Dispatches from Pluto

  • by Richard Grant
  • Narrated by Shaun Grindell
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place.
On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark on a new life. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters - blues legend T-Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes.


What the Critics Say

"The result is an honest, engaging account of life in one of America's most beguiling, bewildering cultural outposts. This book is a revelation." (Alan Huffman, author of Mississippi in Africa)


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Customer Reviews

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Loved this

I am from the Delta and returned to the South at nearly 60, so I felt lucky to get this intelligent and constructive take on its deep flaws and equally deep virtues of the region.

The reader was good, but here-as so very often with Audiobooks, I do wonder why neither the reader nor the director bothered to pick up a phones , call a local library and learn how to pronounce the names of the places in which they purport to live. I find it sloppy and almost insulting to both listeners and the natives of whatever area or city the mispronunciation a affect. This is so common that I feel a bit uneasy about complaining of this otherwise fine rendition. But the reader did manage to mangle almost every place name he mentioned, and I found this so irritating that it bit into my pleasure and my ability to focus on the writer's words. Audible, please tell someone to pick up a phone for place names -or a dictionary in the case of unfamiliar words-so that pronunciations are correct. Aren't these people supposed to be professionals?
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- Gladys S. Whitney

Could have been better

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Living in MS I am very familiar with this area. If you are going to narrate the book you should learn to correctly pronounce the locations. It was hard for me to finish the book after hearing all of the flaws in his performance.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?


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- Cindy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio