The Art of Southern Charm

Narrated by: Tiffany Morgan
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fan-favorite Bravolebrity Patricia Altschul from the primetime show Southern Charm finally brings fans her eagerly anticipated opus on etiquette and living a glamorous Southern lifestyle. Patricia provides advice on every situation, from hosting a memorable cocktail party, to decoding the dress code for any event, to handling a drunken boor at the dinner table, to delivering the perfectly phrased insult - like her now iconic "shameless strumpet". The Art of Southern Charm takes listeners inside the world of Charleston's most captivating grande dame, who (with Michael the Butler) offers a blueblood's blueprint for curating and celebrating life at its best.

©2017 Patricia Altschul with Deborah Davis (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Patricia on #SouthernCharm, like lookin' in the damn mirror. Cheers queen." (Lady Gaga)

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Narrator is horrible

I could not keep up with story, the narrator kept randomly dropping her fake southern accent. Based on content this book would be better as a physical version and non an audio book.

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Don't do it!

Wasted credit. Author is a bore, just brags about her extravagant lifestyle. I thought this would be similar to "Being Dead is No Excuse " and a have some real tips about hospitality & entertaining. It was nothing like that. If you are a fan of this author her show you may have more appreciation for this.I couldn't make it through till the end.

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I was not impressed

This just came off as a giant pat on the back to some white lady from South Carolina who grew up rich, married rich, and has no idea the poverty and daily struggles that actual southern women endure. If you come from old money and want to hear about how someone else as rich as you goes about their life so you can gossip about them, fine, but if you were like me and actually looking for some insight into southern style manners, this would not be for you. The author came off as pretentious and boastful. That coupled with her blatant disregard for the Holy union of marriage (a VERY UNsouthern thing) led me to believe that this woman just LARPs as a southerner when really she's just a rich snob.

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On being Southern

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Being Southern myself this book brought forth memories of my very proper Mama and being a child of the South! AND contrary to those who think otherwise Miss Patricia is definitely Southern!!

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charming,

I had laughs, memories from home, cute. some good suggestions. love the "Bless her heart".....soooo true.

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Pleasant but not as much meat as I would have hoped for. I know she has more to teach than this.

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I absolutely loved the book and love the show Southern charm. Patricia is a character and someone I aspire to be. I wish, though, she would have read the book herself because I love to hear her speak. I wish they would have found a different narrator, however if you set the speed at 1.25x she sounds much better.

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Condescending

I found it rather insulting and had to turn off at chapter 4 after repeated vocabulary definitions explained mid story. Unpleasant fake southern narrator accent was too much as well.

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We can all take a page from this book!

A must read for anyone with or without Southern roots. Patricia captures and explains so eloquently what true class is in a modern day world of casualness and disregard for social graces.

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  • Eve Davoodi
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Terrible

This book was terrible. The content is useless and does not have any tangible advice that can be executed. The narrator makes it painful to listen. Basically, it’s an autobiography I didn’t care to ever read. Waste of time and audible credit.