I loved this book. The characters and the story line are very well developed, and the author's southern accent makes for easy listening and causes the characters to come to life. Ms. Jackson very obviously knows about small town life in the deep south. I'm currently listening to her second novel, Between, Georgia, which I also highly recommend. Her future novels will be "must buys" for me.
I was very entertained by this book, and felt the reader did an excellent job. I currently live in Alabama, and in my opinion, the accent was spot-on.
What a surprise! This book was humorous, had such well-developed characters, a thought provoking plot and really gave me a feel for life in the South. I disagree with reviewers who said the narrator didn't have a strong enough southern accent, as the main character had lived in Chicago for nine years before returning to Alabama. I thought the narrator was perfectly suited for the book. This book is a definite "MUST LISTEN!"
I bought this audiobook several years ago on a whim, being unfamiliar with the author. I was immediately drawn in by the narrator, the characters, the intricate storyline, and the dark secrets that unraveled slowly throughout the course of the book. After listening to it again this week, I had to write this review. This book is absolutely phenomenal. True, there are some explicit sections, however, I felt that they helped to illuminate Arlene/Lena's character. The musical score was very effective in building suspense -- I became so engrossed in the story that I felt like I was watching a movie. The secondary plot of her interracial relationship pales in comparison to the main plot, which is not completely revealed to the reader until the very end. I highly recommend this book; you will not be disappointed.
Okay, I'll admit it. I hated living in the South and was happy to get away. But as I was reading and lsitening to this, I could smell the humidity, hear the bugs, and see the high school kids. Boy, does Jackson have the environment right! Great story, colorful in detail and scary how close to living down South it is. Get it before the rest of the family starts calling.
I ended up really enjoying this book, but, at first, the voice of the narrator bothered me. It was not southern, and I think it should have been. However, once I got into the story, I guess I forgot about the accent.
WOW, this was the best story I've heard in a long time! This is a case where you have a really well written story and where the narrator fits the read perfectly. What you get is an incredible audiobook you won't want to end. Listen to "Gods in Alabama"...you won't be sorry!!!
This was one of the most enjoyable stories I've listened to in awhile. The narrator was so perfect for this book and really brought it alive. The characters were interesting and the storyline compelling. A good mix of humor, intrigue and drama. One of only a few books I'd consider listening to a second time around.
A wonderfully woven story and superb narration. Great themes, suspense, climax and resolution - the complete package. This is a terrific book that is well worth your time.