I was really expecting more of a thriller. And it seemed to take a LONG time to get to the exciting part. It was still a good story, it's just that it focused more on other things than it did on the actual "case".
I absolutely loved The Summons, The King of Torts and The Partner, but this book was not like the others. It's not a legal thriller but a history lesson about the South. If you are interested in foods of the South and the Civil Rights movement, then this book is for you. If you are expecting a legal thriller like previous John Grisham novels, look elsewhere-- you will be disappointed like I was!
This book had unusual charachter development for a legal thriller. I really enjoyed the narrative, and highly reccomend this book.
This is not a spine tingling piece of suspense, rather a story about the narrator, his town, and its people and changing culture. I think I enjoyed this more since I grew up in a small town, and could truly identify with the characters. The reading was outstanding, and I think held up a less than perfect story. I could have done without the obvious Wal-Mart preaching. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended to listen to.
I had recently tired of Grisham's books. I got this one strictly because of the narrator, Michael Beck. I believe it is the best Grisham novel since he first started. To me, Michael Beck, is the best narrator of Southern stories.
Anyone who thinks that this book is just a series of vignettes or short stories or overblown tangents must have forgotten that <b>real life</b> is that way, and <b>great storytelling</b> is built of such things. Grisham transcends the static and predictable courtroom thriller by giving us something deeper to care about: family, friends, justice, integrity.
I found myself in tears by the end of this book, something that I would not have expected from a Grisham title. But the power of Grisham's books has been transferred from his legal knowledge to his understanding of the human heart, which could project him from merely a pop culture icon or pulp fiction writer to a genuine author of true literature, that which touches the heart and carries the emotions as well as entertains or engages the reader.
Grisham is one of my favorite authors, and I have enjoyed all of his books including the Painted House. I picked up Painted House knowing it was going to be very different from his normal courtroom dramas and I picked a day to read it when I wanted something light and different. I picked up The Last Juror, thinking it would be one of his regular courtroom novels. It was not. It was a rambling tale of a newspaper reporter in a Southern town. It was not a bad story, and had the book jacket and the title warned me that it was not a thriller, I probably would have enjoyed it. As it was, I took it along on a trip, hoping to get deep into an exciting court case. What I got instead was a lot of sleep. Yes the story is well written, and yes it is a nice story. It is not indicative of the nail biting tales of the courtroom that the name ?The Last Juror? leads you to believe. Face it as you did the Painted House, and enjoy.