I was so bored with this. I hung in there for hour or so thinking it may get better but it didn't. I like Fannie Flagg but this book was a dissapointment. Wish I hadn't wasted a credit.
While no great work of literature, the story was entertaining enough to pass the time during my commute. This was a selection of my book club, and if it had not been, I would probably not have read it. It's a little too light and silly for my taste.
Possibly, if I was in the mood for something frivolous and light.
I was actually disappointed in the performance by Ms. Flagg. I expected a very polished and professional performance considering the fact that she is an actor. However, I found the delivery flat and the fact that she struggled to pronounce the name of one of her characters, Babs Bingington, was very off putting.
I've read three other books by Fannie Flag and loved them. HowIever, this book is one big "whine fest". I did not enjoy the book at all.
Characters were interesting but I did not enjoy the melancholy theme.
Loved Fannie's performance. Her narration is compelling and the only reason I finished.
Would cut Maggie's attitude - not necessarily her character. Rest of characters were absolutely fascinaing.
I was expecting more from this book. Almost stopped listening. It was hard to finally finish it. I really didnt like the main character.
I have read all of Fannie Flagg's books and enjoyed the characters and narration of this one, but the story falls short. However, if you like a happy ending like in the movies, you won't have a problem with this one. I'm just not someone who likes to invest themselves in a story/characters only to have it all magically work-out at the end. Just leaves me flat....
Delightful to listen to: stirred my heart on several different levels. The historical prices were fascinating to listen to. The threads of compassion, humor and kindness were woven through all the difficult struggled the characters dealt with. This is a book with a lot of depth.
simple, fun & silly
When Maggie agreed to see a show with her partner Brenda in spite of it completely messing up her plan to kill herself. It is comical nonsense.
when Maggie finally meets her long lost love
The main character, Maggie, because she is so sweet and neurotically polite
Nothing - I gave up listening to this one.
Possibly, but I've apparently already listened to the best of her books.
Nothing - the book is uninteresting, and I never warmed to any of the characters
I would cut each and every "OH LORD" from the book. This and one other of Flagg's novels that I recently listened to have main characters who continually and repetitively use this phrase. I am not offended for religious reasons -- I am offended by the repetition. How can the author and/or editors not have realized that these stick out like sore thumbs? Enough already!
Beyond disappointed. Easily the weakest and least likable of the Flagg novels, which are usually endearing and heartwarming.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
I would definitely read this book again because Fannie Flagg reads it, and since she wrote it, she can put her spin on how she imagined her characters to be. Oh, she doesn't change voices really, but you can tell who is who by her words which translates to the speakers' voice. Each character had their own way of speaking, and taking place in Birmingham, AL who doesn't love a true southern accent?
The book is just fun, interesting, a bit of mystery, history and whether you love the characters, or want to smack them upside the head there is always a twist and turn.
What starts out with a weird premise, you just keep listening, because you'll want to know how successful the people are in their dreams, hopes and plans.
It could be the understanding of how not overly dramatic/partisan regular folks handled the Civil Rights era from a southern point of view, or the twists and turns which makes you wonder what is this author doing, or..the revelation of the underlying theme of the story.
Oh yes, but now I hear her voice in my head, and if I slip into a southern accent and "oh darlin'" someone, I'll know from where it came.
You mean besides the out loud laughing parts?
Although dealing with a simple theme and you pretty much can figure it out towards the beginning, the author wraps a story around it and spins a tale. Layer upon layer you can identify-maybe not exactly, but you want to hear more as these are just regular people going about their business, they're easy and friendly and you want to know them-some of them anyway.
I'm sure my husband wrote the words for one of the women as she describes travel that includes airports/planes.
As with "Fried Green Tomatoes" and all her books, Fannie Flagg is wonderful to read. Simple or complicated themes, she wraps you up in the story, and you wish you were there to participate-but you are.
Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.
It ranks high - it's one of those "enjoy-while-I listen-but-kind-of-forget-about-the-details-shortly-after" type book, though.
Like I said...I'm reviewing this about two weeks post listen and I can't remember a lot - that doesn't necessarily reflect the book - maybe me???
Yes - enjoyed - easy listening and like her as a narrator. It's kind of like a soft listen if that makes sense.