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Summary

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray - doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail - already knew. You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice - if he wants to live.

©2007 John Grisham (P)2009 Random House, LLC

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  • kmcca5
  • Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
  • 18-12-14

Wow! That was a surprise.

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I bought this on a whim as I had just been listening to Steven Kings book “On Writing” where he describes The Firm as worth a reading.

OK think I, it’s on special offer at £5.99 and I could do with listening to a good thriller and that is exactly what I got. 48 hours and a couple of marathon listens and I complete the audio book.

I had to find out what happened next every step of the way. I know there are lots of clichés blah, blah, blah, but as pure entertainment it is great. Trash but good trash. There is a reason why this is one of the all-time bestselling paperbacks and I will give another of his books a try.

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  • Annie
  • Stinson Massey, United Kingdom
  • 08-05-17

Great story

Loved the story. Read the book years ago and decided to listen. Shame thé narrator felt the need to give every sentence an exclamation mark. He should get lessons in narration.

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A good listen but a weak ending

I enjoy John Grishams works. I'm going over each of them in audible. I enjoyed the characters in this book and the buildup but perhaps found the ending a tad disappointing. I'd like to have seen more of Mitch on the run and surviving before the big reveal. Still 4/5 though as it kept me thinking for a while and had moments where I didn't want to stop listening. Recommended.

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The Firm

A brilliant book, on the edge of my seat and a most satisfying ending. Well done John Grisham, I love your books

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Great book -

Keeps you thinking the whole way through. The ending could be a bit more detailed, it was built up a bit too much. Overall great!

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Great listen👍

I had read this years ago and seen the film. The book and film do differ a bit but the main story in the same. Really enjoyed it.

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Extraordinary that this was ever a best-seller

Extraordinary that a novel which is so thinly characterised, lacklustre in its writing, so implausible and basically ignorant of its subject matter could ever have been a global bestseller. Grisham apparently was a practising lawyer when he published this. It is hard to tell, though his love of the passive voice and total inability to write realistic dialogue does hint at it.

The venality of the materialistic eighties has dated badly, and inflation has lent it an unintentionally comic *Dr Evil's return from Space* feel: eighty grand night have seemed a lot for a commercial lawyer's starting salary back then - not these days.

A surprisingly downbeat ending, too - the drama such as it is just dissipates and everyone lives happily ever after (though living on a boat in the Caribbean from November to May would have its moments as that includes hurricane season).

Lastly the narrator does a passable Jersey accent but otherwise had no feeling for what rhythm or metre there was in Grisham's turgid writing. Got through it by listening at 150 percent, which is never a good sign. The narrating was somewhat improved by running ad hamster speed.

Save yourselves hours and rent the Tom Cruise movie. It has a far better ending.

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Great

a brilliant book and more satisfying than the film which I have seen. Gripping throughout!

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a really good long story

it is typically Grisham. a man is recruited to a firm the by the mob sms what happens.

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  • Michael
  • Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
  • 19-07-16

A good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they are interested in legal drama

If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

No

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None in particular

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This is more tv drama than film

Any additional comments?

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Great Narration, and unique plot.

Good narrator but I recognized remants taken from other books. Plot was unique. A real rollercoaster ride.