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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Audiobook

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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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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    WendyA 07-25-15
    WendyA 07-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What characters!!"

    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.

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    irevraven 07-24-15
    irevraven 07-24-15
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    "Great story. Awesome characters."

    Twists and history. Good intro to Savannah Georgia. Can't wait to take the tours of the squares.

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    roger 06-24-15
    roger 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love it!"

    characters captivate and keep you coming back for more. i love the cityof Savannah and this bookbrings the back porch topics to the front!

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    Ali Cincinnati OH USA 06-24-15
    Ali Cincinnati OH USA 06-24-15 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "A good read for Savannah enthusiast ~"
    What did you like best about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? What did you like least?

    The history of Savannah and the vivid descriptions of this magical city.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


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

    An exceptional reader. I do not believe anyone could have done a better job at capturing the Southern accents of the various characters.


    Was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Will 05-23-15
    Will 05-23-15
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    "I highly recommend this book."

    Dug it. Very entertaining characters plot line of pace the whole thing was just a lot of fun to listen to

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    Amazon Customer 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating and entertaining! "

    I couldn't wait to listen! Fascinating and entertaining! I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.

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    Monna 04-30-15
    Monna 04-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "All Time Favorite"

    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!

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    David Kressin La Jolla, Ca USA 04-15-15
    David Kressin La Jolla, Ca USA 04-15-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Book, Excellent Performance"

    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.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 04-11-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 04-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Too long but very entertaining."

    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.

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    Aurora Reixa 04-10-15
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    "Great X-ray of a town"

    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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