I have long wanted to listen to the audiobook of The Firm but Audible only had an abridged version. When I saw that they had added an unabridged version, read by my favorite narrator Scott Brick, nonetheless, I jumped on it. The book is very good but winds up deviated significantly from the book. The story is definitely entertaining, but I have to admit, this is one of those rare cases where I think I preferred the film. That being said, it is an excellent audiobook that was engrossing and kept me engaged. As such, I am happy to give it four stars.
I'm fairly new to audible and have listened to a few books before this one. And by far, this one has been the best one I've listened to and will be listening to all Grisham's books. Only downside is after listening I watched the movie with Tom Cruise. Used to like the movie but not anymore. Like always book was far better.
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This book was pretty far out on the plot limb for a Grisham novel. I read the original way back when books were on paper. I'm still a fan of Grisham, I just like some of his other work better.
This is one of the best audio book that I have purchased. I could not put this book down!!Brilliant story and wonderful narration.., Definitely will recommend to others.
To me, this is the ultimate Grisham novel. Not high literature, but a fun, suspenseful listen. I've read almost all the Grisham books, and this is my favorite. If you haven't read Grisham, this is where you should start. I think it's his best.
If you'll excuse the sarcastic headline, I'll get to the review in a moment. It's just that the word "affluent/affluence" is used so much in this book, it became a bit of a running joke to me. But I digress.
"The Firm" was apparently Grisham's first breakout bestseller and it also happens to be the first time I've read/listened to one of his books. I was impressed. The story, whilst not groundbreaking is nevertheless engaging and full of fleshed-out characters. The pace is nicely set, starting with McDeere's recruitment, subsequent instant affluence (see what I did there?), and the eventual realisation that maybe things are too good to be true. His race against the firm is gripping and a cause for staying in my work car long after I have arrived at my destination.
Scott Brick's narration is fantastic. He manages to have the cockiness of McDeere, the menace of Locke, and even the slobbish nature of Devasher down perfectly. I think I'll be looking at a few more Grisham novels to add to my list after this one. Very well done indeed.
Yes, very engaging narrator and story line. Well written characters that grab your attention, and in my case, made my long work commute pass by quicker since the story drew me in.
I did feel disappointed when I had to stop listening once I arrived at work, and again when I got home, since I wanted to keep listening but had to save hours for the next day!
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I have seen the movie The Firm several times, and it is hands down, no comparison to the book. Grisham goes into so much more detail. I did find myself wondering on some things (e.g. does his wife find out about this? does he ever encounter that?) which were left unanswered in the book, but still, if you entertained by the movie, even to the slightest degree, you will be hooked on the audiobook. The one drawback was that I felt as if they narrator mispronounced a few names.
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I've read the paper version of dozens of Grisham novels, but this story disappoints mainly because the narration is so sluggish and colorless. The narrator fails to differentiate voices - except for several characters who are given vague southern or New York accents, but what really hurts is a pace that is almost agonizingly slow.
Another drawback for the audiobook is that the Tom Cruise film (1993) featured a screenplay that was so nicely crafted and tightly paced that the original story seems clunky and unsatisfying by comparison.
All and all, Grisham makes it a worth while read, but I was more than a little disappointed by the lackluster narration, especially for a title that demands a premium price.