The story of a unique and complex man, who was both a product and victim of his environment. It also reminded me of the good, the bad , and the ugly of my experiences as a yankee in my early 20s working for the paper industry in that region of Alabama. There are freedoms of rights, lands, and property; along with a sense of family and what America truely stands for that can only fully be appreciated in the south. However, there is also an unwillingness to allow for social change, racial equality, and basic human rights which continue to plague the region. Hopefully, in the next 100 years a man this wise will be allowed to live in complete freedom, in the land that formed all that he was.
I hated this show because it reminded me so much of people I know and gave me intense anxiety. It told a very real story about the mentality in the American south. It has stuck with me for a long time.
This is a can't stop listening tragedy. Initially John B reminds me of my father, but with each episode this is less so, until it's not at all, with exception of his intelligence and accent. Wish I had known the man. Thanks for doing this story on him.
Sad story but so good. Wish it never had to end.
i was hooked by the end of the 3rd episode. last 2 episodes were run on, and really had no structure. Save yourself 2 hours and dont even listen to them. listen to the last 15 minutes of the last episode and youll get your closure of the podcast. LISTEN TO CUMTOWN
This was the only thing I listened to on a recent long road trip. It was incredible. This story is really brought to life and so captivating that I was on the edge til the very last few minutes for the story to full circle. Definitely a must!
Episodes two through five were well done and those were very interesting.However, the first episode was slightly boring, and then the last episode was awful. The last episode was significantly different than the rest of the episodes.They should of kept the podcast more consistent across all of the episodes.
One of my favorite podcasts to this point. I found myself completely captivated by the story and listened to it straight through on a long summer road trip. I gave always loved time and clocks so I was drawn in and then learning Johnâs story kept me engaged. I laughed and cried and felt simultaneously satisfied and angry at the end.
This was such a beautifully told story. I immediately fell in love with the main character and was so touched by the authenticity of the narrator. Do yourself a favor, take a listen and get lost in the story like I did :)
I got sucked in on the very first episode and couldn't stop listening till it was finished. I can tell how interested I am if although I suffer from severe insomnia and sometimes use podcasts to try to put me to sleep, this one kept me awake and engaged from start to finish. I laughed out loud and cried also. A rarity for me. Very well worth the listen. Will most likely listened again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. I definitely recommend this podcast to anyone interested in the human condition.
My first Podcast. I really like S-Town. I live in Alabama and can relate. Only on part 2.
So fascinating. Lots of twists I didnât expect!! I hope they do more like this.
I loved this podcast and was so pulled in from the beginning.
This is one of the only "serious" podcasts I've ever listened to and WOW what a good choice. The twists and turns of this nonfiction multi-layered story kept me enthralled for the whole week or two it took me to consume. Brian did a really good job, everybody. Great work.
Both the investigative journalism and storytelling here are immersive. I listened over the span of a week while doing everything from snowboarding down a mountain to doing laundry. Now I don't know what I'm going to do with my free time. More podcasts like this please!!!!!
I shared this with number of people and all of them loved it
Iâm late to the game but this was so go- I couldnât stop listening!! Great story telling - with a captivating story! Thank you for introducing us to this intriguing man - definitely makes you stop and think before you assume.....
I wish I could give 10 stars!!!
Such a well-told, impressively organized and captivating true story. We loved it.
I binge listened to this whole series in two days. Loved it.
It's very good. I was like, is there more??
From the start of the first episode I was hooked. Absolutely intriuging story.
So so so good. You think you know where the story is going and then it completely changes course. Worth a listen!
Done so well! Brain is such a great storyteller!
What an incredible story from a seemingly un-incredible neck of the woods. Thank you for the legwork you and your team did. I canât tell you how much Iâve enjoyed listening.
How can this even be remotely connected to serial? The main character rambles on and on and desperately reeks of needing attention
Amazing account of Macklemoreâs life. So captivating and heart wrenching.
S-town was captivating is thrilling. The story telling and attention to detail in providing the best possible understanding of the characters makes this podcast easily one of the best of 2017!
This podcast goes in so many directions. One could go to any small town (north or south) and drum up similar stories. John has many talents for sure and I am not taking anything from him. I rate this podcast as a one star, not John.
True audible perfection. Gah blessð¤
This series is devoid of any useful content. The producers/writers manipulate the listeners into believing there is some sort of story here and there is not! At the conclusion you donât feel educated or informed just tricked into investing time you will not get back. They trade on the Serial name but the quality is laughable.
I laughed, I cried, I related. Worth a listen.
Most excellent reporting. Thank you for taking us on this journey.
I don't understand why I loved this podcast so much, only that I binged it within two days. Yesyesyes. Very thought-provoking.
Started out with Serial podcast. Was not disappointed by this series. Well done.
This is the best podcast, ever.
Violence, intrigue, love, family, clocks, science, hidden treasure... this story has t all. Itâs an amazingly well told story with so many surprise twists that it kept me riveted straight through from start to end on my recent road trip.
Three chapters in and Iâm hooked.
This is a simple bait and switch situation here, the story starts out with some shady activity pertaining to a murder in a small town, and ends up (within a few episodes) going off track all together. Now all of a sudden we are listening to this dude ramble, and then his lovers and his friends and his acquaintances. So now itâs a podcast about a guy suffering from the side effects of mercury poisoning and his treasure map for his hidden valuables??? What the f**k just happened? Wasnât this a podcast about a murder? Anyway, I feel like I wasted many hours of my life listening to this only to be let down in the end when there is nothing regarding the original plot point resolved. ONE STAR.
Kept my attention while working in my Hobbyshop. Wish there were more PC like it...
A podcast about the everyday life in AL. Pretty twisted, not like the other serial podcasts I was hoping for.
First five episodes were very interesting. But the reporter seems to have hit a wall and couldn't get through, so the story of the first five episode was dropped in favor of a tawdry digging through of a life. Quite a let down. Wish I'd quit after 5.
Just not good. Even if it is real, it honestly sounds like Chip Baskets is reciting a bad parody of Serial. Only in an incredibly boring way. Also, I've noticed a lot of the 5 star reviews are from people who hadn't even listened to it yet.
S-town weaves together disparate tales of a series of characters from Alabama in a raging tour of American woes, lost treasure, and precarious circumstances. What begins as an investigation into the conspiracy theories of a local mad scientist spins wildly out of focus as the reporter Brian Reid makes his way down to "Sh*ttown." The depth of investigation goes incidentally even deeper due to hard-to-believe-its-real synchronicity and the unraveling of news throughout the series. I wouldn't want to spoil anything here, but let me HIGHLY recommend that if you are eager to listen, S-town delivers a deep experience that will absolutely move you in all possible ways. I am incredibly impressed with the fluency, the quality of audio, and the total listener experience! A++ awesome work on this one!!!
I listened to this entire story and while fascinated by John and his life, I was horrified by the irresponsibility of the writers. Allowing a thief and ne'er do well--who benefited from John's generosity and kindness--to have the last word on John and his life sickened me. This program and Brian Reed did a profound disservice to a man who had no ability to respond to claims made against him. It was gossip, not journalism. Very disappointing.
This is an educated look at what is, not a dramatic one. Lots of twists to the story keep it flowing and interested, but in the end who-done-it doesn't exist... which you find out very early in the series. Still, every time you think it's solving something about the town & people it gets cirled to a new direction. They did a great job at exploring all sorts of connections, but when you get down to it, the answer is a lot simpler than imagined. I do like how well the research was about every aspect, from the people's relationships to the legacy of the clock master. As anti-dramatic as the result was it was not anti-climatic because you do get to see a whole twisted world that one man is trapped living in without ever knowing he was. Imagine living that!
John was a social reject who somehow legally or illegally had the ability to hustle up enough money every month to pay the bills. I think he was casually asking closeted lovers for cabbage and fixing clocks and scraping by.
Loved this podcast. When's the next one coming?
Just subscribe and listen. You wonât be disappointed.
What a wonderful story- so well done. Bravo!