I truly loved this book. It had all the elements of a great story: interesting and well-developed characters, a true-life central murder plot, and a unique landscape worthy of the detailed description it received. I sincerely hope anyone who has seen the movie version does not let it discourage them from listening to this much more facinating tale.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I was surprised that I didn't care for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It is a book that came highly recommended by several friends. I will say the narrator was excellent, but I just did not enjoy the story.
Avid reader turned listener.
I had always been interested in seeing this movie and had never got around to it, and when I saw that it was a book, I immediately snagged it on Audible. In my cursory interest, I didn't realize that this was a non-fiction book until halfway through the story! Very amazing and detailed writing and when people often say "You can't make this stuff up!", this book embodies that. Berendt's thorough description of the people and places had me on google, looking at pictures of Savannah and avoiding the wikipedia page about Jim Williams so I didn't prematurely learn the ending. I'm glad I got this book and you will too if you like true crime with a twist!
An expert narration (not overdone as so often happens when dealing with southern accents) adds to the enjoyable story. I had to keep reminding myself it was a true story and the characters were real--and, there was only one narrator doing all the voices. The author painted a colorful picture of Savannah and made me want to visit this special city.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
First of all - GREAT narration - a really excellent southern drawl that helps transport you into the the soul of Savannah, Georgia. You have to love this book for the rich characters and the way they charm their way through the intrigue of the crime that runs through the background. I've never watched the movie so I had few expectations going in other than I'd heard it was a really great story - I wasn't disappointed. A solid three and a half stars - not life altering but definitely worth the credit and the time.
I loved this book so much! I love that it is non fiction but reads like a novel. The characters are real! Also I am going to watch the movie because one of the characters plays herself in the movie in real life!
I watched the move at least five times. I read the book. Now listened to the book. The audible version is awesome! I felt like I was right there in Savannah. It's a family favorite as well. My brother even named his dog after one of the characters. "Lady Chablis"
Really great listen
Yes - I knew a litttle of the history from a previous trip to Savannah and was told to read this book. I was on edge the whole time trying to piece together what I already knew and how it would fit with the story.
Woodman was a great narrator. The voices were distinct and the plot never became muttled.
I laught out loud several times.
I'd seen the movie before and was surprised at how boring this book was. The reader did a nice job but the long(very long) descriptive paragraphs throughout with little action made it difficult to stay with.
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I read this book years ago and loved it, and decided to listen to the Audible version on my way home from my first Savannah vacation. Like many people, this book inspired my initial interest in Savannah, and it was a lot of fun to revisit it now that I've been there and am familiar with the locations referenced in the book. It was very well narrated by Jeff Woodman, so it was also a treat to listen to rather than read. Also, as I started listening to it with my husband on our drive home, I think it helped me convince him that we should move to Savannah in a few years. I've been trying to get back to the South for over 13 years, so much thanks to John Berendt for capturing and communicating the magic and beauty that is Savannah!