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Big Stone Gap

By: Adriana Trigiani
Narrated by: Adriana Trigiani
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Publisher's Summary

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime - a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart....

©2003 Adriana Trigiani (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Delightfully quirky... Chock full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists.” ( People)
"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday." ( The New York Times Book Review)
“Charming... Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story." ( USA Today)

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Italy meets Appalachia . . . Gotta Love It!!!

There's nothing more country than mountain folk, and Big Stone Gap is all that and more. When thirty-five year old, Ava Maria, the town pharmacist, who's considered an old maid by mountain folk standards, loses her mother, her world goes into a tail spin. Everything she thought she knew changes. She's always known her mother was Italian, but when she finds a picture and letters in her mother's room, she's in shock. She doesn't even know herself anymore. I absolutely love this story . . . being a hillbilly myself and having married very young (still married 42 years later), I can easily relate to all the "goings on". The narration is spot on. I've already downloaded the next two books in the series.Can't wait to start the next one . . .

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Laughs, Tears & a Place I'd Like to call Home

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I would for my friends who love peaceful journeys, who enjoy meadering down the path to see what each day brings. This book was a pleasure.

What other book might you compare Big Stone Gap to and why?

Jan Karon's Mitford Series. They are similar in they are about small town life, the characters who live, love, laugh, and pass into and out of your life. These are the type of books that refuel me.

Which scene was your favorite?

One that made me laugh outloud was the scene at the football games Halftime activies in front of the visiting dignitaries Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Senate hopeful, John Warner.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, and I leave that to the reader/listener to decide for themselves. I don't want to give anything away.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I was very concerned with the author being the narrator. In most cases I have found that doesn't work, but I wanted this book quite a lot so I gave in. Adriana Trigiani has won me over. She is perfect for the part. She IS the book. In fact, I was so please with this book & narrator I imediately purchased the next two in the series. I would have purchased the 4th but I ran out of credits.Thank you Adriana Trigiani for an absolutely delightful stroll through Big Stone Gap, a place I'd love to live.

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Fabulous! But don't listen to the author talk at the end!

I loved this book and was so looking forward to listening to all 3. I'm disappointed that the author talked about the next two books and told me what was going to happen. Of course, I'm still going to listen, but I'm now unsure of listening to the second story.

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spoiler alert! don't listen to the author discusio

I enjoyed this book and look foward to the next. BUT was very disappointed in finding something out in the authors discusion about what goes on in book 2. BOO. There should be a spoiler alert at the intro to the final chapter!!

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Is it just me?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator! Yes--I understand the author narrated the book...but she really shouldn't have! Perhaps I should not have listened to The Shoemaker's Wife right before this one...just dreadful.

Has Big Stone Gap turned you off from other books in this genre?

Very possibly.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adriana Trigiani?

Anyone but her

What character would you cut from Big Stone Gap?

Didn't get that far

Any additional comments?

Perhaps the story could have been decent...just could not get past her "folksy" , boring, drone.

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Small town, simple life and lovely story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are in the mood for a mellow read this is a great book for you.

Any additional comments?

Admittedly I am a little biased about this book. My parents are from BSG and reading this one brings back childhood memories at the grandparent's house. It really is a lovely read. Not as outright gripping as some but I looked forward to every word. highly recommend!

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I normally hate books read by the author but...

What did you love best about Big Stone Gap?

I loved Ave Maria. Her inner monologue really spoke to me. Thinking about every crazy thing that could happen? Yep, that's me.

What about Adriana Trigiani’s performance did you like?

I normally really dislike books read by the author, but Adriana Trigiani did an excellent job with this one! The Appalachian in Ave Maria's character really shined through. I loved it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I wore head phones around my house for two days just so I could finish it!

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I can't believe it.

I'm having an extremely hard time believing this is the same author that wrote some of the other books I loved so much. The story line is not great and the performance makes it worse - not recommended at all but check out the author's others if you've not already - they I do highly recommend.

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Fun & Funny Story About Small Town Life

If you could sum up Big Stone Gap in three words, what would they be?

Light Funny Fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Stone Gap?

The night Elizabeth Taylor came to town.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adriana Trigiani’s performances?

Yes, because of the story and characters.

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

Come On Down For A Visit

Any additional comments?

The Narration was too slow and deliberate .
Authors seldom make good readers.

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The first in a wonderful trilogy.

Ave Maria Mulligan lived in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Big Stone, Virginia. She had just lost her mother and had inherited a pharmacy business. She became a pharmacist and ran the store. She also inherited her mother’s house. She also got from her lawyer a copy of a letter which her mother left for her to read after her mother’s death. This letter indicated that she was not the daughter of Fred Mulligan, but of a man her mother had known in Italy before she came to America. The lawyer’s wife/secretary was a big gossip and let it be known all over town that Ave Maria was “a bastard.” This raised her ire, and she began to fight for her own rights rather than just please everyone else. In record time, she received two marriage proposals, and hosted visitors from Italy. This is really a feel-good novel. The author is the best narrator one could have found for these books, a trilogy of which this is the first. You think you’re just having a conversation with Ave Maria in your living room. I’m going right on to the next book.

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