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The Summer Girls

The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
Series: Lowcountry Summer, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (493 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.

80-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta - "Mamaw" - seeks to gather her three granddaughters - Carson, Eudora, and Harper - with the intent to reunite them after years apart.

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Critic Reviews

"[Anyone who] enjoys such fine Southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites." ( Booklist)

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Good story but poor narration

I loved the storyline and the characters but did not care for Mary Alice Monroe's performance. Her fake southern accent and her inconsistent pronunciation of "Mamaw" really took away from my listening enjoyment.

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The summer girls

I did not enjoy this story, it had promise yes, but, it somehow did not leave me satisfied, I kept wanting to hear more about the two other sisters , and the boy in the story, however the true message was about alchoholism, it's effects on families , and the plight of Dolphins.
I think I was hoping for Southern charm, romance and life in the South.

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Ugh

please tell the reader Southern pronounce Mamaw as Mam-maw not Ma-Ma. as someone who had a Mam-maw it is aggravating to hear.

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Not thrilled

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

someone who needs a sleeping aide

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

There wasn't really an ending, the story lines of characters were left open--almost forcing one to purchase Book 2 for completion.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Alice Monroe?

Anyone - she is a good writer and should stick to writing. Reading was lack luster, comparable to psychology 101 in large college auditorium. Monotone. This past month I have listened to Catherine Tabor and Amy Rubinate either would have made this so much more enjoyable.

What character would you cut from The Summer Girls?

None, the women need to be expanded on and not so predictable. While listening not so much "Carson said" Dora said" etc...

Any additional comments?

Although wondering where the other sisters wonder, not sure I can listen to another book with same narrator.

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I liked it but I didn't love it

This is my first listen with this author. While I think she is a good writer she didn't keep my attention and it seemed slow. I like all the characters. The setting is good. The narration is good. It just didn't grab my attention. I think I may have become tainted by so many fast action type books and chick lit usually moves fast. At the time I purchased this one I purchased The Beach House also....I am going to wait awhile to try it.

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Sweet. A good summer read.

The story is sweet. A perfect beach read. A bit predictable, but I enjoyed it. I wish they had “resolved” more of the story lines. But it is definitely worth a credit or purchase.

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Bad recording

The narrator was good but the production of the recording was bad. There were multiple instances where you heard lines repeated with slight differences like the edits were not removed from the recording. It was quite distracting.

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Narration ruined it.

Narration is choppy, hurried or pausing in wrong places. Southern accents were so fake and inconsistent in the same character. If its irritating to listen to, it has to be a 10star story to hang in there. Not close.

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Never warmed up to the characters...

This story had the roots of something really good, but it just did not get there for me. I guess if a light summer read, ok... but I never felt connected to the characters... I think if the characters had more time to grow and get known. Perhaps if one reads all books in the trilogy it will be different, but after listening to this one I have no interest in the others. I guess that says it all...

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Audio issues

This version had some skips and audio issues which was disappointing. Story had a lot of characters that were difficult to keep up with. It ended rather abruptly for one character and left me wondering about some of the other main characters and how their story ended. Kind of makes me wonder if it skipped part of the story.

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  • Caz
  • 05-27-19

The summer girls

Loved this book, narration was perfect - now for the next book! Learnt so much about dolphins combined in a great story.