Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.
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"Flagg makes this down-home story about good neighbors and the power of love sparkle with wit and humor....Flagg is a gifted storyteller who knows how to tug at readers' heartstrings, winding up her satisfying holiday tale with the requisite Christmas miracle." (Publishers Weekly)
I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
I really like the way Fannie Flagg turns a phrase. She is down to earth and tells it like it is with zero mincing around. She is what I would call wistfully funny, almost ploddingly so. Over all the story was a good one but be aware that it really isn't a Christmas story. Christmas is a small part of the book--but it really tracks the seasons in the life of a community of people in southern Alabama. Don't get this book thinking it will be a funny, warm, holiday season listen. It just isn't. In fact it was so sad and forlorn in spots that for some listeners it might add to seasonal depressed feelings. So--if you are prone to that experience put it aside and read it another time of year. The message is a good one, very life affirming while encompassing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
A Red Bird Christmas is a Christmas tale for those who still have the spirit of wonder and awe. Even jaded demeanors will be softened by the experience of A Red Bird Christmas. When you listen to A Red Bird Christmas, expect a miracle because you get one -- a big one and several others for good measure.
The author reads the story in her own personal and intimate style. It is warm. It is homey. It is a story of miracles, love and redemption. The characters are real and special. They are people you know or wished you knew. It is story for the season. We all long, just a little, to be in Lost River.
After reading the story, Ms. Flagg talks about her own growing up, small towns and how she incorporates people she has known into her characters. This added a special insight into how Red Bird Christmas came about. I found it to be an edifying addition to the production.
This is an excellently produced audio book.
I?ve been a fan of Fannie Flagg?s writing since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf?. Fannie really knows how to pull you into the story immediately and keep you there. She makes you laugh, cry and leaves you longing for more!! It?s another down home southern family story with a Christmas twist that you will absolutely LOVE! Just one warning, once you finish listening you will feel like you left your family behind. It leaves you longing for more and wanting to move to Lost River!! It?s read by Fannie herself who does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life. This book is one you?ll never forget! Thanks Fannie!!
This book has already become a Tradition for my family. My wife and I love all of Fannie Flagg's books and this is our favorite. While on a long trip to a dreaded encounter, this book removed us from unpleasant thoughts and put us in a very sentimental and giving state of mind. The story draws you in with suspense then leads you to hope. By the end, you feel like your heart has swollen three sizes larger (a la Grinch), while you realize that your worries are so minor compared to the plight of others. Fannie Flagg has hit a home run with this Christmas story, and even the toughest of us have to feel a heart tug at one point or another during this tale. If you have any compassion in you at all, you'll find yourself silently praying for a miracle and hope by the mid-point of the book. I recommend it to all during the Holiday Season. It is due to become a tradition to all that love a good story, Holiday or not.
Fannie Flagg has a way with words that makes you feel as if you live within the lives of her characters. Though the book is somewhat predictable, it is truly an enjoyable listen. So, put away your big boy/girl attitudes and go with the magic of the story.
Cozy and warm. Just what you need as the weather grows colder. Warm hearts all around. The needy and the unwanted become needed and wanted -- by one another. I didn't want it to end.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
My husband and I listened to this book a few years ago on a trip from Alabama to Virginia, and we both loved it. It is my favorite Christmas audio book. The folks are funny, they grow on you, they care about each other, and they all have their quirks . . . you will find yourself hoping and rooting for them as you listen.
This is not only the first Fannie Flagg story I have listened to, it is also the first fiction story I have purchased from Audible. I needed a break from the dry non-fiction I so enjoy (currently listening to The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene).
The story was true to the other reviews I read. It was charming, light and even though somewhat predicatable, it way the easy listen I needed. I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone needing a relaxing escape!
This is light reading that is fun to listen too, especially during the holiday season. It is a "feel good" story that won't win any literary awards but does a good job of keeping you entertained. I enjoyed it!
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