I have read almost all of John Grisham's books. I have never had one disappoint me yet. When I decided on bleachers I was a bit apprehensive since I am not a sports fan and do not football at all!!
The first plus was that John read the book and the second that as usual it was so well written. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the psychology of human behavior.
I'm no sports fan, so I was dubious about choosing this title, but am heartily glad I did. John Grisham has proven once again, that he can write more than thrillers. And this time he also proved himself to be a superb reader! This book delved into the hearts of the people involved, fleshing them out in a planned and well timed narrative. While I did not understand the plays, etc in Cristil's portion, making the story lag for me, I definitely can understand why it was employed - a very good tool, much like Meatloaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights'. Great job! I'm sure sports fans would have given it a 5.
This book, one of Grisham?s best, uses just the right amount of mystery to recount a story in which the reader truly cares about and relates to the characters. Although I never played high school football, this book brought back plenty of nostalgia from my high school years. It allowed me recall several teachers and coaches whose encouragement & empowerment have helped shape me over the past decade. I would especially recommend this book to anyone who grew up in a one high school town where everyone rallied around the athletic events.
Grisham is still the best ! I felt like I was involved with the story until the very end. The characters are real , the plot was really an unexpected one for me and I like it that way. I couldn't put the book down and that means it was GREAT .
Wow, was I disappointed. I'm an avid reader of all the Grisham books and usually save them to savor every morsel. Not so with Bleachers. It was boring, read in a boring monotone by Grisham himself. The story really has little point other than remembering the days as a football hero that are now over. I sure hope he has something better in the works because it's terrible to wait a year for a Grisham book and then get stuck with Bleachers.
Only the virtuoso author can transform an event seen as part of ordinary life into a novel exploring the emotional development of boys into men -- and there is Everyman in his cast of characters.
I have waited a lot of years to have a story crafted that would underline the tales I have told my sons about my coach, he made me good enough to play college ball, a military career, and another improbable career only achieved by the Eddie Rake philosophy. At my recent 50 year high school reunion that coach received a 5 minute standing ovation for just being Rake. A heartfelt thanks to the author.
Yes I would. Especially my old teammates.
The way the players acted around each other years after. The way they remembered the good and the bad.
Nothing in particular, but he did a good job.
Yes and I did.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I have now listened to three off-genre books by John Grisham in the last year—I loved each one of them!! They are short, sweet, and a nice change from his legal mysteries.
I love to review little gems I find, especially since I feel people will shy away from books due to a particular subject—in the case of Bleachers, football. I am not a fan, or even a spectator of football—period. However, this book has football as a background setting only. My indifference to the sport did not detract in the least from enjoying this novel. It is a story about life, human nature and moving on.
This book was narrated by the author—not something he usually does. I don’t think I would care for his narration for other titles, but for Bleachers, he was perfect. All in all, I highly recommend Bleachers (and Calico Joe, Playing for Pizza, and especially Skipping Christmas!)—definitely worthy of your time and credit!