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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind | [Ann B. Ross]

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia's late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal - and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down.
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Publisher's Summary

Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia's late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal - and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down.

With razor-sharp wit and perfect "Steel Magnolia" poise, Miss Julia speaks her mind indeed - about a robbery, a kidnapping, and the other disgraceful events precipitated by her husband's death. Fast-paced and charming, with a sure sense of comic drama, a cast of crazy characters, and a strong Southern cadence, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind will delight listeners from first minute to the last.

©2001 Ann B Ross (P)2001 Random House Audio

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    Anita 03-10-13
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    "Cute and funny"
    Where does Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book, the narrator really made this character loveable and you found yourself rooting for her.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    Her voice, accent, timing....it was all very impressive


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

    Too long to listen to in one setting I believe. My commute to work is 45 min and I enjoy listening to books during my commute.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer Augusta, GA, United States 07-13-12
    jennifer Augusta, GA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Miss Julia is 60+ yrs old.. reader is too young"
    Would you listen to Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind again? Why?

    yes……….. not if same narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    NO!!!! over acting with over the top southern accent………I am from the south, I should know.

    It was like Scarlett O'Hara in the 21st century …………Over actiing to the point of rolling my eyes


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

    Narrator ruimed this book, I have listened to ALL Miss Julia books; love them and the Cynthia Darlow is perfect for these books!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara K. 07-07-15
    Barbara K. 07-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A must listen"

    I can't remember how many times I have listened to this book. I had read it years ago so when I saw it on audible, I knew I had to try it. Extremely entertaining with many laugh out loud places. Well worth the price you pay. I just wish the entire series were available

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    Stacy Baton Rouge, LA, United States 07-02-15
    Stacy Baton Rouge, LA, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the worst but definitely not the best."

    Although the story was a little off at times, it was the narration that made me turn the app to double speed. I just couldn't bear hearing her voice at times. It wasn't necessarily the quality of her voice (although I agree with others that it wasn't suited for an older woman) but the way she pronounced things. And there were no differences between the characters. Just all one voice.

    As for the author's ability, I'll have to read another one to decide. Thankfully, they're not narrated by the same person.

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    Bookworm 04-10-15
    Bookworm 04-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book"

    Love Miss Julia books! The reader wasn't very good at changing voices. Cynthia Darlow does a much better job with our southern country drawl. I'm sure Karen does better with other accents.

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    S. Curtis 02-25-15
    S. Curtis 02-25-15

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    "Great story!"

    Love the evolution of Miss Julia from a slave to her place and time. To a lady who find her voice and uses it to her advantage.

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    wookie's mom 01-16-15 Member Since 2012

    Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!

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    "More Time with A Good Friend"

    You just can't go wrong with a Miss Julia book. I wish that Audible would get all of them! This is the beginning of a wonderful ride that you shouldn't miss! Enjoy!

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    J. Brown 09-18-14
    J. Brown 09-18-14
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    "PLEASE, PLEASE, GET THE REST ONTO AUDIBLE, PLEASE!"
    If you could sum up Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Comforting and addictive.


    What other book might you compare Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind to and why?

    I would compare the series to the Father Tim series by Jan Karon.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    It was just fine. I've grown used to Cynthia Darlow because she's the narrator for all the other "Miss Julia" books on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to contact Audible and see when the other four books will be available. I can't imagine they would put on Number One and not add the rest to catch up:-)

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    B. Nightingale Florida 07-27-14
    B. Nightingale Florida 07-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun Reading--Thoroughly Enjoyed"

    I loved this book! It was so easy to listen to and very enjoyable.

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    Rusty New Jersey 05-08-14
    Rusty New Jersey 05-08-14

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Driving Miss Daisy, sort of"

    Low key drama with humor and southern charm set in small town (1999). Main character is 65+ widow who is finding her backbone now that her controlling husband is gone. (Story drags a little in places, but that's on the editor more than the author). This series has potential, once Miss Julia stops caring what other people (mainly men) think of her actions. Love the idea of a series about an mature woman!

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