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Porch Lights Audiobook

Porch Lights

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Publisher's Summary

When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and 10-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan's Island.

Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Captivated by the island's alluring natural charms and inspired by colorful Lowcountry lore, mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer. Told in Annie and Jackie's alternating voices, and filled with Dorothea Benton Frank's charming wit, indelible poignancy, and hallmark themes, Porch Lights is a triumph from "the queen of Southern fiction" (Charlotte Observer).

©2012 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2012 HarperCollins Publisher

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    joan garrison 03-23-17
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    "Excellent book!!"

    This book is another hit by Dorothea Benton Frank . Low country stories come alive with delight.

    Robin Miles again made every person come to life. Her voice and skills are phenomenal...

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    Thomas W. Painter 03-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    This was one of my favorites, characters so real, sights and smells described like I was there. Enjoyed this book very much!

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    M. Kendall Hayward, CA USA 10-04-16
    M. Kendall Hayward, CA USA 10-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed this trip to the lowcountry"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annie was my favorite but only by a little. Her infatuation with the neighbor, the friendship with Deb, the banter with Buster, her love for her daughter and grandson. I really enjoyed her passion for history and Poe. However, I have to say, I enjoyed all of the characters. I had the most reservations about Jackie - not sure if it was her or the narrator voice for her.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Fine tune her accents a bit more. It took me some time to settle in and enjoy her narration. I'm glad I didn't give up when I wanted to in the first few chapters.


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    Amazon Customer 04-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "touching story"

    as always great story and performance...love Dorothea and the narrator Robyn Miles.....can't wait till the next story

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    Pixie lewes DE 03-14-16
    Pixie lewes DE 03-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "entertaining, easy characters to love, enjoyable"

    easy breezy light read, great characters & setting, now I must read Edgar Alan Poe The Gold Bug

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    Dinosaur Mommy Connecticut 03-14-16
    Dinosaur Mommy Connecticut 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not at all sugary, but full of love, hope, and fam"

    Not at all sugary, but full of love, hope, and family healing.

    the ending was unexpected and expected all at the same time. They all learned about themselves and each other as they grew as a family and friends. One unit filled with love and respect.

    It's difficult to move on and live after a traumatic loss, but they found a way. Beautiful story, family is for healing.

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    ella rose bailey 01-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    Good book, love the narrator. Unfortunately the story was very predictable. I give it ***.

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    Marjorie G Rideout Concord,, CA United States 12-18-14
    Marjorie G Rideout Concord,, CA United States 12-18-14
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    "Loved This!"
    What made the experience of listening to Porch Lights the most enjoyable?

    The way it was presented and written


    What other book might you compare Porch Lights to and why?

    Cannot compare.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    Voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Want to read more of her books!

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    Tracers Pine Log, GA, United States 10-31-14
    Tracers Pine Log, GA, United States 10-31-14
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    "Drama, Mixed with Sarcasm...I Loved It."
    Would you listen to Porch Lights again? Why?

    Yes, this is one of the few books I have listened to that I would listen to again. I loved the characters, the description of the scenery and narrator. I was smiling all the way to work each day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ann's sarcastic attitude, mixed with her proper Southern style.


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

    The cat's mother.


    If you could rename Porch Lights, what would you call it?

    I would rename it. Porch Lights is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear other books read by Robin Miles.

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    Tina Murphey 03-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Great from Dorothea Benton Frank"
    If you could sum up Porch Lights in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, irresistible, and comforting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Porch Lights?

    Gus and Annie coming back together.


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

    Annie...Robin performed her so well that I felt like Annie was my best friend!


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book and any book that is authored by Dorothea Benton Frank. She writes some of the best Southern Fiction ever! Also, I love the narration by Robin Miles.

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