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The Hurricane Sisters Audiobook

The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us deep into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The determined matriarch, Maisie Pringle, at 80, is a force to be reckoned with because she will have the final word on everything, especially when she's dead wrong. Her daughter, Liz, is caught up in the classic maelstrom of being middle-aged and in an emotionally demanding career that will eventually open all their eyes to a terrible truth. And Liz's beautiful 20-something daughter, Ashley, whose dreamy ambitions of her unlikely future keeps them all at odds.

The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, and, Ashley deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves. After a terrible confrontation they are forced to rise to forgiveness, but can they establish a new order for the future of them all? This is the often hilarious, sometimes sobering, but always entertaining story of how these unforgettable women became The Hurricane Sisters.

©2014 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Leah 07-14-14
    Leah 07-14-14
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    "Very disappointed!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It took me to chapter 9 to figure out the characters and it didn't help I had Maisie and Liz confused however even with that I felt the story was shallow and could have been more enhanced on the story line. I almost returned it but being my first book from the author and hearing how people loved her books I wanted to plow through it.

    The reviews I've read tell me this isn't her best novel and others are better. I have two in my library and I'll give it another shot. I however wouldn't recommend this as a good read. It needs more meat and potatoes in the story then it might have been worth the money,

    I don't like to give poor reviews but I can't give this a better one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Paris Apartment or one of Nancy Thayers. I've read all but one of Elin Hildebrand whom I love but saving because I know it will be an excellent read.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Miles?

    Kate Rudd possibly or Veronica Roth


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

    No not really


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed thought it was going to be excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-15
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    "Not so interesting. Predictable ."

    Nice job narrating. Story a traditional "happily ever after". Story not of much interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 05-12-15
    Robin 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I really enjoy this author"

    Good book! Kept my interest the whole time, and the narration was very good, also! I find myself talking back to the characters. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laur 04-26-15
    Laur 04-26-15

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    "Light fair"

    Predictable and simplistic. The characters are not particularly complex or believable. I wouldn't read another. But, I did finish it.

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    Carol Ryall 02-07-15
    Carol Ryall 02-07-15
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    "Outstanding"

    One of her best in the last few years. As always her characters are people I know.

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    Kevon 01-26-15
    Kevon 01-26-15

    love to read all sorts of books...exception sci-fi! I prefer books that are not horror-type stories...but there are exceptions to that too!

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    "not worth my time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a narrator with a more authentic accent and additional narrators for male and female characters


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

    her accent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hurricane Sisters?

    too much non-pertinent fluff in the language. not very well written


    Any additional comments?

    this will be my last attempt at Dorthea Benton Franks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good one"

    Oh, I am a fan of all things Dorthea Benton Frank writes. I love her stories set in and around Charleston - which makes it even more fun because her characters are involved in actual spots I visit, eat in, etc. I liked that this story was told by the perspective of four different people in the same family. Liked the mystery involved to. A good read. I also LOVE Robin Miles as a narrator. She does the characters well.

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    Mary 06-15-14
    Mary 06-15-14

    A book lover

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    "The Hurricane Sisters"

    I thought The Hurricane Sisters quite different in tone compared to The Last Original Wife but I still liked it. Some eccentricities aside the Waters family is not that different from mine. They accept and protect their own but sometimes (and this is where they differ from mine) they aren't so nice to each other. Underneath it all, they love each other and will defend them to the end. At the forefront of the novel are the rather naive Ashley, her long-suffering mother Liz, and the matriarch Maisy who doesn't tiptoe around anyone. Family secrets figure into the plot - rest assured all will be dealt with by the last page. The Hurricane Sisters is just the second book by Dorothea Benton Frank that I've read. I look forward to catching up with her backlist.
    As in The Last Original Wife, Robin Miles' narration was so enjoyable. Loved her performance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gilda 03-01-17
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    "Dorothea Benton Frank The Hurricane Sisters"

    Frank knows her way around a book, deftly leading her readers through a series of plot twists and turns while serving up her imaginative mental cuisine with the artistry of a Michelin Star Chef. After a serving or two of delightful fare from the delicate to the profane, before long, you realize you're being treated to a sumptuous, hilarious, heart rending literary feast found only in the Lowcountry as seen through the eyes of Dorothea Benton Frank. Robin Mile's performance conveys, not just the meaning of the written words, but with great nuance and agility, she performs a host of characters with unfaltering believability.

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    Debra 11-05-16
    Debra 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Southern Cliche"

    I think the characters were likable, although I found the story to be too predictable. I'm southern, but the southern dialect was too much for me.

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