'Say, John Safran,' he says.
'Yes?' I say.
'I can get you killed from right behind this door, man. Real talk.'
'You can get me killed from behind your door?'
'Real talk,' he says. 'I can get your ass killed from behind this door, if you playin'.
The internationally acclaimed true-crime story you have to hear to believe.
Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Safran's nasal lisp adds an extra layer of awkwardness to this moving , thought provoking , excruciatingly honest & hilarious story.
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There's no one quite like John Safran. Perhaps not intentionally, he stamps his personality over this attempt at a true crime story, which makes it both riveting and hilarious. And his personal narration is essential. I've come to the conclusion that only John Safran can ever narrate a John Safran audiobook.
This is the worst book I have ever listened to. I might have enjoyed it if someone else had narrated. I simply could not listen to John Safran reading his own book. After 2 chapters, it has gone into the realms of, never going to hear the rest!
What made the experience of listening to Murder in Mississippi the most enjoyable?
John Safran being threatened over the phone.
What other book might you compare Murder in Mississippi to, and why?
Some mix between true crime and general John Safran stuff.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The phone convos between Safran and the killer.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Made me laugh most of the time.
Any additional comments?
Ya herre me.
I'm an avid fan of John Safran.
I found this book ok. The story itself is incredibly interesting and I like that Safran himself is a character in this true crime tale. But I feel he needed to decide is this his story or theirs. Elements were fascinating and heartbreaking, and I certainly was caught up in the story of the victim and his killer and Mississippi life, but the book would have benefited greatly to some editing.
Saying that, Safran tackled and impressive and difficult start to book writing and I enjoyed it.
A compelling story told in a way that only John Safran can, the narration is a little lacklustre at first but finds his groove not long in.
After recently listening to the S-Town podcast this book also reveals a lot about the deep south & its history. It's complicated racial prejudices where people's beliefs run so deep you wonder whether in different circumstances how different Vincent's life might be!
A book written and recited by a person who has little aptitude in either ..
No doubt a good documentary producer the authors' style is akin to a soundbite quoter on early bird news..
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