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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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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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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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I really tried to like it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure who would like it - it was silly = story was awful

What could Lisa Patton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Let someone else read it and make LeeLee not so pathetic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Patton?

Jenna Lamia - the narrators for Lisa's books did not sound southern and her man voice was like a special ed voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

If you promote a book on its "southern-ness" it should be read by an authentic southerner - believe me - southern people don't sound like that - Kissie was the most authentic.

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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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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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Should have stopped at the second book.

What would have made Southern As A Second Language: A Novel better?

The author could have taken the story more seriously and actually let LeeLee develop and grow a little instead of acting like a 17 year old all her life. Growing up southern isn't an excuse for stupidity.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Patton’s story?

There was no story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Patton?

The narrator for the 2nd book, Marguerite Gavin or just about anyone else. Every male character sounded like a version of Elmer Fudd and while that was ok for the character of Riley, Peter, LeeLee's father or any other male shouldn't have sounded the same.

What character would you cut from Southern As A Second Language: A Novel?

Riley. There is only so much a person can take of that kind of irritation.

Any additional comments?

I almost didn't finish this book, not only because of the writing but especially because of the narration. It got so bad I had to finish reading a text copy of the book just to get to the end.

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Performance Disappointing

I listened to books 1 & 2 and loved the performance. Unfortunately this book was not done by same person, it was tough to listen. The accents from the North were horrible and her voice irritating. Lisa should stick to writing

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Third and final in series

This was ok. Not as good as the first two in the series. I feel she over told the same things several times. It lacked suspense and interest as the the two were great stories, and this was ok compared to the others.

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