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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven | [Fannie Flagg]

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet.
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Publisher's Summary

Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner's nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner's neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his 18-wheeler into a ditch, and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, "What is life all about, anyway?" Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot's Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg "was put on this earth to write" (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.

©2006 Fannie Flagg; (P)2006 Books on Tape

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    Danita Roswell, GA, USA 02-24-08
    Danita Roswell, GA, USA 02-24-08
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    "Wish I had more..."

    I wish I had more of her books. I laughed, I cryed but most of all I wanted more like this. It is worth the money.

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    Earl Mesa, AZ, USA 02-02-08
    Earl Mesa, AZ, USA 02-02-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Superb...As Always"

    I always enjoy a good book, read by a great narrator. I also always enjoy Fannie Flagg. This book just makes you feel good. Entertaining, funny. I read it in hardcover first, then listened just to be able to hear the voice inflection. Again, just a really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cole Germantown, TN 10-22-07
    C. Cole Germantown, TN 10-22-07 Member Since 2007

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    "boring"

    I bought this book because I think Fannie Flagg is so funny and southern, but this book was boring. A cute story about an old southern woman and her family, but not so interesting!!! I listen to alot of good books on audio- not one of them. I wish I hadn't wasted my credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah New York, NY, USA 10-31-06
    Deborah New York, NY, USA 10-31-06
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    "AWFUL"

    This story was just plain awful and juvenile. I suffered through half of it and then just gave up on it. Don't bother.

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    Jesse Stamford, CT, United States 09-02-06
    Jesse Stamford, CT, United States 09-02-06
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    "Just Listen and Smile"

    It is just very, very nice. Presented well. A plausible tale in a pleasant middle American small town. The characters are strong and beautifully portrayed.
    Down to earth with a touch of "I'm Not So Sure".
    Hospitals , ambulance chasers combined with a smart lovable old gal. It's comfortable as well as being very humorous. Left me happy I'd done it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 07-23-06
    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 07-23-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Heavenly"

    I've read a number of books by Fannie Flagg and she never disappoints. This is a beautiful heartfelt story of how people live with the mystery of life. I simply loved the characters who simply come to life. I'm glad I took a chance on this one too.

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    Janee Grapevine, Texas, United States 07-11-06
    Janee Grapevine, Texas, United States 07-11-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant Fannie"

    I think this was my favorite of the three books set in this town. Fannie Flagg has such a way of bringing characters to life and making you fall in love with them and the small towns they inhabit.

    My only disappointment was that Fannie didn't read/narrate this one herself. I very much missed her slow, Southern drawl.

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    Felix Brooklyn, NY, USA 08-01-06
    Felix Brooklyn, NY, USA 08-01-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Not Fanny's Best"

    This story reads like a children's book with a few bad words to spice it up. Not her best work.

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    Kristen Adkins Austin, TX, United States 10-16-07
    Kristen Adkins Austin, TX, United States 10-16-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Continue the downhill slide"

    I cannot fully express my disappointment with this book. It was not only poorly written, but was absolutely insipid. I felt dumber for listening to it, and can not believe that I listened to the entire book hoping against hope that it was going to improve. Fanny Flagg, her editor, and the publisher should be ashamed of themselves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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