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Saving Ceecee Honeycutt Audiobook

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

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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

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    Julieann United States 09-12-12
    Julieann United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best novels I've heard this summer!"

    I think back to the summary I read before I chose this title. I thought it would be a fluffy, happy book, just the right kind of easy, light listens to make my day. Boy was I wrong! Now let me tell you what exactly I mean by that. It is not, "fluffy" or light by any means. This story has substance! This isn't a cute, fluffy book, it is insightful, wise and rich. I absolutely love the characters, every single one of them!! That doesn't happen to me very often.
    Ceecee is a courageous girl. As much as the author portrays the issues she is dealing with we also get to see in her the innocence that is still wrapped within her heart. The story has reminded me of the beautiful women that grace my life. Every chapter seemed to present another time to once again bask in the glow of being a young girl again, or how much someone can love us, or how people come into our lives and make us better women.

    The narrator was perfect! I can't imagine anyone else narrating this story, it just wouldn't work. I can't say I've ever heard Jenna Lamia narrate a book before so I cannot speak to any of her other work but she nailed every character!

    Truly, I think if you love movies like, "Steel Magnolia's" or "Where the Heart Is" you will fall in love with this book! Thank you Beth Hoffman for making my heart feel so warm. I would love to hear more from these characters!

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    Eliza 09-12-12
    Eliza 09-12-12

    Eliza

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    "OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. The story takes CeeCee from a horrible existence to an almost perfect one. In that way is resembles the run-of-the-mill romance story. It is a Cinderella story and most of my friends have read that already.


    If you’ve listened to books by Beth Hoffman before, how does this one compare?

    I have not read others. She did a good job on this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The garden party.


    Do you think Saving Ceecee Honeycutt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was worth reading if you just want some light entertainment.

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    Sarah 09-10-12
    Sarah 09-10-12 Member Since 2017

    Eclectic

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    "You will love it!"
    Where does Saving Ceecee Honeycutt rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is in my top 10 best books ever!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ceecee catches her busy body neighbor in her backyard.


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

    When Ceecee finally forgives/accepts her mother illness.


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    Anne Doherty 09-06-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great read, definitely worth the credit."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to be better than the print version?

    Really enjoyed the entire book. It was warm, sad, and ultimately uplifting. A enjoyable novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    great character development


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Who was the most memorable character of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt and why?

    Ceecee Honeycutt


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    maida smith Sandy Ut 09-06-12
    maida smith Sandy Ut 09-06-12 Member Since 2016

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    "I loved this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to be better than the print version?

    Did nnot read it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her Aunt


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved her narrative and timing


    If you could rename Saving Ceecee Honeycutt, what would you call it?

    Nothing it was fine


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I recommend EVERYONE. It ranks up there as one of my favorites and I will keep it for ever. it is one I have recommened to my tweens, teens, young adult, adults and old folks. I think it connects to all ages.

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    Barbara Richland, WA 09-06-12
    Barbara Richland, WA 09-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply beautiful"
    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    Her shift and understanding, coupled with wonderfully tender characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the slowly developing plot with its revelations and growth.


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

    No, but she is a wonderful narrator - great accents and shifts.


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

    Yes, when she realized she missed and loved her mother


    Any additional comments?

    In the style of Gibbons, this is even a more developed and polished story. Can't wait for another by her.

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    Sarah United States 08-27-12
    Sarah United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Mom, historical fiction junkie, scientist, commuter who missed the escape of reading & was saved by Audible

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    "Unexpectedly wonderful book!"
    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    He hooked me from the very beginning with perfect pace & characters you care about.


    What other book might you compare Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to and why?

    Joshilyn Jackson novels because of the multitude of quirky Southern characters in her novels & this novel and also because of the humor being very similar to that of Joshilyn Jackson novels.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    LOVE, love, love Jenna Lamia in everything she does. I actually chose this book because I love Jenna Lamia's voice so I thought I'd give the book a shot. Jenny Lamia can make even a not-so-good book tolerable, but this book combined with Jenna Lamia's voice= perfection!


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

    The scene with the hummingbird, but I can't say more without posting a spoiler. :D


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    Cindy Oxnard, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Cindy Oxnard, CA, United States 08-07-12
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    "If you loved "The Help" you will adore this !"
    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    The power of love to heal and the impact of friendship. The "southern" setting.


    What other book might you compare Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to and why?

    Similar to "The Help"


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

    Jenna Lamina was a new narrator to me, I will definatley look for her again. She did an amazing job with all the characters, especially Cee Cee.


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

    I laughed and cried and laughed until I cries ! CeeCee is has a priceless wit and spunk !


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    D-and-E 07-04-12
    D-and-E 07-04-12

    Young Lion

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    "Absolutely splendid, darling!"

    As a Southerner, I was totally in love with this book! This is a wonderful story of a young (northern born) young girl whose mother dies, and ends up in Savannah, Georgia being raised by her Great Aunt, who is a lovely woman. The other characters in the story, coming in and out of the lives of CeeCee and her Aunt, range from completely hilarious to downright emotional. It's a story that you will want to listen to again again....I certainly plan to, and soon! I have recommended it to everyone I know!

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    Compute 06-12-12
    Compute 06-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful"

    What a delightful book. This book starts out dreary and the reader grieves for little ???Cee Cee Honeycutt.??? But after the tragic death of her mother, it goes on to much happier times; enabling the reader to forget the tragedy the child has gone through. The cast of characters are Southern through and through, with Oletta becoming Cee Cee???s true friend, confident and companion; while at the same time providing good ???ole Southern mothering.

    This book will make the reader smile, laugh and cry at different times. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and look forward to other books by this author.


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