I highly recommend this audio book for the story and the skill of the reader! I have read most Grisham books and this is my first time hearing one as an audio book. Michael Beck is the perfect reader - I think he must be from Mississippi. It's as if he's telling his own story. I grew up in Mississippi and really enjoyed the story - very colorful descriptions of the area and people - very well done! This story has helped me come to terms with the place where I grew up realizing that even for all its flaws, Mississippi is a very interesting place with very colorful characters!
An easy read. I enjoyed how much you got to know every character. Nothing far fetched, I like believable. Would recommend to a friend.
After nine surgeries on my brain and looking at a tenth, audio is the choice for me to feel whole again. I am myself in the world of books!
Wow this is a fun read. The pace is fast and the action and details fun to hear and think about. I could just see in my mind the town and the people. It was serious and funny at the same time. The reader really sets the listerner up for a surprise. You will not want to stop reading it and I found myself standing in the street lost in the story and what was happening. I want to hear more books like this!
I tried a Grisham novel in The Litigators and found it weak, the characters unappealing and generally not very well developed.
What a difference! This book was a pleasure to experience. Ford County's new newspaper editor was easy to like and the cast of characters he encountered were well developed and likable as well. I especially liked the way Grisham handled the antagonist by never developing his character at all. I know the usual is to keep telling the audience what the bad guy is up to but this was refreshing. Michael Beck's narration was superb with just the right amount of Mississippi tone.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
After reading The Testament I was all hyped up for another Grisham novel but this one was not a great choice. It started off OK but somehow ended up being full of filler. Grisham veered away from the storyline and put in all sorts of little sub stories that had little to do with the main plot. It was more like character building. Maybe the abridged version would have been a better choice for this listen. The narrator was quite good however I'm not sure how the narrator of the abridged version would be. The ending was uneventful and although I persevered through all that filler just to get to the good stuff, it never came.
Oh well, not a total waste of time, but far from one of the better reads.
To call Michael Beck a "narrator" is to call the late Leonard Bernstein a guy who stands in front of an orchestra and waves a stick around. Mr. Beck is brilliant and a man of a thousand voices. He did justice to The Last Juror in a way that brought it and the era it described to life.
Some of the book's detractors grumbled about the side trips Mr. Grisham made in the book. I have to disagree, if one lived during those times, the "asides" set the scene as a fine frame shows off a fine painting.
I thought long and hard before downloading 'The Last Juror' - my last Grisham, 'The king of Torts' was very unsatisfactory. Weak plot, lack of credibility and 2 dimensional characters and thats just for starters. However, this time the author is back to his usual standard.Rich deep characters and an immersive plot - I really started to care about these people - all of which contributed to a very satisfying 'listen'. Those of you who liked 'Painted House' should also like this. Also the reader is talented - I never thought anybody could approach Frank Muller but this man is close. Best thing I can say is this - I will play it again and again down the road.
I love any great story, but listen to a lot of scifi, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and young adult fiction. Listener for 2 decades.
If you enjoyed "The Painted House" this book is more like that than the other Grisham novels. Although there is a court case in the book, the book does not revolve around it. The book focuses on the small town life of a southern newspaper owner during the 1970s and his friendship with an elderly black woman. There is not a cliffhanger plot, but the stories are entertaining and the reader is so good that you will find yourself wanting to continue listening. As long as you don't go into the book expecting a "courtroom thriller," you will find it very enjoyable!
I really enjoyed the blending of the narrator's telling of his growth into the job of publisher, belonging to the town and the various characters. The story drew me in - on the bus to NYC, driving to Washinton DC and the ending while I was weaving at home. I agree with the other reveiwer about the title - it did set some expectations.
I liked the listen!