• Southern As A Second Language: A Novel

  • Dixie, Book 3
  • By: Lisa Patton
  • Narrated by: Lisa Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (838 ratings)

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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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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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Write them, don’t read them

Enjoyed listening to the first two and was excited about moving on to the third until I heard the change of narration! As a Georgia peach born and raised, I have enjoyed these stories and related to them. But the narration of the third made me see beloved characters differently (hate the voices of Kissy, and Peter, didn’t like the strength that was gone in Lee Lee’s voice). If I didn’t want to hear how it ends so badly I would have stopped listening first chapter. Still thinking of finding it on Kindle to find out how it ends instead of listening. The bad narration is taking away from the story. I don’t even find Peter attractive anymore, lol.

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Horrible Narration

Author should have stuck with one of the previous narrators instead of doing it herself. Northern accent for Peter and Riley's voice were painful to hear. It really distracted from the story.
I enjoyed the other two so much more.

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What was the author thinking

So this trilogy WAS what I would consider passable entertainment for an easy listen. I started listening to it after reading the book Rush, which I loved! This trilogy was a far cry from Rush-however it was cute and easy listening so I listened to the first two. However book three -for some reason the author decided to narrate the book herself rather than get a professional narrator. What a catastrophic mistake!!! She talks to her audience like they are second grade class - but then decides to use some dramatic flair and adopts an accent for Kissy that can only be described as racist- embarrassingly racist! It’s appalling and I cannot believe any publisher allowed it to move forward. What’s really sad is I truly believe the point of many of her books is to try to move past southern racism, but I will tell you her narration takes everybody a few leaps backwards. Oh and when she’s not doing racist accents she’s making fun of a poor man with a lisp. I could not make it through the first chapters... I must move on. What was she thinking?????

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Peter and Riley one and the same!!

Voices for these two men were interchangeable…took away all of Peter’s appeal for me.

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I think the author is a talented writer. But, as for the narration I preferred the other narrators from the previous 2 books in this series. It just didn’t have the impact and from my,point of view took away from the story line

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Not the southern charm as the first two!

I listened to the first two of this sequel and loved them. I should have stopped there.
The third one had a different voice narrating, that messed the whole southern accent off for me. I really was upset that they had a character, Riley, that had a speech impediment; and used that throughout the book to poke fun at. It was not right and added nothing to the story.
I would not recommend this book.

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Ms. Patton Messed Up

You should have let the previous Narrator continue this book. Do yourself a favor and never do this again, switch up readers of previous books/narrators. Also, never, EVER, attempt to read a northern accent again - I couldn't tell "R"wiley from Peter in this book. Also, if you wanted Kissy to sound like a NFL linebacker you should've started off that way in the first place. I love your books/this series, but this end to this series was messed up.

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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.

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Narration is Awful!

I enjoyed listening to the first two books in this series, but this was dreadful. I don’t know why the author felt she was capable of narrating this book, but she was not. I wish I could have given zero stars for performance. I wish I could have gotten my money back and just read this book instead.

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