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.
I enjoyed "The Appeal" but the ending left me a little disappointed. I understand that in life there are no garuntees of happy endings but one of the reasons I read fiction is to escape real life. If this were a movie I would be looking for the DVD alternate ending.
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.