I decided to give Grisham another try, and truthfully it was the tone of the narrator's voice on the sample that helped me to make the decision. I became fully bored after about 4 or 5 hours of listening -- too much fluff. I was tempted to give up listening, but plodded on. Yes, I like a story to have texture and believability but too many extraneous characters and too many subplots makes me frustrated when I have not been given good reasons to care about them. Nevertheless, the story wrapped up well. Honestly, I struggled to finish because the main story did not start to grab my attention until about 8 to 10 hours of listening. However, I did like the main character almost from the beginning (I tend to cheer for the underdog!) My next favorite character is Dex, an interesting and resourceful person. I am not sure how the title of the story fits except in a vague kind of way, the word rainmaker was only mentioned once (unless I missed it), it could be in reference to the old adage, "when it rains it pours" because the main character struggled for the first 4/5 hours of listening just to find a job and like another old adage says, "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all." I have heard that rainmaker refers to the lawyer who brings "big bucks" into a law firm. I don't want to give anything away so I will stop writing. But I still think the story could have been tightened up a good bit.
The narrator's voice was nice and soothing. He has good acting abilities. Muller's performance exceeded enjoyable. Another criticism is that 10 to 12 times during the 16 hour listen, sentences are repeated which was a distraction but didn't take away from the narration or story in any way.
Yes, I would but perhaps in a year or so.
Well, not necessarily on the edge of my seat because it wasn't that type of story but it was extremely interesting and realistic. I appreciated all of the legal technical details — it made it more like a biography than a story.
How Rudy took advantage of his phone having been tapped to mislead the other attorney.
This book is much better than the film.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
By far and away my favorite Grisham Book! Has both tears and laughter. A good lesson about what is wrong with the Health Care / Insurance mess in the states.
Good Grisham book, but not his best. Worth the listen. As usual Frank Muller does a wonderful job as the Narrator, its as shame he is no longer with us.
i have only read a few of his books and this by far is the best. I love books that take you where you are not expecting. Narrator is great too. I definetly didnt want this book to end.
Another review mentions the poor production quality and I have to agree. Clearly no quality control on this--there is a strange reference to "continued on disk 8" and several sentences repeat. To Audible's credit, this is the only experience I've had with subpar production.
Still an entertaining listen for fans of courtroom dramas, though Frank Muller seems like an odd choice to voice the young lawyer. I recommend it, but wish it had been edited better.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
Grisham has long been one of my favorites. This book wasn't gripping, but the characters were fun, some of Grisham's dry wit came thru, and the premise was good.
Good courtroom drama, and well worth the credit.
I liked the movie so much that I assumed I would like this but the characters were not nearly so nice and entertaining. Probably just me.
The performance of this book is what actually kept me interested since I didn't find the story necessarily compelling or intriguing.
I might choose another book by this author if I wasn't looking for a rich, involved story if this is representative of the type of story that this author develops. But if I just wanted an easy read while on the beach, I may turn to him.
Although the story line was somewhat level without an aha moment, I think that I liked the squirming of the defense panel when an unexpected witness was brought into the courtroom.
An unethical insurance company under fire.
This was just an "ok" story, that would probably be good to listen to while performing a mindless function - maybe painting a room or doing housework for example.