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Shem Creek Audiobook

Shem Creek: A Lowcountry Tale

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters. The oldest, Lindsey, who always held her younger sister in check, is leaving for college. And Gracie, her Tasmanian devil, is giving her nightmares. Linda's personal life? Well, between the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman 10 years younger than she is - let's just say, Linda has seen enough to fill 1000 pages.

As the story opens, she is barreling down Interstate 95, bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the land of her ancestors. Welcomed by the generous heart of her advice-dispensing sister, Mimi, Linda and her daughters slowly begin to find their way and discover a sweeter rhythm of life.

And then there's Brad Jackson, a former investment banker of Atlanta, Georgia who hires her to run his restaurant on Shem Creek. Like everyone else, Brad's got a story of his own - namely an almost ex-wife, Loretta who is the kind of gal who gives women a bad name.

The real protagonist of this story is the Lowcountry itself. The magical waters of Shem Creek, the abundant wildlife and the astounding power of nature give this tiny corner of the planet its infallible reputation as a place for introspection, contemplation and healing.

As in all her previous work, you'll find Shem Creek to be compulsively readable, irreverent but warm and blazingly authentic - and you'll dread reaching the last page. It is her vivid writing, colorful characters and rich narrative that have made Dorothea Benton Frank one of our nation's greatest storytellers. Shem Creek is a triumphant novel that proves we are all entitled to a second chance. The challenge is to learn how to recognize it when it comes and to know which chance to take.

(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ronda Fox Richmond, IN 09-11-10
    Ronda Fox Richmond, IN 09-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved the story and the narration. The reader can make or break an audiobook for me. Sometimes I just give up and read the real book. I thought the narration was outstanding. Each character's voice was distinct and instantly recognizable as soon as I heard it. I know different people have different tastes, but I personally thought it was extremely well done. The story captivated me from the get-go and I very much enjoyed and cared about the characters. I found the complete audiobook humorous, engaging and a true pleasure from start to finish. 2 thumbs up from me!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Atlanta, GA, United States 03-04-10
    Elizabeth Atlanta, GA, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "My favorite"

    The combination of the perfect modern southern romance, and the award worthy narration, makes this out of the hundreds of audiobooks I have, my all time favorite audiobook. It's sweet, sad, and very funny. You can't possibly be disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just Love Dorthea Benton Frank !"

    This lady really knows how to spin fantastic tells. it has been through her books that I have learn so much information about the Low Country of SC and the Ace Basin. Thank you Miss Frank.

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    Marilinda Passon 06-25-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Worst Narration Ever!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the readers. The forced ʻsouthernʻ accents and the obnoxious voice of Louise made this very painful to listen to.


    Would you recommend Shem Creek to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not the audio version. I found the characterization of Louise offensive - not sure if the intent was racial stereotyping, but that is how it came across to me. It certainly did not fit the character and at times the words werenʻt even understandable as spoken.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure that some of them could have been much worse.


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    Lisa Milstead 04-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dick Hill is awesome"

    Love love love Dick Hill! He is awesome in anything he does. I especially like him in the Reacher series.

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    Alice Logue 03-23-16
    Alice Logue 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bravo!"

    If you have ever read Dorothea Benton Frank you are in for yet another fabulous story. I have read almost all of her books but this one, well I tell you, it is my new favorite book of this genre EVER!! Treat yourself to the audio version and the hardback. The performance was brilliant by all who participated and the author's words spoken made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby. Can't say enough good things about Shem Creek.

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    Marjorie G Rideout Concord,, CA United States 10-12-15
    Marjorie G Rideout Concord,, CA United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "BEST AUDIO BOOK EVER!"
    Would you listen to Shem Creek again? Why?

    THE STORY, ACTORS AND THEIR VOICES WERE WONDERFUL! I FELT I WAS PART OF THE STORY..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    THEY ALL WERE MY FAVORITE!


    What does Sandra Burr and Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    FEELINGS AND VOICES!


    If you could take any character from Shem Creek out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    EACH ONE SEPARATELY


    Any additional comments?

    CAN HARDLY WAIT TO READ ANOTHER ONE

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    Amazon Customer Pleasant Ridge, MI, United States 09-28-14
    Amazon Customer Pleasant Ridge, MI, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Wrong reader"
    Would you listen to Shem Creek again? Why?


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    I didn't enjoy the readers as much as I do Robin Miles, I felt the person who read the part of Brad sounded too old.


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    bb Morgantown, IN, United States 11-15-10
    bb Morgantown, IN, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable Listen!!!"

    This story has it all. Funny, love, sad and a great story line. Sandra Burr as the narrator is wonderful. I would highly recommend this book.

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    Debra 08-27-10
    Debra 08-27-10
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    "Could not finish"

    I did not enjoy the narration of this book, it seemed more like a radio show, with sound effects and the readers acting out their parts. Not for me!

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