Mama Ruby

Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Series: Mama Ruby, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this stirring prequel, New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe returns to the “cold-blooded yet fascinating” (Publishers Weekly) character from her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Ruby is a wild youth, with a thirst for boys and booze by the age of 15. When she discovers she’s pregnant, the only person she can confide in is her best friend Othella. But Othella talks Ruby into giving up the child, leaving Ruby emotionally shattered and adamant that Othella is to blame for her loss.

©2011 Mary Monroe (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Held my interest

This prequel did a good job giving more backstory to the troubled upbringing of Othella and Mama Ruby and came full circle in the final few moments. It had quite a bit of action throughout and really held my interest. In the Upper Room I wasn't sure that I liked the narrarator, but in Mama Ruby I have decided that I have become rather fond of him and his voices. In fact I have started Lost Daughters (the 3rd book in the series) and I find myself really missing him as this new narrator is HORRIBLE as is this sloooooow Lost Daughters storyline. But back to this book, while there were a few inconsistencies from Mama Ruby and Upper Room, all in all the author did a great job tying them in. I am hoping that the big secret revealed in the final moments of Mama Ruby - the one she died without knowing, will tie into the Lost Daughters book and make it worth my while reading.

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I am disappointed!!

After reading the first book "The Upper Room" I was very excited when this book came out!!
I was even excited that the same reader Kevin Free was narrator.
While the Upper room was over the top with the story...it included humor and suspense. This book was to tell the story of Ruby from a child to young womanhood. It was way to much sex and violence. Yes, the first book had the same but, the story was better told. This one seemed thrown together and offered no sympathy for the characters.
The reader did the best he could with what he had...

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it was ok

I read the upper room before I listened and actually even knew that this story existed. I didnt like Mama Ruby's character in the upper room. So when I found out there was a story about her younger years, I had to know why she was the way she was in the upper room. The story was entertaining although some parts felt rushed (like the end of the story) and some parts severely exaggerated, as also in the upper room. I have read 4 of Mary Monroe's books and listened to one. The Mama Ruby series is my least favorite. While it was well read on Audible, it's not that good of a read.

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Mary Monroe

I love the characters. I get so lost inside the character’s world. I love Mary’s style of writing. I recommend others to enjoy her books.

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drama drama drama

never ending drama hard times of two young girls is unbelievable. my heart went out to them

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The first book of an amazing series!

Mama Ruby is out of control, with no sensibility. It’s actually better to listen to the later books first and,then listen to “Mama Ruby,” in order to get insight on why Ruby is so crazy lol.

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Great Book

Kevin R. Free is my favorite male reader. I love how he can change his voice for different characters. The story held my attention and made me laugh .

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I Didn't Want it to End!

Mama Ruby and the cast of colorful characters were entertaining and fascinating. I did not.want it to end! The voice performance was impeccable and shaped each character to a ”Tee” and no one can say ”bitch” like the voice performer. Can't wait to another book by Mary Monroe. Great voice performance by Kevin R. Free.

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Great storyl

I really enjoyed the characters and how you made them cone to life. Loved it. Hope there is Part 2 in the making. Would like to see if Ruby gets to meet her real daughter and her and Orthello work things out.

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Very Good Read!

I loved it! had a lot of funny parts, Mama Ruby wasn't the one to play with!