I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was the first John Grisham book i've ever read/listened to. I was impressed by the extensive research as to how street lawyers operated and the social crisis of homelessness. I will definitely relisten to this audio book again and again to remind myself of this social problem.
the authors work is always predictable but usually a good vacation read. This one didn't even reach that level - it served the purpose of a listen but never went much further.
There are too many good books out there to waste time, money or credits on this one. Want a better option - try "A Class Action"
Very disappointed in the book. Basically a lecture on homeless people and how society is not doing enough for them. Not what I was expecting. Would guess that Greshem may be feeling guilty about all the wealth he has accumulated and though he should do his bit for humanity. Would rather he write a decent book, I will buy the book, he can donate the proceeds to help the homeless. No answers or ideas on what it takes to solve the problem other then to throw money at it. I gave it two stars just because of his great ability of creating colorful and interesting personalities.
I actually didn't mind the Broker or the Brethren, although they weren't his best. As you can tell that I don't even have high standards in the audiobook world. While I can swallow some of his social commentary in his other books (and even concur) this books is a non-stop lecture. Seriously, Grisham's social commentary is about as complex as a high school paper: his observations are decent enough but his analysis has all the trappings of the single-minded, self-righteousness of youth... what's his excuse?
The Street Lawyer, while not one of his best works, is a somewhat interesting look at the homeless folks whose eyes we avoid when we encounter them. The book draws you into the homeless world with a dramatic opening incident where a homeless man disrupts the offices of a major Washington, DC legal firm. All of you who dispise lawyers will feel immediate sympathy for the man. The tale centers around one of the firm's fast track lawyers for whom the disruption is a wake up call to his lost sense of values. We follow our hero thru his conversion to homeless activist and attorney. The book ends on an optimistic note, something that feels gratifying, but somewhat hollow. The plight of the homeless Grisham depicts is not one beyond the knowledge or intelligent imaginings of most people. None of the homeless characters has depth. We end up not caring for the hero or any of his homeless clients. This book makes you appreciate the others Grisham has written.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
Don't expect intrigue or mystery, but do expect another excellent story by a great storyteller.
I know this isn't Grisham's latest, but it was refreshing to hear a novel that wasn't just about suspense, but about people. Muller is a fascinating reader (though at times overdramatic) and he brings this story alive with cunning accuracy. This is well worth your time and certainly well worth the unabridged - it ended and I was hoping for another couple of hours.
This is a sad departure from Grisham's generally excellent writing. He wastes his talents making social commentary instead of telling a good story. The plot is very linear and predictable, devoid of any suspence. Dreadful.
John Grisham is always good, and the Street Lawyer is no different. It is the reader who was a magnificent surprise to me. From now on I am not sure if I will search my audible books by "John Grisahm" or by "Frank Muller"