Southern Lights is just over nine hours of listening, read by Nick Podehl.
Danielle Steel is one of the most prolific writers in America today. As a reader, you either love her or hate her, there really is no in-between, and she has legions of fans. If you are ever in the mood for sweet romance, meaning a teenaged girl can read the book, pick up a Danielle Steel novel. It’s easy to become absorbed, the stories are not gray-matter growth material; they aren’t intended to be. Danielle Steel is a die-hard romantic, and directs her talents to that end, pretty much exclusively.
Most stories involve a strong female lead, as does Southern Lights. There are ome unique, and sometimes quirky, characters and the trials and tribulations of each traverse the pages. A typical, Danielle Steelesque, satisfying conclusion.
Southern Lights is a nice picture of the modern day south and the cultural morays of the southern people. Interesting.
I’m pretty simple when it comes to critique of a narrator. If I don’t have to re-wind to determine who-is-talking-to-who, I’m good. Ergo, Nick Podehl does a nice reading, a decent production.
Did I say ‘boy gets girl’? It is a Danielle Steel, after all! Enjoy.
Flat narration. Flat story. Kept waiting for suspense, a plot twist, romance... SOMETHING. The first Danielle Steel I've experienced and I am left wondering how she could be so popular. Blah.
If you are an intelligent reader with an advanced vocabulary whom enjoys literary details and a full and complete story; SKIP THIS ONE!
Had I paid full retail price for this "book" I would be requesting a full refund, luckily it was on sale. I wanted to stop listening at several points throughout the book, however, I continued listening hoping that the story might evolve and unfold, sadly it only got worse.
It lacked the plot and detail that I felt was imperative to the actual storyline. At one point I double checked to make sure that I had not mistakenly purchased an abridged production of the book. I was puzzled to discover this was the complete book.
The narration was good given what he had to work with.
Bottom line, this book was dumb. Literally dumb.
Danielle Steel is my all time favorite author. This is one of my all time favorite. The story is great. Nick Podehl is a wonderful narrator. Definitely recommend this book.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
This is the second book I have listened to by this author. Unlike "Friends forever" this book is not even build up in a way which makes senes. Think of a pile of ideas thrown together. Cheaply made.
I know it is "May cause miracles" which made the last two days great. For fiction Richard Yates: "Disturbing the peace"111
Buy "Friends forever" instead.
Southern Lights ranks in the upper 25% of the other audiobooks I have listened to so far.
I love a good story about a good mother daughter relationship. This one was very good. I loved the description of the shopping sprees in Charleston and the ones in Europe.
Nick did a very good performance with this book. He didn't try to get into one of those disgusting voices that so many other readers do. He was straight forward and verbally told the story. Good job Nick!
My extreme reaction with this book was the relationship between the grandmother, mother and daughter. Three generations of love, respect and mutual uderstanding between three strong women. Didn't laugh or cry, but smiled a lot.
I have always loved books with women lawyers who are no non sense, smart and competient. Women who do what they have to do and do it well. This book had all of these qualities. Good job Danielle.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, since I live in the lowcountry. I could identify with many of the places.