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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Nanette Savard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780061287398
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Dorothea Benton Frank is one of America’s most insightful writers, weaving highly addictive tales of the conundrums of life with hilarity and heat. Now, in The Land of Mango Sunsets, Frank gives us one woman’s journey toward a hard-won truth—that life isn’t always what it appears to be, and the sooner you realize pride won’t keep you warm at night, the happier you will be.

Meet Miriam Elizabeth Swanson, in a full-blown snit, buoyed by a fabulous cast who run the gamut from insufferable to wonderful. Miriam spins out from the revolving door of her postured life as a Manhattan quasi socialite while she thirsts—no, starves—for recognition. How did she become what she hates the most, and what does she endure to realize it? And where are the answers? It takes a few spins, dips, and one spectacular fall until Miriam gets her head on straight. Then in a whoosh she’s off to the enchanted and mysterious land of Sullivans Island, deep in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Told straight from the heart in her vivid, highly entertaining style, The Land of Mango Sunsets just might be Frank’s finest work to date.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] warming female-empowerment tale with a side order of southern magic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A memorable book.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Cochario | 2/20/2014

    " Ok. I liked it but not as well as some of her previous books. Kind of predictable & sappy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Morlok | 2/19/2014

    " My least favorite of all her books.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 2/7/2014

    " Good book, hadn't read her in a while, but this reminded me why I started in the first place. I prefer more of the southern parts in the book, since this took place mostly in New York, but still liked it a lot. Definitely recommend it, great beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Anne | 1/30/2014

    " This book started off pretty slow and at first the main character seems pretty shallow. I started reading it & couldn't get into it, so put it down and read something else. The second time I stuck with it and it grew on me as did the main character. Definitely not a heavy thought provoking read, but it was gratifying to see Miriam's transformation into Mellie with a much better value base. Good read to escape from the cold, wintery weather into the beaches of Sullivans Island. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/23/2014

    " This was my first book from this author. I was a little nervous to read it... I enjoyed the book very much and read it in a matter of days. The characters are enjoyable and fun. I have purchase several more of her books after reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Willingham | 1/20/2014

    " Cute and sassy. Her gay friend is so funny and loyal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelle | 1/1/2014

    " This was such a funny book and it actually made me ball my eyes out at points. There was a part that described how the main character felt about her mother and I felt exactly the same. It was a great read and I had a hard time putting it down. Great characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nouran Attia | 12/28/2013

    " The sudden change in character and perspective is somewhat unjustified , like all of a sudden she just shed the past and woke up ? still its moderately enjoyable... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Donner | 12/26/2013

    " Going to start this one today after I get the laundry done :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorene | 12/7/2013

    " entertaining. end justified the slow beginning. would rec. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 12/6/2013

    " I grabbed this book at the airport while on vacation. It was an easy read and served its purpose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 10/3/2013

    " This was a very enjoyable read. I laughed a lot, especially over Chapter 14!!! Filled with crazy characters in difficult and fun situations. Oh, and Charles is a horse's ass!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 7/22/2013

    " Meandered along and couldn't connect with the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami Drew-Huiras | 5/7/2013

    " This book took me a long time to get into, but once I did I could not put it down. I laughed, I cried and I could relate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/4/2013

    " I enjoy all of Dorothea Benton Frank's books but this was probably one of my favorite! Just so enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy Black | 11/17/2012

    " Local interest - author talks about SC Lowcountry. Romance, family, tear-jerker "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beautiful Kate | 11/7/2012

    " I loved this book. However I must give warning that it's a crier (at least I did). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellany Kincross | 8/25/2012

    " Disappointed with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jane | 4/13/2012

    " Not my favorite of her books, but it wasn't totally predicatable, either. It was a worthwhile read. Still love the low country! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Kennedy | 3/8/2012

    " I liked this book a lot. I LOVED most of it. It became too sentimental for me. I'm just not a sentimental kind of girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmela | 3/3/2012

    " Another older lady mid-life change story. It started slow but picked up into a pleasing little tale around the halfway point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Bristol | 1/10/2012

    " An excellent read, but then again Dorothea Benton Frank never disappoints! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this book as much as the other two I have read. Great characters good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Readstoomuch | 8/5/2011

    " I like the book . . . very entertaining but not the four star that i thought it would be. Glad i read it though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 7/14/2011

    " As always, Dorothea Benton Frank does not disappoint. A little corny at times, but I liked it & look forward to more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/20/2011

    " Not my favorite of her books. Not terrible though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mich | 4/21/2011

    " wasnt jaw dropping great easy to read, entertaining
    liked some of her other books and their humor a bit better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2011

    " Good book, hadn't read her in a while, but this reminded me why I started in the first place. I prefer more of the southern parts in the book, since this took place mostly in New York, but still liked it a lot. Definitely recommend it, great beach read.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deedee | 1/15/2011

    " Standard fare, sweet, poignant, and few deviations from the standard formula of a book of the type. This would make a light, fun beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/13/2010

    " Another spectacular tale set in the Lowcountry. Charming writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/20/2010

    " I didn't like this one as much as Pawley's Island for some reason. If Goodreads had 1/2 stars, I'd give this 3.5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 10/25/2010

    " I would consider ths book just one of those OK type books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/18/2010

    " Very easy to read, liked i, very light, not a page turner, but good. I would give it 2.5 stars.
    Liked the southern (Charleston area) references as I spent time there as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 8/26/2010

    " great read this summer! Fun, easy and uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/17/2010

    " I loved Kevin, Harry the bird and the line to Charles..."Well, what do dial tones do for you?" And I closed my phone" "

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About the Author
Author Dorothea Benton Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of Bulls Island, The Christmas Pearl, The Land of Mango Sunsets, Full of Grace, Pawleys Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, Plantation, Sullivan’s Island, and Return to Sullivans Island. She has appeared on the Today show, Parker Ladd’s Book Talk, and many local network-affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues, such as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Before she began her writing career, Ms. Frank was involved extensively in the arts and education and in raising awareness and funding for various nonprofits in New Jersey and New York. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina, she currently divides her time between New Jersey and South Carolina.

About the Narrator

Nanette Savard is an accomplished stage and film actress. She is an active voice-over performer who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks in every genre, garnering much critical acclaim.