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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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    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.

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    Owley Fort Bragg, NC 11-19-15
    Owley Fort Bragg, NC 11-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I normally hate books read by the author but..."
    What did you love best about Big Stone Gap?

    I loved Ave Maria. Her inner monologue really spoke to me. Thinking about every crazy thing that could happen? Yep, that's me.


    What about Adriana Trigiani’s performance did you like?

    I normally really dislike books read by the author, but Adriana Trigiani did an excellent job with this one! The Appalachian in Ave Maria's character really shined through. I loved it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I wore head phones around my house for two days just so I could finish it!


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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.

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 10-15-15
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    "Finally!!!"

    I thought I would never find a book like this again. I couldn't stop listening. I laughed out loud, cried a little, connected to all the characters. It was such a refreshing book.

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    j-dawg 10-13-15
    j-dawg 10-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "spoiler alert! don't listen to the author discusio"

    I enjoyed this book and look foward to the next. BUT was very disappointed in finding something out in the authors discusion about what goes on in book 2. BOO. There should be a spoiler alert at the intro to the final chapter!!

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    Meredith M. Knoxville, TN United States 09-21-15
    Meredith M. Knoxville, TN United States 09-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fallen for Big Stone Gap"

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. The authors performance was incredible! Her voice and the theatrics really painted vivid imagery that made me feel like I was in Big Stone Gap in the late 70s. I was there and I fell in love with Ava Maria. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. *spoiler alert* at the end of this book Adriana Trigiani does a 10 min interview and there's a little bit given away about the rest of the books in the trilogy. I'm hoping it wasn't too big of a spoil but I couldn't stop listening to her talk so I had to hear it. Great listen!

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    sharon 09-19-15
    sharon 09-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story!"

    The characters come to life and the reader becomes intimately involved every step of the way.

    You come to know the setting as an active participant...excellent writing!

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    elisamarie78@hotmail.com 07-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen to"

    Wonderful story and lovable characters. You will never forget your first visit to Big Stone Gap. What made it even more special is the author narrating the book. No one else could have captured the quirkiness like she did.

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    Jane 04-18-15
    Jane 04-18-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Good ole' feel good, easy reading evening!"

    I enjoyed the story and the characters. There were some nuggets of truth and knowledge about life in it, too. It is a just sit back and enjoy some southern life sprinkled with an Italian adventure Ava Marie figures herself out.

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