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Publisher's Summary

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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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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I couldn't get past the drab narrator.

I couldn't listen to this. having read this several times I never imagined a male voice. i plan to return this and stick with the kindle versiin.

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Mama Ruby, though!

I tried years ago to listen to this. You really have to pay attention so not to miss anything. If you like God Don't Like Ugly, this seems to be a back story of its characters. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Mama Ruby was a beast.

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What a great read!

it was a very captivating story and I was always anxious to get to the next chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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Vivid characters with lots of drama!

I really liked this book and it had some very humorous parts. Mama Ruby is a character I will never forget. I am looking forward to reading book 2.

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Captivating Characters

Read the Book many years ago..Very intriguing Mama Ruby kept attention from beginning to end.

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Run On Chapters...

The chapters ran into each other. The editing was really bad! The last word hardly finished before announcing the next chapter.

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Very Entertaining

This Book was very entertaining, funny, and never boring! It took me a minute to get thru it but I was I intrigue the entire time. The narrator did an excellent job!