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Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

intriguing character study

When fifty-six years old Annie Freeman dies from ovarian cancer she sends her ashes inside her red shoes via UPS to her friend Katherine Givens. Annie¿s instructions are to lead around the country funeral procession of her closest pals starting at Sonoma, California to...
When fifty-six years old Annie Freeman dies from ovarian cancer she sends her ashes inside her red shoes via UPS to her friend Katherine Givens. Annie¿s instructions are to lead around the country funeral procession of her closest pals starting at Sonoma, California to Albuquerque, the Keys, Manhattan, Lake Superior and an island near Seattle, at each site her best friends are to sprinkle her remains. Katherine would do almost anything for the woman who understood her better than anyone. --- After a reluctant start and a bottle of courage labeled as Shiraz, Katherine begins to put together the odyssey of the last request of the San Francisco State University English professor. Under two weeks later, Katherine joined by Annie's university colleague Jill Matchney, women's crisis worker Laura Westma, neighbor Rebecca Carlson and hospice aide Marie Kondrinsky trek along Annie¿s given route. The women bond sharing secrets of their late zany pal who not only lived life to the fullest and encouraged others to do likewise, but she was also there to help the downtrodden do so. --- Using flashbacks to when Annie first met each of her pall bearers, readers obtain an intriguing character study inside a sisterhood bonding. The story line reflects mostly on Annie, but also provides insight into the greatness that she saw and supported in her cronies. Though the tale at times turns too melodramatically angst-laden, contemporary fiction readers will want to journey around the country tossing the ashes of a fine person. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Bad, bad, bad

This was a book club pick and I would have stopped reading after the first chapter if I could. The bra was driving me crazy and most of our group wanted the whole traveling funeral to die in a plane crash. What a disappointment and a waste of time.

posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Bad, bad, bad

    This was a book club pick and I would have stopped reading after the first chapter if I could. The bra was driving me crazy and most of our group wanted the whole traveling funeral to die in a plane crash. What a disappointment and a waste of time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2009

    The book needs a traveling funeral!

    I got this book on CDs from my local library. After listening to just an hour I was so bored and totally aggravated by it (especially the non-stop talk about the bra) that I just gave up and returned it. So glad I didn't spend any money on it. I think the idea of the story is a good one, but perhaps another author could have done it better justice.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    I couldn't make myself read it!

    I started the book, but it was so painfully descriptive and slow, that I had to give up! I got through about 1/3 of it and then I stopped reading. FYI: I don't remember the last book I didn't finish. I will see it in the theater if it becomes a movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    Obnoxious

    My husband and I often buy books for each other for birthdays and Christmas and then exchange them when we're finished. Bless his heart, he bought a book just for me that he truly thought I'd enjoy. Unfortunately, this "women's bonding" book turned out to be the most mindless drivel I think I've ever read - or have ever attempted to read. It was ridiculous starting on the first page and continued to get worse. I got about a third of the way through and just couldn't take it anymore. Trying to read this book was like trying to listen to and take seriously a very drunk person who keeps repeating themselves over and over. Maybe the author was drunk when she wrote it. This book went directly into the recycling bin. It was so bad I wouldn't even donate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

    I really wanted to like this book and I read it to the end, but it was the same thing over and over. The same lines from the characters at each location of the trip about Annie. I liked the variety of characters and thought the basic idea behind the storyline was good, but the delivery was not the greatest. I am all for the strong female characters but it was a little overboard on the "live life to the fullest" message which was on just about every page! If you are debating over this selection and another at the bookstore, pick the other! Sorry!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2007

    Ugh!

    I've rarely hated a book like I did this one. So boring and repetitive with completely unrealistic characters. There was not one character I liked and I couldn't stand Annie Freeman! The ONLY reason I stuck with it to the end was because it was my book club's selection. Otherwise, it would have gone right back to the library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    Oh please....

    I love being a woman, and I have many wonderful women friends, but for crying out loud, this book makes women look like over wrought neurotics obsessed with nothing but themselves the over done descriptions of all the marvelous characteristics of these 'real' women drove me insane. As one review said, it was a long dragged out Hallmark card. After page after page of overdone descriptions of every facial expression and touching one another as the characters seem prone to do, I flipped through the pages hoping to find something to enjoy but finding nothing but the same drival I then walked over to the trash can and dropped it in without looking back. Ugh. Won't be reading anymore of Ms. Radish's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    A disappointing book

    I also did not enjoy this book at all. The idea was fun and creative yet the author overexplained every single detail. The characterization was too unreal. these characters were overbonding as soon as they introduced themselves. I felt like I was reading a long dragged out Hallmark card. I bought the book because I thought the idea was different. I really wanted to like it .I couldn't even finish it.

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