• Blood in the Soil

  • A True Tale of Racism, Sex, and Murder in the Volatile South
  • By: Carole Townsend
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Blood in the Soil is the first book about the investigation into the shooting of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his country attorney in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in 1978. But this book is not primarily about Larry Flynt, or even his shooter, the serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, though both men are of course important characters in the story.

This true account is told alternately from the perspective of Detective J. Michael Cowart and by following Franklin's life from childhood through his execution. The monster that was Joseph Paul Franklin was the result of a perfect storm of circumstances, which included poverty, cruel abuse as a child, the detestation and mistrust between blacks and whites, integration, and the hate groups that operated and recruited openly. Detective Cowart tells the story of his first introduction to Franklin, and the cat-and-mouse game that ensued. A self-proclaimed truth-seeker, the detective had to appear to befriend Franklin to get him to provide enough information to prosecute him in the Flynt shooting. In the course of developing this rapport, Cowart gains astonishing insight into many of Franklin's other cold-blooded killings and crimes, and his twisted justification for them.

This book tells of a very real struggle between right and wrong. It details with stark honesty the terrible truths that characterized the South during the volatility of the sixties and seventies, and of the ugly reality that lies just beneath the veneer of a beautiful region known for its warm hospitality. Along the way, it examines some hard lessons about life, trust, and compromise.

©2016 Carole Townsend (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Wasnt sure at first....

I started this book as I do a lot of books, with the intention of listening while I do other things or out of boredom. I love almost anything in the true crime category, and this book is the kind I will listen to again. The narrator has the perfect voice or what I imagine the perfect inner voice of Joe Franklin! Five stars!

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Not a very good book... and even worse narration!

It was EXTREMELY difficult to get past the terrible, intentionally over-dramatic voice of this narrator! His voice is like someone you'd hear on a t.v. commercial, but one that you're really glad only lasts 20 seconds! Hopefully no other books on Audible have the misfortune of being tethered to this guys forcefully lie pitched voice.
Anyways, the book was full of unnecessary over-dramatizations and it just wasn't for me. Maybe you can tolerate it better than I could. Good luck! 👍

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Okay

story was hard to follow and all over the place but overall good content

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Just ok

I really don’t remember buying this one , but the narration was good . It goes into the accounting of the shooting of Larry Flynt , of Hustler Magazine. Introducing a pretty good mix of insanity , drugs , and “up bringing “ . I did find it interesting, vastly superior to Courtney Loves acting in in the move . But Woody Harrelson was great as always , in the movie of course. Wouldn’t recommend unless you just find it in your library .


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A Special Treat For True Crime Aficianados!

The narrator is mesmerizing. Reminds me of the first time I heard Keith Morrison narrating true crime TV episodes. It is akin to having a story-teller of mastery in your head, a friend you know so well that all you need to do is listen.

The story itself flows almost like a novel, but of course we all know the end as it already happened Carole Townsend is an excellent writer.

The ONLY slight issue I had was when Franklin was strapped to the gurney. Oh, it made for wonderful story-telling as I'm sure we'd all like to know what goes through the minds of monsters such as this, however there is no way anyone could report honestly on what was going through his mind, or what he used as a mind. However it does make for fluid story-telling.

Listen to the audio sample (my personal favorite is quality noise-cancelling headphones). The absolutely delicious icing on the cake is the PDF file with photos the author so thoughtfully provided. I'd give this whole thing 10 stars if I could.

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Liberal biased author

This text was fashioned out of a clear bias on the part of a uninformed one sided viewpoint. The author makes claims against ‘the south’ born out of an obvious ignorance of the complex history re the same. With that overarching theme, the reader is less inclined to accept much of what is espoused. Don’t waist your time.

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Southern Sociapath

This story was about a depraved racist and I don't care how bad his childhood was I couldn't feel empathy for this character. I do believe we are a product of our experiences. but it's so sad he wasn't stopped sooner before so many people were killed and injured.

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The Best Of The Best!

Exceptionally well written with a sinister sounding narrator. With over 20 murders, and the shot that paralyzed Larry Flint, this story just won't stop!

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fantastic

I have a job that allows me to listen to books, music all day.. sometimes it's hard to keep up with characters when I'm being read to.. NOT THIS BOOK!

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Lusty drag of his cigarette :/

…. Yikes. I feel weird. This made me feel really weird. Not good weird. Like, bad weird.

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  • 02-02-22

Compelling but could be better.

This is a compelling true story of a man guilty of many horrific and heinous acts. The truth is enough to provide a dramatic and complete story, so I struggled with the open use of poetic license. Chapter 22 is pure fiction and really disappointed me.

The narration is good and compliments the tone of the book. I enjoyed the author's use of language but there was a noticeable amount of repetition.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an intetest in true crime but expect the odd irritation.

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  • Melmo25
  • 01-17-22

Shocking, disturbing and troubling take of racism

This was brilliant.
I loved how the author got into the head of the perpetrator and really fleshed him out.
Fascinating, compelling, sickening and devastating.
Really enjoyed the narration too,. great voice and very expressive