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Southern As A Second Language: A Novel

Dixie, Book 3
Narrated by: Lisa Patton
Series: Dixie Series, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

Not only do Southerners talk slowly, but sometimes the whole language is hard to understand. No one realizes that more than Memphis belle Leelee Satterfield. Since she debuted in Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Leelee has entertained tens of thousands of listeners. Watching her tackle life and love in Vermont was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to antics, charades, mischief, and romance. Now that she’s back in Memphis, and starting a new relationship with Peter, the Yankee chef from her New England inn, you’d think she’d sit back and enjoy her newly crafted life back home in Dixie. But that just wouldn’t be as much fun.

Opening up a new restaurant with Peter isn’t as easy as she had anticipated, especially when it comes to the differences between the North and the South. When Leelee’s ex-husband, Baker, returns unexpectedly, everything else goes haywire. Throw her three crazy best friends into the mix; Riley, her meddlesome next-door neighbor who sells Pampered Chef for a living; and Kissie, Leelee’s beloved second mother who claims Riley sits on her “last raw nerve,” and you have the perfect recipe for a sassy, Southern delicacy.

Lisa Patton's Southern as a Second Language is an endearing and chuckle-inducing tale that keeps us guessing up to the very last page how it all works out in the end. Whether among maple trees in Vermont or magnolia-filled Memphis, Leelee’s charm, heart, and laughter will delight listeners in any climate.

©2013 Lisa Patton (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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  • Kimberly Wasilewski
  • 14-05-14

I really tried to like it

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

Not sure who would like it - it was silly = story was awful

What could Lisa Patton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Let someone else read it and make LeeLee not so pathetic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Patton?

Jenna Lamia - the narrators for Lisa's books did not sound southern and her man voice was like a special ed voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

If you promote a book on its "southern-ness" it should be read by an authentic southerner - believe me - southern people don't sound like that - Kissie was the most authentic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-18

Not the southern charm as the first two!

I listened to the first two of this sequel and loved them. I should have stopped there.
The third one had a different voice narrating, that messed the whole southern accent off for me. I really was upset that they had a character, Riley, that had a speech impediment; and used that throughout the book to poke fun at. It was not right and added nothing to the story.
I would not recommend this book.

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  • McSE
  • 23-08-17

Narration

I enjoyed the story, but was very disappointed in the narration. The narrator had the southern drawl down pat, but the voice of the northerners and Kissy were terrible. Narration of the first two books was great. I'm disappointed in the change.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-14

Loved the story hated the reader

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great wrap up to the light and breezy southern chick lit series by Lisa Patton. I loved that it tied up all the loose ends, but miss the reader from the other two books. Lisa's attempt at accents made listening almost downright painful and if I did love the stories would have probably not made it to the end.

What did you like best about this story?

Fun story line with a sweet ending

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad attempt at accents was huge distraction for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was really nice.

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  • Kristy
  • 23-04-14

Should have stopped at the second book.

What would have made Southern As A Second Language: A Novel better?

The author could have taken the story more seriously and actually let LeeLee develop and grow a little instead of acting like a 17 year old all her life. Growing up southern isn't an excuse for stupidity.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Patton’s story?

There was no story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Patton?

The narrator for the 2nd book, Marguerite Gavin or just about anyone else. Every male character sounded like a version of Elmer Fudd and while that was ok for the character of Riley, Peter, LeeLee's father or any other male shouldn't have sounded the same.

What character would you cut from Southern As A Second Language: A Novel?

Riley. There is only so much a person can take of that kind of irritation.

Any additional comments?

I almost didn't finish this book, not only because of the writing but especially because of the narration. It got so bad I had to finish reading a text copy of the book just to get to the end.

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  • Tanya S.
  • 03-09-19

A change of voice

I had previously heard the other Lisa Patton books Whistlin Dixie in a Nor’easter and the other one in the series and the reader was great. I was very disappointed in this reader.

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  • Tyrus Clayton
  • 01-08-19

I can't finish it.

I loved the first 2 books in this series. Obviously, I was excited to get book 3. However the narration us so bad, I just can't finish it. Maybe I'll buy the Kindle version and read it.

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  • Judy P.
  • 04-03-19

Great end to a great series.

Going to miss these wonderful friends I've met in this series. A great. relaxing read!

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  • PRW
  • 19-02-19

Missed the narrator from the first two books

The story was disappointing compared to the first two books in the series but what really ruined this one for me was the narration. I realize the author was narrating her own book but missed the narration from the others. In fact, I tried to start this one right after listening to the second book but had to switch to another book in between because I couldn't wrap my head around the different voice for the same characters. I finally got through it but probably should have returned it and read the book on my kindle instead. I'll still read Lisa Patton's books in the future but won't purchase them on Audible if she is narrating.

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  • Jennifer Morse
  • 27-11-18

Not a great voice.

Lisa Patton is a pretty good writer, but she should stick to that, not reading her stuff out loud!