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Publisher's Summary

Savannah may appear to be “some town out of a fable,” with its vine flowers, turreted mansions, and ghost tours that romanticize the city’s history. But look deeper and you’ll uncover secrets, past and present, that tell a more sinister tale. It’s the story at the heart of George Dawes Green’s chilling new novel, The Kingdoms of Savannah.

It begins quietly on a balmy Southern night as some locals gather at Bo Peep’s, one of the town’s favorite watering holes. Within an hour, however, a man will be murdered and his companion will be “disappeared.” An unlikely detective, Morgana Musgrove, doyenne of Savannah society, is called upon to unravel the mystery of these crimes. Morgana is an imperious, demanding, and conniving woman, whose four grown children are weary of her schemes. But one by one she inveigles them into helping with her investigation, and soon the family uncovers some terrifying truths—truths that will rock Savannah’s power structure to its core. 

Moving from the homeless encampments that ring the city to the stately homes of Savannah’s elite, Green’s novel brilliantly depicts the underbelly of a city with a dark history and the strangely mesmerizing dysfunction of a complex family.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

©2022 George Dawes Green (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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A Glitch But Otherwise Fabulous!

something weird happens at the end of ch11 so I may have missed a few minutes. just be prepared.

otherwise, the story is great! I loved the performance as well. The end information by the author is a great resource!

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Excellent crime and historical fiction

Outstanding character development, plot, narrative, and history lesson on Savannah. Thoughtful, funny, and sometimes gruesome. Loved it!

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Interesting- lots of characters

The story is interesting, right up to the ending. There are many characters to follow. It gets confusing at times. The audio ended a few times before a sentence finished. If you’ve been to Savannah and know some of its history, it’s easier to relate to this book. Appreciate the history at the end by the author.

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Listener From Savannah…

I’m still listening to this story but it’s about to drive me a little crazy with all of the mispronunciation of the islands and street names. Even the county was mispronounced. Next time get a local to read. Then you’ll capture a more accurate portrayal of our city. With the author being a part time resident of the town maybe he should’ve “proof listened”.

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the female voice following Jack is awful. just the worst. clearly NYC voiced...no clue.

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Don’t waste a credit

Can’t get passed the first chapter. Narrator does well with the southern accent. Not sure where the story is going, but nowhere for me

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Good book. Poor narration.

As a life-long Savannahian, I liked the local references and history, which are very accurate. I didn’t like that central character, Jaq has the typical woke point of view of someone who was born in the twenty-first century, then after college, discovered the nineteenth, and became angry that things have stayed the same for so long. She has no knowledge of the 150 years of progress that Savannah has crammed into the last 60 years. But she’ll grow up and see that some day. The Butlers and Lamar’s are certainly no longer admired, the Weeping Time is well-known and often discussed, Savannah certainly remembers her history and has grown to be one of the most progressive cities, with among the best race relations in the South. But Jaq is a character in a novel, and a lot of young people have that view. I hope it’s not the author’s.

I liked the book. But I hated the narration. I recommend reading instead of listening. While some of the actors were good, the ones reading the parts of older white Southerners were terrible. Morgana, Raiford and Betty played exaggerated stereotypes of Southerners. Get some Southern actors next time.

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Great characters and narrator's!! Enjoyed the story until it got a bit bogged down. Kept waiting for the story to return to the intensity of the first half. I did finish it . Historical episodes at the end were very interesting. Worth a credit.

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beautiful language

I loved the references to my beloved savannah, the accents, especially Jack, I can see her

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This book is like taking a trolley tour in Savannah, if the trolley driver has a huge chip on his shoulder. Of course there is corruption, crime, homelessness, and dark spots in the city's history. However, the author acts as if this is an anomaly and not present in every other city in the country. The characters, the description of the city, the way he painted everything, was so exaggerated that it created a laughable caricature of Savannah that made this book very difficult to finish. Honestly, Michael Scott painted a better picture of Savannah with his murder mystery episode then this author did throughout the entire book. The story itself caught my interest for the first chapter, and I excused the horrible writing style because I wanted to find out what happened. As I got to know the characters and as the story progressed, what little interest I had quickly deteriorated. There were so many plot holes and the ending was atrocious. This was probably one of the worst books I've ever completed.