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The Upper Room Audiobook

The Upper Room

Nationally best-selling author Mary Monroe createsan unforgettable cast of characters in The Upper Room. Mama Ruby stole her best friend's baby girl, ran off to Florida, and raised her as her own. Maureen is the center of Mama Ruby's world, and she will do anything to protect her and their life together. Now Maureen wants to know what the rest of the world is like. She is determined to find out, but escaping Mama Ruby won't be easy.
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Nationally best-selling author Mary Monroe createsan unforgettable cast of characters in The Upper Room. Mama Ruby stole her best friend's baby girl, ran off to Florida, and raised her as her own. Maureen is the center of Mama Ruby's world, and she will do anything to protect her and their life together. Now Maureen wants to know what the rest of the world is like. She is determined to find out, but escaping Mama Ruby won't be easy.

©1985 Mary Monroe; (P)2002 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Cathy DECATUR, AL, United States 10-03-11
    Cathy DECATUR, AL, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent follow-up to Mama Ruby"
    Where does The Upper Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Upper Room?

    Ruby stealing Maureen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maureen finally being free!


    If you could take any character from The Upper Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Maureen to dinner just to give her a sense of independence and normalcy from Mama Ruby.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hate that Mama Ruby turned out to be such a deadly character compared to her beginings as Ruby Jean in "Mama Ruby"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda 03-16-16
    Yolanda 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read."

    This book was funny and captivating. Mama Ruby is the TRUTH. A Great story line.

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    Deidre Jackson 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Goons...Wow!!"

    The characters were fantastic.. oddly enough to be believable.. A tale of a twisted soul!! entertaining.

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    Allison 12-17-15
    Allison 12-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    A great story and great presentation. I could hardly tear myself away. It was great!

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    sweetp 08-28-15
    sweetp 08-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "now in my top 10 of favorite books"

    love the story, the author, the narrator, and beginning, middle and end. awesome book with hilarious moments beginning to end. omly other books i've found this funny were Guerrilla Black, Huck Finn, and Color Purple. t
    This book made me listen to countless other books by the author but this by far her best work. HILARIOUS!!!!!!

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    Anna 10-09-14
    Anna 10-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a book"
    Would you listen to The Upper Room again? Why?

    I have read the book several times...The author make the people in the book seem so real...especially Mama Ruby


    What other book might you compare The Upper Room to and why?

    Not sure I've read any thing like The Upper Room...


    If you could take any character from The Upper Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Mama Ruby


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    Deloris 08-15-14
    Deloris 08-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best"
    Would you try another book from Mary Monroe and/or Kevin Free?

    I love reading Mary Monroe books, I think the voice made it hard to bare... not the best


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    IRIS 01-02-14
    IRIS 01-02-14
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Upper Room to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare The Upper Room to and why?

    Mama Ruby


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When mama Ruby got shot


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

    Crazy Mama


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Free made this book come alive. I couldn't stop laughing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SonjCos Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 10-24-13
    SonjCos Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The Upper Room will be a Classic"
    If you could sum up The Upper Room in three words, what would they be?

    Characters on Parade


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama Ruby is my favorite character. She is the center of a universe of misfits. While every fan of Mama Ruby knows she is unpredictable, her antics still have the ability to shock and amuse the reader. The hilarity of her perspectives and actions are magnified when contextualized by the reactions and perspectives of the cast of characters with whom Mama Ruby interacts daily.


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

    Prior to listening to the Upper Room, I listened to Kevin Free's narration of "Mama Ruby". Mr. Free is extremely talented and his ability to enliven characters from the page provided me with a brand new experience with this reading of the Upper Room. I had previously read the Upper Room years ago, but chose to listen to it again through Audible. I think I enjoyed the story far more with Mr. Free's narration. With both performances, Mr. Free does an excellent job, however, he exceeded the mark with the Upper Room.


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

    Through out the story, Mama Ruby guarded against "maniacs" who may attempt to "rape" her or Maureen. When a true rape did occur, I found it ironic that the perpetrator was not "chastened" by Mama Ruby's methods, though one could argue that justice was still served.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Free's narration of Mary Monroe's The Upper Room results in the perfect storytelling experience!

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    Amazon Customer 02-25-13

    Love books on tape! It's all about the narrators for me though. No matter how good the story, if the narrator doesn't cut it...

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    "ANOTHER GREAT LISTEN"

    What can I say except that it was great all around. Mama Ruby was awesome too as well as the narration. Thanks for the entertainment, Ms. Monroe.

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