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!
retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so
I don't like to give up on books, audio or otherwise. But I did so on this, with 5 hours to go.
Same old hackneyed Grisham polemic against trial lawyers ( which is fine, that is his clearly defined agenda) but with villans and heroes drawn with as much sophistication ( actually, less) as I used to see on "Rocky and Bowinkle". The lawyers are all "shyters", in it solely for "the money"; the oh so evil senators "sprinkle" bribes "like candy", buying and selling people and votes; only the Bob Cratchet country bumpkin lawyer stands a chance.
I clearly do not understand the appeal of Grisham, other than, like Stephen King, he generates sales based on a name, not on good writing
Yuck. I bought this because I enjoyed " Playing for Pizza".
I was not so lucky again. Save your money
I love to listen to audiobooks and this was my most disappointing book ever.
This book does have some great potential, but the ending was horrible. The world is a horrible place sometimes and no one wants to see bad people succeed. This book is all about how bad people do bad things and get away with it. If I want to read or hear about these things, I can turn on the news.
I will never buy another book of his.
I like Grisham because his storys are usually thought provoking AND entertaining. This one was only thought provoking. I very nearly stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, but I stuck it out figuring he would end it with a flourish. It did begin a slight recovery towards the end, but then fell flat. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but thats not an option, so I only gave it 2 stars because I really don't think it was worth 3.