The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster : Ellen Foster

  • by Kaye Gibbons
  • Narrated by Kaye Gibbons
  • Series: Ellen Foster
  • 5 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This sequel to Gibbons' beloved classic Ellen Foster stands on its own as an unforgettable portrait of a redoubtable adolescent making herself up out of whole cloth. Now 15, Ellen is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease in the world. Her sole surviving ritual, a visit to the county fair, takes on totemic importance. While she holds fast to the shreds of her childhood, humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbor, slow-witted Starletta, she negotiates her way into a larger world by selling her poetry to pay her way to a camp for gifted students. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naivete, and compassion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again. BONUS: Features an exclusive interview with the author.


What the Critics Say

"Ellen is still a remarkable creation, and her narrative voice, while it has matured and grown more sophisticated, remains compelling and unique." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Avoid author-read books

After only 30 minutes, I had to turn this book off. Maybe it's a great book, but I will not find out. An audio book needs to be "performed" - not simply read. This is the second time I have been burned by an author-read book, and I will avoid them in the future.
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- Kathryn Lima

Read by the Author

The author reads this book. It is difficult to discern the voice of one character over another. It would be better enjoyed on paper.
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- Gina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio