Your audiobook is waiting…

Surviving Doodahville

Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Self-empowerment and changing your world

Kee (Kassandra) is living the teenage 80’s California dream. The sidekick of a popular Valley Girl with hopes of snagging the HOT hunk her senior year. The perfect friendship, the perfect plan. What could go wrong.

Everything!!!

Gale, Kee’s mother loses her job and her father, Kevin must take the family back to his hometown in Daltville, Arkansas after the death of his aunt who raised him. Never, does Kee think it’s forever.

The hot, sticking heat is not the only thing controlling the climate in this community. Racism, backwoods talk, and putting women in their place is alive and well. And Kee and Gale are the first to take a stand. But when Kee begins to defend her status and demographics, she realizes her own hypocritical stereotyping. That all men of the south are tobacco chewing, deer hunting, big truck driving people. But when Clint, a guy from school comes to her rescue, she sees the charm and kindness he also is. And this will not be the first man of the south to steal Kee’s heart.

Kee is not the only one to discover the many mysteries in this behind the times town. Kevin unearths the mystery of his real heritage and the painful secrets that have kept a love hidden all these years. Along with the crimes and blackmailing that has kept many from speaking out.

Surviving DooDahville, will make you laugh, cry, yell, and revisit that generation of the big hair and fast cars. A story that enlightens the narrow-minded view and the progression of equality.

Rebecca Roberts narration was well crafted with southern charm and warmth, giving each character their distinct personality.

Great story! Great performance.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

what a fun rich story

I loved this story, Very entertaining, i couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 06-03-19

Enjoyed!

Ashley Fountainne is such a talented author, I get excited whenever she puts a new book out. Surviving DooDahville definitely did not disappoint! Kee is about to start her senior year in high school in California when life happened and her family ends up moving to a small town in Arkansas. At first, she felt that her world has fallen apart, but, life is what you make of it., and Kee made it work. The author takes us through so many twists and turns I kept thinking that the end of the book was near, only to realize there was more around the curve, keeping me on the edge of my seat. This is entertainment at it's best and, because I actually graduated in 1983 in a 'DooDahville' kind of town, I could relate all too well!
I listened to the audiobook version of this and, once again, Rebecca Roberts compliments Ashley Fountainne and her characters exactly right. The book flows smoothly due the story telling via Rebecca's voice, allowing us to feel each high and low of the characters. The warmth, anger, love, excitement are all felt from the written word to the spoken word. This narrator is one of my favorites.
I highly recommend this book to everyone!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely brilliant

Surviving Doodahville, by ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen. This is the first time i have heard any of Ashley’s work, an it won’t be the last. Its a real page turner LOL😎. What an awesome story, filled with everything that is close to everyones heart. Love, Happyness, family an friends. For anyone who moved from the city where they grew up an moved to a small country hick town leaving all there friends an everything that is dear to them behind, then this is the listen for you. Rebecca Robert’s narration is absolutely brilliant. From the moment I heard the audio Sample I was hooked. Her take on the Southern drawl had me captivated. Please give it a listen. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed