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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Audiobook

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Anonlee 04-13-17
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    "what a gem of a story"

    the narrator showed a true understanding of the story by the way in which she breathed life into the characters. her tone, her cadence, all worked together in harmony to give length and breath to the to the story. a very enjoyable listen .

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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-27-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A really enlightening compare and contrast"

    I finally got around to reading this after being a big fan of the movie for so many years. I was looking for more details, left out incidents, inner monologues, deeper motivations--the usual things that get cut out when novels hit the big screen. Surprisingly, there wasn't a whole lot of that. What there was instead was a bunch of raw material that was reworked and tightened up when whoever approached this book to make it into a screenplay. The choices they made make a fascinating study. I think they were brilliant. Fannie Flagg's book is very good, but she approached the story about Idgie and Ruth in a way that is more limited in its appeal. The movie gave the story more structure, and presented the Idgie and Ruth part more effectively and, ultimately, more appealingly. One of the things I like about the book that did not translate to the film is the scrapbook quality of piecing it all together from newspaper stories, letters, and other bits of old stuff. It's a charming book. Plus, it comes with recipes.

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    "wonderful"

    from the beginning to end you are sucked in by the wonderful narration and writhing

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    Julie 11-03-17
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    "You cannot go wrong with this"

    One of my favorites. I love Southern storytelling, and Fannie Flagg knows how to do it. This is probably my favorite of all her books, although it’s an older one. She can certainly spin a tale worth listening to. You soon become invested in the characters and what will happen next. The narrator gets an A plus. Definitely worth a listen!

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    Amazon Customer Milwaukee, WI USA 10-26-17
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    "a true classic!"

    I've seen the movie and loved it, and this is so much better! The characters just come to life, it should be considered a must read classic!

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    Maremare13 Washington State 10-25-17
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    "Very Good Read"

    I really enjoyed this book, just as much as the first time I read it...about 20 years or so ago!! I am surprised how much was changed for the movie.

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    Sharon 10-23-17
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    "Everybody already knows this was a great book, but"

    I have to add that Lorna Raver's narration was top-notch, excellent, epic. She should get a special award for this performance, and maybe she did. I hope so.

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    Lp 10-23-17
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    "disappointing"

    I loved the movie made from this book, so I was disappointed when the book had several parts not in the movie that I felt degraded the story line. Nevertheless, the performance of the reader was excellent.

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    "Amazing story!!!"

    You will find a lot of interesting stories. I recommend it if you like emotional literature.

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