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By Buford on 12-15-04
Quintessential Fannie Flagg.
A Red Bird Christmas is a Christmas tale for those who still have the spirit of wonder and awe. Even jaded demeanors will be softened by the experience of A Red Bird Christmas. When you listen to A Red Bird Christmas, expect a miracle because you get one -- a big one and several others for good measure.
The author reads the story in her own personal and intimate style. It is warm. It is homey. It is a story of miracles, love and redemption. The characters are real and special. They are people you know or wished you knew. It is story for the season. We all long, just a little, to be in Lost River.
After reading the story, Ms. Flagg talks about her own growing up, small towns and how she incorporates people she has known into her characters. This added a special insight into how Red Bird Christmas came about. I found it to be an edifying addition to the production.
This is an excellently produced audio book.
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By Sara on 12-20-13
A sad bittersweet story
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I really like the way Fannie Flagg turns a phrase. She is down to earth and tells it like it is with zero mincing around. She is what I would call wistfully funny, almost ploddingly so. Over all the story was a good one but be aware that it really isn't a Christmas story. Christmas is a small part of the book--but it really tracks the seasons in the life of a community of people in southern Alabama. Don't get this book thinking it will be a funny, warm, holiday season listen. It just isn't. In fact it was so sad and forlorn in spots that for some listeners it might add to seasonal depressed feelings. So--if you are prone to that experience put it aside and read it another time of year. The message is a good one, very life affirming while encompassing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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