Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton; Read by Marguerite Gavin

    With over 200 audio book narrations to her credit Marguerite Gavin has established herself as an accomplished voice performer.  As AudioFile magazine said "Marguerite Gavin has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.... She easily delivers wry humor [and] moves smoothly from accent to accent without hesitation, recalling multiple characters perfectly."  So true.  This listener found herself both laughing and crying, due in large part to Gavin’s stellar delivery.

    Following Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter (2009) Lisa Patton returns protagonist Leelee Satterfield to her native Memphis.  This belle of the South had  quite an experience in Vermont where she transformed a rundown inn into a thriving B&B.  Of course, she didn’t do it alone - a great looking chef, Peter, was by her side.  However, despite the mutual attraction little came of this relationship save for a ta-ta kiss when Leelee left Yankee land.

    Home again she leaves the care of her two daughters with Kissie, her family’s former housekeeper and gets a job at Classic Hits FM 99.  While there she tolerates DJ Johnny and a rather smarmy midday disc jockey, Stan.  Enter rock star Liam White who drops by the station while on tour.  Smitten with Leelee (no surprise there) he offers her a free trip to see him perform in the Big Apple.  She accepts causing all sorts of repercussions (surprises there).

    Leelee has been supported since her return by her three best friends who offer advice and peach daiquiris.  Kissie, for this listener, is given far too many tired Southern expressions.  However, fans of Patton’s Dixie series will eagerly await the next installment of Leelee’s adventures.

    - Gail Cooke

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