My Southern Journey

  • by Rick Bragg
  • Narrated by Rick Bragg
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From celebrated New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Bragg comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the South. Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, Bragg explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions with college football and fishing to mayonnaise and spoonbread to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging listen, especially for Southerners (or Southerners at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.


What the Critics Say

"Rick Bragg says Southern storytellers speak as if they're slowly chewing each word, savoring the sound and meaning. And that's just the way he presents this collection of his published essays.... His use of metaphor and rich descriptions comes across especially effectively when spoken." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A Superb Storyteller Shines

I was captivated by both Bragg's wonderful writing and his narration--no one other than Bragg could have done this reading. The delivery was perfect. The stories are funny, insightful, sad, heartfelt and loving.

As a northerner who loves the south I'd like to think that some of the differences between the North and the South in America really partly rest in the difference between country living and city living. Bragg writes in a way that anyone who grew up in or lives in the country (north or south) can relate to and feel a kinship with.

I have listened to this collection of essays/short stories several times and plan on enjoying them again soon. To me, that really says something. Be careful though, Bragg can become addictive. I confess that I have started reading his current monthly column titled Southern Journal in Southern Living Magazine.

Highly recommended listening. A complete treat. I loved it.
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- Sara "Avid Reader"

Brushed Words

Other reviews talk about how this book relates to the south, the sense of place/belonging, the southern culture and Mr. Bragg's life. It is all those things- and more.
I have written reviews for only 2 of the 300+ books in my audible library. One for the creative genius of Heller's Catch 22 and one for a book on the other end of the spectrum. I use books to help me go to sleep but it is now 2:30 AM and I have excitedly gotten up to write a review about this book.

It is about the south. But the layering of the words, the word combinations, the phrases the imaginary are genius. I want to collect each phrase, throw them in a sack, save them, and yet run forward to the next one to collect it as well- all like the cotton pickers who drug their sacks down the long rows collecting cotton boles.

Mr. Bragg- if you read these reviews- 'Saludo'! Your writing is the difference between spraying paint and brushing it on. Spraying delivers particles of spray that when thick enough form a covering on a surface like a film. Brushing blends, contours to form and layers all the particles together in a deep cohesiveness. Sprayed words can be pretty. But brushed words - well-- they leave you gathering.
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- Tina M.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.