Shem Creek

A Lowcountry Tale
Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Dick Hill
Series: Lowcountry Tales, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters. The oldest, Lindsey, who always held her younger sister in check, is leaving for college. And Gracie, her Tasmanian devil, is giving her nightmares. Linda's personal life? Well, between the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman 10 years younger than she is - let's just say, Linda has seen enough to fill 1000 pages.

As the story opens, she is barreling down Interstate 95, bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the land of her ancestors. Welcomed by the generous heart of her advice-dispensing sister, Mimi, Linda and her daughters slowly begin to find their way and discover a sweeter rhythm of life.

And then there's Brad Jackson, a former investment banker of Atlanta, Georgia who hires her to run his restaurant on Shem Creek. Like everyone else, Brad's got a story of his own - namely an almost ex-wife, Loretta who is the kind of gal who gives women a bad name.

The real protagonist of this story is the Lowcountry itself. The magical waters of Shem Creek, the abundant wildlife and the astounding power of nature give this tiny corner of the planet its infallible reputation as a place for introspection, contemplation and healing.

As in all her previous work, you'll find Shem Creek to be compulsively readable, irreverent but warm and blazingly authentic - and you'll dread reaching the last page. It is her vivid writing, colorful characters and rich narrative that have made Dorothea Benton Frank one of our nation's greatest storytellers. Shem Creek is a triumphant novel that proves we are all entitled to a second chance. The challenge is to learn how to recognize it when it comes and to know which chance to take.

Public Domain (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Loved it!

Loved the story and the narration. The reader can make or break an audiobook for me. Sometimes I just give up and read the real book. I thought the narration was outstanding. Each character's voice was distinct and instantly recognizable as soon as I heard it. I know different people have different tastes, but I personally thought it was extremely well done. The story captivated me from the get-go and I very much enjoyed and cared about the characters. I found the complete audiobook humorous, engaging and a true pleasure from start to finish. 2 thumbs up from me!

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Just Love Dorthea Benton Frank !

This lady really knows how to spin fantastic tells. it has been through her books that I have learn so much information about the Low Country of SC and the Ace Basin. Thank you Miss Frank.

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Bravo!

If you have ever read Dorothea Benton Frank you are in for yet another fabulous story. I have read almost all of her books but this one, well I tell you, it is my new favorite book of this genre EVER!! Treat yourself to the audio version and the hardback. The performance was brilliant by all who participated and the author's words spoken made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby. Can't say enough good things about Shem Creek.

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My favorite

The combination of the perfect modern southern romance, and the award worthy narration, makes this out of the hundreds of audiobooks I have, my all time favorite audiobook. It's sweet, sad, and very funny. You can't possibly be disappointed.

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So Wonderful!

I've enjoyed reading all of the low country series....simply loved this book! Everyone should read her books!

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Loved the story

I maybe biased. I had lived there for many years. l can picture it all!

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Substance and Sweet Romance

I really loved this story, with its sweet romance along with the substance of real life situations. The very interesting characters were brought to life by terrific narrators. I highly recommend this book.

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Slow and boring

I kept waiting for the story to take off. The longer I listened the more predictable the story became. The voices were awful. I was disappointed especially since I really liked The Same Beach Next Year.

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Love it

I have listened to this book about 6 times. Love the narration and storyline. So sorry Dorothea is no longer with us.

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Even better the second time around! I love it !

The story of Linda and her girls is very close to my heart I also made a move to improve the quality of life with my son. It was the best decision of my life Of course it was classic Benton Frank which made it extra special