This is a great story, but please give Frank Muller his due. His career ended tragically and his surviving narrations are noteworthy. He is, by far, the best suspenseful narrator I have ever heard. Ask Stephen King.
This was a solid book from the first chapter. I recommend reading the Testament first because this book kind of starts out in the same area that the Testament is set in. It was nice to already have a mental image of the area that Patrick was hiding in.
I guess it's a personal preference thing, but I love the narrator. His voice sets the right tone for the book...serious, thoughtful, and a hint of mystery. Obvioiusly, his voice won't work with some books, but it is perfect for Grisham novels.
As for my opinion of the novel, I loved trying to figure out Patrick's master plan, and I was rooting for him to get away with it. The ending was not my favorite, but it made sense and was poetic justice. If you always want a sappy ending then this book may not be for you. My main complaint is with Patrick's character...I loved him throughout the novel but towards the end his "simple life" philosophy turned to arrogance. I just thought that personality change wasn't needed.
I absolutely LOVED this book up until the very end. Not only frustrating, but completely pissed me off. I hate reading books that I love and then the ending ruins everything. So mad that I wasted my time.
Overall the story was intriguing, but it did seem to drag at times. Reader's performance really helped capture the different personalities in the book.
It may be a matter of taste, but the end seemed to lack the intensity of the beginning.
Worth the read or listen.
A great John Grisham classic. On the edge until the last chapter.
The narrator was distracting. Needs to learn the correct pronunciation of words such as "Eva", "Biloxi" and "Pontchartrain".