Speed, Alabama, is celebrating its sesquicentennial, 150 years of proud existence, and its whimsical inhabitants will definitely not let the event pass without a party. Eccentric resident Miss Iona is there to chronicle the events in her society column featured in the Messenger and to make sure the "zestful preparation" is carried out in a proper southern fashion. For genteel and dignified Miss Iona, that means no majorettes will be featured on the society page!
©1973 Lee Smith; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"Deft and assured...Smith's seemingly effortless work is a considerable feat....She is nothing less than masterly." (The New York Times Book Review)
"[Smith] has the gift of a McCullers or a Faulkner of catching the sorrow, irony, and humor indigenous to the Southern temperament." (Booklist)
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"Entertaining and fun!"
I hesitated to purchase this because I read to a negative review of the narration. I loved it and found the narration charming, but I am from the south and know ladies who talk like that! Great characters and a fun story. If you appreciate Lee Smith's work and the stories of the south, you will love this. I have read all of her books and enjoy listening to them also.
"Great Story but Abysmal Narration"
The story is well written, Lee Smith is a great painter of characters, and the pacing is a bit slow, which I find reflects the genre of 1970s Southern authors. However, I suggest you read the paper version because the narrator is so overwrought, stilted and tedious to listen to I could not take it. Imagine 12 hours listening to someone who took a little too much pride is her elocution lessons - everything so painfully over-enunciated as to sound forced and pretentious, detracting from the story.
There are so many great readers on Audible, better to find one of them instead. Lee Smith has a great story in Fancy Strut, but it's not worth listening to this caricature of a reader who seems to be trying to sound as if her voice is more important than the words it carries.
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