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 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....
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.
I work in downtown Birmingham - Fannie Flagg allows me to travel back in time and visualize where I work the way it used to be.
The truth about the mystery in the attic
That great southern accent and ability to make you believe that the main character is reading the book to you.
Fannie Flagg needs to get this made into a movie just like FGT at WSC!!!!!!
A little slow to start, but just fine after that.
It fits into a unique niche.
Overall, I enjoyed it.
Great book, wonderful characters we can all relate to, interesting threads of history throughout and comforting thoughts on aging and still enjoying life. I love Fanny Flag!
I loved the way this book evolved, right away I was taken by the lead character and her personality, her friends, her life, her challenges with aging and how she came upon a plan to "deal" with it all. I would recommend this because it is entertaining and thought provoking . Just shows how life keeps changing and we need to hang on because just around that next corner something might be coming. Good, bad, indifferent... all in how we look at it. That Fannie Flagg can write. And I find her voice comforting.
I also loved "Standing in the Rainbow" also written and read by Fannie Flagg. Down to Earth and Heavenly at the very same time, just a lovely story. Uplifting and sweet but not too sweet.
Just Around the Corner.
Well, I loved it and I think if you need a good read to listen to by a reader who seems to be a best friend, kind person and funny to boot give this book a whirl... you will love it.