As much as I somewhat agree with Barry's assessment of the narrator's voice, it was not enough to stop me from listening to this John Grisham tale. As usual, I was very pleased with the story. I appreciate the research Grisham does in order to tell it like it is. Do I really think this is how presidential races are conducted? Well, let's say there has to be some truth to his tale. Do I believe federal prisoners could actually pull this off? As the wife of a retired corrections officer and policeman, again, it is not too far a stretch to consider the possibility. And one other fascinating observation: how many best sellers do you know that don't have any female characters in the story?
I expect John Grisham would change it, too, now. A huge part of the plot is a scam to trap and extort gay men, and everyone in the book treats this as though it is the most horrific, dirty, unacceptable secret ever. Just seems both dated and impossibly silly in this day and age, when being gay is not such a big deal. But at times it came off as really homophobic.
Actually I'm not there yet.
No, I'm going to try to avoid him -- he's very breathy, trailing off into an ominous whisper even on very ordinary sentences.
Pretty good job doing a variety of voices, so if you don't mind a little overdramatic breathy whispering, he might not bug you.
The story is classic Grisham in its own right. And Frank Muller's narration is an excellent blending of the story and the presentation.
I'm familiar with the prison pen pal scams in LA and MS. Maybe that's why this novel seemed like Grisham picked the plot from his list of "maybe's," yet then when writing it his heart just wasn't there. I'm a fan of much of Grisham's work, but this one seemed neither real nor true, and it lacked a shred of suspense, which is normally Grisham's strongest suit. Written as if Grisham just phoned it in.
I was very disappointed.
The reader's ability to accent the irony and humor in the story
Enjoy all the John Grisham books. This one was a little less heavy and a little more fun than some with more serious story lines.
They are all great. He has a lot of fun with the characters Really enjoy his reads.
Well there were parts that made me laugh, which was refreshing, as John Grisham's books can be weighty at times.
On the road a lot, so listen to many audio books, never disappointed with John Grisham's writing or Frank Muller's reading.
This story was interesting, propelled along by well written and multidimensional characters. It wasn't Grisham's most thrilling page turner, but I absolutely enjoyed it and would recommend it. The two main story lines seem oddly divergent at first, but stick with it. The narration makes this even better. I wish Frank was still around to read future Grisham books. He does the best job out of them all. Enjoy.
Entertaining story, top notch narration, and subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at our legal system. A great listen !
I loved this book for many reasons, smart, witty, interesting characters, great story plot. It kept me interested and not wanting to put it down. I love most of Grishams books!
Yes, Just to discuss issues the story provokes
It makes you think that there are a lot behind politicians we don't see
Could not get over the irritation of the narration, as a result was unable to get to the end if the book. I have tried to listen and press on three times now, but cannot.
High mono tone ran throughout. Very irritating.
I will, because I think the story is good I was just put off by the narrator.
The book might be worth listening to with another narrator.