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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Audiobook

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the '30s ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present - for Evelyn and for us - will never be quite the same again....

©1987 Fannie Flagg (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The people in Miss Flagg's book are as real as the people in books can be. If you put an ear to the pages, you can almost hear the characters speak. The writer's imaginative skill transforms simple, everyday events into complex happenings that take on universal meanings." (Chattanooga Times)

"This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten." (Los Angeles Times)

"Admirers of the wise child in Flagg's first novel, Coming Attractions, will find her grown-up successor, Idgie, equally appealing. The book's best character, perhaps, is the town of Whistle Stop itself - too bad trains don't stop there anymore." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jeremy Davis 02-16-16

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    "What a beautiful look into the town of WhistleStop"

    I laughed, cried, and lost track of the hustle and bustle of life listening to this beautiful story. My favorite moment was when the elephant came to see Naughty Bird. The movie was wonderful , but the book was like taking a vacation in the South .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tee 02-26-17
    Tee 02-26-17 Member Since 2014

    Listener of music in words as I roll along, either in the car, or on the subway, or on my exercise bike.

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    "Funny, sweet and touching"

    I love the lovely southern accent used by Lorna Racer in reading this. I can just see Mrs Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch sitting there carrying in their afternoon conversations, and the many characters like Idgie, Ruth, Big George, Sipsey etc...

    I am moved by the self discovery of Evelyn as she talked with Ninny over the course of about a year, listening to the exploits of long-ago folks. It is such a gentle and uplifting story.

    The story repeatedly jumps from 1986 to different times in the previous 70 years and back to 1986. I should caution that the when the story returns to the past, it does not necessarily pick up chronologically from where it left off previously. For an audiobook, unlike a paperback, the dates are easily missed and one might get confused. But if you paid attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter, this wouldn't be a problem.

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    Judith 02-22-17
    Judith 02-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "As good as it gets..."

    Here's one of the best writers of our times. Though I have this book on my shelf & have read and re-read it, I loved re-re-reading (listening this time because of eye problems) it again. Such a moving story... but not one that has you in tears throughout because of the sly humor of the author and her characters. BTW, the narrator was a knockout. She did an awesome job of changing voices in a rapid-fire manner that really enhanced the story. She and the author made a great team. Anyone who loves a good novel should genuinely love this story.

    Love & Light... Jade Dragon

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    Hilda 01-18-17
    Hilda 01-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read."

    I really enjoyed enjoyed this story. the author makes you fall in love with the characters and makes you feel their pain.

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    Tabitha Foster 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    Different than the movie, but still an amazing book. The details are so amazing, it transports you to Whistle Stop. I wish I could transport myself there and hang out in the cafe.

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    melissa 12-07-16
    melissa 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    i just loved this book. made me cry. no book has ever made me cry

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    juliet 11-28-16
    juliet 11-28-16
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe the most enjoyable?

    I love the characters and the dual plots. I'm always a sucker for a good story well told


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I like Idgy Threadgood best. You can't beat a woman that knows her own mind.


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

    No


    If you could rename Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, what would you call it?

    The bee charmer


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the movie and now I love the book too.

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    Yana Alekseenko Russia 09-06-16
    Yana Alekseenko Russia 09-06-16
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    "Great product"

    I loved the story and the performer, book made me laugh and cry simultaneously. Recommend to everyone

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    tina 08-24-16
    tina 08-24-16
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    "not what I was hoping for"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    First, I hardly ever leave reviews but I can't believe it got such good reviews. I wanted something like "at home in mitford" and this was recommended online as a book I would like if I liked mitford. First, it was hard to follow...perhaps in book form it would have been easier. It was not a "feel good" book like mitford. Also, cuss words..not tons but enough that I didn't care for it. Could not finish it.


    What aspect of Lorna Raver’s performance would you have changed?

    It was hard to distinguish one character from another.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund...

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    dkd 02-17-16
    dkd 02-17-16
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    "Love Fannie Flagg"

    Loved it. Hated for it to end. audio book is excellent. Going to miss listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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