©2009 Danielle Steel; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
There were times where I thought the writing was just going on because it had to and it felt a bit drawn out.
A good story and even though I just had to finish it, it definitely could have been shorter.
Was so bored with this book I almost didn't listen to the whole thing, but I kept thinking that surely there had to be a plot, or at least a lesson in the book, besides stereotyping Southerners. Danielle Steele needs to visit the South before writing about it. Bless her heart! :) I used to love reading her books, but stopped after they got SO depressing and boring. Guess nothing has changed.
I have never listened to something so boring. There was absolutely nothing to this book. I love Danielle Steel, but this was awful.
I should have known. It was a Danielle Steel book. I shouldn't have said, "Well, maybe this one will be different." This is absolutely the silliest, lightest, most one-sided book I have listened to. I feel so sorry for Nick Podehl who had to narrate this, especially the southern voices.
The main character is perfect. Her teenage daughter is perfect. They never fight. They are best friends. The daughter must go to Charleston to live with her dad and EVIL STEPMOTHER - who is completely evil. I wonder, has Danielle Steele ever been to South Carolina? We don't live on plantations with black servants. We don't hate yankees. We are not "steeped" in the confederacy. We don't sit around counting how many generals we had from our family in the Civil War and we will certainly apply to a Northern college if that's where we want to go. We also don't exclude people because they are not from the south. And the character's names!! SAVANNAH BEAUMONT??? Fiance named SCARLETT?? I don't think she could have written more stereotyped characters and beliefs.
The only other thing to say is that if you didn't get the gist of the plot after the first couple of hours - NOT TO WORRY! Danielle Steele will explain it over and over and over ad nauseum. I have never read anything where the same thing is said again and again, constantly.
I guess if you are a fan and you like her style of writing, you will probably like this. But if you're hoping for something different, I don't think this is it. Bye Y'all!
The book is empty and primitive to the extreme. On top of that it is full of snobbery.
I like books that have something to do with the south, but this was the most insulting I've ever "read". I think DS needs to visit SC before she *tries* to write about it - "bless her heart" (and that's meant with the DS meaning, not the true southern meaning!). I'm insulted and disgusted at the same time!
This was a pitiful attempt at writing imho. If you didn't hear it the first time, you would have heard it after it was repeat for the 10th time, or the 15th....
Please take my suggestion and do not waste your money on this book. It's BORING, totally inaccurate and very poorly written. I don't see how this book ever made it through the editors to the publisher. I've read many "free" books from indie authors that topped this by far! Danielle Steel needs to do a lot more research before trying to write about the south - a place where she apparently knows nothing - "bless her heart".
DS is one of my favorite writers, but this one was not worth the $$ I spent. Some of the characters were not necessary for the story, it seemed like they didn't belong to the story. This may have been realeased in audio format in 2009, when was it written? Very dissappointed in this one.
Southern Lights is just over nine hours of listening, read by Nick Podehl.
Danielle Steel is one of the most prolific writers in America today. As a reader, you either love her or hate her, there really is no in-between, and she has legions of fans. If you are ever in the mood for sweet romance, meaning a teenaged girl can read the book, pick up a Danielle Steel novel. It’s easy to become absorbed, the stories are not gray-matter growth material; they aren’t intended to be. Danielle Steel is a die-hard romantic, and directs her talents to that end, pretty much exclusively.
Most stories involve a strong female lead, as does Southern Lights. There are ome unique, and sometimes quirky, characters and the trials and tribulations of each traverse the pages. A typical, Danielle Steelesque, satisfying conclusion.
Southern Lights is a nice picture of the modern day south and the cultural morays of the southern people. Interesting.
I’m pretty simple when it comes to critique of a narrator. If I don’t have to re-wind to determine who-is-talking-to-who, I’m good. Ergo, Nick Podehl does a nice reading, a decent production.
Did I say ‘boy gets girl’? It is a Danielle Steel, after all! Enjoy.
Flat narration. Flat story. Kept waiting for suspense, a plot twist, romance... SOMETHING. The first Danielle Steel I've experienced and I am left wondering how she could be so popular. Blah.
If you are an intelligent reader with an advanced vocabulary whom enjoys literary details and a full and complete story; SKIP THIS ONE!
Had I paid full retail price for this "book" I would be requesting a full refund, luckily it was on sale. I wanted to stop listening at several points throughout the book, however, I continued listening hoping that the story might evolve and unfold, sadly it only got worse.
It lacked the plot and detail that I felt was imperative to the actual storyline. At one point I double checked to make sure that I had not mistakenly purchased an abridged production of the book. I was puzzled to discover this was the complete book.
The narration was good given what he had to work with.
Bottom line, this book was dumb. Literally dumb.
"I loved it, wow."
I loved listening to this book. I've read lots of Danielle Steel books but listening to them was even better. The guy has a great voice which make it even better. Bring on more.
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