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The Rooster Bar Audiobook

The Rooster Bar

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Publisher's Summary

John Grisham's newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that shouldn't exist.

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specialising in student loans, the three realise they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

So they begin plotting a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they have to leave law school, pretend they are qualified and go into battle with a billionaire and the FBI....

Ingenious, immersive and page-turning, The Rooster Bar is a John Grisham legal thriller bar none.

©2017 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The best thriller writer alive." (Ken Follett)

"A superb, instinctive storyteller." (The Times)

"A giant of the thriller genre." (Time Out)

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    Kirstine 13/11/2017
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    "Entertaining"

    I've read and listened to many of the author's books. Most have an honest lawyer as the hero who pits his wits against big business or fat-cat lawyers who are on the side of the bad guys. The present book is different. The lead characters are three students impoverished by huge debts run up to pay their law school fees. However, instead of being wholly sympathetic figures they become criminals embarking on a series of outlandish money-making escapades.

    Unlike earlier books this is not a modern morality tale of good versus evil: more the little guys getting their own back on the system by dubious means. Despite their actions I found myself wanting them to get away with their felonies as their targets were the less admirable practitioners of the law.

    A more serious side story involves the family of one of the law students highlighting the precariousness of life for illegal immigrants and what they face when deported.

    Overall an entertaining novel, more humorous than earlier books.

    The narrator is good

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 20/10/2017
    Simon 20/10/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Grisham Raises The Bar"

    NB This review is from the original 20th October release which was withdrawn by Audible in favour of a newer version with enhanced audio.  I cannot comment on just how "enhanced" the audio is but the original seemed fine to me.

    Like many I was pretty disappointed with Grisham's previous release, Camino Island but Rooster Bar sees him returning to more familiar legal territory and things improve markedly as a result. ­­  The novel was inspired by an article of investigative journalism about student lending in the US.  Grisham once again weaves an entertaining story around legally engineered social injustice within the US.  The luckless law students entrapped by the loans system embark on some imaginative ways out of the hole that they find themselves in.  It's clever writing and displays the author's usual healthy cynicism about the American Dream.  I worried it might head towards some kind of US Robin Hood style scenario but Grisham blurs the lines between the good and bad guys to a delicious murkiness as the naiveté of the young mavericks leaves a trail of disruption in their wakes. Ari Fliakos gives his usual assured performance as the narrator and suits the material well.

    This is Grisham on his home turf; street lawyers, injustice in US society and some interesting legal procedural shenanigans.  I for one am much happier with this return to familiar ground.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Neil 30/01/2018
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    "Farfetched"

    Not the most believable story but to be fair the author does admit to stretching fact of law.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    holly bird 26/01/2018
    holly bird 26/01/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Just Great!"

    Grisham pulls it off again. He manages to get across complicated legal stories in a wildly entertaining way. He is a master of the genre. Love them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 07/12/2017
    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 07/12/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Great yarn, could it be true."

    Another great legal story and I am sure it could be reality.
    Great ending and hope it lasts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 07/12/2017
    Mr 07/12/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not his best"

    A pleasant book but not up there with his earlier work in my opinion, the performance is good and I preferred this book to the last Grisham (Camino Island) effort but I do miss the old stories, maybe it's just nostalgia.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 07/12/2017
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    "Did John Grisham really write this?"

    I have read all of his novels. This one is a real disappointment. Over written, with a meandering, confusing plot, I seriously wonder if The Rooster Bar was written by Grisham. This unbelievable story had more holes in it than barbed wire. The main characters were hard to like, and the book, although well read, was so removed from the authors usual style and standard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 30/11/2017
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    "very slow"

    disappointed with this story. very slow progress with very little excitement. action starts to pick up for the last hour of the book. only finished because it was paid for. usually love Grisham stories (except gray mountain)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Logic london 29/11/2017
    Mr Logic london 29/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Dire"

    Good performance but such a banal novel. Grisham no longer seems to be even trying. Used to quite enjoy his trash.

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    Adam 11/11/2017
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    "Not many likeable characters"

    A good story, a good narrator but I just couldn't like the main characters - especially the two chaps - they came across as arrogant, flippant and dishonest. (although to be fair, their 'enemies' were just as bad)....

    I did stick this out until the end of the story but I think I need an anecdote now - perhaps something with a hero I can emphasise with and actually cheer for....

    Oh well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Law school scam"

    Fascinating subject.... makes you wonder if this does actually happen.... ‘makes you think, doesn’t it?’

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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