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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).

Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

Among the colorful cast of characters are:

  • Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena's exuberant college roommate, who is everything that Dena is not; she is thrilled by Dena's success and will do everything short of signing autographs for her; Sookie's a mom, a wife, and a Kappa forever
  • Dena's cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner, of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal, talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise
  • Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them all through the radio show that she broadcast from her home in the 1940s
  • Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace, his partner in tabloid television
  • Several doctors, all of them taken with - and almost taken in by - Dena

There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.

©2004 Fannie Flagg (P)2004 Random House Audio

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ABRIDGED? You must be kidding!

Would you listen to Welcome to the World, Baby Girl again? Why?

This was a wonderful book, but when I looked at the info again and saw that it was ABRIDGED, I thought why? Why would Audible be so ridiculous and even begin to sell only an ABRIDGED version of this book. I did not see an unabridged and am so disappointed in Audible and the producers of this book. Give me a break. I just finished Washington, A life - 42 hours and was thrilled. Then I find that ridiculous Audible produces an ABRIDGED version of the fabulous book. You should be ashamed!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Abridged

The audiobook is abridged. Some really beautiful parts were removed, and it shows. Bit of a travesty.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl is one of my all time favorite books. I love the nostalgia brought by the flashbacks to post WWII America in Elmwood Springs. The story is so expertly woven between time periods and introduces many fun unique characters which provides a rich tapestry of stories. It made me laugh and cry and I couldn't put it down!

HOWEVER, be aware that this is an abridged audiobook. It leaves out many subplots and tidbits that really enrich the world of the characters. Although the story about the protagonist is good, the supporting characters really aren't given their due. It just feels flat overall.

I recommend saving your credits or $$$ and just reading the unabridged version instead of listening.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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<3

Love every one so far. Fanny always manages to find and hit my smile button ;)

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A place to call home

A voice given to a place I'd love to live. A family full of warmth

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disappointed

Even though I never read it before, I could tell important parts were left out because it is abridged. I expected not to notice too much because I never read the book, but I found it confusing at times and noticible that entire subplots were left out. If I didn't know that this was abridged, I would say that this book was rushed and sloppily thrown together.

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A little too light for me

I bought this book due to the wonderful reviews. I was looking for something light and enjoyable. It was a little too light for me

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Sweet story

If you need feel good story, about turning your life around, this is a good place to start.

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I love Fannie Flagg an amazing author and reader.

Listening to Fannie Flagg read her own books is both delightful and inspirational. I can listen to them over and over.

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Enchanting

Everyone should read this book! The characters are so well written that you are just sure they remind you of someone! The storyline is very touching and quite surprising😍