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The Fixer Upper

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Kay Andrews

Narrated By: Isabel Keating

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2009

Duration: 14 hours 18 minutes


The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house . . . and her life.

After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol'pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.

All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected'back home again.


  • Bushra Rehman

    I got to about the 9th hour of this book when I couldn't take it anymore. The story has many stories within the main story although I'm not sure what that exactly was--what it the romance, the court case, the story with the old lady, with her parents???? The book also had way too many references to lables--starbucks, Milano's, Michael Jackson....and on and on. I thought that the author was hoping for an endorsement from a company or one of the people she named in the book. It was beyond silly! This book drags on and on and could have been wrapped up so much earlier. I also found the main character to be stupid to the point that the mess she was in became unbelievable. She's top of her law school class and the things she found herself in were unbelieveable. Lastly, she was supposed to be in her late 20's and the narrator could not pull that age off in her narration or her voice. I found myself not wanting to hear the book and then recalled why I joined Audiobooks --to enjoy listening to books. That's when I hit delete. Sorry but this book is a pass!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa V

    I enjoyed this light hearted book and the cantankerous old lady who was a delight and made me smile. Well written and well read.

  • Teri Nunley

    I loved it! I love Mary Kay Andrews! The Fixer Upper is smart, funny, and light hearted. Another sweet ending for a character you come to love. If you're looking for a good book to read this summer, you can't go wrong with The Fixer Upper.

  • Tiffany Downing

    I loved this book. Mary Kay Andrews books are very similar this one didnt have as much remolding as some of the others that I have listened to but the story line kept me intersted always nice to listen to a good chick bonding book.

  • Stephanie Givan

    I loved this book!! Lighthearted, funny, with a little romance along the way! Narration was excellent!

  • Doretha Coleman

    I've enjoyed this book, storyline and reading. I've learned it's not to late to find myself. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Another great book from Mary Kay Andrews. I really enjoy the southern novels. I takes me to place that I feel no longer exsists yet it does.