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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Audiobook

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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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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    Jenny PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 08-14-10
    Jenny PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 08-14-10
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    "great book, great narrator!"

    I have been a member of Audible for over a year, and this is the best narration I have come across yet. He makes it so much more vivid, and I really appreciate that his southern accents are GOOD. They don't sound fake, which I think can be a problem. It helps, of course, that the book is really great and has very vivid characters, but I think the narration makes those characters really come to life. Especially Chablis! Oh I love her.
    I also liked the little snippet of interview with the author at the end.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 12-15-11
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "As good as I wanted it to be"

    First of all - GREAT narration - a really excellent southern drawl that helps transport you into the the soul of Savannah, Georgia. You have to love this book for the rich characters and the way they charm their way through the intrigue of the crime that runs through the background. I've never watched the movie so I had few expectations going in other than I'd heard it was a really great story - I wasn't disappointed. A solid three and a half stars - not life altering but definitely worth the credit and the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 08-21-08
    Laura 08-21-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Facinating"

    I truly loved this book. It had all the elements of a great story: interesting and well-developed characters, a true-life central murder plot, and a unique landscape worthy of the detailed description it received. I sincerely hope anyone who has seen the movie version does not let it discourage them from listening to this much more facinating tale.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    wisconsinclark Houlton, Wisconsin, US 03-22-17
    wisconsinclark Houlton, Wisconsin, US 03-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    I believe I bought one of the first hard copies of this book. Enjoyed it enough to visit Savannah. I listen to three or four audible books a week, couldn't find anything new, decided to try to books I remember. So glad I listened to this once again, the story is unique, the characters memorable, and the city a lovely destination. I especially liked John Berendt's comments at the conclusion.

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    Craig 03-20-17
    Craig 03-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great drama."

    It was because of the movie and the book I have been to Savannah five times. Been Into the home where it all happened and found it extremely interesting. Going back in July for 10 days.

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    S. Lewis Newark, DE United States 11-29-16
    S. Lewis Newark, DE United States 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    the narrator was excellent, the characters came alive through his voice, but the story dragged at times. overall a good read.

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    Gilly Houston, TX 10-09-16
    Gilly Houston, TX 10-09-16 Member Since 2015

    Heal yourself

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    "Interesting if you like Savannah"

    This story has an interesting mix of southern charm, murder, depravity, legal maneuvering, transvestites, and voodoo. And it is a true story! Get to know Savannah better through this story. The narrative kept me engrossed and interested.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    I loved it. The characters were wild and delicious. It really captured true savannah. Perfect

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    Robin 07-21-15
    Robin 07-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narrator!"

    The narrator was really incredible! He made every single character sound different and believable! EXCELLENT!

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    T. M. French West Chicago, IL United States 05-08-15
    T. M. French West Chicago, IL United States 05-08-15 Member Since 2016

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    I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't exactly what I thought it was but was still well worth it. The story was captivating and the narrator did a great job with all the characters. This is one I will eventually listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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