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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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    Vicki 10-09-12
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    "wonderful story, brought to life by narrator"

    This was such a heart-warming story - brought to life by the narrator. Would highly recommend!!! I would agree with those who categorize this as a coming of age story with roots in Southern customs and charms. Also, the narrator sounds young enough to make the first person account very engaging.

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    Judith 10-04-12
    Judith 10-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun listen"
    Would you listen to Saving Ceecee Honeycutt again? Why?

    This was a treat. The narrator's southern accents and different voices for each character made this story easy to listen to. I liked the relaxed feel of the story--it's just what a northerner loves about the south.


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    Jana IRVINE, CA, United States 10-02-12
    Jana IRVINE, CA, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great chicklit"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was so excellent with the Southern accents that I can't imagine the story without her voice. Old characters sounded old, young ones young, and the black cook was so good, I almost laughed every time "she" spoke.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    I don't want to give away the story, so I'll just say that the story was a melange of happy, sad, funny, traumatic, and tender moments. It's all about female bonding across races and ages.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    What a gifted actress Lamia is! Every character has its own voice and is readily distinguishable. Listening to her was the best part of the story.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story that's not offensive in any way. There's no violence or profanity, just a touching story about a girl growing up and coming to grips with her parents.

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    Michelle 10-01-12
    Michelle 10-01-12
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    "GREAT BOOK!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Saving Ceecee Honeycutt the most enjoyable?

    The endearing nature of the characters. The good feelings created after Cee Cee is forced to move with her relatives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cee Cee Honeycutt because she is a survivor and because she finally finds a true loving home.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Very believeable perfomance


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    Bennettcat 10-01-12
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    "Delightful!"

    This book has a wonderful blend of humor and pathos. A perfect coming-of-age story. The narration added to the enjoyment of the book.

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    Joanne 09-26-12
    Joanne 09-26-12
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    "a delightful tale"
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    This is a really good story, well told, and will take you to another time and place. No foul language, no gratuitous violence or sex. You will enjoy it.

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    Deborah 09-26-12
    Deborah 09-26-12
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    "Excellent listen!"
    Where does Saving Ceecee Honeycutt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has an interesting story line and the narrator brings the book to life. Jenna Lamia does a great job with the various character's voices. I listen to Audible each day while I walk and I found that I couldn't wait to go walking each day in order to listen again. It was a fantastic motivator!


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    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 09-25-12
    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 09-25-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Glad this came to my lifebook! Beautiful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Saving Ceecee Honeycutt the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was amazing, which was made possible by the beautiful descriptions of Savannah provided by the author. I will listen to this book again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Oletta, the black maid who comes to show CeCe just what love means.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 09-24-12
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 09-24-12

    Queen Squared

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    "Wonderfully Told Story"

    I thought this book had a somewhat similar feel to The Secret Life of Bees and to The Help. For instance, it takes place in the 1950s & 1960s and is told from the perspective of a young white girl. Similarly to those books, the main character CeeCee is simultaneously dealing with what's going on in her own life while making sense of life in the Jim Crow South. But, don't expect this book to be depressing. On the contrary, while there are parts of this book that will make you cry, there are also parts that will make you laugh out loud. Beth Hoffman managed to write a novel with a surprising amount of depth, yet that is thoroughly enthralling and entertaining. This isn't exactly a light read, but it's still a book you can enjoy while on a road trip or relaxing on the beach.

    The narrator, Jenna Lamia, did a superb job. The majority of the story is told in the first person. And her southern accent of a young girl was perfect. She also did a wonderful job with the numerous other characters who enter and exit the story.

    Loved it!

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    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 09-23-12
    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Sweet Story"

    I really enjoy books that are "stories" and this one is perfect. A peek at mental illness in the 60's and the building of "families". Great narration, I could picture all the scenes in my mind and laughed out loud at some of the characters, who are so real.

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