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A collection of previously published columns describing life in Florida for North Carolinians.

©2012 Laurie Byrne Smith (P)2015 Laurie Byrne Smith

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Observations of a transplanted Souther Belle

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This was a fun book to listen to.Lee Ann Howlett narrates with her usual humor and panache.It was interesting to hear what others think about life in different parts of the country.I enjoyed it a lot!"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"

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  • MKE
  • 07-12-15

Perfect for listening while doing mundane tasks

That's just what I was up to when listening. It states it is contrasting south Florida to western North Carolina, but relates more strongly as urban to mild rural mountains. Each vignette is less than 5 minutes, yet prods thoughts lasting much longer. I am of an age with the author, but have never resided in any part of the south, yet there is so much that we share in experiences. I loved it!
Ms Howlett performs this series of monologues so well that it seems as if there is a friend sitting at your kitchen table sipping coffee and chatting while you do simple chores. Thanks for that!
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Observations" Was a Neat Collection of Musings

OBSERVATIONS of a TRANSPLANTED SOUTHERN BELLE was a fun listen and I would love to hear more. This book was based on a series of articles written and I found myself thinking 'I remember that' and nodding in agreement throughout most of this audiobook.

I enjoyed every single musing. The one about living on a bridge was cute and I loved the one about the little glass beads and the old beaded purse. The stop light story was cute and I especially liked the one about the sea glass and shells. I also liked the section about eating out while traveling.

This audiobook was a little gem and I would love to hear more from the author LAURIE BYRNE SMITH. I think much of her writing would resonate well with many people.

LEE ANN HOWLETT did a terrific job narrating this audiobook. I enjoy listening to her somewhat southern drawl. I've listened to her before and have liked everything by her. She has a way of embodying the story and making it feel as if it's hers. This was a delightful listen.

Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 07-29-15

Very Good But Ruined By Whining From The Author

Here in New England, we call anyone from away a transplant – so that is what grabbed me from the title

These are witty, short observations written about Floridians. Laurie Byrne Smith takes her personal life experiences to send back to her friends in North Carolina. I thoroughly enjoyed it until the very end.

When Smith inserted political correctness, abuse, etc. I did not expected nor did I understand what it added to the book. If I want to be lectured I'll turn on the television or read about politicians.

It seems a lot of grumbling about the what price Smith values her work to be -much deeper and command a better price, in her opinion- does not happen in the marketplace. People buy what they want to read whether Smith thinks it is fair or not.

An athlete making more than a university president bothers her and so on it goes.

If I could speak with the author I would say, "This is the profession you chose. You went in knowing it is a very competitive industry and what, if any, compensation you would receive." Be happy, don't lecture me with your ideas of utopia.

It was very awkward and left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Why ruin a perfectly good book by throwing politics into it? I don't understand. I'm really upset with the author that I had to include the previous paragraphs.

The narration is by Lee Ann Howlett. She had a rather deep and solid voice, professional.

Notes: Nothing to warn of here as far as raciness. If you want to receive the full enjoyment of the book I would skip the last chapter. To me it distracted rather than added to the previous 24 chapters.

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