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.
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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 book is a long and detailed description of largely uninteresting characters and no interesting twist at the end. I was waiting for an interesting plot twist but reached the end without finding one. Worst Grisham novel I have ever read.
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.
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.
Every sentence ended as if he were telling a secret. I wasn't sure that I could get thru the book.
This is not as powerful as some of the author’s other books, but it’s a fine story. His most popular books had more suspense and thriller. This is just a fictional story about lawyers and heirs to an estate. It’s different. It’s enjoyable and above average because of the author’s skill. He’s good at creating fun-to-watch characters. I chuckled at some of the wry comments. For example, Nate’s life is so miserable and he’s feeling such hangover pain, that he’s in a fog about the dangers around him. It’s like who cares if he has to fend off alligators. It’s just another inconvenience. After one event he says in his dry uncaring monotone “oh, I’m still alive?” His reactions and acceptance of jungle threats were humorous in a dry, satirical way. In addition to alligators he sees anacondas, piranhas, rats as big as dogs, and mosquitos. Later Nate suffered through dengue fever. Josh saw him and said “You look awful. You’re skinny as a rail.” Nate said “You want to lose fifteen pounds, find the right mosquito.” On another topic, I admired and liked the character Josh - smart, competent, but not perfect.
Maybe 40% of the story is lawyers for the grandchildren scheming to get money. The rest of the story is about Nate with some Rachel. I don’t want to give away too much, but I enjoyed Nate’s change. Many reviewers complained about the ending saying it was rushed and incomplete. I agree. I would have liked more. But it was acceptable to me. One part was a little sad, but my overall feeling at the end was “kind of nice.”
The narrator Frank Muller was fabulous. He’s very entertaining with the various personalities, especially with Nate’s attitude and comments.
I'm a big Grisham fan and this one doesn't disappoint. Quite the departure from his usual focus on all things law. An entertaining and enlightening adventure away from the courtroom. Very well narrated. Highly recommend.
I read this in book form when it came out years ago but was recently in the mood to experience this story again. If you're a fan of this book, I highly recommend doing it in audio form -- the narrator does an excellent job with the accents & dialects(both American and Brazilian) and pronouncing the Brazilian names and places. Plus, Frank Muller is just a really good narrator for Grisham's style. I love this story of a man's journey (physical and spiritual) and think it is one of Grisham's best.