Return to Sullivans Island

Narrated by: Robin Miles
Series: Lowcountry Tales, Book 6
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)

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Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the enchanted landscape of South Carolina's Lowcountry made famous in her beloved New York Times best-seller Sullivans Island to tell the story of the next generation of Hamiltons and Hayes.

Newly graduated from college, aspiring writer Beth Hayes is elected by her family to house-sit the Island Gamble. Buoyed by sentimental memories of growing up on this tiny sandbar seemingly untouched by time, Beth vows to give herself over to the Lowcountry force and discover the wisdom it holds. Just as she vows she will never give into the delusional world of white picket fences, minivans, and eternal love, she meets Max Mitchell. All her convictions and plans begin to unravel with lightning speed. There is so much about life and her family's past that she does not know. Her ignorance and naiveté nearly cost her both her inheritance and her family's respect, but Beth finds unexpected friends to help her through the disaster she faces.

If everything happens for a reason, then Beth's return to Sullivans Island teaches her that betrayal and tragedy are most easily handled when you surround yourself with loyal family and friends in a magical place that loves you so much it wants to claim you as its own.

©2009 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Completely enjoyable!

I am very embarrased to say that I almost passed this book by because of the previous reviews. I loved this audiobook, and I completely disagree with the previous reviews. The author's descriptions along with the wonderfully life-like characters make this a great book.

The narrator is very good, she captures the characters perfectly. Her voice is very enjoyable to listen to.

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This was a wonderfully soothing story .

I loved the paranormal in this story .It was believable and fun .A true southern tale.

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Loved it

I have enjoyed Ms. Frank's books from the very first one. This one had such a good story line and so many characters to keep up with but Robin Miles narrates like she is each person and furball. Thanks for taking me on a trip to the low country, once again.

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outstanding story

Dorthea Benton Frank never disappoints. All of her books are this wonderful. I can't wait for the next one.

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Entertaining and fun

Would you listen to Return to Sullivans Island again? Why?

No, but I enjoyed listening to this story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Return to Sullivans Island?

I liked the support the ladies at the salon had for each other.

Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time listening to Ms. Miles, I think.

Who was the most memorable character of Return to Sullivans Island and why?

Lucy the neighbor was a hoot.

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WHO CARES????

Not me. Even being a native South Carolinian who spent time this summer @ the Isle of Palms didn't help. The first 3 chapters were agonizing and when it didn't pick up after the 4th, I decided not to pick it back up and listen to it. Good luck.

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dumb

I just cannot believe some of the junk these publishers release now a days. I can only explain this as the worst audible I have listened to. I could not even finish the book for fear that I would throw my Ipod in exasperation.

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Her Worst Book

I love Dorothea Benton Frank. I watched and cried during her funeral because I felt like I was losing a friend. All of her other books are 5 stars. This one, just simply, is not. The characters are all one dimensional and self absorbed. Except for one character, they are not bad people. But neither are they people I would want to hang out with. And that is what you do when you read or.listen to a book: you hang out with the characters several hours. They all lack compassion, complexity and depth. They just aren't very interesting.
The story itself lacks conflict and drama. Grandma in the mirror didn't do it for me. The love situation was formulaic and obvious. The mother daughter cussing issue was over worn and really, just unnecessary.
I got the distinct feeling that this was one of her first novels, and a reject that she put aside. Then she got sick and had to turn in something so she pulled it off the shelf. Maybe with better editing it would have been a better book, but it is not.
Honestly, I felt used as a reader/listener.

As for the woman reading, she has read other Frank books and her lead characters all sound the same. She does this annoying thing of raising her tone at the end of a sentence, almost like a question. She has done this with all of them and it is irritating. I don't know anyone in the south who talks that way. I could tolerate it with well written books, but not this one. It's just cloying and bad.

So, no, sadly I cannot reccomend this book to anyone at anytime. It's not worth listening to even on sale, and certainly not for a credit.


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don't waste your credit or money.

there have not been many books where I found the main character as dumb and immature as beth is in this book. I almost could not finish listening to it but I held out until the end hoping she would redeem her self in some fashion, she didn't.
I have liked other books by this author so it was disappointing that this book did not live up to her other books. I cannot recommend this book to any adult but perhaps 13 to 15 year old girls would like it.























































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I may be too critical but...

The narrator kinda made everyone sound like idiots. The story was ok, I loved the first book, Sullivan's Island. I have not heard it on audio after reading it, I don't want to. The author has a great affection for the south, and that I appreciate!