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Big Stone Gap Audiobook

Big Stone Gap: A Novel

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was.
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Publisher's Summary

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime - a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart....

©2003 Adriana Trigiani (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Delightfully quirky... Chock full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists.” (People)

"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." (The New York Times Book Review)

“Charming... Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story." (USA Today)

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    Janet C. Schleeter Dushore, PA., US 07-20-14
    Janet C. Schleeter Dushore, PA., US 07-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Is it just me?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator! Yes--I understand the author narrated the book...but she really shouldn't have! Perhaps I should not have listened to The Shoemaker's Wife right before this one...just dreadful.


    Has Big Stone Gap turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Very possibly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adriana Trigiani?

    Anyone but her


    What character would you cut from Big Stone Gap?

    Didn't get that far


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the story could have been decent...just could not get past her "folksy" , boring, drone.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    disudds SLC, UT 04-28-16
    disudds SLC, UT 04-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Trigiani has better"

    I've really enjoyed many of Trigiani's books but this one didn't really capture me like others have. Normally, I think I would like an author reading their own book but I just couldn't fit Trigiani's voice with the 30-something character she described. In general I found Ave Maria to be rather annoying, always trying to figure out what the other characters were really thinking rather than taking anything at face value. I just wanted to tell her to grow up. I didn't find any of the male characters very compelling or interesting; everyone is a foil for Ave Maria and her insecurities. I may or may not try another in the series as I usually enjoy Trigiani's work. Maybe this one was written before she honed her craft?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Weaver 04-07-16
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    "Charming, real, and wonderful!"

    I love it when an audiobook is narrated by its author. Adrianna's performance is the best part of the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane F. Murray Carson City, NV United States 03-31-16
    Diane F. Murray Carson City, NV United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed every minute of it!"

    Loved the voices and the humor. Got to get Milk Glass Moon next! Feel like I know the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OnTheGoV Seattle, WA USA 02-25-16
    OnTheGoV Seattle, WA USA 02-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Love, Love, Love the Big Stone Gap stories!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Stone Gap to be better than the print version?

    I love both the book and audio book of Big Stone Gap. I bought the version with Adriana Trigiani reading the book and feel she is incredible. After first reading this book, I couldn't wait for more. And, now, one day, I hope to visit Big Stone Gap. I am fascinated with both Appalachia and Italy. It is hard to review one book without wanting to reference the entire story. I can tell you this . . . the characters and story make you feel good. Clean, simple, and make you smile. This book makes you feel a part of these peoples' lives. Good and fun read & listen!


    Have you listened to any of Adriana Trigiani’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of Adriana's performances for the Big Stone Gap series have been great!


    Who was the most memorable character of Big Stone Gap and why?

    I love them all, but I have to say - Iva Lou and Fleeta get me laughing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KaeCie09 01-28-16
    KaeCie09 01-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I Love It!"
    Where does Big Stone Gap rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Big Stone Gap ranks up at the top with the murder mystery books I have been reading.


    Which character – as performed by Adriana Trigiani – was your favorite?

    Ave Maria is my favorite character. I feel like I have known her all my life. Ave Maria's insecurities are similar to some that I have felt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are unforgettable. I have fallen in love with all of the characters in Big Stone Gap and their eccentricities. Like Iva Lou who drives the bookmobile; Fleeta who listens to all of the conversations in the drugstore and voices her opinion; and Pearl who grows to become more self-confident once she is given a chance; and all of the other characters who live in Big Stone Gap.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rikamae Kentucky 12-07-15
    Rikamae Kentucky 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Spoiler Alert at the end of the book"
    Would you listen to Big Stone Gap again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were some very funny parts, and I liked the humor and wit of the characters. The story was sweet, and romantic, and very enjoyable.


    What does Adriana Trigiani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first, I didn't care for the author reading the book. I felt that a professional reader would bring more life to the characters and the voices would sound a bit different, like hearing a play. But as I became used to her voice, I wasn't bothered by it. There were times, though, when I thought the accent was a little thick. Do the people from Big Stone Gap really talk like that?


    Who was the most memorable character of Big Stone Gap and why?

    I liked everyone. Of course, Ave Maria is very memorable and I really liked Jack from the very first.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame on the author and her publisher for not saying something ahead of time that story lines from future books would be revealed during a chat with the author at the end of the first book.There was NO mention of a spoiler alert, so I had no idea that I'd be hearing some major developments in future stories that I would not have wanted to hear in advance. I would never have listened, and now, I'm not sure I'll purchase future books to listen to. I never read ahead in a book - I feel very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    claudia taylor 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like being there!"

    Listening to the author was like being in the story. She makes the characters feel like your friends and neighbors. If you want to cry, then laugh out loud, you'll love this book. I can't wait to read another one of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joan 11-18-15
    joan 11-18-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A bit slow"

    Nice storyline, but just too much unnecessary details that slows down the story too much and becomes obvious as you get into the book. In saying that, if you're looking for a leisurely pace to relax to, this would do it cause the story is decent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen 10-29-15
    Jen 10-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love this book"

    This book has a good storyline, quirky, fun characters, and is emotionally moving without being heart-wrenching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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