I love John Grisham. I have listened to every one of his books. The stories were typical JG and I found them very entertaining. The reader, (JG) was NOT what I have come to expect. Stephen King once said that books are best expressed when read by the author. JG should ignore this, stick to writing, and allow the professionals to read. His efforts detracted from and otherwise good book.
When I read the other reviews I thought, How bad can the narration be?
Wow, he is terrible. It is distracting from the stories. The stories are disappointing too.
They aren't as bad as the narration, though. Did I mention the narration is really bad?
Don't buy the book just to find out how bad.
Fans of Grisham are going to buy the book, anyway. That's the only reason I did.
I've read a couple of books by Grisham that I didn't think were as good as other books by Grisham.
This is the first time I have regretted spending the money to buy a Grisham book and wished I had purchased something different.
After listening to a third of the book, I was shocked to learn that the author is the narrator because he sounds like a ninth-grader reading it for the first time. Fill of awkward pauses and almost no inflection. Interesting stories, but Mr Grisham should stick to writing!
This is well written, i guess. I am only 1/2 way through, not sure I'll finish it. The stories build up fine but are unbelievably anti-climactic. I have no expaination as Girsham is obviously a great writer, but these stories end, oddly, abruptly after a long winded, pointless conclusion. If this was a single book I would hope it got better, but as it is short stories and the 1st 4hours and 54 minutes has been less than inspiring, I can't see myself making it to the end. Sorry John, not your best work.
I am a grisham fan, but this book was disappointing. It was like reading a newspaper. I kept getting into a storyline. . . then it would change and you'd never hear anything about that part again.
Ford County is a series of well written and provocative stories from the heart of impoverished rural America. The stories are remiscent of "A Painted House" rather than his legal thrillers and that is a real positive as I think is his best genre.
I would recommend that you buy the book though. John Grisham's reading is monotonous and distracting, no, make that soporific.
Having grown up in a very small town in the south, I can relate to the characters John Grisham has created and throughly enjoy the short story format. Some people complain about the "abrupt" endings to the stories, but that is what a short story does...once you get to the climax...the story is over, no use (in my opinion) on dealing with the small details. I also enjoyed having the author read the book, his accent really lends to the "character" of the stories...I feel like I am listening to one of my uncles telling some of their stories about Robeson County, NC.