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The Upper Room

Narrated by: Kevin Free
Series: Mama Ruby, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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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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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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Where the hell my old narrator

I want the older version of the narrated book. This one sounds bored and mundane..

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I just love this story! Mary Monroe rocks! Great


Perfect narrator and it is a story filled with so many interesting characters. funny too

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This book is hilarious!!<br />

Absolutely loved loved, listening to this book. The old down south adages, were simply priceless.

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love this book, read the hard copy several times!

love Mary Monroe stories, all of her series are great reads! enjoy this. thank you

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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.