We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Audiobook

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (2351 )
5 star
 (1344)
4 star
 (635)
3 star
 (265)
2 star
 (66)
1 star
 (41)
Overall
4.4 (1783 )
5 star
 (1095)
4 star
 (430)
3 star
 (182)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (27)
Story
4.6 (1782 )
5 star
 (1240)
4 star
 (379)
3 star
 (116)
2 star
 (30)
1 star
 (17)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Red Heart Love IL/WI 01-02-17
    Red Heart Love IL/WI 01-02-17

    Horticulturist

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book!"

    We listened to it on the way to Savannah. Saw many of the places mentioned. Loved the narrator! Lady Chambliss was a hoot. Was a bit slow at tones, but still a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    VerN 12-26-16
    VerN 12-26-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exceptional narration"

    The book is captivating--no wondering why it was on the NYT best seller list for so long. I was blown away by the narrator and his ability to juggle and bring to life so many characters. Wonderful "read."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sewn4me 12-01-16
    sewn4me 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story, hard to believe it was real."

    Amazingly colorful real characters whose lives are forever intertwined. Narration was entertaining with loads of expression and different voices. Enjoyed the authors explanation of the story and how he wrote the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol Weisl 10-15-16
    Carol Weisl 10-15-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful"

    This was an engrossing story well read. With characters like Lady Chablis and Minerva, you'll be haunted for a long time to come. A true pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jane C. 09-29-16
    Jane C. 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent story with superb narration."

    The especially skillful narration by Jeff Woodman brings sparkle to this marvelous book. The characters come to life, enhancing the story without drawing attention from it. Delightful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Johnnie Burik 09-27-16 Member Since 2016

    breakmedwn

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Highly entertaining"

    The book is excellent. I saw the movie years ago which I also enjoyed. The only point of frustration is the layout of the audiobook. The chapters are not properly indexed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    chris 09-04-16
    chris 09-04-16 Member Since 2013

    Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    76
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't finish."
    What disappointed you about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

    Too many characters that don't really serve a purpose. It started out enjoyable, but then it just became the same thing. Guy meets new character, listens to their animated story. Rinse and repeat, until I'm guessing someone is murdered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 08-04-16
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 08-04-16 Member Since 2017

    Male, mid 60's, over 1,200 helpful votes on Amazon, over 395 helpful votes on Audible, own 635 + Audible books and over 10,200 Kindle books

    HELPFUL VOTES
    402
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    322
    315
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    17
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This is a Character Study of a City and its People"
    If you could sum up Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in three words, what would they be?

    Eccentric, Southern Characters


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It kept me entertained. What's next in the cavalcade of personalities. The crime is just culmination of friction built up between the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well rounded narrative with dialogue with accents that are well performed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I wanted to savor it. But also wanted instant gratification by taking in more and more, sooner. Like chugging a chocolate shake, but being sorry afterwards.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure watch the movie. I did picture Spacey, Cusack, and Law while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gillian 07-30-16
    Gillian 07-30-16 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narration"

    The pictoresque quality and emphasis of the narrator's voice authenticates and gilds the sincerely narrative qualities of this story. A truly incredible, entirely believable tale ~ spooled out by a genuine observer. The reader's and the author's voices mash up sublimely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Savanna ARVADA, COLORADO, United States 07-29-16
    Savanna ARVADA, COLORADO, United States 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Performance"

    Jeff Woodman does an amazing performance with different voices and characters without it being distracting or cheesy. The story is amazing and makes you feel as if you know each unique, interesting character. The fact that this is all true makes this book that much more great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.