I’ve enjoyed everything Grisham has written, until now. I might have enjoyed this, but for the fact that I felt abandoned by the author. It truly is a book with an end, but not an ending.
At first I couldn't believe the ending, always hoping for something good to happen. If fact, at first I was angry that John Grisham ended the book so harshly. But the more I thought about it, I think Grisham really wanted us to think about Tort reform....is it really all that its meant to be?
I agreed with the other reviewers, Michael Beck was an absolutely great narrator. I felt the story and characters were well developed and held my attention. Just a note to Grisham; its a brushog, not bushog.
I've listened to just about all of John Grisham's audio books and was looking foward to this one but was a bit disappointed. The story was OK but probably could have been half the length. What is usally great character development in Grisham's books, in this book I felt was just filler.
The naration I felt was uninspired as well. If you have never listened to a John Grisham book start with The Pelican Brief or The Firm.
Michael Beck has done a commendable job reading The Appeal: what makes or breaks an audiobook is the clarity and enthusiasm of the reader and this audiobook has both. Well done.
I kept waiting for this book to get interesting but it got weaker and weaker as it went on. With 15 minutes left in the book, I kept wondering how the author was going to pull it all together. Now I know! He couldn't pull it all together. What a cowardly and non creative way to end a story.
Grisham can tell a story with the best of them and this one is no exception. The story was relevant, current and well paced. The narrartor was as good as anyone I have heard (54 audible books and counting). The characters were well developed. Although, if I have one criticism it is that one of the main character's change of heart was a bit forced and rapid--as if Grisham felt he was running out of pages. Otherwise, an excellent listen.
I enjoyed every aspect of this book: content and narrator. I'm comfortable in dealing with the ambiguities in the plot, characters and ending. This is the existentialist me. I can see how some folks get uncomfortable with the zero-sum approach and the pitting of convervative-liberal hyperboles. I recommend this book and would recommend that you try it for pure entertainment. It seems that some reviews are so prescriptive wanting to steer the ending or characters this way or another. I'm not convinced by such critical reviews. My experience is that I got my money's worth (at $9.99) and look forward to the sequel and the movie. Just buy the book and judge for yourself.
I thought this was a bargain, but I was wrong. When I got bogged down in the postulating and depressing content, I skipped to the end only to be let down supremely. What a waste of money and time.
As a lawyer from a southern state very near Mississippi, "The Appeal" is a dead on literary description of what has been happening in states across the south for years. It brings to light the plight and feelings of people caught in the crosshairs of conservative judicial activists and meddlers. "Trial Lawyers" are often portrayed as greedy opportunists, but this book does a great job of describing the good (and bad) that plaintiff's attorneys do, while at the same time focusing attention on the massive amounts of money and influence that are put to use to counter the efforts of trial lawyers. A tremendous return to the legal/courtroom novel for John Grisham. More please!