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Little Altars Everywhere

Narrated by: Judith Ivey
Series: Ya-Yas, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
4.5 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Little Altars Everywhere is the New York Times best-selling companion to Rebecca Wells' celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Told in the alternating voices of Vivi and her husband, Big Shep, along with Sidda, her siblings Little Shep, Lulu, and Baylor, as well as the almost-but-not-quite family Cheney and Willetta, Wells embraces nearly 30 years of life on their plantation in Thornton, Louisiana, where the cloying air of the bayou and a web of family secrets at once shelters, traps, and defines an utterly original community of souls.

Little Altars Everywhere is an insightful, piercing, and unflinching evocation of childhood, a loving tribute to the transforming power of faith, and a thoroughly fresh chronicle of a family that is as haunted as it is blessed.

©1992 Rebecca Wells (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Rebecca Wells has written a funny, eloquent and sad novel that easily leaps regional bounds." ( Washington Post)
"A hilarious and heartbreaking first novel." ( Booklist)

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  • Mireille
  • Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada
  • 01-09-10

PROFOUND AND ENDEARING

I just finished listening to Little Alters... and had that sinking feeling in my heart having to part with it's characters, it's stories, the narrator, the author. This very profound and touching storyline is presented in a dynamic yet very subtle way. The narrator's rendition is heavenly and perfectly complements the theme. I have also loved Lily Ponder and will definitely download other titles from the Wells/Ivey team! You should too!

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A pre-quil to divine secrets book

Loved it! ❤ Narration so good and the voices of characters got me lost in the story.

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Good story, quirky characters but wrong narrator

I had previously read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I figured I'd enjoy listening to it as well. But this narrator was way off. Somehow she makes the Louisiana accent sound hickish for every character. And she butchers the time to Ooh My Soul right off the bat....she shoulda googled it or something. Very distracting.

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Addiction

This novel is as delicious as the gumbo and fried shrimp prepared in this novel. The character become like family, recognizing the landmarks, rivers, and bayous. Spring creek's water and all its surrounding are exceptionally described by Ms. Rebecca Wells. Being from Central Louisiana myself made this story is exceptional precious to me. Thank you Ms. Rebecca Wells for creating such descriptive words, you are an inspiration.

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Loved Loved Loved !!!

I love Judith's voice its soothing and perfect.this book takes me back to my childhood. I will love it forever .

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Ya Ya Gumbo!

What did you love best about Little Altars Everywhere?

I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Listening to Judith Ivey read it and doing all the characters help the book to come to life.

What other book might you compare Little Altars Everywhere to and why?

Don't know that I would compare it to any other book, except Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and, maybe, Ya Ya's in Bloom.

What about Judith Ivey’s performance did you like?

Judity Ivey has always been a favorite actress of mine. She gets it just right with the accents and just makes the book come alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It was already made into a movie (Part of "The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood).

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of Rebecca Wells. She knows her Southern women and she is not afraid to pull punches. This book is one that will make you laugh; make you cry. And maybe, examine your relationships with your mother and your own friends.

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Biased Review

I love the characters and setting of the story but, full disclosure, I am from the small town in which this story takes place and I am the great nephew of Teensy Walker(both names were repurposed by the author in her novels). So all that being said, I am fairly certain that I would have loved the book no matter what. The stories are profound but light hearted and the characters are complicated, neither all good or all bad making them feel very authentic. The author forces you to empathize with her characters so deeply that in some of them I felt myself wanting to just skip past the conflict. Moments like those make me realize what a powerful storyteller that the author is and this book is fairly replete with them.

Because I am from such a small town I can't tell if my experience will translate to an urban audience, but listening to these stories was like listening to my father's stories of his childhood. The nostalgia is delicious.

Now to the narrator. The first 20 minutes of the book were fairly painful because of the weird emphasis of 'Ooh my lord' as another reviewer pointed out, and the weird warbling that the narrator layered into her southern accent. I was thinking, "here we go again, this narrator is going to make southerners sound like a pack of imbeciles.' But as the story progressed, she seemed to catch her rhythm and became much more palatable. Her accent is a bit camp, but women of that generation did speak with a very stereotypical southern accent. The accents down here are considerably more subdued these days, although I don't necessarily consider that a good thing. Ivey's cajun accent is just atrocious, but she can be forgiven for this as cajun accents are extremely hard to mimic. And other than a few difficult to pronounce words like Natchitoches, the narrator does a pretty good job at pronunciation. Her use of many different voices is impressive.

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Great story & great narration!

Rebecca Wells wrote a wonderfully entertaining and touching story. I have read other books by her and loved them. However I think I need to get the audiobooks, if they are read by Judith Ivey. Iveys voice characterizations are perfect and made a great story, great to listen to.

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Entertaining and heartfelt

What made the experience of listening to Little Altars Everywhere the most enjoyable?

I find tales of southern life entertaining and captivating.

What did you like best about this story?

Each character's view of the story line.

Which scene was your favorite?

Lil' Shep's opinion on dogs and his antics with Buggy's dog.

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

Laughed, cried and related!

Any additional comments?

I wish this book had been narrated by the author instead of Judith Ivy.

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Rebecca Wells is Brillant

I too felt sad to leave the characters in this gripping, captivating novel..Ms. Wells has a most precious gift. I would listen to 1000 books if she wrote them. The narrator did a tremendous job in capturing the essence of each character, and bringing each one to life. I also enjoyed Cali Lilly Ponder. I shared that one with my mother two years ago. We still make reference to it. I also plan to share this one with her. She probably feels like she has already read it, because I have told her so much about it already.

Ms Wells, I am waiting on the next one. As far as I am concerned, you are up there with Elton John, Prince, and Mya Angelou in my book (brilliant artist that have no equal)!!!