When three young BFF females take to Nags Head for a month long vacation, the reader expects some chick lit fun in the sun. But Mary Kay Andrews misses her usual mark in this book. While the plot itself could have been delightful and full of Andrews' wit and Southern Charm, it fell flat. Andrews must have dialed this one in. Its primary sin was info dumping of the women's common child and teen experiences. Enough already! Get on with it. The most interesting aspect of the book was Madison, a loner who Dorie befriends in a diner and brings her back to the house, without prior approval from her buds.
Every author is entitled to a bad write now and again, so I accept that Andrews was in a rush when she wrote this. I can forgive the narrator because she did have to go back and forth between a Southern accent and a Jersey accent, but there were times she she forgot which character she was reading. That may have been the funniest part of the book.
If this is your first Andrews read, don't give up. This is not a shining example of her true writing talent.
The plot startet out well, the introduction of the characters was OK, but with the introduction of the "mysterious" woman the story lost itself. Somehow all the characters along with the plot didn't get any depth but rather got stuck. There is some "action" toward the end, however, it all seems very constructed. For me the book felt very long, I was happy when it ended.
Narration was OK but not outstanding.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
ASILLY STORY THAT GOES NO WHERE. BORING YOU TO TEARS. MARY KAY REALLY MISSED HER TALENT WITHS BOOK.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I enjoy a light listen, and this is one of them. Mary Kay Andrews books are solid stories about friendship and love. This was no different. If you enjoy her, you will enjoy this!
I enjoyed the author's writing style and the story itself.
I wish Kathleen McInerney would have narrated the book. I love her voice and ability to make characters come to life.
I found her voice difficult to listen to when she spoke with a southern accent; it distracted from the story. I usually grow used to a narrater's voice and am able to still enjoy the story. Listening to her voice never grew comfortable. The voices she used for the girls sounded odd through the entire book.
With subplots going for each character the story was multi-leveled and there was never a dull moment in Summer Rental. Even though the narrator very occasionally slipped with a bit of a Jersey type accent, she did very well with the main characters southern voices, as well as defining a different sounding voice for each person. Keating has a pleasant voice to listen to and I would gladly listen to more books read by her.
I haven't read the book, but I really enjoyed this audio version. I have enjoyed several of Mary Kay Andrews' books that are narrated by Isabel Keating. Keating jus has a flare for performing Andrews' stories.
There were two most memorable moments for me: During their first real encounter, when Ty dares Ellis to do something he thinks she won't because she's too afraid, and she does it! So hot! And I loved Ellis's walk of shame. It was funny and so true to life.
I loved Ellis and Ty's first nighttime encounter, and I especially enjoyed the outdoor shower scene. Oo la la!
Dorie! She sounds funny and sweet, and I bet she'd be a hoot to hang with and just have fun with the girls. Of course, I'd love to take Ty out as well but for much different reasons. ;)
This book was just a delight to listen to. Isabel Keating puts just enough of a spin on the womens' voices so you can tell them apart. It takes a few chapters to really hear the differences in the voices she gives them, but after a while they are like old friends all with their own distinct accents. The ladies in this story are all likable and relatable. I enjoyed hearing each of their stories unfold, and I'm so glad the author wrapped everything up with natural loose ends so you don't have to wonder what might happen next, you can kind of figure out how their lives will play out for a bit after it's all over. The main love story is sweet and provides enough romance and some good loves scenes throughout. As usual, Andrews also gives the setting its own sort of story, including details about the house the women stay in, and she kind of draws you into their temporary nest and makes it so you don't want to leave the beach either when the summer is over. This book was just a pleasure to listen to, and I am sure I will listen to it many more times in the future. Fun in the sun, romance and taking chances, and there is some suspense thrown in to mix things up. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something kind of light and entertaining. Not too serious. Also, at the end there is a conversation between the author and the narrator that you get to listen in on, and it's kind of interesting to hear what they have to say about the story and bringing it to life.
Yes - it allows you to escape and relax as if you were actually in the story.
Savannah Breeze - by the same author - another great MKA must read!
Yes - just as good
Surf, Sand, and Mayhem make you want to check into this Summer Rental
The twists and turns in this story are fun
The end of the summer is not what you would think
Smooth, rich, flowing
Pretty much all of them. It was just a mindless beach read with un-relateable characters, over-the-top but superficial plotlines, and cliches falling all over each other. It was basically preposterous in all ways.