©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.
"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)
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 downloaded over 7000 hrs of books and have enjoyed 90% of them... But have never reviewed a book.. Good or bad until now... What a Yawn.... It is well written and narrated but he's on and on and on seemingly to no where....couldn't finish it.
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't exactly what I thought it was but was still well worth it. The story was captivating and the narrator did a great job with all the characters. This is one I will eventually listen to again.
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.
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!
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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!
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