©2006 Mark Childress; (P)2007 Recorded Books
Mark Childress has written one exceptional novel (Tender) and several good reads of varying quality. One Mississippi works well for me as a great listen, an almost ideal audiobook if you find appealing an easy-to-absorb, engaging, sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, often over-the-top coming of age story. It features a cast of lively characters, some rendered with depth and striking originality, and all aided by a narrator whose diverse voices become more winning and convincing as the story unfolds.
The story has some unusual and original conceits and flourishes, but overall I enjoyed the entertainment too much to question the unevenness and improbabilities that may bother other listeners. The climatic scene, I'm sure, will be rightly criticized as derivative, out of place in a story set in early 1970s Mississippi, unbelievable and maybe a cheap shot. I still did not want the story to end, and loved the parting image of a sky blue Pinto rocketing down the highway into the Mississippi night.
I purchased this because of the reviews, but I thought it dragged on and on. I finished it, but kept checking my iPod to see how much more time was left. I'm really surprised by all the great reviews. It was just an average story in which the author took way too much time discussing characters and their issues - all of which meant nothing in the end.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
This book was one of the best books I have had the pleasure of listening to in a while. The narrator did an excellent job of the southern accent. There is nothing worse than a botched southern accent in an audiobook. It is easy to listen to and hard to turn off. I was sad when it was over. Like I lost a friend... :)
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
This book was quite interesting as I don't usually read books written for teens. Jeff Woodman is my favorite narrator and I find any book that he narrates wonderful. Once again he brought me into the story by making me able to visualize each character and watch their part of the book unfold
This was a good audible-- the narrator was wonderful. Started out very light and brought back memories as the era of the book was the same as my high school years. Well done characters. The end was not what I was expecting and the themes were different from what I expected but the book was very well done.
One Mississippi is for sure one of funniest books of all time, period. It is a fast moving book and very easy to listen to. The narrator Jeff Woodman really does a great job impersonating all the different characters of the story. I really felt in love with the drama of the principal character, Daniel Musgrove and had to keep listen to it many times after the first run because this is one of those books that we wish will never end. This is the ultimate teen tragic comedy of the seventies. Really worth listening at this one. As for me all I can say is that I can`t stop listen to it over and over.
I think I've found another favorite narrator. The narrator's voice makes this book go from really good to great!
The plot summary given can't really express what the book is about - there are too many twists and turns to fully describe it. I found myself surprised by some of the happenings and was pleased at not being able to predict the outcome.
"One Mississippi" is a very, very good story that's masterfully enacted by Jeff Woodman (my newest favorite narrator). I'm just warning prospective listeners that it's a story for adults, not "kids," though that's the way it's "introduced" at the beginning and ending of both parts 1 and 2. Here's what I mean ..... Imagine every life situation about which parents may wish to instruct their "kids" after they're, say, 15-16 years old--and it's in this book, including among others a step-by-step description of a 17-year-old losing his virginity. Then imagine a story in which characters you've come to care about are killed violently. Adults can appreciate the over-arching morals of the story cleverly told, but kids might be psychologically traumatized by the details. Anyway, I'm an adult and I enjoyed it very much.
One Mississippi is about thirteen hours of listening, read by Jeff Woodman. It’s a coming of age tale. The reading by Woodman, albeit a heartfelt, creative effort, is very distracting … with singing throughout … ugh. The fact that the audiobook has an average rating of 4 stars has me puzzled … it’s not that good … plus, about twice as many audiobook reviews as the other formats. The story arc isn’t very well focused in that there are many side issues to the main thrust, which is a couple of guys romping through juvenile mechanicalness and angst as they squirm or lie their way around guilt. There are several reviews that rave, several that pan, several readers think the book is hilarious. Frankly, I don’t fit into any pigeon hole on this tale, unless there is a category for ‘indifference’. With One Mississippi I did learn something, though. If you are local to Mississippi, you call it: Missippi. Appears I’m not much help to potential readers, in that this review is very vague. So is the book. Not impressed.
This book kept me hooked the whole way through to the end. It is definitely one of my favorite listens!! Great job!
Daniel and Tim
He did an excellent job
I caught myself laughing out loud many times
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