Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
The Firm is one of the only books where the plot line of the movie adaptation was better than the book. This is a great story, and honestly one of Grisham's best, most complete and thought provoking stories. But, the screen writers fixed some consistency issues, and overall came up with a much better ending than is here in the book. That being said, the characters are amazing, and so rich and full. The idea behind the story is so brilliant, and so heartbreaking. Love the story!
Scott Brick is a narrator that really has to grow on you. He had to grow on me, anyway. The first few books I listened to that he narrated, I wasn't sure of whether or not I liked his style and cadence. I am still not 100% in his camp, but I do have to say that this is my favorite of all of his performances. By quite a bit, actually. He does a great job with this one, and actually added quite a bit to my enjoyment of this book.
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
I guess if you are John Grisham you could care less about what reviewers think, as you can pretty much laugh all the way to the bank. And that's ok when Grisham is good, but like anyone, we all have our bad days.
Went back thru my Library recently to re-visit some Grishams, and after totally relishing 'The Runaway Jury', decided to re-experience 'The Firm'. I never saw the movie, as I can't stand Tom Cruise, but had faith in listening to the book again.
Painful mistake. I kept cringing, and kept asking myself why? Was is the narrator? No, I've enjoyed Scott Brick with other authors, even tho he can sound a bit over dramatic at times.
Was it the story? No. I could not fault the 'what if?' scenario, and so much more could have been done with it.
So, what was it, that ticked me off so monumentally?
One: occasionally, crime writers forget they are writing a book, and not a screen play. This means instead of taking the trouble to create a succinct word picture, they resort to lots of dialogue, and lots of superfluous and downright boring description of actions by characters. Maybe this was why it did get turned into a movie, the screen play was already written?
Second: In this case, the dialogue itself, which becomes turgid: repetitive, uninspiring, smartass, unpointed; until you feel you like you are wading through quicksand in a deep diver's suit. Maybe the author believes he is creating action, but in the end, I had to grit my teeth to get through it, and I still wanted to know where the story was going, as I did not remember from the previous read.
Third: I hate it when crime writers feel the need to 'put down' law enforcement agencies such as the police, the CIA, or in this case, the FBI, painting them as stupid in order to make their invented heroes seem that much smarter. It really undermines credibility of the character. In this case we are expected to believe that this 20 something, inexperienced lawyer totally runs rings around an experienced FBI agent, who probably also is a law graduate, as is McDeere. The way McDeere constantly sasses Terence in the tawdry dialogue makes me want to slap him (McDeere), and the dumb, repetitive questions that Grisham attributes to Terence, make me want to slap Grisham!
I am prepared to suspend disbelief for the purposes of fiction, but even this crosses my generous boundaries!
Grisham can do SO much better!
I couldn't put it down. The author's narrative allows you to experience what's happening at all time. Very detailed, but not boring. I highly recommend it
The storyline was very interesting. At times I thought the story move kind of slow. There was some repetition which bored me. I wish the characters were developed a little more. But the intelligence of the main character and his way of negotiating was extremely interesting. I would definitely recommend this book.
'The Firm' is right up there with 'The Stranger Beside Me,' which I've listened to no fewer than 10 times. I have listened to this book 3 times since I've purchased it and I uncover more with each listen.
If you like suspenseful books with interesting characters this book is for you.
I loved the movie so I was pretty sure the audio book would be good too. Since I gad not read the book, I was unprepared for how much better it was than the movie. I plan to listen to this frequently till I have every nuance under my belt. This was pure bliss!