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Ken

Lincolnton, NC, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • Southern Charm: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tinsley Mortimer
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Southern girl Minty Davenport always dreamed of skyscrapers, yellow cabs, and a life like Eloise's in New York City. So upon graduation from college, she bids adieu to Charleston and makes a beeline for the Big Apple. Almost instantly, she finds herself at an event being photographed for Women's Wear Daily, and her career as a New York society "It Girl" is launched.

    Ken says: "Not Very Original"
    "Not Very Original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Southern Charm better?

    I would have liked to seen Minty struggle more with financial matters, live in a tiny, overpriced cracker box apartment with mean neighbors and just have her not be so darn shallow.


    What was most disappointing about Tinsley Mortimer’s story?

    I was disappointing because I've read this story many times over. You know, the whole "small town girl goes to NYC to make her way in the big apple" thing... Except it's hard to empathize or identify with Minty. I guess what bothers me is that she doesn't seem to ever work for anything, it just falls in her lap, well...because she's ...Minty. Her rich Southern family "get" her a nice apartment (and have it decorated), buy her clothes and fund her lifestyle until she basically walks into a job with a top PR firm....and of course Minty is so beautiful and vivacious that soon photographers are snapping her picture everywhere and she becomes the toast of the town. What I found hilarious is the fact that Minty complains several times about her boyfriend/husband acting like a spoiled little boy when she's hardly much better. It's very obvious that the writer patterned this after Lauren Weisberger's novels (Devil Wears Prada, Chasing Harry Winston, etc...).


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Johanna Parker's performance is marvelous as always. Sorry she got stuck with this dud.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Southern Charm?

    I probably wouldn't cut anything, I would add to it....flesh it out a bit. Make Minty more likable to the average woman on the street.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jack and Dave

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Simpson
    • Narrated By John Simpson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Just out of the service, Dave Henderson is home and ready to enjoy the sexual freedom he didn’t have in the Marine Corps. When he meets Jack Stonner at a party thrown by a neighbor, Dave is immediately attracted to him and launches a seduction, one that starts with sex but soon grows into love.

    A. Mattison says: "horrible narrator"
    "Terrible !"
    Overall

    The narration of this book is horrible. The author reads in a boring, flat voice. Read the book instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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