The multi-million copy best-selling thriller that introduced Jake Brigance to Clanton and inspired a sequel, Sycamore Row.
When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer. But in the maelstrom of Clanton, it is also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed.
©1992 John Grisham (P)1992 Random House, LLC
"Grisham is an absolute master!" (The Washington Post)
This audiobook is of the highest quality, both in terms of story and performance. Michael Beck's excellent performance brings this book to life and at no point in the 16+ hours did I feel the story lose my attention.
I don't have a favourite because of how good Michael Beck was. Without spoiling anything I think his adaptation of Ellen Roark was brilliant as well as Lucian and Jake.
The whole book is totally engrossing, leaving you wondering what is going to happen next at all times. I have never read a John Grisham book before but I fully intend to listen to the next one, hopefully read by Michael Beck again.
A 5 star listen. A fantastic book, read by a fantastic narrator. For anyone who enjoys drama of any kind, put this on your wish list.
The story unfolds slowly and steadily with occasional twists and turns to keep your attention. Michael Beck is the consummate Grisham narrator, changing pace when necessary and making each character come alive.
Jake Braganza the hero of the story always seems to have the right intentions and although ambitious also has a moral core.
The description of the rape of a ten year old girl was graphic and horrific but even more moving is the ongoing trauma she experiences as a result and which shows the huge psychological as well as physical damage caused by the perpetrators.
Not my first Grisham audio book - and I'm sure it wont be the last. Great for long car journeys.
Epic fantasy is my main love. I find the beauty of audible though is you try things that you would not normally read.
Court room dramas are not my usual thing but i was recommended Sycamore row. I thought i would start with this book as its a prequel and where we first meet Jake Brigance and the people of Ford county. I vaguely remembered seeing this film many years ago but couldn't remember the end anyway.
Its a compelling tale, and an emotional one at that. It raises questions about right and wrong, justice and Equality. A really great story, badly told.
As i said, I'm not a Grisham reader or a Court room enthusiast. I seemed to me that the story was told rather matter of factly. A list of events rather than a characters journey. "Jake did this" "The judge said this"etc, etc. Not much character building at all. As a result i wasn't emotionally invested in any of the characters and this made the ending feel somewhat anti climactic.
Maybe this is typical of the genera or Grishams writing style but I'm not that eager to pick up the sequel now. Almost all of his best work is made into films anyway, i think I'll just stick to the films.
There's a reason John's a best seller and this is another of them. A thought provoking story told brilliantly. Worth every penny.
Another excellent Grisham story, well read and difficult to turn off. Whilst I suppose the ending was predictable there was always room for doubt.
"You'll love this if you hate bigotry.."
The attempted justice of Carl Lee Hailey by the lawyer defending him and the hypocrisy of the people that were claiming to try and help him.
Without a doubt, the story itself, from start to finish.
He explains the plot of the story in a way that compels you to keep listening to the story.
Absolutely nothing. The narrator was brilliant.
If you despise racism and bigotry, you will love this book and without giving too much away, you will LOVE the way the story ends. This has to be one of John Grisham's best. Highly recommended read!
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