Surviving Doodahville

Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Filled with powerful scenes and great characters! Brings the ’83 Old South to vivid life. One of my all-time favorite reads! Loved it"! (Janelle Taylor, NY Times best-selling author)

The summer of 1983 - the era of big debt, big hair, and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Kassandra Lawson is excited about starting her senior year of high school. She has a crush on a local hunk, and her best friend, valley girl extraordinaire Liz Hendricks, insists on helping her snag the hot guy - for sure!

July starts out uneventful for Kee and her parents. Her father, Kevin, is a partner at a CPA firm, and her mother, Gail, works as a secretary at the police department. The small family lives an idyllic life in sunny Hacienda Heights, California.

1983 also brings upheaval and strife for the Lawson clan. A death in the family forces Kevin and Gail to make the painful decision to pack up and move to Kevin’s hometown of Daltville, Arkansas.

Each faces daunting challenges adapting to their new life. Gail and Kee aren’t quite sure they can handle the culture shock. They encounter social and racial issues they never faced on the West Coast, strange food, weird dialects, odd customs, and wicked secrets that have the potential to destroy their family.

More than just a coming-of-age story, Surviving Doodahville explores family bonds, racial barriers, and just how much a person is willing to sacrifice for others. The tale is full of humor, action and a touch of mystery, making it a fun romp into the past.

©2019 Ashley Fontainne (P)2019 Ashley Fontainne

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An Excellent Listen

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this book, I grew up in a small town in the eighties and it was such a memory trip for me. Plus, there were so many twists and turns in it that it really sparked the desire to keep listening. This book is swimming in strong female characters just living their life through incredible happenings. Kee is a lovely young lady and you can really feel the upheaval she felt having to move right before her senior year and adjusting to her new life. Rebecca is a great narrator and her accents kept it easy to keep track of who was who. I would love to hear her narrate something scary because she really built the suspense in the drama moments.

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Moving!

This was my first Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen's s books. This is a cute and fun slow burn story. The story brings us back to the 80's. The characters are great and interesting. We follow the Lawson familiy leaving from California to a small town named Daltville, in Arkansas. The story is hilarious, intriguing, realistic, and romantic. I love the ending. Rebecca Roberts did an amazing job with the narration. She has a beautiful voice, well paced. All the voices were easy to distinguish. I enjoyed my listening. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook — at my request — and have voluntarily left this review.

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full rich characters with a deep distinct ...

Family. Family lies. Family secrets. Family drama. Family Saga. This was that and so much more. There were romance. True love stories. True love tragedies. True love beginnings. Some came home. Some made a home. Some reconnected with loved one, lost ones, changed ones. Some grew up. Some grew old. Some just grew. Coming of age. Coming to terms. Coming to truths. Coming to life. There were full rich characters with a deep distinct background story going with all that was presented. The year that changed the lives of so many. Kee, Kevin, Gail, Rafe, and all of Doodahville (not the real name of the town but it fit just fine.) The summer of 1983 brought much change and strife to the small town community in Arkansas. They will look back on that year as the one that made Doodahville what it was to become in the future. It took a man coming back home and a woman of compassion dying for the community to begin to see the errors of their ways/past. I have to say that this will not be for the faint of heart. There are things that will have your blood boiling, panties in a twist, and then some. Fontainne & Hansen did a wonderful job bring you back to the 80s and that summer that things changed for the Lawson family and the community they took back and made more of. Rebecca Roberts did a fabulous job. I loved each character she presented. I loved that she nailed the various characters and gave me a detailed picture to put in my mind that would go with the vocals she provided. I found that audio to flow smoothly. Roberts voice, pitch, tone, and diction fit the story just right. ***** I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ashley Fontainne. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Surviving Doodahville

How would you feel if you were told, when you were a teenager, you would have to just pack up and leave to another city? What about all of your friends? What about school and classes? What about that boy that you really like and have been trying to get to notice you for the entire year? And just like the snap of a finger, you are moving from California to Arkansas, which is a major change, especially for the 1980s. Things that were socially acceptable in California, didn’t mean that it caught on for the little town in Arkansas. In fact, a lot of things didn’t quite catch on in Daltville, AKA Doodahville. Both Fontainne and Hansen have quite an interesting story, one that readers will find themselves immersed in rather quickly. Kassandra Lawson has been officially uprooted from her nice and cushiony life in southern-California. There has been a death in the family and in the Lawson family, everyone sticks together during a crisis, even if that means traveling to Arkansas to attend the funeral with everyone else. The deceased woman was a mother to Kee’s father, so it was kind of a big deal to go and pay their respects. Once they arrive in Daltville, Arkansas, Kee is under the impression that it is just for the funeral, but the Will says differently. Lurelene passed some reality down to Kee’s dad and it appears that the town is in real need of a cleanup. With more secrets than Kee can count, everyone is dangerous and Kee knows that she isn’t cut out for southern life right away. She didn’t need the polecat to spray her before she came to that realization. Unfortunately, she didn’t really get much of a vote. When her family decides that this move to Doodahville is the best possible decision that they could make for the future of their family, Kee is forced to agree—even if it did come a little late and after a broken heart. What lays in waiting for her in Arkansas? She is about to find out… Surviving Doodahville, written by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen, is an interesting read. The character development is terrific, although the lingo may somewhat be misplaced according to the era. Roberts does an amazing job with her narration, allowing every character to have a different voice. While Roberts is relaying the story, her vocalization not only entertains the reader, it also provides a sense of personality for each character. The beginning and middle of the story are fantastic as far as pace; however, the ending feels very rushed and scenes clipped to the point where the reader might have expected more description. Other than these two concepts, the story appears to have been written well since Robert’s narration was nearly impeccable. The cover is also eye-catching and quite appealing. If you are a reader of women’s fiction, satire/humor, and contemporary fiction with light romance, you may want to try this one out and see if it is meant for your eyes. This audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Surviving Doodahville by Ashley Fontainne & Lillian Hansen.

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#Redneck Pride is alive!

I swear, my inner redneck absolutely loved, loved, loved this story. It was a bit slow in the beginning, though as I got into it I see that it was necessary for that slow burn. Ashley and Lillian did a great job. Life and fiction always make a good mix once you get your claws into a story. Surviving Doodahville is one of those stories that brings you back to the simpler times. Or what we as kids thought were simpler times. It covers all sorts of life problems. Small towns are known for the backstabbing, everyone knows everyone else’s business types of dealings but Ashley and Lillian take it one step closer in this book. They cover the hard stuff. Racism, scandals and winning. Full force right on into it. This book is unlike any I’ve read and to be honest, I see this becoming one I read over and over. I laughed, like seriously, laughed my arse off a lot. A few subject matters in the story made my emotions go all over the place. Happy, sad, amused and anything in between. And then, they made me cry. Happy tears though so, that’s allowed. I’m so happy tho book came into my hands. It’s one that I’ll be talking about for a long time!

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Surviving Doodahville

Wow!This book is full of dysfunctional family issues on a mega scale!Some you may relate to,some you might cringe but then all you can do is laugh! Rebecca Roberts was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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a sweet and beautiful listen

a sweet coming-of-age story with lots of twists and family secrets. not my usual genre, but I really liked it. the narrator did an amazing job in bringing this story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote a review

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Big city meets small town

Ashley Fontainne & Lillian Hansen bring the ghosts of small town life in the 1980's back to haunt us in this book. I was raised in Doodahville actually Douglasville myself so I know all about small town life during the freak show of the 1980's. Georgia and Arkansas aren't much different from what I read in this book. Rebecca Roberts does a great job of narrating this book and bringing this book to life. The book itself takes you through several genres humor, mystery, coming of age and more. After the death of Kassandra (Kee) Lawson's Great Aunt the family decides to pack up and move to a small town in Arkansas. The culture shock is quite hard to deal with along with leaving the only life Kee a senior in High School has known. Life in California where Kee was raised is a whole nother world to life on the back roads of a small Southern town. You get a picture of Kee's life in California to really make you understand the difference between big city and country life. You get to meet the family along with Kee, some are likable some you would like to punch in the face, Hmm, sounds like real life. There is a mystery involved as well. This book really has it all and is a easy to listen to, I am sure to read it would be just as good. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ashley Fontainne. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Amusing and emotional

Surviving Doodahville is an interesting mesh of genres. There's humor, there's murder, and there's emotion, and it's all set in an early 80's small Southern town. Well, most of it is, we do get just enough of the Kee and family in California to get a feel for what their lives are like before the move. Some of the characters are a little over-the-top, and felt like the authors were shooting for extremes at times, and I would've preferred a little less looking down their noses from our Northern transplants.However, those were minor annoyances in an otherwise enjoyable and amusing read. Many times, I felt like Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen has transported me back to my childhood, and they certainly have a gift for pulling emotions out of the reader, particularly this reader. It also brought to mind how often we talk of simpler times, but Surviving Doodahville reminded me that many of those same problems still exist today, maybe on a grander scare, but they're still here. This isn't my first listen with Rebecca Roberts as narrator, and once again, I'm impressed with her gift for accents and inflections, something that quite often added to the humor of story. She also does a wonderful job with the emotional aspect of the book. All in all, Surviving Doodahville is a good combination of amusing and emotional, and kept me listening well into the night.

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Surviving Doodahville

Oh I loved being transported back to the 80's. This brought back a lot of memories. I love when an author write so well that they can make you feel like you are back in time. But there is a lot more going on here than just living life in the 80's. The description says "The tale is full of humor, action and a touch of mystery, making it a fun romp into the past." and it is all that! And, and... I even lived in Arkansas for 2 years! Now I was in Little Rock but it still felt like Doodahville to this NYer! LOL The author got it spot on. Pretty much all of Arkansas is Doodahville as far as I'm concerned! Great character development. I especially liked Kee. Sometimes a teenager can be hard to portray in a book, but this author did a great job. I really felt like I was listening about a teen. This family had a lot happening in a short amount of time, and not all of it good. I felt like I was living it right along with them. AUDIO - I thought the narrator was fantastic. She did an excellent southern accent. I thought her pacing was great. I am very picky about the reader and most of the time they fall short but two thumbs up for this one! I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The Audio Bookworm - Thank You!

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Women’s fiction

This is for those who love women’s fiction/contemporary fiction with a little romance. This is not my usual type of book but I enjoyed listening to it more then I thought I would. Having a good narrator that fits the characters of the book helps. The narrator did a great job in voicing the characters.