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Pawleys Island Audiobook

Pawleys Island: A Low Country Tale

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Publisher's Summary

Of the many barrier islands that pepper the coast of South Carolina's Lowcountry, Pawleys Island, the "arrogantly shabby" family playground for generations, might be the most mysterious and charming of them all. It is here and in the surrounding area that Dorothea Benton Frank has placed her latest Lowcountry tale, Pawleys Island.

Meet Huey Valentine, the owner of Gallery Valentine, catering to interior decorators and, heaven save us, tourists. Huey resides on his family plantation on the shores of the Waccamaw River, where he cares for his mother, Miss Olivia, a wise and irresistible octogenarian. And meet Huey's great friend Abigail Thurmond, retired attorney from Columbia, who has laid claim to her family's home on Pawleys Island. Huey and Abigail are complacent in their fat and sassy lives until the stormy advent of the artist Rebecca Simms.

Rebecca has been catapulted from her home, her marriage, and her children. She has escaped to Pawleys Island to hide herself from herself. But after Miss Olivia pries Rebecca's secrets from her, Huey and especially Abigail are challenged to reenter life outside the dream state their idyllic geography evokes. They will see that Rebecca has her day in court, but they never expect to provoke a national forum for discussion.

With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us her most honest and entertaining story to date. People have secrets they never want anyone to know. People have pasts they would prefer be left out of conversation. In Frank's nimble hands, it all comes spilling out to be examined and reconciled.

©2006 Dorothea Benton Frank; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jana busby 10-26-14
    Jana busby 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Dorothy Benton Frank book!"
    What did you love best about Pawleys Island?

    As always, Ms. Franks books have a great story about real people. Love the southern region as the landscape for the story. My husband and I listened to this on a long driving trip and he really enjoyed it too.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kat 09-20-09
    Kat 09-20-09

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    "Bad Narration, Good Story"

    I enjoyed this story. The plot was interesting and the characters were believable. I hated the narration by the author!! It took several chapters to settle in and start enjoying the story - Ms. Benton Frank's flat emotionless voice, not to mention her terrible timing, almost ruined the book for me. Hang in there - the book is worth the effort.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Niceville, FL, USA 08-17-09
    Deborah Niceville, FL, USA 08-17-09
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    "Flawed book, weak narration"

    Because I find reader reviews helpful, I wish that I could say something in support of this book, but I cannot.

    I don't know whether the novel would seem quite so annoyingly insipid if the narrator (whom I believe to be Frank herself) was not so truly terrible. You would expect the author to provide a nuanced reading, adding her understanding of the characters to the presentation. Not so here--and the value of narrators who can read professionally, bringing the characters to life, was never more clear to me. In this version of "Pawley's Island," the combination of weak writing and flat, poorly-timed reading makes this book 'unlistenable'.

    I wanted something light for the summer, and Frank's popularity seemed to suggest a reasonable level of skill, but this book is entirely without merit. Having purchased it, I tried three times to listen, but could never get past the first two chapters. Both writing and reading are so flawed that I had no expectation that it would improve if I continued.

    The other lesson is to take the time to listen to a sample before purchasing. I was taken in by this one, but unless you are a devoted fan of the author and will like anything she writes, I hope I save someone else from an unhappy experience. Audible.com has such a wide range of books to choose from that you will surely find another that is worth your time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly E Ketcham 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "poor narrator"

    narration was poor. had a difficult time knowing or understanding which was speaking. made it very difficult to follow

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracers Pine Log, GA, United States 08-28-14
    Tracers Pine Log, GA, United States 08-28-14
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    "Stick To What You're Good At"
    What disappointed you about Pawleys Island?

    The narration. Dorothea is a fantastic author. I really love her style, but trying to listen to her narrate the story was excruciating. The other narrators had the wonderful ability of changing their voice with the various character changes. Half the time, I didn't know which character was talking. It was really awful. Sorry, Ms. Frank...not everyone can do it. Please keep the wonderful books coming, but let someone else read them for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The location, the characters, the series in general.


    What about Dorothea Benton Frank’s performance did you like?

    Well....nothing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ktamny 04-04-16
    ktamny 04-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, narration like fingernails on a chalk board"

    Almost quit listening the narration was so bad. Have to assume it was ego of author, but please stick to writing and leave narration to the professionals.

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    Amazon Customer 03-07-16
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    "another great read"

    another great story from Dorothea Benton Frank...humorous, I find myself holding back on the chuckles as I am listening to this at work. keep up the great stories, Dorothea...

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    MovieLover 02-17-16
    MovieLover 02-17-16

    Not much of a reader but love to listen

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    "Great story as are all of DBF's books"
    What did you like best about Pawleys Island? What did you like least?

    I love Dorothea Benton Frank's books but after listening to Dick Hill and Sandra Burr or Robin Miles, it was difficult to listen to Ms. Frank's narration. (sorry Ms. Frank you are a great writer).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dorothea Benton Frank’s performances?

    I am listening to all of her books. I love the stories. I will be hesitant if she is the narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I see this on the Hallmark channel. Those are my favorites. Yes I would love to see all of her books made into movies.


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    Gloria Himes 02-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The author should have hired a professional reader"
    Would you try another book from Dorothea Benton Frank and/or Dorothea Benton Frank?

    I have read several of her books and enjoyed them; however, there was a professional voice actor reading the book. Makes all the diference in the world.


    Has Pawleys Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from authors reading their own books.


    What didn’t you like about Dorothea Benton Frank’s performance?

    Every voice sounded the same. I had a hard time telling one character from another.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Atlanta, GA, United States 08-02-14
    Vivian Atlanta, GA, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sorry I bought this one."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author narrated this book. There is only one word for her performance: AWFUL!!!! A talented narrator would have improved this audio book 100%. Don't know if a change in narrator would have made this audio book at 4 or 5, however. The story was banal.


    Has Pawleys Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't buy anymore books by this author.


    What didn’t you like about Dorothea Benton Frank’s performance?

    She does a poor job of narrating. All the characters sound the same and her delivery is very poor.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and irritation..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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