• Sitting Up with the Dead

  • A Storied Journey through the American South
  • By: Pamela Petro
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Stories provide the connective tissue of the South. The intrepid Pamela Petro drives from the Carolinas to the Appalachians to the Atlantic seaboard, from Virginia's valleys to Louisiana's swamps to meet the mesmerizing guardians of its history: the storytellers, who often double as local, or national, treasures. A gifted listener, Petro records how stories originate as well as how they are passed down. She paints vivid portraits of the tellers while compiling tales about Jack the trickster, boo-hags and plat-eyes, ghosts, and singing turtles. The story of the South is not finished. Petro's revelatory investigation into its oral culture is as intoxicating as it is fun.

©2001, 2011 Pamela Petro (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Compelling performance!

This is a slightly different review, as I'm the author of Sitting up with the Dead. But I wanted to take a public opportunity to thank Janet Metzger for bringing the book so vividly and variously to life! She reads it brilliantly. Because many of the oral storytellers' tales are transcribed in dialect, SUWTD can be a difficult book to read. Janet's performance, however, does away with this problem entirely, and it's a delight to listen to. So thank you, Janet, for making Jack and Taily Po, the plat eyes and haints, all come roaring to life! -- Pam

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