Monday, October 22, 2012

Audiobook Revew: Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews

Savannah Breeze
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Narrator: Moira Driscoll
Published: April 1, 2006
Genre: chick lit
Audiobook: 12 discs (approximately 14 hours)
Source: borrowed from the library

My Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (from GoodReads): Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk has lost all her worldly possessions, thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an "investment counselor" who turns out to be a con man. All that's left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island--an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem.

Breeze Inn is a place where the very classy BeBe wouldn't normally be caught dead, but with no alternative, she moves into the manager's unit, vowing to make magic out of mud. The work is grueling, especially dealing with the bad-tempered caretaker, a fishing captain named Harry who's trying to earn enough dough to get his boat out of hock. With the help of Harry and her junking friend Weezie, BeBe soon has the motel spiffed up and attracting paying guests.

Then there's a sighting of Reddy in Fort Lauderdale, and BeBe decides to go after him. She puts together a posse, and with the irrepressible Granddaddy Loudermilk snoring in the backseat of the Buick, heads south. The plan is to carry out a sting that may be just a little bit outside the law but that, with any luck at all, will retrieve BeBe's fortune and put the dastardly Reddy in jail, where he belongs. And maybe Harry, who's looking more hunky every day, will finally get his boat back.

My Thoughts: I enjoy Mary Kay Andrews' novels for a few reasons. One, the location: the South (especially the way she describes it) is enchanting and you just want to pack your bags and leave. Two, the books are easy to read and don't make you think too much (which I like when listening to an audiobook). And three, they are funny; she puts her characters in these situations that are unreal but still seem like something that could actually happen. This audiobook was no different, sticking to the formula of making you laugh and fall in love with the characters and the South. This book finds us in Savannah, where Bebe Loudermilk is taken for a ride by a con man. He takes everything she owns, except this old, run-down motel. She decides to invest her time and energy into renovating the motel to try and turn a profit. She also decides that she will not let some con man get away with what he has done, so she embarks on an adventure with her best friend Wheezy, her almost-boyfriend Harry, and her 80 year old Grandad, Spencer. What ensues is hilarious and will have you laughing outloud.
As I said before, the characters are easy to like and it's hard to not like any of them. They all bring something to the table, whether it be sassiness from Bebe or humor from Grandad. Bebe was a bit pushy and shrill sometimes, but she was still a likeable character. Moira Driscoll narrated this novel and she did a great job. Her ability to distinguish her voice for all the characters was great. It was easy to tell who was speaking when so it was never confusing as to who was speaking.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel, as I have Andrews' other books. They are light and easy, perfect to listen to when driving in the car. What audiobooks do you enjoy listening to? Please let me know ... I'm looking for some great recommendations!

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