We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Saving Ceecee Honeycutt | [Beth Hoffman]

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.
Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom.

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

©2010 Beth Hoffman; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (2583 )
5 star
 (1274)
4 star
 (844)
3 star
 (347)
2 star
 (79)
1 star
 (39)
Overall
4.3 (1297 )
5 star
 (659)
4 star
 (401)
3 star
 (175)
2 star
 (42)
1 star
 (20)
Story
4.6 (1287 )
5 star
 (861)
4 star
 (308)
3 star
 (93)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (9)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 02-26-13
    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Saving Ceecee Honeycutt better?

    The reviews really led me wrong on this one. This was so saccharine sweet and silly... I just couldn't like it. Every time there was a moment where you thought, oh, look! Some conflict! Nope, it was cleared up in 5 minutes. Whew! Back to sunny and cheery.

    I thought this was just too fluffy to like. If you're looking for something in this vein, I'd stick to The Help.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    The narration was great- the story was lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a few years ago I'd have appreciated this more- but now I need at least SOME substance and I just didn't get it from this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MissSusie66 02-28-12
    MissSusie66 02-28-12 Member Since 2010

    MissSusie

    HELPFUL VOTES
    459
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    176
    123
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    101
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book Great Narration!"

    CeeCee Honeycutt has had a tough life in her 12 years she had a father who travels alot and leaves her home alone with her mentally ill mother. Her mother doesn't beat her or anything however she thinks she's back in 1951 when she was the Vidalia Onion Queen she parades around town in prom dresses and her tiara and can't be pulled back into the present no matter how hard CeeCee tries.
    As events unfold CeeCee ends up living with her Great Aunt Tootie in Savannah, which is where she begins to heal from her past.
    This is a story of love, loss, forgiveness, friendship and strong women. We watch as CeeCee comes to grips with her past and finally allows people in on what she has been through with her mother.
    I loved this book Beth Hoffman brings these characters to life you end up loving them all. If you loved The Help you’ll love CeeCee.
    I highly recommend this book definitely a must read!

    The above review is from Feb. 2010 it is now Feb 2012 and I have re-read this book and loved it just as much as I did the first time. I listened to it on audio this time narrated by, Jenna Lamia who as always does a fantastic job at the narration.

    The characters in the book stay with you so long after you're done reading I read this 2 years ago and it felt like catching up with my old friends Oletta & Mrs. Odell and of course CeeCee. I just loved it all over again! I am so glad these characters are in my life book!

    Definitely still 5 stars and still on my favorites list

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 11-08-10
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 11-08-10 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    603
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    512
    97
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    49
    5
    Overall
    "Thoroughly enjoyable story about loss and love"

    I could say this was a sad story and indeed CeeCee Honeycutt, a 12 year old girl has a very sad life when compared to most girls her age. However, her story does end well for her as you might guess by the title. She is fortunate to encounter many loving people who help her enjoy a good outcome. I really enjoyed the character descriptions, the dialog, the narrator and the plot flow. Highly recommend!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 02-16-10
    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 02-16-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    95
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A delightful sweet read."

    If you enjoyed "The Help" or "The Secret Life of Bees", you'll enjoy this book. A nice mix of sass,and spunk!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kathy Orland Park, IL, United States 01-08-11
    kathy Orland Park, IL, United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Saving Ceecee Honeycutt"

    A sweet book, appropriate for readers of all ages. The narrator did a very good job of representing the characters with various voices and accents.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10
    bebe South Carolina 12-27-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    382
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    400
    87
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    40
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed this story. It is almost a two part adventure (before and after CeeCee was saved). Both parts are intersting and CeeCee is a great character. Her mother's situation is sad and her father is a loser - but CeeCee is wonderful. I loved all the characters in the "second part". It is well worth the purchase.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-29-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    458
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    402
    188
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    66
    55
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful, easy listening gem!"

    This book is truly a listening delight. The narrator, Jenna Lamia, was just perfection with all of her varied characters. Her many voices fascinated me.

    Ceecee's story was one of the best coming of age novels I have had the pleasure of listening to. The women who peopled Ceecee's world were so entertaining, each and every one of them!

    In summary, Ceecee is raised by a mentally ill mother, most likely with bipolar disorder, who does not take her meds as prescribed. As a result, her mother is delusional most of the time and Ceecee becomes a parentified child who is missing out on life while she takes care of her mother. Her father has left the home, unable to cope with the mother's delusional behavior. When Ceecee is 12, her mother is suddenly killed by a truck. Her Aunt Tootie from South Carolina, with whom she had no history, comes to get the child with the intention of raising her niece. Most of the story revolves around the child's adjustment, adventures, and growth in the home of her Aunt.

    I don't want to go into more details. You should just bite the bullet and get this audiobook. It is sad, funny, and always entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ronna United States 01-27-14
    Ronna United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    387
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    165
    164
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    83
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best of southern fiction!"

    Best of southern feminine fiction comes alive in this story of a twelve year old girl blossoming in Savannah, Georgia. Cee Cee was in a sad state while living in Ohio. Her out if place, mentally ill, Southern Bell mother was run over by an ice cream, and her father was barely at home anymore. So her Great-Aunt Tootie drive up in her luxury car to take Cee Cee home with her to Savannah.

    Cee Cee's life suddenly went from loneliness and neglect to a whirlwind of new friends and an exuberant life with Oletta---Tootie's black housekeeper, and all of Tootie's numerous flamboyant neighbors. Cee Cee's "life book" became filled with many new found experiences, including racism, elaborate southern traditions, and great new friends. She learned to forgive others and accept the "perfectness" of who she could be.

    Characters were well developed and wonderfully interesting. Messages were deep, but couched in loads of charm and humor. Difficult situations were eluded to, but we're not dealt with in a heavy handed manner. Terrific read!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donnise columbia, tn, United States 06-20-13
    Donnise columbia, tn, United States 06-20-13

    I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I want to read all Beth Hoffman and hear Lamia"
    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    The wonderful women in this unique town and timeframe. Cecilia was saved by these ladies. Theme was beautiful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Mrs Goodpepper's personality the most.


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

    She is just amazing.


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

    I just hated the father so much.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-02-11
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    43
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    83
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    "Very Cute and Entertaining"

    This book was a fairly easy read. It had kooky characters, and although it certainly involved difficult issues such as mental illness and parental neglect/absence as well as racism, it never got into it so deeply that it had me reflecting as much as I would hope. Still, the story was nice and I am happy to have read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 245 results PREVIOUS12325NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.