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Standing in the Rainbow

A Novel
Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
Series: Elmwood Springs (abridged), Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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Good news! Fannie'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; 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.

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  • Fran
  • 22-12-2002

Standing in the Rainbow

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

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  • J. Walker
  • 14-02-2017

Read the unabridged version

I read this book years ago and looked forward to listening to Fannie read it. Sadly, because it was the abridged version, it left me looking for more. I wish Audible would not record books in the abridged version......

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  • MABJM
  • 31-08-2003

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.

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  • Barbara
  • 04-09-2004

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.

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  • Debbie
  • 05-10-2013

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.

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  • Carol
  • 24-03-2008

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)!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-2012

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.

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  • Mary Anne Mong Cramer
  • 13-08-2012

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?

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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.

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  • Paula
  • 01-10-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2014

Boring

I have liked all the Fannie Flag I've read but this one had no real store. It was a narrative of many boring lives in middle america staring in the 50's and going to much more recent times. I was glad to hear it end.

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  • H. Tollyfield
  • 21-10-2006

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).

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  • melisa
  • 04-11-2015

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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  • Julie Keys
  • 17-09-2020

Standing in the Rainbow

Loved this book, started slowly but weaved its way in and just felt real and from a gentler time and place.

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  • Milena Bregnhøj
  • 30-04-2018

Wonderful feel good novel

Loved it almost as much as fried green tomatoes. Charming and characters and wonderfully read by the author

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  • Anna
  • 05-02-2018

I loved it

I absolutely love Fannie Flagg's books. This one is no exception. The stories make you feel at home and warm at heart <3