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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil | [John Berendt]

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".
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Publisher's Summary

Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex". These are some of the real residents of Savannah, Georgia, a city whose eccentric mores are unerringly observed, and whose dirty linen is gleefully aired, in this utterly irresistible audio. At once a true-crime murder story and a hugely entertaining and deliciously perverse travelogue, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is as bracing and intoxicating as half-a-dozen mint juleps.

©1994 by John Berendt; (P)1995 by Random House Audio Publishing, Inc., All Rights Reserved Under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions, Reproduced by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Uproarious...a rich, irresistible mix of snobbery, mayhem, sex, mind-boggling parochialism, and mildewed magnolias....A glorious vanity fair of human folly." (The Boston Globe)

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    Laura 08-21-08
    Laura 08-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Facinating"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 06-05-12
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "So excellent, I thought it was fiction!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Very enjoyable true story!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 12-15-11
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2009

    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

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    "As good as I wanted it to be"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Lexington, KY, USA 05-31-10
    Tara Lexington, KY, USA 05-31-10
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    "Loved this book!"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 10-22-14
    Judy 10-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!"

    I haven't been so thoroughly entertained by a book in quite some time. Part one is a little slow but once I got to part two, I couldn't stop listening. The narrator was fantastic. This book is well worth your time and the credit.

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    Heather 05-08-14
    Heather 05-08-14
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    "If for nothing else - listen for the Narrator"

    This is the best narrator I have heard. The book is great. The narrator makes it better.

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    Susan Port Jervis, NY, United States 04-22-14
    Susan Port Jervis, NY, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Book!!"
    Would you listen to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil again? Why?

    Yes and I have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

    Clary's


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That Savannah is really in my blood and I didn't know it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it and buy your plane ticket! Seriously!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Jacobs 04-10-14
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    "HandsDownMyFavorite!"
    Where does Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best one yet!


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    The accents are the BEST, they made the performance for me


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Love the interwoven format and colorful descriptions of characters and scenery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor United States 03-19-14
    Taylor United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell me a story :)

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    "Misleading Title"

    This whole story could of been told in half the time if it wasn't for neverending history of Savannah Georgia and the introduction of a number of characters who had nothing to do with the story itself.

    Jeff Woodman did a wonderful job with the narration. I especially enjoyed his rendition of the Lady Chablis. Made me laugh out loud a couple of time.

    If you're looking for a short version of this story, you might want to stick with the movie instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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