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Big Stone Gap Audiobook

Big Stone Gap: A Novel

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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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    Rikamae Kentucky 12-07-15
    Rikamae Kentucky 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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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    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 2016
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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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    j-dawg 10-13-15
    j-dawg 10-13-15
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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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    sharon 09-19-15
    sharon 09-19-15
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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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    elisamarie 07-19-15
    elisamarie 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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    avid rita 02-02-15
    avid rita 02-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Chick lit that is actually lit(erature)"

    The story line, the place, the characters had an authenticity that was enhanced by the author's reading. Could not put it away until the satisfying conclusion.

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    leanne 08-06-14
    leanne 08-06-14
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    "Do not listen to the interview at the end!"
    Any additional comments?

    Do not listen to the interview at the end of this book! The Author is wonderful but gives away some very important information regarding the plot in the second book. I was very frustrated!

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