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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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    Jessica OZARK, ALABAMA, United States 10-15-13
    Jessica OZARK, ALABAMA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen!"
    If you could sum up Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in three words, what would they be?

    Really great listen


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - I knew a litttle of the history from a previous trip to Savannah and was told to read this book. I was on edge the whole time trying to piece together what I already knew and how it would fit with the story.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Woodman was a great narrator. The voices were distinct and the plot never became muttled.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laught out loud several times.


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    Anita Aloi 07-30-13
    Anita Aloi 07-30-13
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    "More boring than expected."

    I'd seen the movie before and was surprised at how boring this book was. The reader did a nice job but the long(very long) descriptive paragraphs throughout with little action made it difficult to stay with.

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    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 05-20-13
    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Graphic Designer. Culinary Enthusiast. Mostly User Friendly.

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    "A wonderful portrait of Savannah!"

    I read this book years ago and loved it, and decided to listen to the Audible version on my way home from my first Savannah vacation. Like many people, this book inspired my initial interest in Savannah, and it was a lot of fun to revisit it now that I've been there and am familiar with the locations referenced in the book. It was very well narrated by Jeff Woodman, so it was also a treat to listen to rather than read. Also, as I started listening to it with my husband on our drive home, I think it helped me convince him that we should move to Savannah in a few years. I've been trying to get back to the South for over 13 years, so much thanks to John Berendt for capturing and communicating the magic and beauty that is Savannah!

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    Tracy Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 01-21-13
    Tracy Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I love audible helps me through my work day.

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    "If you ain't got nut'n nice to say, sit next to me"

    It is like a juice piece of gossip, wrapped in a true crime mystery, with a shake of ghost story. I have lived a good portion of my life in the south, and they do like to talk about their neighbors. In addition, the people that John Berendt meets are very interesting and worth the gossip. Seem like I people I knew in my past, and a little something of all the characters. I love Savannah, Georgia style so much I name my daughter after it!

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    Nadine Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada 12-29-12
    Nadine Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen. Did not want to turn it off."
    Where does Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have in My Library.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He brought the characters to life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More then one part made me laugh out loud!


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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 12-20-12
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Audible Makes A Perfect Novel Stellar"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to be better than the print version?

    I consider the audio version vastly superior to the print version (I have completed both) because the Narrator brings the voices, speech idioms and personality out of flat print into live dialog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is about much. There is a stunning murder trial and a voyeur's experience in the wacky world of a small southern city. The characters are bigger than life and they all connect. The altered (book versus actual) make the story unfold magestically.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Graveyard scene.


    If you could give Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I would never presume to try to improve anything that John Berendt has done. This book was on the NYT best seller list for what seemed forever, multiple years. It's that kind of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marybeth Norgren Del Mar, CA United States 11-12-12
    Marybeth Norgren Del Mar, CA United States 11-12-12
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    "Story is captivating but audio needs more tracks"
    Would you try another book from John Berendt and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Depends on the topic


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was travelling to Savannah as I read and listened to the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Woodman?

    Mr. Woodman's performance was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I already did.


    Any additional comments?

    I am getting charged an extra 99 cents every time I purchase an audible download and there is no explanation as to why this is occurring.

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    sandra Waukesha, WI, United States 10-01-12
    sandra Waukesha, WI, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent made our Savannah trip more interesting"
    What did you love best about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

    Never being able to predict what was going to happen


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I will read this author again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 09-06-12
    Trish Virginia 09-06-12 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Didn't Particularly Care For---"

    I was surprised that I didn't care for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It is a book that came highly recommended by several friends. I will say the narrator was excellent, but I just did not enjoy the story.

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    Sheila Hirschfield 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from John Berendt and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I would not read another book by this author.


    Would you recommend Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book held my interest but it didn't have too much of a story and I prefer books that move faster.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He was great


    Did Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil inspire you to do anything?

    I was visiting Savannah anyway and that's why I read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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