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Murder in Mississippi

Narrated by: John Safran
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'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.

©2014 John Safran (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The elegance of this book is that its axis is a resounding 'perhaps'... It is this moral ambivalence that draws readers to the true crime genre, and Safran nails it!" ( Weekend Australian)
"Mississippi is like a trampoline for [Safran's] eccentricities. But the form and content of the story bring out an unfamiliar side of him." ( Sydney Morning Herald)
"A winning combination of memoir, true crime and gonzo journalism...a compulsive summer read." ( Sunday Mail)
"Funny and gripping and wonderfully weird.... It's a tremendous book. I can't praise it too highly." (Louis Theroux)
"Witty, insightful, compelling - In Cold Blood for our generation." (Eddie Perfect)
"[Safran] has written a marvellous book which I cannot put down." ( Melbourne Observer)
"Now I know what to recommend people who liked Them." (Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test)
"Stunning." ( Men's Style)

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Tops

Safran's nasal lisp adds an extra layer of awkwardness to this moving , thought provoking , excruciatingly honest & hilarious story.

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Safran delivers what he promises in the title!

In this highly engaging true crime piece, Safran immerses himself right in the depths of Mississippi culture, rife with racial and class tension, in an effort to uncover every detail surrounding the murder of a high profile white supremacist he coincidentally met only months before he was killed. Putting any concerns for awkwardness aside, Safran thrusts headfirst into this case, doing his utmost to engage in conversation (occasionally relentlessly pestering) anyone with knowledge on the killer or the victim. In his signature raw gonzo style, Safran brings everything that makes his television programs so grossly enthralling into his first attempt in the realms of true crime writing. A roaring success which is wildly captivating from start to finish, but perhaps not for those of squeamish disposition. Highly recommended.

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A bit of a slog at times

Love the author but this was tough to stick to at times. Kind of felt like this was the notes from which to write the book, not the book itself.

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Couldn’t turn it off

Nailed it Safran! Such an interesting book, highly recommend, have had it on non stop!

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John Safran being the amazing John Safran

I love true crime and when I saw that John Safran had written a true crime novel I had to grab it! I have followed John Safrans career since the beginning and this book didn't disappoint. His signature humor, candour and perspective are as always, at the front of the book. His dedication to keeping this book about the crime and his investigation is the other key factor in this books success. The fact that John Safran also reads it just added to my experience.

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Slightly different for a true crime novel

I was expecting another standard true crime novel (which i love) but this was different. very interesting and well told story. I feel like it's hard to sum this book up but I highly reccomend people give it a go. plus John Safran is amazing as the narrator, such a legend.

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Not great

I love John Safran but this story was hardly worthy of writing a book about. Safran poorly attempts to fit the evidence to his narrative.

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An awkward, authentic investigation

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.

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Great characters and story

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.

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A fascinating story

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.