laugh out loud funny in places as well as a great story....I truly enjoyed this one and I have listened to a bunch of books. this one ranks up there with one of the best yet!
This story left me speechless.... and not in a good way. I never write reviews, but, I was shaking my head wondering if what I had just listened to was worth my time or credit, I don't think it was! This story had the potencial to be great, but had too much going on without anything being resolved in a realistic, or positive way. If you enjoy a very drawn out, pointless, and depressing storyline this one is for you. If not, save your time and credit ($) !
I have been downloading books in the teen section to avoid getting books that slap me in the face with profanity. I was so disappointed that the "f" bomb was dropped many times and the Lord's name was used as profanity very frequently. I have found that the explicit language and sex detracts from the story instead of adding to it. While I may sound like a prude it is a part of the review that I would like to know about.
That being said, I have continued to listen to this because I think that it's a pretty good story line. I think the author has done well in developing the characters and portraying the attitudes towards race in that era, especially in "The South."
This audiobook was deeper and more layered than I expected it to be. The voices and characters were unique. Loved the time it was set in - the early to mid 70's. Unexpected twists, moments of humor and characters that were evolving during the story kept things moving quickly. Themes that were unique to the deep South in the 70's, themes that would be a touchstone even today in the deep south made this a worthwhile download.
"One Mississippi" is a very, very good story that's masterfully enacted by Jeff Woodman (my newest favorite narrator). I'm just warning prospective listeners that it's a story for adults, not "kids," though that's the way it's "introduced" at the beginning and ending of both parts 1 and 2. Here's what I mean ..... Imagine every life situation about which parents may wish to instruct their "kids" after they're, say, 15-16 years old--and it's in this book, including among others a step-by-step description of a 17-year-old losing his virginity. Then imagine a story in which characters you've come to care about are killed violently. Adults can appreciate the over-arching morals of the story cleverly told, but kids might be psychologically traumatized by the details. Anyway, I'm an adult and I enjoyed it very much.
As a person who was born in the same year as the author and who grew up in the South just as he did, the story was just not believable to me. I can't understand what he's trying to do, but it's not anything good.
The first thing I had a problem with -- a black girl riding home after midnight on a bicycle by herself. Never happen. Well, I thought, maybe her parents didn't have a phone. Next chapter of the story--there's a phone.
Then the lemonade/lawn mowing incident. That would never happen, either.
I'm done with this book.