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The Upper Room | [Mary Monroe]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Catherine DECATUR, AL, United States 10-03-11
    Catherine 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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    Deloris 08-15-14
    Deloris 08-15-14 Member Since 2014
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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 Millington, TN, United States 01-02-14
    IRIS Millington, TN, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2012
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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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    Sonja Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 10-24-13
    Sonja Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 02-25-13
    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 11-19-12
    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "WTH?! O_0"
    What would have made The Upper Room better?

    A believable storyline! I've read plenty of fiction and fantasy... The Wizard of Oz was more believable. This story did not have a hint of reality or symbolism. It was like reading someone's bad dream. The characters were simple, unevovled, and none of them were likeable. I was so turned off by all of them. I saw that time passed but the characters stayed childlike throughout the book...


    Has The Upper Room turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book does not even fit into a "genre"... It's turned me off from this author.


    What about Kevin Free’s performance did you like?

    Kevin Free did a great job in bringing this book alive. His performance is the only reason why I kept listening. He gave each character a voice and personality of their own. I've heard Kevin Free read in other books, but this and Mamma Ruby (the "prequel") were his best performances.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Kevin Free was the redeeming quality.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had to be the craziest story ever told. I was often confused about what was happening and how we reached many of the scenes. After the book was completed I was left with a bad taste in my mouth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 07-31-12
    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprising..."
    Where does The Upper Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I believe it is in the top 10


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

    I like the part where Ophelia came back to claim her daughter. I think that the fight scene between Mama Ruby and Ophelia was a highlight in this audiobook.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Free?

    I don't like his narration when the lead character is a woman.


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

    Maureen, because she has so much knowledge and ignorance.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised about the number of killings that took place in the book, and did not expect the killings to be so excessive and throughout the audiobook. At the same time, I think the author was effective in defining the spirit of each of the characters in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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