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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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    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.

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    Annie 07-19-15
    Annie 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect - story telling at its best!"

    A book about the people of a small rural community in Alabama. I loved the movie - then read the book years ago. So I decided to revisit it via audible during my summer break from school. As I said earlier it's perfect. But besides the entertainment value it gives one a glimpse into life in the south from the early to the late part of the 20th century - the interwoven stories of all the characters helped me remember that we are all interconnected no matter where we live or when we have lived.

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be a classic!"
    What did you love best about Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe?

    It's your best friend book. I love it!!


    What other book might you compare Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe to and why?

    If Steel Magnolias was a book... :-)


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

    I laughed, I cried and my husband made fun of me, haha.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the movie and I love the book!

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    elaine United States 11-20-12
    elaine United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "An all around great listen!"

    I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to get into and I didn't want to stop listening. You could see and feel each character! An absolute girl read!

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    linda United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-25-12
    linda United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "What a fun listen and a great reader!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe the most enjoyable?

    This reader was an older lady and I felt like she was a dear old friend telling me a story!


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really got into the sense of an older lady's mind set


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

    Yes, but wanted it to last longer than that!!


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    Eric NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, United States 09-19-12
    Eric NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, United States 09-19-12
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    "Positively lovely"
    Would you listen to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe again? Why?

    I would listen to it again, not soon, but maybe later on in my life. It's a wonderful story. The whole idea of a pair of lesbians in the deep south in the 20's is just an entertaining story. The orator is very funny with her voice inflections. It's an entertaining listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it's about lesbians.


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

    Lesbians in the early 20th century Alabama. Seriously? Dumb question.


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    Linda 12-10-12
    Linda 12-10-12 Member Since 2008

    :)

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    "Loved the movie...disappointed in the book"

    In my experience the book is ALWAYS better than the movie... except for this time! I've read other books by Fannie Flagg and was entertained by them as I was somewhat entertained by this one. The movie is one of my all time favorites so I really didn't think I could go wrong with the purchase. The book was acceptable but not exceptional. I was also unimpressed by the narrator. I guess after Jessica Tandy, (the main narrator in the movie), ANYONE would be a disappointment! If you've never seen the movie you will probably love the book.. but I would suggest you see the movie.

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    Michael Granger 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story"

    Great story well read by Lorna Raver. Fannie Flagg is a great writer. thank you

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    michael 04-10-16
    michael 04-10-16 Member Since 2014

    I'm just a guy who hates Small talk, thanks to audible and a good set of ear buds. Not shopping, not even waiting rooms are a problem.

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    "I'm not a chic, but I loved this book"
    If you could sum up Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe in three words, what would they be?

    Real southern writing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Idgie.... Of course


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Evelyn


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

    Been done.... But if I did the movie.... "Fried green tomatoes ..... Girl on girl in the hot south"


    Any additional comments?

    Rare that I can call a book a pleasure, but that's exactly what this. The writing the narration mix like chocolate and peanut butter. As a person from the south I often feel pandered to, and incorrectly. This... You can tell within the first 5 mins.... Is written by a person from the south, or written WHILE in the south... And if the narrator isn't from the south, give that girl an Oscar.

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