I would recommend the book because it is paced properly for relaxed consumption. Good vacation book.
It compares favorably. I listen to a lot of books, and this one opened my eyes to the plight of the homeless.
I loved Mordecai...smart, brash, yet kind-hearted with the ability to judge character.
It made me sad at times about the human soul-our greed and selfishness. Yet some people care enough to devote their life's work to others...that made me smile.
The next time a homeless person asks you for the dollar that you can afford to spare, don't judge, don't second guess, just give it up!
I think I have loved everything that Grisham has ever written and Frank Muller is one of my favorite narrators. The two came together to tell a wonderful, moving story.
Realistic? Uh, no. This one was so entirely slanted, I could barely endure finishing it (just a personal weakness: I finish the ones I don't care for, because I hope for a bit of redemption).
Whenever anyone who worked for a living appeared on the scene, they virtually grew horns and became the spawn of Satan.
Example: The protagonist is walking down the street and sees a shocking headline on a newspaper. He grabs the top paper and it falls apart, scattering on the street. The newsstand attendant sternly asks, "Are you going to PAY for that?" Okay, the written word doesn't do it justice; you gotta hear this part.
A huge double standard arises with law enforcement. In one chapter, Grisham (inaccurately) portrays the brute cops as Nazis sweeping the streets of defenseless, innocent homeless. In another chapter, he slams police for failing to enforce laws against homeless sleeping in areas where they might be harmed by the elements.
Grisham's gotten lazy. He needs to do a bit of research...well-rounded research. Yes, spend some time in a homeless shelter, but spend some time in a black and white, too. Find out the whole story. I've been around the judicial system for decades, Pal, and I've seen a whole lot more charitable giving from the law enforcers than I have from defense lawyers.
I love how John Grisham wrestles with the entrapment of greed and power - especially in the world of lawyers. This book is my personal favorite. I read it several years ago - today I listened to the book straight through - an inspiring story.
I wasn't real crazy about the narrator. His attempt to speak with a Hispanic accent or in a woman's voice was laughable and stereotypical. His impression of a Black man speaking was even worse.
I liked the story. I see homeless people a lot and occasionally I will come across a homeless family. It is not an ready life for a grown man or woman but it's especially heartbreaking to see a child having to endure the bad decisions and sometimes unforeseen mistakes of their parents.
It is good to shed light on the problem of homelessness and those who work to see that they can find support and justice when the world turns their back on them.
Stories are a journey and a destination worth while.
I would not highly recommend this book, but maybe to the right person I would suggest it.
I feel that this book lacked suspense and excitement. There were a few parts that stepped it up a notch or two, but for the most part, to me, the story was a bit of a flat line.
I did like that the story tried to bring in social awareness of homelessness in America, but I do not think John Grisham brought as much light as he could have to the situation.
I think that Grisham partially tried to write an entertaining book and partially tried to bring awareness and recognition to the homeless, and he only made it half way on both fronts. Maybe he should have tried for one or the other and he would have been more successful.
The narration was very interesting.... It took me a while to get used to Frank Mueller's reading style, but by the end I did enjoy it. He has a way of reading that makes most of his sentences sound like questions when they are not supposed to be. It was not a bad reading and Mueller is easy to understand, but toward the end I couldn't help but picture him reading a Dr. Suess tongue twister book....
No, the story came to enough of an end and I would not be interested in a follow up.