I would not recommend this book to anyone - ever.
The story is gratuitous and boring. Shallow unlike-able characters. The narration - is the worst that I have endured. If you can suffer through the narration then you are left with a story that - after the first chapter - lacks appeal and is just plain boring. The feeling that I had while listening was primarliy 'WHO CARES?'.
The narrator breathes heavily in almost every sentence of the book with the same inflection throughout. He made me feel detached from what I was hearing and infuriated by his lack of ability to deliver a story. I bought the book when I read that a few other reviewers thought that this narrator was the best of the best. For me - it was a horrible experience and I will avoid buying any book for which he is the narrator.
Too many to recall.
Spend your money somewhere else in Audible - not on The Testament by Grisham.
This book started out like gangbusters, and I thought wow the reviews were right on and this is going to be a great novel.. Then we went to South America and the book became a poor version of the African Queen. The book bogged down in the swamp and became the story of a drunks survival in the swamp... I could not finish this book it became boring and the cadence of the narrator during most of the book just put me to sleep. I bought this book because of the GREAT reviews put failed to see any greatness in this novel... Disappointed!!!
I enjoy John Grisham's legal thrillers, which is why I bought this book, but this is not that type of book. It is a story about an alcoholic who is saved, which could have actually been interesting but you spend half the book hopping around to various viewpoints for no reason. I found the characters flat and one dimensional and didn't like any of them. And then there was the preaching. I am spiritual in my own way but having to listen to the religious portions of the book made me uncomfortable. Overall, I was very happy when the book was over.
He has done it again! Brazil is a country with so much adventure to offer and John Grisham gives it to you in literary work that will have wishing for younger days to comb through rain forests, thousands of miles from home. A great listen for anyone that loves suspense and adventure.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
This was my first Grisham book, Sure I've seen a slew of movies based on Grisham books and they are all intense. I'm really glad I finally took the Grisham plunge with this audio book. The story was excellent and had me wondering what would happen to the end. I had my own ending for this book, but Grisham's ending was far better than the one I conjured up.
The narration was good too. I took this audio book away with me on holidays and listened to it while laying by the pool. It transported me to South America and put me in the middle of an adventure I could only ever travel to in my dreams. The character building was excellent too. From the main character Nate to all the Phelan heirs. I really felt like a fly on the wall as this story unfolded. A great read. You'll enjoy this one!
I listened to this book on the way from New England vacation back to my home near Pittsburgh . The book was so good that when we arrived we just had to finish the book at our home. The bags were unpacked but the story had us riveted to its conclusion. Grisham has done a superlative job with all the characters and his description of the water travel felt like we were really there. Top notch book .
This story starts out with such a bang that i was wondering how the rest of the book would be able to keep up! I found however that the story unfolded with a brilliance and depth that kept me captivated until the end. Frank Muller's narration is perfect as always and as you listen it seems almost as if he has some kind of inside knowledge of the characters he portrays. This book transports the reader to another time, another place and I felt drawn as other reviewers have mentioned to question the value of things and what is important in this life. It deals with mortality, possessions, regret, love, despair, second chances and the meaning of our time on this earth. I laughed out loud a few times and was on the "edge of my seat" at others. John Grisham won me back after a disappointing go at "The Racketeers" which I ended up returning. This one is brilliant- I enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end. "The Testament is a great story and a great listen and will take you on a wonderful journey.
5% of the time at most this book was entertaining and it was always after a really boring part. This book could have been written in 10 chapters and it would have been better because it would have been a quick read with a decent story.
Nothing he did great and was the only reason I finished it.
90% of them. So many pointless details and way way way too many characters.
This is a very unique lawyer story which extremely rare circumstances but my lord it was long, boring and has a ton of unnecessary details. Read the wikipedia summary of this book and you'll know everything you'll need to know/you'll remember.
Every sentence ended as if he were telling a secret. I wasn't sure that I could get thru the book.
The story starts promising. Because of that and because you know other Grisham novels, you expect a lot of twists and turns. The book doesn't deliver but becomes a boring story about a man finding himself and god. Boring.