It certainly was not his best work, but was interesting how it was all put together. I found myself sitting in the car in the driveway listening for more. I was pleased.
Say something about yourself!
This was an interesting story, but clearly did not have the drama and human interest as his prior works. I couldn't become involved with the people enough to care about the outcome of the appeal.
The story is okay but the narrator is exceedingly annoying. His rendition of female and children's voices is just awful, I cringe every time a woman or child is talking. It would have been MUCH more enjoyable if it had two voices, one for the men and one for the women and children instead of the single one it has. I wouldn't recommend any book by this narrator.
Thankfully John Grisham has returned to the Mississippi-oriented legal thriller. The story is captivating and I always waiting for what would happen next. My biggest complaint with the book is liberal tone the book takes. To read this book, conservative businessmen are sleazy and money-grubbing, conservative politicians do nothing but play dirty tricks on the poor victimized moderates/liberals, businesses are not entitled to any representation of their interest in our system, and trial lawyers are selfless heroes only looking to do the right thing for their clients. Grisham conveniently creates cases where the 'right position' is clear cut, thus not allowing a legitimate exploration of the realities of political campaigns, tort law and big business. If you can get past the liberal-promoting tone, it is an enjoyable book.
I have been a Grisham fan for years, but sadly his latest novels are a great disappointment and this is certainly no exception. This seems more like a novel meant to bash conservatives than to be entertaining. I honestly feel like I waisted 12 hours of my life over the past few weeks reading this novel and will sadly never get that time back. I hope Grisham does better next time, back to the days of The Brethern and The King of Torts.
There sadly is no ending to this novel that could leave you satisfied, that is unless you enjoy stories with no ending. I truly think that, based on Grisham's last couple of novels, it is time to put down the pencil.
I just finished this book. After reading most of the reviews so far, I am amazed that no one "gets it". There is no ending. The events in this story go on repeating themselves over and over. The rich get richer. The back room plotting and fixing that determine the candidate, his platform, and to whom he will appeal go on, bolstered by the 24 hour news cycle. Good people are harmed, some are compensated, all must cope. It is called life. This is the first review I have submitted.
The Appeal; is a 4-star book with a 1-star ending... Actually it really doesn't have an ending, it leaves the reader wondering what may happen.
The body of the book is good and has better character development than usual. The story line is quite believable and given the modern legal world - it is pretty much an expectation.
What is annoying is that the book ends about 100 pages too soon.
It is as if the author had a deadline to meet and just decided to say good enough. Well, it wasn't.
At 9.95, I though this would be a bargain. Wow, was I wrong! Every character was a stereotype, every situation a cliche. Grisham made clear who you should hate and who you should love, but he did not develop the characters enough for you to care either way.
I won't spoil anything, but you can save 12 hours of your life and just skip to his point. People are too ignorant to elect judges. Only panels of experts (who think like Grisham) should put judges on the bench. Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us from ourselves.
This book was not entertaining but rather a lesson on the corruption of our society by the conservative right wing and big corporations and how they manipulate the "little" people.
Witness how we got into an immoral and illegal war in the middle east and how corporations have profited from it.