Having just recently returned from our first trip to Savannah, this selection seemed the obvious choice for a first audiobooks pick. My introduction to the story was from the movie. While its was great fun to revisit the places we've now seen first hand, it was astounding to learn how much of the books' continuity failed to transition to the film. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a wonderful 'read' and a beautiful introduction to a truly enchanting place.
Book was excellent! I did not enjoy the loud screeching sound. However I believe these loud tones were inserted at the end of every disc intentionally to notify the listener that they need to insert the next disc and they just weren't edited out when it got converted to digital. Does not ruin the experience as I just learned to skip forward to get past it faster.
Very good book. Narrator talks too fast though. There are times every so often when squealing occurs. Will try another book before making a final decision.
I found the book to be fascinating and well written. Congrats to the author and the Savannah.
Very good book and the narrator was excellent. Only strange thing was some 1 minute gaps of silence followed by that sound when there's an emergency on your radio, weird!
A must read for any southerner or transplant Yankee
This book is one of my all time favorite true stories. I find is so compelling I could read it over and over and never get tired of it. It leaves such a mysterious air over the characters and Savannah, GA.
A pleasant story. Very interesting characters. The narrator did a nice job. I was somewhat let down by the ending. The book left me wanting more. But, overall, I really enjoyed the description of Savannah and the people their.
I really enjoyed this book. I was kept wondering throughout the story, "What else can possibly happen?" The author knows Savannah. The reader did an amazing job and I look forward to hearing more of him.
Good story, easy to listen to. Entertaining. Nice accent and voice changes.
Great book, well read. Audio recording has blips though, and some chaper breaks too long and some with long tone.
I enjoyed the book and its presenter very much, but there is something wrong with the tape. In addition to long pauses at strange places is a terrible screeching sound which is intensified if one is wearing ear pods. I finally found that I could shorten its length by tapping the fast forward prompt.
This was a good book; however, it seems dated as pertains attitudes and language related to the LGBTQ+ community. I had a number of cringe moments listening to it. That was not the most noteworthy aspect of this book. While the narration is clear, the technical compilation of this book is really awful. There are long periods (30 seconds) of silence and almost as many periods (30 seconds or more) of an annoying tone (like an old answering machine). This took a lot away from my enjoyment of this book. If you download the same version I got here in December 2022, you may regret your purchase. There are no divisions or chapters in the presentation of this book. It plays as one 15 hour block of recording without any way to advance or rewind by section or chapter.
The book itself was fine, but the particular audio download I received had multiple gaps of silence and high pitched static squealing.
The BIG PROBLEM I had was with the quality of the recording. Unlike the other 50+ audio books I’ve listened to...about every fourth chapter a loud shrieking alarm would screech through my earbuds. I’d rip the buds out as quickly as possible but it was darn painful. My ears are still ringing and sore.
I’ve listened to other books since then and no problems. JUST this recording.
Too bad...because the book was great!
I love this book, but I love the audiobook even more. The narration was very entertaining.
Has always been a favorite book of mine, however this audio book recording has some serious flaws. There are odd gaps of silence in the middle of paragraphs, sometimes followed by very LOUD and long beep tone. Completely obnoxious.
This abridged version of the book seemed to leave out so many important aspects of the story. It really did not make any sense.
Riveting... I have listened over and over again...
This is a fine work of nonfiction. The exotic atmosphere of Savannah, the huge personality of the accused murderer, the underworld of gay culture, antiques dealing, and voodoo make it feel more like a fictional world than a real one. I felt cheated that this version is an abridgment, though not a bad one.
My wife and I recently visited Savannah. We enjoyed the city so much and heard all about this book. Naturally I had to listen to it soon thereafter and what an amazing surprise. This book is fun, weird, and gives the listener a true feel for Savannah and the area. If you've never visited the city, you will after listening to this book. Loved it!!
I thought this story was rather dull and uneventful. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it never did. It is a court room drama, w/very little drama, but lots of tangents and random pointless characters that aren't central to the plot.
Good story and well narrated but I feel like I missed something in the abridged version.
Great narrator, great story, but I've decided I just don't like abridged books. I'm sure there was a lot more POW to this story than what came through. I went and bought the hardcover book to read so I could fill in the blanks. It's an intriguing mystery -- abridged version didn't do the story justice in my opinion.
I recommend this book to learn a little bit about Savannah culture. As was stated by other listeners, I felt like it shouldn't just end. I wanted to hear more.
This narrator is the best male narrator I've heard through SAB so far. His dialects, even the female ones are SUPERB! The one for the female "witch doctor" is BEYOND WONDERFUL.
I think the story would be better UNABRIDGED, but after a slow start it was compelling. Good characters, good setting, wonderful story line. Didn't know it was true until the end. The author notes at the end I could do without. He sounds like a pompous jerk, but he writes a good story here.
Did I mention the narrator was more than worth the price of admission? Well, I'd read this one again JUST to listen to this guy. The story by itself, in this abridgement, would be no better for me than a 2 or three. The narrator is worth (at least) one star BY HIMSELF.
This book is great fun, interesting, full of great characters and with a facsinating story to share. I loved it and only wished it was longer.
I had no idea, until the very end when the author is interviewed, that this was based on a true story and very little had been altered in the telling. That makes it all the more amazing to me.
If you have any writing aspirations at all, the interview with Berendt is valuable because he details some of his troubles in getting the book published -- his first agent thought the book was too geographically specific. I found Berendt to be fascinating and his interview would be worth the rentall even if the story wasn't great -- but it is. A great listen! Makes me want to visit Savannah!!
This is my first time with this book, and I loved it! Great listen - had me wishing I had the unabridged version...
Good story and good job by the narrator, but I just can't see how they might think just 3 hours could do justice for this book! Heck, the movie was about that long!! The Lady Chablis is simply an interesting aside in this way-too-shortened version; an injustice to be sure. If you're unfamiliar with the story, this reading might jump around a bit and leave you wondering (and wanting more!). Otherwise, its an okay refresher of a fascinating tale.
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