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  • Isle of Palms

  • A Lowcountry Tale, Book 3
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Dorothea Benton Frank is a treasure of American letters with numerous New York Times best-sellers to her credit and a portfolio full of critical acclaim. “Mixing high drama and high jinks” ( Booklist), her third Lowcountry novel follows the fortunes of the dysfunctional Abbot family. Looking to set her life aright, Anna Lutz Abbot returns to her South Carolina lowcountry hometown. And as she attempts to right past wrongs, Anna receives help and support from a quirky cast of lovable locals sure to endear themselves to listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feel good story

  • By Sheryl on 02-04-13

Such a disappointment

2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Would you try another book from Dorothea Benton Frank and/or Robin Miles?

I may try another D.B. Frank book but this one really turned me off. Robin Miles did a fine job for what she had to work with.

What could Dorothea Benton Frank have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have listened to several D.B.Frank books and loved them all, but this one was not up to par. I disliked it from the first chapter and never did feel like there was anything real about the book. Her books follow similar paths, but this was so unbelievable and the main character was too perfect. Her overuse of colloquialisms was tiresome. I almost gave it up several times, but I was walking and listening and persevered.

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Isle of Palms?

Too many to count

Any additional comments?

May return it. I've only done that once before.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,717

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend's Manhattan apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

Trite and Predictable

1 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A totally different book

Has The Collector turned you off from other books in this genre?


How could the performance have been better?

The performance was pretty good.

Any additional comments?

I like mysteries but I will not read another book by Nora Roberts. The character's were unrealistic, the dialogue was trite and the story was predictable and by no means believable. I know she is very popular but I could hardly finish the book and was disappointed with the unbelievable ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful