Even though I never got involved in high school sports, I was entranced by this tale of this All-American quarterback coming home to face his fondest memories and worst nightmares. John Grisham really makes you feel like you knew Coach Rake and are there on the bleachers in this small town. It was certainly not my favorite Grisham novel, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.
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.
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!