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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).

Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

Among the colorful cast of characters are:

  • Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena's exuberant college roommate, who is everything that Dena is not; she is thrilled by Dena's success and will do everything short of signing autographs for her; Sookie's a mom, a wife, and a Kappa forever
  • Dena's cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner, of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal, talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise
  • Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them all through the radio show that she broadcast from her home in the 1940s
  • Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace, his partner in tabloid television
  • Several doctors, all of them taken with - and almost taken in by - Dena

There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.

©2004 Fannie Flagg (P)2004 Random House Audio

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  • Karen C. Parker
  • 30-10-2013

ABRIDGED? You must be kidding!

Would you listen to Welcome to the World, Baby Girl again? Why?

This was a wonderful book, but when I looked at the info again and saw that it was ABRIDGED, I thought why? Why would Audible be so ridiculous and even begin to sell only an ABRIDGED version of this book. I did not see an unabridged and am so disappointed in Audible and the producers of this book. Give me a break. I just finished Washington, A life - 42 hours and was thrilled. Then I find that ridiculous Audible produces an ABRIDGED version of the fabulous book. You should be ashamed!

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  • Kate Reardon
  • 24-03-2016

Abridged

The audiobook is abridged. Some really beautiful parts were removed, and it shows. Bit of a travesty.

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  • P. Duffin
  • 27-12-2016

Abridged

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl is one of my all time favorite books. I love the nostalgia brought by the flashbacks to post WWII America in Elmwood Springs. The story is so expertly woven between time periods and introduces many fun unique characters which provides a rich tapestry of stories. It made me laugh and cry and I couldn't put it down!

HOWEVER, be aware that this is an abridged audiobook. It leaves out many subplots and tidbits that really enrich the world of the characters. Although the story about the protagonist is good, the supporting characters really aren't given their due. It just feels flat overall.

I recommend saving your credits or $$$ and just reading the unabridged version instead of listening.

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  • Lindsay
  • 30-04-2017

disappointed

Even though I never read it before, I could tell important parts were left out because it is abridged. I expected not to notice too much because I never read the book, but I found it confusing at times and noticible that entire subplots were left out. If I didn't know that this was abridged, I would say that this book was rushed and sloppily thrown together.

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  • Julie Lonon
  • 26-01-2018

Enjoyable!!

I absolutely love Fannie Flagg, she is quite the story teller!! Her stories are always heart warming.

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  • krista king
  • 28-04-2018

Sadly had to stop listening

I wasn’t expecting to hear the g-d word so much. 😕 I was enjoying the story but will not be able to continue listening.

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  • tweety09
  • 25-10-2018

Loved it!

As with her other books, Fannie Flagg, has written a wonderful story.
Full of family and friends love for each other.
It has made my days brighter to listen to her calm and soothing voice as the narrator.
I will most certainly be listening to more of her books.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Deborah Herrera
  • 06-05-2018

lovely, lovely, lovely!

such a pleasent story and what a treat to have it narrated by the author.

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  • jillym
  • 18-04-2018

This is the book that got me hooked on Fannie Flag

If you could sum up Welcome to the World, Baby Girl in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, Enveloping, Addicting

What did you like best about this story?

The introduction of Elmwood Springs and the thread of activity of the the town running throughout this book. It gives Dina's life an attachment to it, although she herself rejects their craziness. Giving us the main story of Dina Nordstrom's life as only Flagg cab tell it, it is strong, touching and quite funny. Dina as a baby throughout her life, becoming a strong independent woman to softening her to something she herself, never saw.

What about Fannie Flagg’s performance did you like?

Fannie Flagg reads these stories just as she has written them. We get he the benefit of the nuances and characteristic voices that she has meant them to have. I truly enjoy her storytelling.

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

Welcome, to the World you never knew you missed!

Any additional comments?

Love the narration of Fannie Flagg. Her storytelling brings her books to life. The book is the beginning of world of Elmwood Springs, featuring one of it's characters, Dina Nordstrom.

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  • Lynn M Jumper
  • 04-10-2017

<3

Love every one so far. Fanny always manages to find and hit my smile button ;)