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Pawleys Island

A Low Country Tale
Narrated by: Dorothea Benton Frank
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Of the many barrier islands that pepper the coast of South Carolina's Lowcountry, Pawleys Island, the "arrogantly shabby" family playground for generations, might be the most mysterious and charming of them all. It is here and in the surrounding area that Dorothea Benton Frank has placed her latest Lowcountry tale, Pawleys Island.

Meet Huey Valentine, the owner of Gallery Valentine, catering to interior decorators and, heaven save us, tourists. Huey resides on his family plantation on the shores of the Waccamaw River, where he cares for his mother, Miss Olivia, a wise and irresistible octogenarian. And meet Huey's great friend Abigail Thurmond, retired attorney from Columbia, who has laid claim to her family's home on Pawleys Island. Huey and Abigail are complacent in their fat and sassy lives until the stormy advent of the artist Rebecca Simms.

Rebecca has been catapulted from her home, her marriage, and her children. She has escaped to Pawleys Island to hide herself from herself. But after Miss Olivia pries Rebecca's secrets from her, Huey and especially Abigail are challenged to reenter life outside the dream state their idyllic geography evokes. They will see that Rebecca has her day in court, but they never expect to provoke a national forum for discussion.

With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us her most honest and entertaining story to date. People have secrets they never want anyone to know. People have pasts they would prefer be left out of conversation. In Frank's nimble hands, it all comes spilling out to be examined and reconciled.

©2006 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Deborah
  • 17-08-09

Flawed book, weak narration

Because I find reader reviews helpful, I wish that I could say something in support of this book, but I cannot.

I don't know whether the novel would seem quite so annoyingly insipid if the narrator (whom I believe to be Frank herself) was not so truly terrible. You would expect the author to provide a nuanced reading, adding her understanding of the characters to the presentation. Not so here--and the value of narrators who can read professionally, bringing the characters to life, was never more clear to me. In this version of "Pawley's Island," the combination of weak writing and flat, poorly-timed reading makes this book 'unlistenable'.

I wanted something light for the summer, and Frank's popularity seemed to suggest a reasonable level of skill, but this book is entirely without merit. Having purchased it, I tried three times to listen, but could never get past the first two chapters. Both writing and reading are so flawed that I had no expectation that it would improve if I continued.

The other lesson is to take the time to listen to a sample before purchasing. I was taken in by this one, but unless you are a devoted fan of the author and will like anything she writes, I hope I save someone else from an unhappy experience. Audible.com has such a wide range of books to choose from that you will surely find another that is worth your time.

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  • Jana busby
  • 26-10-14

Another great Dorothy Benton Frank book!

What did you love best about Pawleys Island?

As always, Ms. Franks books have a great story about real people. Love the southern region as the landscape for the story. My husband and I listened to this on a long driving trip and he really enjoyed it too.

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  • Kat
  • 20-09-09

Bad Narration, Good Story

I enjoyed this story. The plot was interesting and the characters were believable. I hated the narration by the author!! It took several chapters to settle in and start enjoying the story - Ms. Benton Frank's flat emotionless voice, not to mention her terrible timing, almost ruined the book for me. Hang in there - the book is worth the effort.

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  • Kimberly E Ketcham
  • 16-03-15

poor narrator

narration was poor. had a difficult time knowing or understanding which was speaking. made it very difficult to follow

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  • Tracers
  • 28-08-14

Stick To What You're Good At

What disappointed you about Pawleys Island?

The narration. Dorothea is a fantastic author. I really love her style, but trying to listen to her narrate the story was excruciating. The other narrators had the wonderful ability of changing their voice with the various character changes. Half the time, I didn't know which character was talking. It was really awful. Sorry, Ms. Frank...not everyone can do it. Please keep the wonderful books coming, but let someone else read them for you.

What did you like best about this story?

The location, the characters, the series in general.

What about Dorothea Benton Frank’s performance did you like?

Well....nothing.

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  • C. K. Bryant
  • 18-11-18

Dorothea, Stick to Writing

I love, Love, LOVE DBF's books. I've wanted to live in the Low Country ever since I started with Sullivan's Island. The characters are real to me. As someone else said in a review of another book/author, I wonder throughout my day how the characters are doing. I swear after listening for hours, I'm going to speak with a southern accent every time I listen to the books. Dorothea, dear, sweetie, honey...DON"T read your own books. Please don't. Not sure if Robin wasn't available or WTH happened, but please just don't do it again. I'm not going to list my complaints. Get the book. Enjoy the story. Hear Dorothea as the female lawyer. Don't let her reading style deter you from enjoying the story. AND...I'd like to hear a "Return to Pawley's Island---flesh out the abused wife's career and life after.

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  • Salty
  • 13-11-18

Pawleys is a favorite+Dorothea takes me there

love Dorotheas characters, southern charms, and talent to spin tales in mesmerizing beaches..2 renew and "meet the Almighty"so true! i almost can feel my feet walking the sandy shore lines,love her+ her own voice is a priceless charm itself, no cookie cutter here

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  • Lisa Handwerk
  • 30-10-18

Not the best

Normally I love these stories, but the narration of this one was hard to listen to. It was very monotone and didn’t flow well, which took away from the story itself. Disappointed.

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  • Debra
  • 04-07-18

Please go back to a professional reader

Dear Ms Benton Frank. I love your books but one of them things that has made these enjoyable on audio is the wonderful readers, especially those with that lovely low country accent.
I had a hard time getting into this book at the start because all of the characters are voiced the same and it is sometimes difficult to know who is speaking.
There are some wonderful characters and the story line is interesting ..I’m really glad that This was not my first Dorothea Benton Frank book or I may not have listened to all the others that I have enjoyed so much

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  • Lewisa
  • 29-06-17

Excellent Story from My Own Neighborhood

I bought this audiobook primarily because it was set in Pawley's Island, SC, near my hometown of Myrtle Beach. I came to love the story and characters. I cheered their successes and cried with them during their hard times. I recommend this book to anyone who loves stories set in the South and anyone who had seen or "experienced" the Gray Man or Alice Flagg (count me among the latter).