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The Street Lawyer

Narrated by: Frank Muller
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience.

But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this man? Michael did some digging, and learned that he was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for many years. Then Michael dug a little deeper, and found a dirty secret, and the secret involved Drake & Sweeney.

The fast track derailed; the ladder collapsed. Michael bolted the firm and took a top-secret file with him. He landed in the streets, an advocate for the homeless, a street lawyer.

©1998 John Grisham (P)1998 Random House, LLC

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"Fluent and fascinating. Few writers have so much to say, the skills to make reading what they say an irresistible pleasure -- and the clout to be able to say it to an audience of millions." ( Independent)

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A engrossing morality story

This is certainly one of Grisham’s better books which I thoroughly enjoyed. It has many of the author’s hallmarks: the descriptions of the crushing work-load endured by ambitious lawyers; cynicism over the money-making tactics; and best of all the pitting of the little man against the hugely wealthy, big law firms.

After a gripping start as 8 lawyers are held captive in fear of their lives by a homeless man, the book transforms into a morality tale when one of them experiences an Epiphany that changes his life from being a high-flying corporate lawyer into one paid little working with a small group of street lawyers trying to solve the legal problems of the homeless. After he discovers that an employee of his old firm has engaged in an illegal action against some homeless people the pace of the book takes off as street lawyers take on the big law firm, with some surprising results.

The narrator is first class.

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Even the sublime Frank Muller couldn't save this.

Would you try another book written by John Grisham or narrated by Frank Muller?

Have most of Grisham's books. Sadly Frank Muller has passed away.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Yes, without a doubt. This one just isn't his best.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favourite?

None of the characters really stood out, I'm afraid.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Borderline boredom.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • 28-07-15

This is vintage Grisham a must read

What a gripping storyline a reminder to all that misery is outside our door too and we are not doing much about it

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Easy listening

Endearing story . Reader is descriptive and fails to capture the emotion in the characters. Enjoyed the story line and wanted to keep reading

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Brilliant

Absolutely gripping lots of twists and turns great book.Would highly recommend.Just shows how one thing change the path of your life for the good..

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A great listen, one of the best

Absolutely top class listen. I listened to it all.over again the moment it finished. I'm very surprised to hear of any negative reviews, which may be because they didn't give it a chance. The story starts strong, gets going immediately, and stays strong and engaging throughout, a tale of morality with everyday heroes to admire and aspire to. I listened without my mind ever wandering, keen to get back to it. The narrator gives an earnest performance which suits the story. His accents are perfect, his inflections just right to describe the feeling intended, and you know exactly who is talking at all times. I highly recommend this book as an unusual story by Grisham who is at his best here. You're in good hands.

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Solid legal Grisham

I enjoyed it but it wasn’t gripping as some of Grisham’s stories have been. Some thought provoking homelessness storylines.

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great story line<br />

I loved it can't wait for the next one. Would recommend it. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Em
  • 12-03-20

Uplifting

One of the best openings I have ever read, a great story well told. Fascinating insight to a world most of us ignore.

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Classic Grisham

Every now and then one can find something to criticise in a John Grisham novel but this book really does tick all the boxes. I do believe that there are traumatic events that can change the whole direction of one's life and this story is very believable, in that respect. If I was to criticise anything, it would probably be the rather "Hollywood ending" which doesn't often happen in real life. However, as a story it is very satisfyingly complete with a good beginning, middle and end. Great book for a long journey.