This podcast is nothing like Serial which is where it was promoted. It was definitely a big let down after coming from such a great high on Serial. There are many other true crime / mystery podcasts that are way better than this one in my opinion.
The only thing that makes this better is that itâs true. My heart is broken but thankful that this story is forever preserved. What an amazing man.
But I really donât like the narrator. I get that heâs skeptical (as he should be) but heâs being rude to John. Canât respect that kind of journalism.
This did not turn out to be the story I thought I was going to hear. It was so good, you never know what youâll hear next
I started listening today, and I was hooked from Chapter 1!
Hooked, a little sad but also very interesting. Great from all perspectives.
The main character is fascinating! Wow! His commentary is so vivid. An insight into a subculture that most of us have never been privy to.
This is one of the most amazing stories, about one of the most amazing individuals, I have ever heard. RIP John.
Such a bizarre but interesting story. Last 2 eps are kinda meh but the first 5 are incredible.
I got so sucked in to S-Town that I couldnât stop listening and finished it very quickly, and am listening again! Itâs hard to write a review without spoiling anything, but itâs a fantastic true story that leads you down paths you wouldnât expect and itâs incredibly well told.
My favorite podcast to date. I loved every minute of it. I can't imagine anyone giving it less than 5 stars. Made a long road trip bearable.
Loved it. This podcast opened up a new interest I have in mystery/crime podcasts
This podcast broke my heart in so many ways. So many levels of toxicity and so many versions of beauty. It forced me to touch in with an America Iâve been trying to ignore since leaving my childhood home. It also feels like a call to action. To practice tolerance even when it feels hard (tolerance for the intolerant) and to think bigger about endemic problems of hopelessness that turns to hate and despair. This isnât in reference to John but to the world he lived in. He was beautifully complicated and painfully human (to paraphrase). On a very worldly level I feel indignant about the loss of his maze. Silly in the face of such larger losses but it seems to signify the unfairness and senselessness weâre witnessing daily. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.
I devoured this story. The way it was told and unfolded, how it twisted and turned and the moral ambiguity of it allâtotally blew me away. Just absolutely beautiful. Definitely going to listen to this multiple times.
The host sounds like he is about to cry all the time. Very annoying
Best story Iâve had the pleasure to ever listen to. John B is the most interesting man Iâve had the pleasure of getting to know.
I really enjoy the storyline and how the show plays out. However, the narratorâs emphasis at the end of each sentence gets so distracting for me. The narration sounds like every other sentence is a question, because of how the narrator speaks.
I stumbled upon this podcast and itâs one of my top 5 favorites of all time. I laughed, cried and couldnât wait for my 50 minute ride to work each day to listen. Excellent!!
I love his voice, the way the story unfolds, how the characters are depicted with his descriptions... Itâs worth the listen
A true story so intriguing and well told, with twists at every turn.
Itâs still the best one Iâve listened to. Complex and crushingly beautiful.Update 7/1/18: Yup, still the best. Hands down.
S-Town was so beautifully told. It was very obvious Brianâs connection to This American Life and Serial in the telling of this tale. I loved listening to it and was drawn into the story immediately...well actually I had to listen to the first two episodes twice as there were too many names, I couldnât keep them straight. After that it was a joy. Until the end...***SPOILER ALERT***Seriously, did I miss something? It started off about a murder that it never tied back into. Yes, the father bought the land but was there something more to it? That was just the way they found a mysterious story about manâs suicide? Really? Forgive me for this and RIP John but without tying the story back to the murder it seems like all you did was air the dirty laundry of a man who was hoping you could do some good for his town. Pretty hideous stuff.
Right from episode 1 I was hooked . You drew me in and had my undivided attention.... thanks
This is my 3rd time listening to this podcast, because the story is so incredible. I recommend it to everyone looking for something new to listen to. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.
I'm coming in really late to the ballgame so I can tell you that I've already listened to the entire series, all episodes. Each and everyone is outstanding! This is better than 48 hrs or 20/20 or just about most shows I've seen on TV within this genre. I finished this series just a few days ago and I can tell you that I'm still vested in this. Still thinking on this person, town, his friends, life. It's really pulls you in. The folks that created and made this are so very thoughtful and you can tell that no stone was left unturned when researching and facts as well as revealing nuances of each persons character. This is just outstanding. Cudos to all that made this!!!!!
Canât believe people think Johnâs accent is fake. Theyâve never spent anytime in Alabama yet feel expert enough to claim itâs a voice actor. Regardless of what actually happens in the complexity of real life, the idea that someoneâs troubles and obviously obsessive opinions are somehow the podcastâs âagendaâ is what is reductive in so many of these negative reviews... having grown up in a very small town in SC, I can assure you there are a lot of people who have experiences somewhat like this who have NEVER had such a platform, even posthumously. The consumer mindset gives so many listeners the impression that they should critique the content and not the style; calling someoneâs accent and experience fake or agenda-based, even though this is a free podcast and easily researched online. The south is weirder and more complicated than even southerners would have you believe, and this very sad and moving glimpse is so valuable for that.
After all my friends wouldn't shut up about this show I finally decided to give it a listen. After a couple of episodes I thought I'd struck ear-gold. But after a certain point in the drama (you'll know what I'm talking about if you listen to the show) they lost the most interesting component in the show and it spirals off into this whole long tangent about morally questionable (some downright repugnant) people fighting over someone else's property. Who needs that? I got my own annoying relatives. Finally bailed when I realized I didn't care who got the property... or what happened to the people. I was tired of hanging out with them. There's a reason I don't live in Alabama.
I love this so much! It was enthralling!
This podcast was from the beginning til end creative and intriguing and yet dark, very dark. It left little to no hope in itâs depressing view of life in small town America today. Would never recommend.
This was a complete waste of my time. It didnât make sense to me to glorify a vulgar, suicidal, pessimistic, gay atheist. This show needs a * GAY SEX WARNING *
...and all parties involved are terrible at voice acting. How has no one realized this? You guys are has beens
I just wasted 7 hours of my life. Great storytelling, but nothing significant happened. Was just led on for 7 hours.
This was SUCH an amazing podcast. It completely hooked me in after the first 10 minutes and left me wanting another Brian reed story. One of the best I have ever listened to.
Rose for Emily is perhaps the worst buffer song I have ever heard. Big build up, but the story left we wanting more.
Brian Reed captures his meeting and getting to know John B Macklemore. John is someone we should all know or do know someone party like him. An insightful look into life in a small town that twists around itself and the people who live there. Donât expect a fairy tail with the podcast, but it is a tale for sure.
This is an awesome series. I listened to it on a long solo drive through the Rocky Mountains. It was addicting and fascinating. Surprising twists and turns, and so eloquently told. If youâd like to dive into a story that will change your perspective and introduce you to a different life view, check this one out.
Horrible & boring! Itâs just a biography, I felt lied to about what I was going to listen to. Why do I care about a manâs entire life in a podcast whoâs just nuts/sad/depressed/strange? Not worth it.
I loved the story telling. It was like being a part of the story that I couldnât wAit till the next chapter.
Absolutely one of the best podcasts ever. A year later and Iâm still wanting answers and still wanting more. The main character is fascinating. I love this podcast!
This was the most captivating podcast Iâve heard. It left me wanting more. More John B, more stories, more answers. I truly hope there is a follow up.
Fascinating, can't stop listening, character driven, well produced story that is easy to relate to while staying suspenseful. Unlike any podcast I've heard.
This podcast made me feel emotions I hadnât felt in a long time. Sometimes I find myself feeling the negativity John B had about the decline of society. This podcast allowed me to meet a man who not only was incredibly complicated but also so simple to relate to. When it all comes down to the end, never forget the silence and things that gave you peace.
I love listening to podcasts, mainly true crime, and finally dove into this after hearing it recommended again and again. I have never been so sucked into a podcast. I am on the 4th episode and I honestly have no idea which way this is going to go! For awhile I didnât even know where they were trying to head with this but still I was completely sucked in. I feel like I can picture it all so well and the descriptions of everything is excellent. Thank you for a great podcast! Also, the music is perfect. I had to come edit my review after I found myself smiling as they were playing the opera music. The music is all wonderfully picked and is a breath of fresh air during the story.
This is the gold standard when it comes to podcasting. Incredible story telling. Amazing and tragic story. It ran the gauntlet of my emotions. This is one of the best podcasts out there.
The story begins with a pretty interesting murder inquiry, but quickly takes a turn and builds up such an intriguing human, John B. I could not stop listening, I kept wanting to dive deeper into the S***-Town, the people of it, and the stories that came from Johnâs life. Def recommend.
This is the most amazing podcast I have ever heard. I had no expectation and once I started the first episode I was hooked! I finished all of the episodes in one day!!! Definitely worth listening
Absolutely Incredible. I could not stop listening. Best podcast I have ever heard.
Waste of time
Brian does a great job narrating and explaining his research of such an interesting story. Keep up the great work!