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Tale of small town America with terrific characterisation, humour and good plot. I've always thought John Grisham was a bit of a hack, but this is a fine book which reminds me more than a little of 'To Kill A Mockingbird', one of my all-time favourite novels. The reader is superb.
I had become a litle bit disappointed with John Grisham and decided to give him one more chance and I am glad I did.
It is set in a small town in America's deep South which is as alien to me as it was to our storyteller/hero.
The tale of rape and murder and the subsequent trial develops nicely and doesn't feel at all laboured. It is reminiscent of A Time to Kill by Grisham and does have undertones of To Kill a Mocking Bird.
It is well told and makes you feel as if you are actually there in the Court Room, digesting evidence and trying to work out who are the 'baddies'.
I have been very pleasantly surprised by this book and far from writing John Grisham off now, would actually come back for more!
Anybody who loves Grisham will know that he prefers to set him novels in the deep south. The only problem with this novel is that the storlyine was buried deep down there too. Where on earth is the story going? The answer is nowhere. What started as a witty novel full of potential became so boring towards the end that I didn't even bother finishing it.
The story is an interesting description of the social context. I enjoyed the insight into racial issues however the story itself is not up to John Grishams usual pace and intrigue. I got the feeling he was really interested in describing to the reader the "ambiance" of the region and the social issues more than developing a thriller. I can understand his desire to explain and found it interesting but not "gripping" as other books of his have been. Looking forwards to his next publication whenever that will.
I love John Gresham, but was really disappointed with this book. It started off well, but died in the middle and the ending wasn't that much better.
A little disappointed here, lots of waffle not needed for the story, slow and not for me. Narrator is good.
A great book, great story. great listen too. I love vincent marzello as a narrator, right now i'm only dowloading books he narrates.
if you get this book get the summons after, same characters, same town, same great narrator and great story too.
This book was my introduction into the world of John Grisham. I found it completely compelling. I was infact unsure as to Whether I was listening to non fiction or an actual account of the characters life. I would highly recommend this read to anyone, I dare you to put it down before you have finished
"A very enjoyable listen"
This book is as much about a court case as it is about small town life in the South. This book can really engross in the atmosphere Grisham creates.
I think Grisham has run out of ideas. The book lacked a consistent plot. Was it about a killer, a homely lady or a mad lawyer. To say nothing of the young newspaper editor. Should be rated as a 1/2
"Misleading summary, tedious story"
The summary for this book suggests a thrilling story based on crime, punishment and revenge. Well, I guess that is part of the story - maybe 20%. The rest is a tedious tale of small town life. Don't buy this book if you're expecting a gripping story - I got to the finish only because I was too stubborn to give in!
If you are from a small Southern town, this story will allow you the chance to laugh at, and appreciate, your own existence. If you are not, you can see what you are missing. Although Mr. Marzello made the female characters sound like badly programed automatons, he did a passable job with the males.
"A welcome return to form"
Over time, Grisham's books have become less and less appealing. They start well but fade badly, and often any tension dissipates about halfway through. However, this was a wonderfully atmospheric story, well read and easily able to sustain interest over the unabridged length. Unfortunately, The Broker turned out to be more like his other recent work.
"Not too bad.."
I enjoy a good legal thriller so it was the title of this one that initially caught my eye. I’d not read any of Grisham’s work before so it remained in my Wish List for quite some time.
When I finally decided to invest a credit for it, it wasn’t what I expected, which was lots of court and jury room drama, but I wasn’t disappointed all the same.
Terrance Mann did a great job with narration and the story was able to hold my interest, though it did get a little tiresome with seemingly pointless dialogue for a while during the start of the second half. The story has a few interesting twists and I found myself identifying with the books characters on more than one occasion. I particularly enjoyed the ending which came as a bit of a surprise.
I’ve rated this three stars. Certainly not the best legal thriller I’ve read, but I can recommend it as an enjoyable read.
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