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Nationally best-selling author Mary Monroe createsan unforgettable cast of characters in The Upper Room. Mama Ruby stole her best friend's baby girl, ran off to Florida, and raised her as her own. Maureen is the center of Mama Ruby's world, and she will do anything to protect her and their life together. Now Maureen wants to know what the rest of the world is like. She is determined to find out, but escaping Mama Ruby won't be easy.
©1985 Mary Monroe (P)2002 Recorded Books,LLC

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Good story, but..................

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

Yes, I found it entertaining and funny. Mama Ruby is a mess, and she kept the story interesting with all her antics.

What about Kevin Free’s performance did you like?

EVERTHING!!!! I loved his accents, and his portrayal of Mama Ruby. He was the perfect narrator for this, and the mama Ruby book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.. It was so crazy at times, I would've loved to see some of the scenes played out.

Any additional comments?

I've said it before (multiple times), and now I'll say it again. The overuse of gasp, sniff, incredulous is so annoying, it makes me want to scream!!!! How can she have so many stories, written so many books, and NOONE brought it up to her about changing these words??? Sniffed: Inhaled, breath, snorted. Gasped: gulped, huffed, wheezed. Incredulous: skeptical, disbelieving, dubious. See? Not that hard!! I'm currently reading the 3rd and final book in this series, and in true Mary Monroe fashion, she has used these 3 words more times than I can count.

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???? Not sure what this was. Awful.

I have never had such a horrible time completing a book as I had completing this one. It was awful. It was pointless. Ninety percent of everyone in the book was black, and they were all ignorant. There wasn’t one intelligent, or even articulate, black person in this book. It’s like they all fell off the proverbial turnip truck. They were simple minded, overly sexed, and buffoonish. First I thought that because it was set in the south in the late 50’, through early 70’s, that the author was trying to be authentic. But I finally realized that the author was just simply mocking and making fun of uneducated black southerners. If I didn’t know better, I’d think this was written by a white person wearing black-face.

There were too many characters for there to not be even one likable one. But there wasn’t. It was a WHOLE book, with too many characters to keep track of, and not one was likable. They were either too gullible, too greedy, too scary, too ignorant, too sex crazed, too crazy, or just way too forgettable.

Mary was an awful woman - a cross between Madea, Aunt Jemima, and Lizzie Borden. And the continuous description of her being fat and ugly was tiring. She was a chronic liar and alcoholic, yet everyone in this book acted like that was normal of a woman who is a self described Christian and enemy of the devil. And Maureen was too gullible and whiny to be interesting. And what the heck was that with Othella? I was left scratching my head.

I guess I’m a glutton for punishment, because I knew this book wasn’t for me about ten minutes in, but I kept listening because I thought there must be a point. There Must Be. This all must be leading to something really good. But...I was wrong. I would never recommend this book to anyone. Even the slapstick humor barely made me chuckle.

If you want to read a book where the stereotyped examples of ignorant-ghetto-country black people exist, then this book is for you. It’s Absolutely NOT FOR ME.

The narration by Kevin Free was just okay. Nothing to write home about.

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Loved Loved Loved

I enjoyed this book...excited about book 2 of this series . Mama Ruby displays that necessary evil side that some wished they possessed. She gives a whole new meaning to "loving hard." She protects those she loves and in the words of her son Virgil, " I'd rather be in hell than in your shoes mister." Yes!

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Couldn’t bring myself to pause it!

I read the actual book many years ago and I wanted to listen to it. I loved the narrator’s voice. He brought the characters to life! This story is interesting with lots of twists and turns. I LOVE this book! I’ll be listening to the rest of the series now.

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What a book

Would you listen to The Upper Room again? Why?

I have read the book several times...The author make the people in the book seem so real...especially Mama Ruby

What other book might you compare The Upper Room to and why?

Not sure I've read any thing like The Upper Room...

If you could take any character from The Upper Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably Mama Ruby

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Excellent follow-up to Mama Ruby

Where does The Upper Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

#3

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Upper Room?

Ruby stealing Maureen.

Which scene was your favorite?

Maureen finally being free!

If you could take any character from The Upper Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Maureen to dinner just to give her a sense of independence and normalcy from Mama Ruby.

Any additional comments?

I really hate that Mama Ruby turned out to be such a deadly character compared to her beginings as Ruby Jean in "Mama Ruby"!

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Crazy but good...

Although Mama Ruby was the HOTTEST mess ever, this book really kept my interest. I literally laughed out loud multiple times at this group of characters. The slang and accents that were used- while exaggerated at times, is representative of the deep South so it didn't bother me too much. I do wish that the author spent more time on the ending because I feel like after receiving so many details throughout the story for the story to end like it did felt rushed and not as satisfying as I thought it would have. Overall, I liked everything but the ending.

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Riveting!

Absolutely AWESOME!!! The story, the author and the reader. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I will definitely recommend this book to everyone that I know

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Mama Ruby

Mama Ruby makes you think of the typical hard-working strong back black woman from the south. I don't know why I kept having to go back and forth to hear how she got the baby or to put it together but it took me a while. I actually didn't expect Ruby Forsaken end. I am looking forward to see what Muarine is going to make up herself. I absolutely love the narrator in this story.

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Riverting

A spell binding story with many unexpected twists and turns. The narration was excellent. I recommend this book. I will look for more from this author.