John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
S-Town is a winding road of a tale. You’re never really sure what the podcast is meant to be. Is it a crime story? A story of friendship? Did something else happen in this town.
This podcast is very well documented. I really love how everything done by this team is based off their own recordings with a little explanation. It just tells the story much better than a full narration. I felt like I had met everyone myself. The recording were very well laid out and explained, some out of order, but in the way that made the most sense for the story to unfold as a mystery.
I finished the podcast in a day or so, but had so many questions. I suppose that’s the point. I’d say I’ll listen again in a few weeks and see if I change my mind on any one person. Just like with Serial, because you only know what different people have told Brian, so you don’t know if anyone is deceiving him.
It’s funny in parts, and heartbreaking at others. I went through a full range of emotions quite a few times with this. Because I felt like I knew all the people Brian met, I really felt for them, every single one, even if they were horrible at times.
Whether you like crime stories, any good story, or have listened to Serial, check this out. It lives up to all the hype.
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