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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl

A Novel
Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
Series: Elmwood Springs (abridged), Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kathryn Boyle
  • 03-08-2019

Awesome

Love the stories. My 2nd book by Fanny Flagg it was wonderful. Starting 3rd book.

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  • Dolores Hylkema
  • 16-09-2020

Luved it

Except for the swearing which in my opinion isn’t necessary....especially all the GD’s if you have a good storyline. As a Bible believing Christian I feel sorry that Fannie Flagg felt she needed to add all that. She’s a gifted writer. Oh well the ways of the world gobbled up another writer I enjoyed

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  • Jean B. Macdonald
  • 19-06-2020

So disappointed

It's a great story by a great author, but if I had known it was abridged I would have read the book.

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  • Vernita
  • 28-05-2020

It’s Abridged!

This series is good because it is so rich with fabulous detail and brings the reader back to another time. I can’t imagine why there is only the abridged version available. I feel like I missed something and was cheated out of some very enjoyable and important detail for character development. I read “Standing In the Rainbow” first, so I was happy to reunite with some of the same characters again. I would have liked to have the option to purchase the full version, no doubt, with all the delectable detail.

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  • Julie Keys
  • 19-09-2020

Welcome to the world baby girl

Love Fannie Flagg’s voice and the story has a really unexpected twist and I love a happy ending. Good ole girls

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  • Gruffalo
  • 10-07-2020

Feel good fiction at its best.

Fannie Flagg has nailed feel good fiction which still addresses difficult issues. As usual with her books, I felt transported to a softer society. her books always make me want to bake.