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The Last Juror

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Series: Harry Rex Vonner, Book 3, Lucien Wilbanks, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (230 ratings)

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Summary

In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim, until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family.

Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn’t necessarily mean "life", and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

©2004 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2004 Random House, LLC

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"Wholly engrossing - Grisham's story-telling knack has not deserted him; and the hint that something more serious is at stake than the solution of a crime gives the narrative an extra depth" ( Evening Standard)

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Masterful

John Grisham - the lat juror is compelling, enthralling & compulsive listening. Brought to life by Michael Beck a wonderful performer.

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5stars all the way

Grisham is a terrific storyteller. Story offers amazing insight to a world of yesterday's struggles. Very useful time spent listening to the last Juror.

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Fantastic story,

I was gripped all the way through and near to tears at the end. fantastic

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Great book

As ever another brilliant book by John Gridham made all the better by the superb narration.

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Beautiful

Wonderful story, beautifully set in a part of the world Grisham clearly not only knows intimately, but also obviously loves. The story is more about the beautiful friendship that grows between the two main characters and is wonderfully narrated. The ending is made the more emotionally engaging due to the brilliantly emotive narration and it makes you feel like you're a part of the story. It's Grisham as you know him but I wonder how much would be lost without such fabulous narration. It really makes the book for me. Can't wait to move onto Sycamore Row!

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well read as usual by Michael beck.

the ending was a little cheesy and quick. but a good book overall . enjoyed it.

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John Grisham gives us literature

A beautiful literary portrait of a time and place, rather than just a murder mystery... but you get the gripping murder mystery with its unputdownable finale too. Yet another amazing book from this wonderful author.

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Disappointed

I generally enjoy John Grisham's novels but this one just did not seem to have the depth and interest of most of his others, it was a story but I would not listen to it again and would not recommend it. The narrator did a very good job with a mediocre subject matter.

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as ever, enjoyable.

full of detail, a bit long winded sometimes, but overall I really enjoyed listening to this one.

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not worth it

very poor attempt. more about how to run a newspaper than the typical political or legal thriller we are used to from the author. feel very let down.