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Publisher's Summary

Not only do Southerners talk slowly, but sometimes the whole language is hard to understand. No one realizes that more than Memphis belle Leelee Satterfield. Since she debuted in Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Leelee has entertained tens of thousands of listeners. Watching her tackle life and love in Vermont was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to antics, charades, mischief, and romance. Now that she’s back in Memphis, and starting a new relationship with Peter, the Yankee chef from her New England inn, you’d think she’d sit back and enjoy her newly crafted life back home in Dixie. But that just wouldn’t be as much fun.

Opening up a new restaurant with Peter isn’t as easy as she had anticipated, especially when it comes to the differences between the North and the South. When Leelee’s ex-husband, Baker, returns unexpectedly, everything else goes haywire. Throw her three crazy best friends into the mix; Riley, her meddlesome next-door neighbor who sells Pampered Chef for a living; and Kissie, Leelee’s beloved second mother who claims Riley sits on her “last raw nerve,” and you have the perfect recipe for a sassy, Southern delicacy.

Lisa Patton's Southern as a Second Language is an endearing and chuckle-inducing tale that keeps us guessing up to the very last page how it all works out in the end. Whether among maple trees in Vermont or magnolia-filled Memphis, Leelee’s charm, heart, and laughter will delight listeners in any climate.

©2013 Lisa Patton (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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Loved the story hated the reader

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great wrap up to the light and breezy southern chick lit series by Lisa Patton. I loved that it tied up all the loose ends, but miss the reader from the other two books. Lisa's attempt at accents made listening almost downright painful and if I did love the stories would have probably not made it to the end.

What did you like best about this story?

Fun story line with a sweet ending

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad attempt at accents was huge distraction for me.

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

The ending was really nice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I really tried to like it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure who would like it - it was silly = story was awful

What could Lisa Patton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Let someone else read it and make LeeLee not so pathetic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Patton?

Jenna Lamia - the narrators for Lisa's books did not sound southern and her man voice was like a special ed voice.

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

disappointment

Any additional comments?

If you promote a book on its "southern-ness" it should be read by an authentic southerner - believe me - southern people don't sound like that - Kissie was the most authentic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Should have stopped at the second book.

What would have made Southern As A Second Language: A Novel better?

The author could have taken the story more seriously and actually let LeeLee develop and grow a little instead of acting like a 17 year old all her life. Growing up southern isn't an excuse for stupidity.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Patton’s story?

There was no story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Patton?

The narrator for the 2nd book, Marguerite Gavin or just about anyone else. Every male character sounded like a version of Elmer Fudd and while that was ok for the character of Riley, Peter, LeeLee's father or any other male shouldn't have sounded the same.

What character would you cut from Southern As A Second Language: A Novel?

Riley. There is only so much a person can take of that kind of irritation.

Any additional comments?

I almost didn't finish this book, not only because of the writing but especially because of the narration. It got so bad I had to finish reading a text copy of the book just to get to the end.

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Narration

I enjoyed the story, but was very disappointed in the narration. The narrator had the southern drawl down pat, but the voice of the northerners and Kissy were terrible. Narration of the first two books was great. I'm disappointed in the change.

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Good story. ok narration

I prefer the old reader. The story is good and brings the series to a satisfying end.

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Great Series, awful reading of the 3rd book

Would you listen to Southern As A Second Language: A Novel again? Why?

No, hate Lisa Patton reading. Her attempt at being different characters was lacking. Flow was off it was/is just awful.... Loved the first 2 audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Southern As A Second Language: A Novel?

Not through it yet, don't know if i can get past the narration.

What about Lisa Patton’s performance did you like?

Did not like....

Who was the most memorable character of Southern As A Second Language: A Novel and why?

LeeLee

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  • JC
  • York, SC, United States
  • 10-27-16

Disappointed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

no idea

How could the performance have been better?

A professional was needed to read this story. I could tell that this was being read most of the time and it was frustrating to listen after hearing books 1 and 2 which was SPOT ON.Peter and Kissie sounded like Riley most of the time. I just don't understand why the person who read books 1 and 2 did not read this. Bad idea to change when their are 3 books. I had a hard time listening and really didn't enjoy it.

What character would you cut from Southern As A Second Language: A Novel?

The Narrator

Any additional comments?

I was shocked and disappointed listening to this book. I only finished it because i loved the first two and I wanted to know how it ended with Helga.

I was also disappointed that the Girls were not more involved in this last book.

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  • MB
  • 03-23-16

Different Narrator

I really enjoyed this book, it is the last in a 3 book series. I had listened to the first too and they were narrated by someone different. It was strange to get accustomed to the voice for 2 books then they change for the last one.

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Not great

Too much fill in writing that did not add to the story. Lisa Patton is NOT a good narrator. Her character voices are really bad. So much so I almost stopped listening a few times.

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Missed the narrator Marguerite Gavin.....

What made the experience of listening to Southern As A Second Language: A Novel the most enjoyable?

The goofy neighbor!

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Patton? Why or why not?

Yes, I enjoy the southern-ness.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Patton’s performances?

Nooooo..............she should really stick with writing. She ruined this book for me.

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

no, I had to take breaks from her voice. Actually skipped some parts to get to the end.

Any additional comments?

I think I have to return this one, sadly.