I'm amazed at the people reviewing this book. They either love it or they hate it. Dont' get me wrong, I'm a Grisham fan but I must agree with the reviewers who found this the most boring of his books, in terms of writing, narrating, plot (or lack of), etc. I think I fell asleep just about every time I listened and had to back up each time I started listening again just to see what was going on. Only to find that it was STILL a bunch of guys sitting on bleachers talking about their abusive ex-football coach. Same theme rehashed and rehashed with narration by the author that made it impossible to distinguish one character from another. Grisham must have owed his publishers a book and ran out of orginal ideas, but I was starting to suspect that a couple Grisham's ago! There will never be another Firm or Rainmaker, quite obviously, as this author appears to be tapped out. And that's disappointing because I feel I've been one of his most avid fans!
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
by a good storyteller. If you liked A Painted House, I think you'll like Bleachers.
This book is quick read. I finished the book within a week. I loaned it out to a friend and she finished it in two sittings. Being from a small town in the south she stated that John Grisham captured the flavor of what it is like plying football in a small town in the south. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
I believe three stars is very generous for this one! While I have enjoyed many of Grisham's works, this one did absolutely nothing for me. I managed to get to the end-I really was hoping for something inspiring there, but to no avil. Sorry Grisham lovers, a pass might be the best policy here.
I just finished listening to this book. I don't know if it makes a difference to listen to the author or to read him, but I found this book to be powerful. Those who have never played team competitive sports probably won't have a feel for this subject. But for those of us who have played high school team competitive sports, male or female, will love this book. It's a real life read.
This book will bring back a lot of memories, some good some not so good, if you went to high school. I didn't play football but had a lot of similiar experiences as found in this book.
Only John could make a great story out of a death of a local hero. He is really a talented writer who shows that a good old fashion story with a moral can still be a best seller--I couldn't stop the player !!
AVID reader; very critical. My reviews don't repeat the book's description, but are why I enjoyed the book and why I think you will.
Like The Painted House, this book is different than other Grisham books. While I hated The Pained House, Bleachers wasn't bad. I still prefer the fast pace and twists of Grisham's "lawyer" books, but Bleachers was a nice break. I was somewhat disappointed in Grisham's reading.
I found the book to be quite slow and definitely not what you expect from Grisham who usually throws a few curve balls. The characters were interesting and I love football but I just never found a plot or a reason to turn on my pocket pc instead of the radio. I was less than excited to finish out the book.