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Pamela

Easley, SC, USA

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  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (367)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    Overall

    I am actually in the process of listening to the book and am only about a third of the way through. Pat Conroy is one of my favorite writers and this is the first book of his that I have listened to. I read the actual books of all the others. I am enjoying the book. However, I continue to be amazed at the improper pronunciation of proper nouns by narrators on audio books. Mr. Deakins mispronounces one of the most notable names from Charleston and I don't understand why Pat Conroy or someone else did not correct this! Huger is properly pronounced like "You gee". It makes me cringe every time I hear him say it wrong. A similar thing happened with another SC author in another audio book set in SC. Please people, do your pronunciation research! Someone from the local area might just be listening!!! And yes, I am from SC.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Plantation: A Lowcountry Tale

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Caroline Wimbley Levine learns that her mother, Miss Lavinia, has supposedly gone mad, she leaves the big city bustle of Manhattan and returns to Tall Pines Plantation. Caroline originally left Tall Pines to escape her feisty, eccentric mother and her drunken brother, Trip. When Miss Lavinia dies, Caroline is forced to come to terms with her family's troubled history as well as her failing relationship with her husband.

    Pamela says: "It's okay"
    "It's okay"
    Overall

    This book is pretty typical for the author. Just about the entertainment level I was looking for. However, I am EXTREMELY, frustrated by the narrator's mispronunciation of Edisto...it is the name of real river and an island in SC. I don't understand why the narrator was not corrected on this. It is pronounced ED ist o (emphasis on first syllable). This was just a distraction for me throughout the book. I've experienced this with other regional books too. Don't understand why the authors don't review it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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