• Standing in the Rainbow

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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Standing in the Rainbow

By: Fannie Flagg
Narrated by: Kate Reading
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Publisher's Summary

Good news! Fannie’s back in town - and the town is among the leading characters in this 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 Fannie Flagg (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fannie Flagg writes for the ear and is an accomplished raconteur." (People)

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An old favorite

I am so glad to have found this UNABRIDGED. The abridged version read by the author only tells the story of Betty Raye and Hamm, and leaves out the bulk of the story. This is the book in its entirety, and these characters are some of my favorites. Only complaint: this is a recording of a set of CDs, and there is an announcer every so often saying that the book will continue on another disk.

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I preferred the dentist

I bought this audiobook to listen to during a rather lengthy dental procedure. after several chapters, I had to stop listening & preferred hearing the drill, suction, grinding, of the dentist office.

The book felt like a great First Act. I was introduced to many exciting characters and backgrounds. They were quirky and fascinating. I waited for the conflict, rising action, and resolution.... but it never came. There wasn't anything to carry the story, unlike Fried Green Tomatoes with its characters AND plot.

I couldn't finish this book. Then after a few days I felt guilty, because MAYBE I was missing a good part. I forced myself to complete the audiobook - thank heavens the narration was good - but most of it I don't recall since it literally put me to sleep more than once.

A waste of time, I should have opted for nitrous oxide.

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good read

nice story, just drove around to listen to more. I laughed, cried and and remembered the old days

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NOT read by the author as the picture shows

This story wasn't as good as Cant Wait to Get to Heaven, but i listened to that one read by Fannie Flagg herself. I bought this because it said "Read by the author". It was not. the narrator did a fine job, but Fannie Flagg does an amazing job on her own books. I wish I could get a credit back. :(

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Standing in the rainbow

Enjoyed listening to this book, felt like I knew these people. Made me laugh , also get weepy. Love Fannie Flagg.

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Entertaining

I love all of Fannie Flagg's books. A wonderful writer. it is a joy to read her books.

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very good.

love Fannie Flagg. this book was a bit different, but I still liked it

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Totally different book

I was very disappointed with this book. I have loved every one of her books so much, but this book was totally off track. I don’t recommend this one. Sorry

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Absolutley love this book

Recommend this book to anyone needing a good laugh or a good cry. 5stars

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An old favorite

Standing in the Rainbow is like stepping back in time. A simpler way of life. Small town life. You can almost feel the wet grass on your bare feet, & long for the days of the five & dime. Kate Redding is one of my favorite narrators & I thrilled to see it back in the unabridged version. Sit back, get you a glass of sweet tea & enjoy!