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Dispatches from Pluto Audiobook

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place.

On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark on a new life. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters - blues legend T-Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes.

©2015 Richard Grant (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The result is an honest, engaging account of life in one of America's most beguiling, bewildering cultural outposts. This book is a revelation." (Alan Huffman, author of Mississippi in Africa)

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    "Loved this"

    I am from the Delta and returned to the South at nearly 60, so I felt lucky to get this intelligent and constructive take on its deep flaws and equally deep virtues of the region.

    The reader was good, but here-as so very often with Audiobooks, I do wonder why neither the reader nor the director bothered to pick up a phones , call a local library and learn how to pronounce the names of the places in which they purport to live. I find it sloppy and almost insulting to both listeners and the natives of whatever area or city the mispronunciation a affect. This is so common that I feel a bit uneasy about complaining of this otherwise fine rendition. But the reader did manage to mangle almost every place name he mentioned, and I found this so irritating that it bit into my pleasure and my ability to focus on the writer's words. Audible, please tell someone to pick up a phone for place names -or a dictionary in the case of unfamiliar words-so that pronunciations are correct. Aren't these people supposed to be professionals?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Guntersville, AL, United States 11-05-16
    Beth Guntersville, AL, United States 11-05-16 Member Since 2001

    A librarian in a small Alabama town on a great big lake.

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    "My Delta"

    I grew up in the Mississippi Delta. I loved this book. It captured the Delta in all its glory and anguish. Yes, it is as flawed and as beautiful as this book depicts. I am proud of my birthplace and am thrilled that Richard Grant has written this fabulous book. Enjoy!!

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    Cindy 06-19-16
    Cindy 06-19-16
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    "Could have been better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Living in MS I am very familiar with this area. If you are going to narrate the book you should learn to correctly pronounce the locations. It was hard for me to finish the book after hearing all of the flaws in his performance.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?

    No.


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    Winifred Hinson 03-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "what culture wars?"

    Not for the meek or racially prejudiced or tee totallers. Honest and wonderful exploration of Delta culture. Funny and moving.

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    Fontaine Ralston the Mississippi Delta 05-23-17
    Fontaine Ralston the Mississippi Delta 05-23-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic and right on the money"

    I sure enjoyed this story. I've lived in the Delta all my life and have endured outsiders' misconceptions about it as long as I can remember. Mr. Grant's take on this dear, complicated place is as close to the truth as I have ever heard. Bravo!

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    photolover 05-23-17
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I did not like the author's narration. The cadence of his voice was annoying to me.


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

    The author's initial descriptions of the Delta region were interesting and entertaining. Since I am a Southern who reads a lot of southern fiction and non-fiction, much of the book was "old hat" to me. I don't see much charming about some of the wealthier characters' lifestyles; in fact, I found some of the author's descriptions of his interactions with them boring and offensive. Maybe I'm just weary of what I consider the more unappealing and decadent aspects of the deep South.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?

    Don't know. Not familiar enough with other narrators.


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    notmyname United States 01-23-17
    notmyname United States 01-23-17

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book with reservations. The story is wonderful. It is well written and I learned a lot about life in Mississippi.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dispatches from Pluto?

    I loved hearing about life in Mississippi.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's delivery is so annoying that if it weren't for the excellent content of the story I was tempted to stop listening. His style is that of a valley girl with an uplift at the end of every single sentence!


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    Laura Bowles 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating perspective on life in the Mississippi Delta"

    The narrator shouldn't have tried to do a Mississippi drawl and should have done his homework about pronunciation of places, but if you can get past his shortcomings the book is a very engrossing story. The author is an Englishman who moved to the Mississippi delta, and this is a nonfiction account of his experiences. As a recent transplant to the delta this tale was incredibly engaging. While there are plenty of details about hunting and fighting off wildlife, his discussion of the people, the challenges facing the delta, and most especially the intricacies of race and racism are truly enlightening. This book does a great job of relating a time and place through a largely objective outsider's perspective.

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    Darden North Jackson, MS 09-05-16
    Darden North Jackson, MS 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Where was Cleveland?"

    I guess Grant never reached Cleveland during his tour of the Delta, that vibrant community an antithesis of this liberal discourse on Mississippi race relations, overall poverty, and crumbling education. Regarding the English narrator's cadence in the audio book, it was often repetitious, and he sometimes mispronounced words including names of Mississippi counties, such as Bolivar. The narrator could have spent a little time on research in that regard. Of course, I grew up in Cleveland and Bolivar County, so I guess I'm partial. Grant's own hours spent in research and with live interviews of his subjects sets the memoir apart. His description of race relations is clear and accurate, showing that we Mississippians may actually be very high on that positive list. I envy Grant's knack to describe physical appearances and settings so beautifully although in this well-written, wonderful piece (unlike in fiction), he has the advantage of looking across the table at his real characters and breathing the true air of each setting. While the treatise on race does get long and deep, a happy ending is always a relief.

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    Mr. Mortimer 08-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good perspective"

    This book has a really good and informative perspective on life in the South. A bit long in places, but worth a listen.

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