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Theodore Boone

Narrated by: Richard Thomas
Series: Theodore Boone Series, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

Theodore Boone is 13 and wants nothing more than to swap homeroom for the courtroom; he lives for big trials. Now the biggest murder case in his city's history is set to begin.

In the packed court, a husband awaits trial for his wife's murder.

Is he a dangerous criminal or an innocent victim?

The case takes a sinister twist when Theo uncovers a surprise witness with his own problems to hide. But Theodore is sworn to secrecy and time is running out.

Can Theo find a way to bring the killer to justice...or will a guilty man get away with murder?

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number one international best-seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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A lot of promise but fails to deliver.

I thoroughly enjoy Grisham's books and was looking forward to this one, even though I knew it was a children's book.

The plot is slow and unexciting, with no real sense of conclusion. Whilst I appreciate it is a children's book, the level of exposition is far too high and treats its audience like dimwits e.g. going as far as to explain what a judge is.

The characters are shallow and unbelievable, a class of 13 year old boys who show no intererst in girls and don't have cell phones? Or the main character who is far too perfect for a boy his age, or the fact that this is a state school that has classes of 16 children per class.

As a set up for a sequel there is some promise, the potential intrigue around Theo's uncle and the roll over from this story possibly.

I'll give the next book a chance, but to be honest, based on this Grisham should stick to adult fiction.

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Is this really a work of John Grisham

I have read many John Grisham books and generally feel very inclined towards reading more. I appreciate this was a childrens book but felt this was just not very interesting I couldnt care less about any of the characters and Theodore Boone had no substance to him in my opinion. I finished it just and can see that there are other Theodore Boone books following on. I for one will be on the other side of the street walking in the opposite direction from them!

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    2 out of 5 stars

Hmmmm

This is a child's introduction to law. So technical. I'm a fan of Richard Thomas but didn't enjoy his narrative. Give it a go if you're a Grisham fan but it didn't do it for me.

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Half the length, twice the enjoyment

If John Grisham wrote this story to reach a wider audience, I think he will succeed. This novel is far less technical than his legal thrillers, and much less tense. Still, the story moves along with pace and humour, and the characters are all believable and interesting.

The narrator does a good job and by the end I was hoping the book would go on longer. Great story, brilliantly told.

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  • 02-09-15

Enjoyable

A light weight novel of legal suspense which surprisingly is quite good. It moves along at a very good pace and would be a idle travel companion.

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Had the Feel Good Factor

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

Just a nice story with a warm feeling to it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Theodore of course:)

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When he's with Judge the dog

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Helping the young girls parents out who're going to lose their house!

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Another classic

John Grisham is one of my favourite authors and this doesn't disappoint. A very different book for him, but as always it is a page turner. Its all about young Theo and how he gets involved in a big murder case. You may think its far fetched, but when you read this you will realise its not. Highly recommended listen.

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John Grisham never fails to entertain!

Lovely read that keeps your interest right until the end. Great characters and great writing. Fab!

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didnt know that this was a kids book but loved it

as is usual for Grisham, well written and enthralling. I just saw a John Grisham book that I haven't read and bought it on Audible. I was surprised when listening to it when I found out it was written for young readers but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless

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Good but....

Was this for children? I enjoyed this book but found it a bit childish-won’t stop me listening to the rest of the Theo Boone stories though.

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  • Alan T Alcock
  • 13-11-10

You have to be kidding!

This is my second review on a John Grisham book and seriously this is almost kindergarten stuff. Boring, sentimental rubbish. Nothing like pumping out a book that barely rises above mediocre. Dont bother wasting a credit on this one.

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  • Donn Edwards
  • 27-06-10

Half the length, twice the enjoyment

If John Grisham wrote this story to reach a wider audience, I think he will succeed. This novel is far less technical than his legal thrillers, and much less tense. Still, the story moves along with pace and humour, and the characters are all believable and interesting.

The narrator does a good job and by the end I was hoping the book would go on longer. Great story, brilliantly told.

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  • Venu
  • 28-06-10

A great book to start Audiobooks

Excellent narration. The book comes to life through the hundred thousands voices that the narrator has. This is the perfect "First Audiobook" - Simple, effective and terrific.