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Standing in the Rainbow Audiobook

Standing in the Rainbow

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Publisher's Summary

Good news! Fannie Flagg's back in town - and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her 10-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination. And we meet Norma and Macky Warren and their 98-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the "little blind songbird"; Cecil Figgs, the "funeral king", and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers.

The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.

Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."

©2002 Willina Lane Productions Inc.; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration by the Author or Authors, 2003
"Everything is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's stock-in-trade." (Publishers Weekly)

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    H. Tollyfield 21/10/2006
    H. Tollyfield 21/10/2006

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    "The book of gold at the end of the rainbow"

    I think it is impossible to read or hear this book read without feeling better about life; and Fannie Flagg's reading brings out the very best - things to smile and laugh at, things to think about and things to make you feel sad. But throughout, the atmosphere of a mid-west small-town community, which may never have existed except in American mythology, in which people are accepted and cared for, no matter who they are or what their excentricities, just makes you wish you had been there.
    Please may we have more of Fannie Flagg's works on Audible - perhaps 'Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlstop Cafe' or 'Welcome To The World Baby Girl' (Which also features Neighbour Dorothy, her family and neighbours).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melisa 04/11/2015
    melisa 04/11/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully read by the author"

    No idea why it has this title, or jacket image as they don't seem to relate to this extraordinary book (loosely based around two Missouri families) at all. If you liked Steel Magnolias or enjoy Garrison Keillor or James Wicox you will love this - it transports you to a time and place that is utterly eccentric and comical and yet unsentimentally moving. Just so quirky and unusual, uplifting, hilarious, lyrical - why hasn't it been made into a film like Fried Green Tomatoes?

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  • Fran
    Silt, CO, United States
    22/12/02
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    "Standing in the Rainbow"

    A wonderful, old-timey feel-good flavor with an ultimate affection for each character

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mary B.
    Huntsville, TX
    31/08/03
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    "Utterly Charming"

    I didn't want the book to end. I loved all the characters in the book. And also enjoyed listening to Miss Flagg's reading of her book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Georgia, GA, USA
    04/09/04
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    "Like Finding a Pot of Gold"

    Standing in the Rainbow is a wonderful book. Especially for someone who just got her Medicare card, it is wonderfully nostalgic and heart warming. Fanny Flagg's characters are drawn lovingly, frequently showing a realistic mixture of likeable and unlikeable traits. I actually first got this as an audio CD set from the library but enjoyed it so much I want my own copy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Toney, Alabama
    05/10/13
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    "Rockin' Chair . . . Lite Fare"

    This is a fun easy listen . . . good for sittin' out on the porch in the rockin' chair . . . or just listening while you cook or clean. Country people, fun stories . . . you don't have to get all worked up about any of it . . . this book was a nice break from more serious southern books, the ones where you the characters wiggle their way deep into your heart . . . books like "Looking for Me" or "Saving CeeCee Huneycutt" . . . I like that Fannie Flagg tells her stories without leaving out the quirks and shortcomings of the towns people. It's just who they are, and it seems like back then, people just accepted that, instead of trying to psychoanalyze everything. Good book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Provo, UT, USA
    24/03/08
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    "Fannie Flagg-Always a Treat"

    Fannie's books are always a treat and this one is no exception. Although it is a little more far reaching than others I have read, it is no less fascinating. She captures the life of average America and punches a little humor into it. She also captures the era in which she has staged her story. This book follows the lives of several people. It was a treat to read (hear)!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen D. Warren
    Middle America
    08/10/12
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    "Love the book! Fanny Flagg is the best."
    What did you love best about Standing in the Rainbow?

    This book reminded me so much of my childhood. My home town was so similar to the one described in the book. My grandmother (we lived with Grabdpa and Grandma while my Dad was overseas in the Marines) listened to a radio station program in Shenadoah, IA that was so similar to Neighbor Dorothy. It took me back to bein 4 yeats old.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such an engaging story line. Just loved it.


    Which character – as performed by Fannie Flagg – was your favorite?

    Neighbor Dorothy and her son Bobby were my favorites.


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

    Return to those days of yesteryear.


    Any additional comments?

    Only wish the book had not been abridged. I read the origianl book, and so much was left out of the audio version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Anne Mong Cramer
    Spring Mills, PA USA
    13/08/12
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    "Life is funn, Especially through Fannie's eyes!"
    What made the experience of listening to Standing in the Rainbow the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration...interesting characters.


    Have you listened to any of Fannie Flagg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Made me laugh outloud!


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting twists and turns! Very entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nikkichow
    01/10/16
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    "Great"

    Love Fannie Flagg, all of her stories.
    The best storyteller I've found. Always easy to follow & no unnecessary nonsense so many authors feel the need to use.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deb
    Olathe, KS, USA
    21/11/03
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    "Charming, touching and funny"

    Fannie Flagg is a modern-day "Mark Twain"...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • J. Atchinson
    13/09/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    A refreshing walk down memory lane with attitudes, values and concerns intact. Thank you Fanny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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