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Publishers WeeklyStarred Review.
Cynthia Darlow's bravura narration of Smith's novel makes this a must-listen on audio. The characters consist primarily of middle-aged Southern women, yet Darlow gives each one a distinctive and memorable voice. Outside the members of the Red Hat Club, Darlow gets a chance to show her range and versatility as Georgia's elderly mother, Pru's five-year-old granddaughter, Diane's aw-shucks Texan beau and, best of all, blunt and brassy cousin Rachel. Darlow's rendition of the rude-yet-utterly-clueless Rachel, with her over-the-top New York accent, is priceless and will have listeners howling with laughter. As perfect as she is with such comic moments, Darlow is equally deft with the poignant ones. As enjoyable as the print novel was, this is even better on audio. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, June 2).
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