world that was vivid, complicated and simple at the same time. this book is just simply about life, about connection, about our pasts and presents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blythe | 5/17/2011

    " Well this book caught me off guard. It's a sweet but heartbreaking love story that you may see coming, but I didn't. I loved the setting and all of the characters. I was so disappointed when it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Windy | 2/5/2011

    " I really liked this one. I'm on a Haven Kimmel kick and I think this one is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/2/2011

    " This stunned me here and there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/10/2010

    " Enjoyable; yet not my favorite of her books that I've read. She does have a unique voice; I just felt that the book dragged somewhat in the middle; however, the ending was worth sticking with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 9/12/2010

    " I didn't even finish this. It had me interested for a time, but when things started to look like the main characters might be lesbian, I bailed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 8/5/2010

    " A very confusing story revolving around Hazel who owns a antique store and 2 women who work for her. I never could make sense of much of anything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The | 7/21/2010

    " so many good lines in this story. kimmel found her characters' hearts in this last book of the Hopwood County trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 6/23/2010

    " This is my favorite of the Hopwood Trilogy books, and it stands on its own, although I like the way its plot interlocks with that of Something Rising and The Solace of Leaving Early. The characters are irascible and endearing, and the happy ending is so dearly bought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/10/2010

    " I picked this up at a bookstore because I love Haven Kimmel's Zippy books, so I was interested to see how she did with fiction. It was ok, but not at all great. Pretty disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 3/28/2010

    " I got thru 1 disc (out of 11) and just couldn't get into this book. The characters were boring and I just couldn't bear to keep going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 3/18/2010

    " This book had an interesting combination of stories that interwove. There were also flash backs. Although the basic stories were intriguing, I found it confusing at times and somewhat disorienting. Not a book I would read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reema | 1/27/2010

    " Well, I read this in November 2008 and considering I couldn't remember it for the life of me, I'm guessing it was only okay in my book. I do remember there were some interesting characters. "

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About the Author
Author Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy, She Got Up Off the Couch, and Something Rising (Light and Swift). She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.