©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)
The characters in this story are simply amazing! They're so quirky that it's hard to believe they're real people! I saw the movie first and was immediately intrigued by the fact this is a true story and purchased the audiobook the same night. I don't think seeing the movie first diluted the book at all, either. There's a lot in the book that they couldn't include in the movie, and of course the picture you get from the characters in the book are much deeper than you can ever get from a movie. There are sections that move slowly, and I had to back up a few times when I realized I wasn't paying close attention, but this isn't an action book, of course. This is a character driven story, and the characters of Savannah are incredible. I would say this audiobook is most definitely worth the credit.
I love Audible because of the peace of mind it brings me. It is the only way I can finish a book before it is shredded by the Basenjis.
The history of Savannah and the vivid descriptions of this magical city.
I started the book prior to my visit to Savannah GA and much of the descriptions of the city were lost on me until I arrived. I finished the book on my 12 hour drive back to Cincinnati. Having been to the city, the book came alive. Had I not been there I would not have found this book particularly interesting or entertaining.
An exceptional reader. I do not believe anyone could have done a better job at capturing the Southern accents of the various characters.
Only because I was listening to the book on my way to Savannah, and during my drive back to Cincinnati. Otherwise, I do not believe I would have particularly enjoyed this selection.
The book is filled with a lot of various colorful characters. But with only a few exceptions, there is not a lot of depth to any of them. Most of the characters are included to add richness to the city of Savannah, but otherwise do not have any real role to play in the primary story-line.
A must read for those who intend to visit Savannah GA; Otherwise, you may wish to select a different book.
This book was so funny I laughed out loud!
Even went to Savannah as it is a true story and had to check it out. Love it and will listen to it again. Great characters!
This book and audio presentation far exceeded my expectations. It is a must read (or listen) for anyone going to Savannah, Georgia. John Berendt is a master writer and story-teller. The characters and events within the book will keep a person's interest in not wanting to put it down.
This is a very good book with terrifically colorful characters! This book definitely proves truth is stranger than fiction! It's well written and narrated. It's a little too long and at times repetitive, but worth the listen. You'll be packing your bags for Savannah in no time.
I really liked the portrayal of a small city trapped in its own idiosyncratic oblivion.
The narrator was good and clear, however, I found some of his voices (Lady Chablis and Minerva) a bit annoying. Overall, a good read (or should I say a good listen?)
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