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Authentic Southern Seasoning

A Top 5 by Perry

"What inspired this collection? I was born in Texas, raised in Mississippi and have spent all my adult life and am raising my kids in Alabama. So I'm thinking what audiobooks are the all-around best for transporting a listener to the South, whether to Texas through the period-panoramic prize, (The Son), a segregated Jackson MS in the 1960s (The Help), into the fundamentalist North Carolina Appalachia in the not-too-distant past in A Land More Kind Than Home, to the masterful James Lee Burke's vivid back bayous, big money and nail-biting in Louisiana (with the phenomenal Will Patton narrating) and, finally, the powerful Light in August set into a race-and-religion charged Mississippi of the 1930s (as read, again, by the made-for-Southern-novel narrator Will Patton)." - Perry

 
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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (1949)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Mel says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35263)
    Performance
    (21352)
    Story
    (21372)

    In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (3422)
    Story
    (3431)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
  • A Land More Kind Than Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Wiley Cash
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (408)

    For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared.

    Cindy says: "So good it made me cry!"
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