What Gods in Alabama is about:
When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell," her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found. Ten years later, God has broken His end of the deal. Alabama has landed on Arlene's Chicago doorstep in the form of her high school archenemy, a young woman who wants to find the golden-haired football hero who disappeared during their senior year.
I absolutely love Jackson's voice and it even shined through on this audio version of her book. She has this unique way of creating characters that you can just envision and sometimes even embrace. Arlene is a girl that had a mother who was never really present and who viewed herself as worthless most of her teen years. She flees to Chicago hoping to leave everything behind, even the ones who love her, until one day her past catches up to her!! Jackson takes the reader on a journey inside Arlene's mind and heart. She's finally brave enough to face her demons and ends up with more than she ever dreamed possible!
Recommend? I really enjoyed listening to this one on audio. The narrator had a terrific voice and it literally oozed southern charm to me. The narrator kept me very engaged in the story and I couldn't wait to get back into the car so that I could listen to what was going to happen next in Arlene's crazy life! The only drawback to the audio was the music that they interjected throughout the story. I hated it and thought it was silly. It really didn't help to heighten the suspense.
Source: Purchased from audible.com
Narrator: Catherine Taber
Length of audio: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Bookish Thoughts #49
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I really regret just reading her books and not having listened to them, because I have heard her speak and she really is wonderful - dynamic and full of personality!ReplyDelete
We lived in Alabama when I read this book and I loved it. The opening line just blew me away! I'm listening to an audiobook with music like that right now and I just don't get it - it adds nothing to the story.ReplyDelete
Yikes! Audios don't need music in the background. When movies add music, sometimes it is so distracting that I can't hear the dialogue. Arrrgh. Glad you enjoyed this one and it does sound really good.ReplyDelete
This sounds kinda fun!! I will have to check into it!!!!ReplyDelete
Yay I am glad that you enjoyed itReplyDelete
sounds like a good mystery. I haven't felt like reading lately and have been listening to a couple of books. It kind of breaks things up a bit.ReplyDelete
I have not read this one yet! I love her books.ReplyDelete
I thought this one was very good! I wasn't impressed with two others by her.ReplyDelete
This one is on my tbr list. I plan to read it one of these days!ReplyDelete
I have a couple of books by this author that I need to read. Glad you enjoyed it!ReplyDelete
Music in audiobooks is one of my pet peeves - it drives me crazy! That said, I'm still tempted to listen to this. Catherine Taber narrated The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, too, and I loved her voice. I have Jackson's A Grown Up Kind of Pretty on my ipod now and she narrates that one herself. Hope to get started soon.ReplyDelete
I'm really enjoying well narrated audio at the moment so I'm adding this one to my list (I agree with you about music interjected ... as long as it's not often I think i can cope)ReplyDelete
I have her books on my shelf but haven't read them. This one looks so good.ReplyDelete
Oh man, I love Joshilyn Jackson! This story was so good and memorable . . . though I guess I say that about all of them. I just discovered her last year, but I've been working through all of her titles since. I still need to grab her latest -- can't wait!ReplyDelete
I have listened to one other book that added in music and I didn't like that either. Not sure if maybe it's just that the music is distracting?ReplyDelete