I've seen the movie many times, and just got around to the book....as usual, the book is SO much better, but the movie is still great.....Being a native Southern daughter, I'm usually unimpressed with other people's attempts to capture what life is really like in the South....this New Yorker did a great job....the performance is great on the audio as well.
The story seems very disjointed and the characters come across as more than a little self involved...I didn't really care for this book very much.
I thought her first novel was very cute and enjoyed it. Now, after having listened to her new book, I find out they pushed back the release date of the book so that audiences would continue to see the Julie and Julia movie......this Julie is nothing like the sweet and zany Julie in the first book. She is whiny, self-indulgent and without morals.....SAVE YOUR CREDIT! Oh...and it also feels a bit like she tried to make this book a new version of Eat Pray Love (which is FANTASTIC)......she didn't succeed.
I really LOVE Mary Kay Andrews and have been pleased with the audio versions of all her other books, but the narrator on this one is AWFUL....nothing worse than a BAD Southern accent and words and key names being repeatedly mispronounced...am going to try to listen to it again. My advice is to to the preview and make sure you can deal with the audio....alright...I'm going to try again...I am confident it's going to be a good book...but you know the audio in audiobook is a pretty important word! LOL
This was my first Jane Green....I am pleasantly surprised. Chick lit AND a little suspense! I am definitely a fan!
She has a true talent for portraying modern Southern life...I throughly enjoyed getting to know Dempsey Killebrew...great performance too!
I hated for this book to end....I enjoyed it so much! I laughed, I cried and most of all, I identified with so many characters. Realistic, spot on and well written, this book rings true to my Southern Belle ears! Don't miss this one!
I love books set in the South.....there is rarely one I don't like...but this one...the author's goal was apparently to use as many adjectives and adverbs as humanly possible in each and every sentence. You get so bogged down in the fifty word descriptions of everything, by the end of the sentence, you've forgotten what the point was. I also think he used the word "Charleston" about 500 times in the first five minutes. When your writing is good, you don't need such ridiculous prose and flowery words to make up for what is lacking. He tries too hard, or perhaps has gotten too confident. The themes are not new to his work, but repeats from past books. If you think of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil as the Prada of Southern literature, think of this book as the cheap knock-off they sell out of the trunks of beat up cars which look alright at first, but upon closer inspection, you realize it really says "Prado" ...**deep disappointed sigh**
HOME RUN!!! Mary Kay Andrews always does a great job.....I've listened to this, probably 5 times in the past three months....it's a great "feel good, make ya smile" easy listen...makes me want to hop in the car and head back to Savannah....
This is a little too much for me...a little too cliche and the kind of book that perpetuates the worst of the South......
I loved this book.....it has depth and provokes reflection and self-evaulation.....I've listened to it three times so far!
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