Let me begin by saying that I think I've either read or listened to every book that Grisham has written. Let me continue by saying that I haven't really enjoyed many of them. I consider his books to be perfect beach, airplane, or commuting material. This book is no different.
No, you won't really like the main character. You won't feel sorry for him when things start going badly for him. You know where the story is going after listening to the first half hour.
Reading a Grisham book is like watching an episode of a television drama. You're not expecting high-brow intellect or overly thought-provoking moral dilemmas. You listen to Grisham because it's a fast-paced story that makes the time fly by.
He delivers that again here.
A main character who is quite difficult to like, an ending that seemed to be quickly contrived, and a second half that appears unnecessary. I think Grisham wants us to identify with the sudden appearance of greed and excess in J. Clay Carter, and then empathize with him in his downfall, but he succeeds in neither. The book starts out well and promises interest but fades quickly. Narration and reading are quite good, which saves this as an audio book.
I was hoping Grisham was back to his former glory, but alas...it is not to be. J. Clay Carter is a flat, predictable character. This is the last Grisham book I will invest my money in.
When I pick up a Grisham novel I don't expect it to be the "Great American Novel". Like all of his books this one has a good story line, moves fast and is a good diversion.
I could barely stand to listen to this book. At least when reading I can skip all the monotonous detail about expensive purchases.
Unbelievable characters and an all too predictable plot make this book simply not worth time.
This is a pretty typical Grisham book. I liked it and particularly liked the narrator. If you like the legal thrillers, this is a very enjoyable listen.
Grisham is a master storyteller. Michael Beck is a master narrator. Beck's performance is flawless. As he effortlessly shunts from one personae to the next, you're convinced there must be a host of narrators recounting this tale. The many interesting characters in this work come to life and draw you deep into this Grisham novel right from the start. Clay Carter is an amicable hero with his all-too-human reactions to temptations too hard to resist. Welcome to this fast and furious ride of twists and turns into the underbelly of mass tort litigation. Don't forget your Dramamine!
Thank you John Grisham and Audible! I couldn't put this one down. I loved the character J. Clay Carter. The world of torts, class actions lawsuits, etc. was so very interesting. Please don't let this be the last we hear of JCC.