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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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    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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    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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    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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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 12-16-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 12-16-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Hard to get into but worth the try"
    Where does Big Stone Gap rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really loved Big Stone Gap. And yet, during the first hour or so, I found myself wondering if this was the same author as The Shoemaker's Wife and other favourites of mine. However, I stuck with it and it paid off. I found myself connected to Ave Maria in a way I never thought I would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way the characters in the little town were developed and the view we got of the life of people in a small town in the southern U.S. I loved Ave Maria. This story reminded me somewhat of the help though there were no maids involved.


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

    I have never listed to one of her performances. At first, I found her voice intensely annoying. But as the story progressed, I found I relaxed into it and actually found it added to my enjoyment of the book.


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

    It was not that sort of book really. One scene sort of eased into the next. Even crises were handled calmly and in such a way as to ease the reader into them with the same calm as the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I am anxious to read the second book in the trilogy as I've become attached to these people. I love Adriana Trigiani's writing style. I'm hooked on her books.

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    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 10-24-13
    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "An Italian countrygirl you go girl"
    What did you love best about Big Stone Gap?

    This book is a feel good book. Coming from an Italian family I can say I felt at home


    What about Adriana Trigiani’s performance did you like?

    I felt like she made the book interesting. She brought the characters to life


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

    This is definitely a curl up and listen to book. Grab a cup of coffee a blanket and relax


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    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-18-13
    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "First book of a great series"
    If you could sum up Big Stone Gap in three words, what would they be?

    I want more


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cannot pick just one. They were all hilarious.


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

    Probably the lead.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A hilarious, heart felt beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy listen. Leaves you wanting more.

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    Carolyn Covington Twp, PA, United States 08-26-13
    Carolyn Covington Twp, PA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Stone Gap to be better than the print version?

    Something about the way Adriana Trigiani tells the story makes me feel like I am there and that I may actually know her and her family!


    If you could take any character from Big Stone Gap out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think it would be Ava Maria...she thinks she is so plain but, she is very interesting! I relate to her on many levels...


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