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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Audiobook

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here 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 thirties 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.
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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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    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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    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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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 03-31-16
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 03-31-16
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    "As good as the movie"
    Would you listen to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe again? Why?

    I'm on the fence. I would like to listen to it again because I had a hard time keeping the different characters straight because the narrator made them all sound the same. At the same time, I don't really like the narrator, so I'm not sure I want to listen to her again.


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

    I'd compare this to "The Help". Southern story about women during changing times.


    Did Lorna Raver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. Not at all. I had a hard time telling they were different at all. Some had an older sounding voice, but it was hardly noticeable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved it when Evelyn started finding her self worth and confidence.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the movie, it's a good one to read. I struggled with the narrator though.

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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-29-16
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    "Epic Scope"

    This story grows in overlapping layers, one small piece at a time, and captures the zeitgeist of the 1930s, the changes wrought in the 1950s and 1960s, and leaves us with a different society in the mid-1980s when the book was written. In spanning so many decades, it captures the epic scope of simple lives, and the impact each woman has on her community. It starts as a folksy, chatty narrative, but the multiple threads of the story weave together a complex tale by the end. The narrator was also terrific at differentiating the many characters. If you like character-driven fiction, you'll love this book.

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    nancy 03-25-16
    nancy 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I truly enjoyed listening to this book"

    loved the movie, the book is even better and of course, much more detailed. I love the Audio App, I listen while I'm at the pool.🌴

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    Stephen 02-29-16
    Stephen 02-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome"

    love it. powerful ending. i just didn't much care for all the jumping around at first.

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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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    Sarah Broadlands, VA, United States 03-06-14
    Sarah Broadlands, VA, United States 03-06-14
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    "GoodBook! Love characters. Not my type of book tho"
    Would you listen to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe again? Why?

    No, it was for school. I didn't like the story that much.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it shorter and in order of time. It drags on at times and jumps around too much.


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    I liked her accent and the inflictions in her voice. Made it fun/funny.


    If you could take any character from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Idgie! I love her spunk and the wild side of her. I can relate.


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    Patti 02-07-14
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    Where does Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have watched the movie many times, but the book by far, is sooo much better. Of course I am a big fan of Fannie Flagg and love all her books.


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

    Welcome to the World Baby Girl, Standing in the Rainbow... again both are excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book to listen too.

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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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