Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

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    Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans Epub » the disaster for The New Yorker He quickly realized that Katrina was not the most interesting thing about New Orleans, not by a long shot The most interesting question, which struck him as he watched residents struggling to return, was this Why are New Orleanians along with people from all over the world who continue to flock there so devoted to a place that was, even before the storm, the most corrupt, impoverished, and violent corner of America Here s the answer Nine Lives is a multivoiced biography of this dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city through the lives of nine characters over forty years and bracketed by two epic storms Hurricane Betsy, which transformed the city in thes, and Katrina, which nearly destroyed it These nine lives are windows into every strata of one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the world From outsider artists and Mardi Gras Kings to jazz playing coroners and transsexual barkeeps, these lives are possible only in New Orleans, but the city that nurtures them is also, from the beginning, a city haunted by the possibility of disaster All their stories converge in the storm, where some characters rise to acts of heroism and others sink to the bottom But it is New Orleans herself perpetually whistling past the grave yard that is the story s real heroine Nine Lives is narrated from the points of view of some of New Orleans s most charismatic characters, but underpinning the voices of the city is an extraordinary feat of reporting that allows Baum to bring this kaleidoscopic portrait to life with brilliant color and crystalline detail Readers will find themselves wrapped up in each of these individual dramas and delightfully immersed in the life of one of this country s last unique places, even as its ultimate devastation looms ever closer By resurrecting this beautiful and tragic place and portraying the extraordinary lives that could have taken root only there, Nine Lives shows us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
  • Dan Baum
  • English
  • 28 March 2017
  • 038552319X

About the Author: Dan Baum

Death and PDF/EPUB ¶ Dan Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, Nine Lives: PDF/EPUB or for which he covered Hurricane Katrina He s been a reporter for Lives: Death and eBook ☆ The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution He is the author ofGun Guys A Road Trip, Citizen Coors An American Dynasty andSmoke and Mirrors The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure He has written numerous articles for such national magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Wired.


Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans By Dan Baum ❤ – Johndore.co.uk The hidden history of a haunted and beloved city told through the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters After Hurricane Katrina, Dan Baum moved to New Orleans to write about the city s resp Death and PDF/EPUB ¶ The hidden history of a haunted and beloved city told through Nine Lives: PDF/EPUB or the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters After Hurricane Katrina, Dan Baum Lives: Death and eBook ☆ moved to New Orleans to write about the city s response to the disaster for The New Yorker He quickly realized that Katrina was not the most interesting thing about New Orleans, not by a long shot The most interesting question, which struck him as he watched residents struggling to return, was this Why are New Orleanians along with people from all over the world who continue to flock there so devoted to a place that was, even before the storm, the most corrupt, impoverished, and violent corner of America Here s the answer Nine Lives is a multivoiced biography of this dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city through the lives of nine characters over forty years and bracketed by two epic storms Hurricane Betsy, which transformed the city in thes, and Katrina, which nearly destroyed it These nine lives are windows into every strata of one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the world From outsider artists and Mardi Gras Kings to jazz playing coroners and transsexual barkeeps, these lives are possible only in New Orleans, but the city that nurtures them is also, from the beginning, a city haunted by the possibility of disaster All their stories converge in the storm, where some characters rise to acts of heroism and others sink to the bottom But it is New Orleans herself perpetually whistling past the grave yard that is the story s real heroine Nine Lives is narrated from the points of view of some of New Orleans s most charismatic characters, but underpinning the voices of the city is an extraordinary feat of reporting that allows Baum to bring this kaleidoscopic portrait to life with brilliant color and crystalline detail Readers will find themselves wrapped up in each of these individual dramas and delightfully immersed in the life of one of this country s last unique places, even as its ultimate devastation looms ever closer By resurrecting this beautiful and tragic place and portraying the extraordinary lives that could have taken root only there, Nine Lives shows us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved.

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10 thoughts on “Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

  1. Sue says:

    Nine Live is an excellent story of New Orleans as seen through these nine individuals and the lives they touch As much as I have read about the effects of Katrina on the city and its people, this was eye opening And that is because of Dan Baum s reporting, his listening, and the access the many people of New Orleans allowed him As he wrote in his Acknowledgments but as a reporter, I really must thank everybody I encountered in New Orleans from the po boy sellers and street musicians to theNine Live is an excellent story of New Orleans as seen through these nine individuals and the lives they touch As much as I have read about the effects of Katrina on the city and its people, this was eye opening And that is because of Dan Baum s reporting, his listening, and the access the many people of New Orleans allowed him As he wrote in his Acknowledgments but as a reporter, I really must thank everybody I encountered in New Orleans from the po boy sellers and street musicians to the cops and hat merchants and the tattooed ex con who fixed my car for building a culture where nothing is ever none of your business One really can t ask a question in New Orleans that is too personal, even of a total stranger For someone in my unseemly profession, it s paradise.Baum s subjects in Nine Lives are teachers, cops, housewives, mothers and fathers, criminals, transsexual bar owners, a member of one of the old gentry Through them we see the history of New Orleans, good and bad, the spirit of the city, the encroachment of drugs and guns, the vitality of the Lower Ninth in spite of lack of services, the wonder of Mardi Gras and the spirit of the city, racial inequities, crooked politics, and struggles on all sides But the story builds and builds to what the reader knows will be Katrina And that is overwhemingly powerful To hear from the coroner, Frank Minyard, who admits he has not lived as an angel in his highly political position Still no helicopters Frank couldn t understand it If the water was this deep here, right in middle of the city, all of New Orleans must be underwater Thousands of people must be trapped, dying Where is the army Where are the feds For anyone interested in New Orleans of old or its still ongoing attempts at rebirth, this is a book you should read I have to admit there are parts that made me angry all over again but there are parts that make me proud and glad to know of so many people who have chosen to stay and work to keep that city and its people, their home, alive and vibrant.Highly recommended

  2. Kaethe Douglas says:

    Just this past week I read a critique of the reporting on Katrina in general, and on Five Days at Memorial Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital in particular, as being written by outsiders who don t know enough to know what they were missing Since I can t find the piece now, I realize that mentioning it isn t very helpful But here s the detail that struck me Memorial Hospital s name had been changed years before the storm, but in the way of these things, the name change had not been co Just this past week I read a critique of the reporting on Katrina in general, and on Five Days at Memorial Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital in particular, as being written by outsiders who don t know enough to know what they were missing Since I can t find the piece now, I realize that mentioning it isn t very helpful But here s the detail that struck me Memorial Hospital s name had been changed years before the storm, but in the way of these things, the name change had not been complete signs, maps, and the local s common name for the hospital did not match up Since my marriage I have become familiar with people giving directions in terms of things which do not currently exist and may not have existed for some time there has not been a Kroger in Kroger Plaza for at least 25 years Medical facilities in the area have consolidated and re divided, clinics upgraded to special hospitals, outpatient services taken out of hospitals and put into clinics, bits and pieces named after individuals, and couples, distinctions made between teaching bits and non teaching bits, and cetra, and cetra You d be hard pressed to find two people who could agree on what any specific location or entity should be properly called within the entities Local folks ignore all that, relying on a word or two in context So yes, I can imagine that in a devastating event miscommunication as to what the hell hospital it is we re trying to evacuate would be likely.So, I wanted to read this book to listen to the voices of the people of New Orleans, at least some of them Baum is doing a good job of evoking them I m enjoying this in the same way I enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story It s a book both horrifying and wryly amusing Baum does a great job of bringing his nine different people to vivid life and making you care deeply about their interests and their actions And the book fills me with a blinding rage that racism killed so many people, and that Bush was so blithely indifferent to the lives of thousands This is why Black Lives Matter because clearly, to many Americans, they don t, not even a tiny bit I m still angry about reporters and photo captions that accused Black people of looting, but white people of finding food It s got to stop

  3. Lynette says:

    New Orleans is a city full of contradictions, a place out of context with the rest of America It defies understanding, explanation, and most especially, classification It s a quality the residents hold onto, this testament of uniqueness, even as the city has teetered time and again on the brink of destruction I ve lived near New Orleans for most of my life I m a frequent visitor there, and, like everyone else who comes, I ve fallen in love with its decadent grandness, its welcoming, leisurel New Orleans is a city full of contradictions, a place out of context with the rest of America It defies understanding, explanation, and most especially, classification It s a quality the residents hold onto, this testament of uniqueness, even as the city has teetered time and again on the brink of destruction I ve lived near New Orleans for most of my life I m a frequent visitor there, and, like everyone else who comes, I ve fallen in love with its decadent grandness, its welcoming, leisurely way of life All manner of man calls New Orleans home, and every one of them is right It is unique, out of step with the rest of America And this is exactly why it is so important to save, even now, even as the great lady teeters on her knees trying desperately to rise from the devastation of Katrina.Dan Baum, on assignment from The New Yorker after the storm, quickly learned this He, along with his wife Margaret, eventually moved to New Orleans in order to write a book, one in which, using the bookends of Betsy in 1965 and Katrina in 2005, captures perfectly what it means to love this city Baum chose nine people he had gotten to know after the storm, conducting hundreds of hours of interviews, writing the story of the city through their eyes They are from vastly different ends of the socio political spectrum, ranging from the widow of a revered Mardi Gras Indian chief to the long time coroner of Orleans parish, from a transsexual bar owner to a former king of Rex and pillar of the Uptown community Their stories are unique, yet a common thread runs through them all the deep, abiding love of this place, of the home New Orleans offers to each The author captures that love without being preachy or overly sentimental New Orleans is far from a fairy tale land of mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance Poverty, desperation, and crime are huge, unending problems, and Baum acknowledges this The stories he tells are candid, real, and fraught with generations of loss and disappointment They are, however, also stories of hope, people who have risen, time and again, despite adversity after adversity Many people in the rest of the United States have questioned why we should rebuild such a place, crippled as it is by poverty and corruption It takes spending time in New Orleans to learn its value, I suppose, to experience the unique magic that makes this city special If you can t visit, however, read this book Dan Baum has clearly seen and understands Five Stars

  4. Kalen says:

    Stunning If you read only one book about New Orleans, read this one Baum has been compared to Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote and I would agree with both of those comparisons His writing is so lush, so vivid, that you feel like you are right there in New Orleans as the stories unfold Nine different narratives are woven together, beginning in 1965 with Hurricane Betsy Some of the reviews I read before I picked up the book complained that Nine Lives isn tfocused on Katrina it s only the la Stunning If you read only one book about New Orleans, read this one Baum has been compared to Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote and I would agree with both of those comparisons His writing is so lush, so vivid, that you feel like you are right there in New Orleans as the stories unfold Nine different narratives are woven together, beginning in 1965 with Hurricane Betsy Some of the reviews I read before I picked up the book complained that Nine Lives isn tfocused on Katrina it s only the last 100 pages Honestly, with Baum s writing style and the intensity of the stories, do you wantthan that My heart raced as I read the last 100 pages and I held back tears as I read the last 30 Hurricane Katrina was, essentially, a character of the book, not the sole reason for these incredible stories As Hurricane Katrina becomesdistant in our collective rear view mirror, I hope and trust this book will become a critical part of the literature on the subject 8 21 11 Re read and I re read very few books not enough time and this one held up There were a lot of stories and details I d forgotten and I m glad I took the time to revisit these amazing nine people from New Orleans I often describe this book as being about Hurricane Katrina, but really, it s a love letter to New Orleans It s much, much bigger than Katrina

  5. Bambi Unbridled says:

    Nine Lives is the gripping tale of forty odd years of life and death in New Orleans bracketed by two hurricanes Hurricane Betsy in September 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 The story is told in a memoir narrative style, seeing life and death through the eyes of nine incredibly interesting New Orleanians Ronald Lewis was born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, saw both hurricanes, and became a champion for the rebirth of the Lower 9th following Hurricane Katrina As a young man, he w Nine Lives is the gripping tale of forty odd years of life and death in New Orleans bracketed by two hurricanes Hurricane Betsy in September 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 The story is told in a memoir narrative style, seeing life and death through the eyes of nine incredibly interesting New Orleanians Ronald Lewis was born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, saw both hurricanes, and became a champion for the rebirth of the Lower 9th following Hurricane Katrina As a young man, he worked worked on the streetcar rails, later founded a social and pleasure club, and is well known for his backyard museum, the House of Dance and Feathers dedicated to some of the most interesting traditions in the city Joyce Montana is widow of Tootie Montana, former Big Chief of Yellow Pocahontas of the Mardi Gras Indians Joyce helped Tootie with his elaborate suits every year, which he implemented to steer the Mardi Gras Indian tradition away from fighting and bloodshed With Tootie s influence, and Joyce s help, the violent culture was transformed into a culture of competition of arts and craftsmanship The Indian suits that have followed this tradition are truly beautiful and time consuming works of art, many of which can be seen in Ronald Lewis House of Dance and Feathers Tootie and Joyce s son, Darryl Montana, is the current reigning Big Chief of Yellow Pocahontas JoAnn Guidos is the transexual owner of Kajun s Pub on St Claude Ave In Nine Lives, we first meet a young John Guidos, a quiet football player who often experimented with his mother s clothing As John ages, he truly has harrowing ups and downs in his life before he feels free to become JoAnn With an ex wife, children, and a failed business, his story was quite interesting and he truly gave back to New Orleans during and after the storm JoAnn kept Kajun s Pub open as a refuge and gathering place for the lost souls of her community, until she was forced to shut down by the military who were evacuating the city.Wilbert Rawlins, Jr current band director at LB Landry High School is a hero of the community when it comes to troubled high school students Rawlins has been a father figure to countless troubled teens, offering tough love and respect in turn, and giving them an outlet through music We watch Rawlins grow from a young man to this respected community member Will had the utmost respect for his father, William Rawlings Sr., and continuously strove to live up to his name and make his father proud I loved the relationship between these two, the strong stoic father who took such an active role in his son s life, and gave him the good example that Will, in turn, passed on to his students Belinda Rawlins is 2nd wife of Wilbert Rawlins, Jr We meet her as a smart young girl who loves books and only wanted to get an education and have a white picket fence life Belinda s plans were derailed several times, but she persevered and never gave up I have to admire her gumption in the face of the many trials and tribulations she faced and one of the best moments of her story was when she reconciled the meaning and importance of Will s work in the community.Billy Grace is one of the prominent business leaders in the Uptown community, a residence of the Rex Mansion on St Charles Street, and Carnival King in 2002 Billy didn t come from money, but married into it when he married Anne and moved into the home that had been in her family for the past century Some of thesad and disappointing aspects of New Orleans history came out through Billy s story particularly the resistance to forced integration of New Orleans and its Mardi Gras krewes.Timothy Bruneau began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the military, and became an NOPD Officer after his first enlistment was over Tim s story was one of the most difficult, and not just from the events surrounding Katrina We saw Tim fighting crime and corruption in a very violent city, suffer a near career ending injury, and then suffer unimaginable horrors after the storm I know that NOPD got a bad rap after Katrina, and that tends to overshadow the selfless and terrifying experiences of officers that were out trying to do good, like Tim Bruneau Homeless, sleeping in his patrol car, yet still trying to help the city, I have total respect for this man and hope he is enjoying the retirement he has earned.Anthony Wells was a small time drug dealer living in the Lower 9th He was in and out of Angola prison a few times, but rode out the storm in the Lower 9 After the mandatory evacuation, Anthony was sent as a refugee to Knoxville Netwon, Tennessee This part of his story highlighted the difficulty faced by displaced residents, some things that I was hearing for the first time Frank Minyard was definitely a character We first meet him as a wealthy gynecologist who gets involved with fighting drug addiction in the city through a methadone clinic This led Frank to run for coroner, where he became know as Dr Jazz, and was ultimately the longest standing civil servant in the state of Louisiana maybe the country Raised in the 9th Ward, Frank was often involved with people involved in the civil rights movement, and never shied away from patients no matter their race or social class Frank Baum s reporting skills definitely shine through this book He didn t pull punches, and he wasn t afraid to show the grimy underbelly of New Orleans Baum brought the multi layered city to life and showed that while it s not always pretty, it is real New Orleans is made up of its people, and Baum demonstrated that its people have New Orleans in their blood I hope I can meet some of these interesting individuals now that I m a proud resident of the Crescent City.I received an advanced copy of this audiobook from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review Full review posted at Bambi Unbridled

  6. Michael says:

    A few years ago I suggested a book group book about cities recovering from disasters My fellow bookies groaned Nooooooo Katrina fatigue was the consensus response Still I felt obligated to read Nine Lives as the author is a neighbor and slight acquaintance A couple of things held me back One was Katrina fatigue Also I had never visited New Orleans and regretted that I missed my chance before it was swept away by a Cat 5 hurricane, broken levees, polluted floodwaters, failed policies A few years ago I suggested a book group book about cities recovering from disasters My fellow bookies groaned Nooooooo Katrina fatigue was the consensus response Still I felt obligated to read Nine Lives as the author is a neighbor and slight acquaintance A couple of things held me back One was Katrina fatigue Also I had never visited New Orleans and regretted that I missed my chance before it was swept away by a Cat 5 hurricane, broken levees, polluted floodwaters, failed policies The reason I never visited NOLA was I harbored a deep suspicion that it was a cartoon, a failed city hiding behind a Mardi Gras mask Sort of like Santa Fe and its adobe Conoco station and tiny, cutesy, contrived core engulfed in a sea of low rent sprawl That was my prejudice Ok, that s a lot of background I finally went to New Orleans a month ago and was swept away by its depth and complexity In a city that was 80 percent underwater, decaying for generations, still plagued by corrupt government, lingering segregation, terrible numbers for health, education and crime, and a limp local economy,than 80 percent have moved back Poor blacks and white exiled to Baton Rouge or Houston clawed to get back to a semblance of their lives in an unpainted shotgun house They have been joined by an influx of young musicians and entrepreneurs, some of whom came to rebuild homes as volunteers and just stayed Rich whites re invested in stately homes that are really so much termite fodder We biked all over the city and found new vitality everywhere It turns out that Bourbon Street is the cartoon, but it is engulfed by richly layered multi part novel During a brass hip hop concert in Congo Square, I stood among thousands of dancing New Orleaneans and said to my daughter, Do any other residents love their city as much as this She shrugged and replied, Maybe New York So I came back to Nine Lives to understand why I was rewarded with a deep look inside the city over a generation Katrina is just the climax The book is beautifully researched and written like a fine novel As I past journalist I can appreciate the time Dan Baum has taken to recreate scenes some 50 years old as the book begins with Hurricane Betsy in 1965 with a high degree of nuance, dialogue and insight He captures the poetry of everyday people, including cops, grifters, band leaders, a track repairman on the St Charles lines, the King of Carnival, and the unforgettable Frank Minyard, the trumpet playing coroner who waited a week for Katrina s casualties to show up in his provisional morgue If you ve been put off from reading Nine Lives by Katrina fatigue, go read Nine Lives now It s just good literature If you haven t been to New Orleans, don t wait your whole life like I did

  7. Lena says:

    Nine Lives is a powerful and moving portrait of the city of New Orleans as told through the life histories of nine very different residents The story begins with the reaction of a 15 year old Ninth Ward resident to the 1965 devastation of Hurricane Betsy and moves through the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and beyond.Among the other people profiled in the book are a wealthy uptown man with an active historical presence in Mardi Gras, an ambitious black woman determined to escape her child Nine Lives is a powerful and moving portrait of the city of New Orleans as told through the life histories of nine very different residents The story begins with the reaction of a 15 year old Ninth Ward resident to the 1965 devastation of Hurricane Betsy and moves through the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and beyond.Among the other people profiled in the book are a wealthy uptown man with an active historical presence in Mardi Gras, an ambitious black woman determined to escape her childhood poverty, a Hallmark store owner coming to grips with his transsexuality, a band leader trying to bring music to the lives of kids who have little else, and a by the book cop trying to make sense of a city that is anything but sensical Baum weaves together snapshots of key moments in each of these people s lives in a way that highlights the struggles and gifts of this one of a kind place The divisions of race, the importance of music, the power of family, community and ritual, and the corruption endemic to all strata of New Orleans society are among the issues he focuses on in each of these tales While these things don t exactly explain what happened during Katrina and its aftermath, they do shed light on how a city that is in many ways foreign to the rest of America dealt with that crushing blow.The cover of this book bearsthan a little resemblance to thatfamous Southern character study, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil While there are some similarities, Nine Lives is a farintense and serious book Baum s skilled portrayal of the hopes and pain of each of these nine lives made the city of New Orleans and the devastation of Katrina farreal for me than any news report ever could

  8. Susan (the other Susan) says:

    Remarkable Beyond my capacity to review while I m still feeling the personal connections this book inspired I feel as if I know these nine people, and I wish they knew me I did meet two of the heroes of Nine Lives last December Ronald Lewis and Pete Alexander at the backyard museum called House of Dance and Feathers, in New Orleans slowly rebuilding Lower Ninth Ward I need to write to those gentlemen now that I know their storyfully, thank them for the generosity of spirit that ma Remarkable Beyond my capacity to review while I m still feeling the personal connections this book inspired I feel as if I know these nine people, and I wish they knew me I did meet two of the heroes of Nine Lives last December Ronald Lewis and Pete Alexander at the backyard museum called House of Dance and Feathers, in New Orleans slowly rebuilding Lower Ninth Ward I need to write to those gentlemen now that I know their storyfully, thank them for the generosity of spirit that made my friend and me feel so welcome that sunny afternoon Maybe when those letters are written, I ll review Nine Lives

  9. Sarah says:

    I can t adequately articulate how great this book is The good and the bad are creatively, unbiasedly interwoven into arresting narratives that illustrate the complexity and diversity of New Orleans Just read it Especially if you have any connections to New Orleans.

  10. Lili says:

    In preparation for an upcoming overnight in New Orleans, I wanted to read something contemporary and multi dimensional that acknowledged the reality of Katrina without being simply a rant about mismanagement, mistreatment, poverty, segregation, etc Ideally, I was looking for something like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The City of Falling Angels, but set in New Orleans After an hour or two of reading comments and reviews of various New Orleans books on Goodreads, I decided to see In preparation for an upcoming overnight in New Orleans, I wanted to read something contemporary and multi dimensional that acknowledged the reality of Katrina without being simply a rant about mismanagement, mistreatment, poverty, segregation, etc Ideally, I was looking for something like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The City of Falling Angels, but set in New Orleans After an hour or two of reading comments and reviews of various New Orleans books on Goodreads, I decided to see if I could find Nine Lives Death and Life in New Orleans in my local library.I loved this book, perhaps evenso than John Berendt s books, for its portrayal of people, its sense of place and its insight into unique pockets of society At least the first two thirds were spent developing the characters lives after Hurricane Betsy in 1965 in short interlaced vignettes usually less than three pages each When Hurricane Katrina hits, the stories continue in the same style of vignettes through 2008 the book was published 2009 It is a powerful way to show what happened and how it affected a variety of different people, without preaching or ranting Although the vignettes are predominately based on author interviews, there is absolutely no author presence in the book, which I find pretty amazing It is only in the Afterword that the author describes how he met each of the nine protagonists, the effort he expended to elicit edit their stories and of course the academic research he undertook to ensure that the vignettes were grounded in the proper context The bibliography was amazing in its breadth and depth.One warning I was extremely fortunate to have read this book almost straight through while on vacation Because of number of characters and some of the similar elements between their stories, it could be a very different and perhaps bad experience to read an hour at a time in the evenings I d imagine that it may be frustrating to keep the people, places and circumstances straight when only read in short bursts, especially early on when you aren t as invested in what happens next to each of the people Similarly, I don t think this would be a good audio book, unless it was possible to listen to it in a fairly solid block like a drive to New Orleans