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The Last Original Wife Audiobook

The Last Original Wife

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Publisher's Summary

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides.

If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother's stately historic home, she's going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivan's Island. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants...and find the life of which she's always dreamed.

Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a low country breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.

©2013 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Gina 08-25-16
    Gina 08-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "An okay beach read"
    Would you try another book from Dorothea Benton Frank and/or Robin Miles?

    I will never get another book with Robin Miles as the narrator. The fake Southern accent was so bad that I ended up checking the book out from the library to finish it so I wouldn't have to listen anymore. I have never had to do that before with any audiobook I have ever listened to.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok. Not too predictable.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    Way overdone Southern accent, puts emphasis on the last word of almost every sentence, terrible male voice narration. I don't know if she narrates without the fake accent, but I will never listen to another book that has her narrating in a Southern accent again.


    Do you think The Last Original Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story isn't good enough to make me care about what happens next with the main characters.


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    Jessica Columbia, SC 07-06-16
    Jessica Columbia, SC 07-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Dull plot & annoying fake southern narration"
    What would have made The Last Original Wife better?

    Well, to start with, the plot could have been been thicker and less predictable. They could have also picked a narrator that had a true southern accent.


    Has The Last Original Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not to other books in this genre as I have read others and enjoyed them, but it will certainly make me think twice before picking up another book by this author.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    Her voice. Fake southern accent that I just couldn't stand.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope, other than it had a decent cover.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book even for a beach read. My husband and I listened to this on the way down to MS to visit my grandparents and at first we were both interested, but then steadily as the book went along the stars kept dropping like flies. By the end of the book I completely wanted to abandon the book altogether.

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    Carol 06-30-16
    Carol 06-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Had a tough time getting through this audio"

    The narrator's very fake southern accent was very distracting. No one in modern Atlanta speaks like that.

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    Matthew W. Chilton 06-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too southern"

    It took me a while to get into the story due to the readers very southern drawl. I live in NC my mother is from Mobile Alabama my father from Raleigh and my husband from Richmond VA and the readers southern drawl was too much even for me. There was not very much distinction between the voice of characters so sometimes it was confusing as to whom was speaking. But I pushed through it and loved it in the end.

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    buyer of stuff 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "No surpise"

    Started out okay but then never really went anywhere. Narrator's southern accent terrible. Very cliché storyline.

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    Linda 05-02-16
    Linda 05-02-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read!"

    If you've ever travel to South Carolina or the south you must read this book to learn about the woman's role in the household as well as their strengths.





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    Martha Lowery 01-08-16
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    "Lackluster narration, bad writing"

    I understand the narrator is awarded audiobook narrator, but I was left very disappointed with her performance. The narrator clearly does not understand and cannot emulate southern accents, a talent that is critical to the success of the narration of this book, which is, after all,centered around the life of a Charleston South Carolina woman. The narrator has been applauded in previous works for establishing a relationship with her listener, however, I did not enjoy such engagement from this performance. Moreover, the actual writing of this novelleft me feeling like I did not know the character that I had spent 10 hours hearing about very well at all. All in all, a forgettable book but not a forgettable performance by the narrator because her accent was so horrible that it did give us quite a few laughs.

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    LHA in NC 09-08-15
    LHA in NC 09-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Something light and fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book as "beach reading". A great little paperback summer read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I loved the ending. . . Even though things were "tied up" in Les's family a little too neatly for me.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    That accent! Has she really never visited South Carolina? TOO heavy. Les sounded like an idiot for half the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in one sitting, but over a long weekend. I liked the length.


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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 08-06-15
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Les vs. Wes"

    Frankly, I do not know where to start. Maybe with a change of title to " 30 Years as a Door Mat." Other reviewers thought Les was a strong woman. After 30 years with Wes it seemed to me she woke up and either had to sink or swim and thankfully it was swim. I thought letting Wes as well as her children treat her like the 'Maid' was very disrespectful to her as a wife and mother. The narration took much getting used to since it was no where near a Southern accent. I could not find anything else to read so I stuck it out with this one and that is the only reason. Will I read it again? Absolutely Not!

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    Alisa Bleske 07-02-15
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    "Great performance to match the book!"
    If you could sum up The Last Original Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, entertaining, relatable


    What other book might you compare The Last Original Wife to and why?

    Reminds me of an old Fanny Flag book. Good southern humor with a great story and relatable content.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    It was as if the narrator was the author. The voice actually fit the book.


    If you could take any character from The Last Original Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harland. He is amusing and loves a good meal


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