Are you looking for the usual Grisham entertainment? Then perhaps you shouldn't read this matter of fact, meticulously detailed and simple-style written (thus respectful) story of how easily the judicial system of the US can randomly absorb innocent men and spit out their bones after it's done. Fiction simply cannot shock me as this book did.
Excellent narration and plot. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read.
"The Innocent Man" raises ethical questions based on the lives of real people. Once you start your journey into this book you won't want to turn it off.
I consider myself a huge fan of John Grisham having read all of his previous books. While I know this was a true story, but I found myself bored to tears. The book is highly redundant from chapter to chapter and drawn out. It seemed to take forever to tell it's story. I was glad to finish so I could move on to something more interesting.
My husband and I listented to this audio book on a long car trip, and enjoyed both the story and the excellent narration. The story is gripping and reads like fiction. I have read all of Grisham's books (a few of which have underwhelmed), but would certainly recommend The Innocent Man.
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I've heard interviews with John Grishom where he explains he'd never write another Non-fiction again..that researching it involved far too much research, facts, timelines, interviews etc.
Perhaps that is why this book is so dry. It is filled with so many timelines and facts that it just becomes drone.
I had a difficult time getting through it and staying with it. The reader didn't help!
I am a huge fan of John Grisham, and I have read every one of his books; but this book is taking all my will power to finish. Wish I'd gotten the abridged version! The reading is dry and boring, although I know intellectually that the topic is emotional and passionate. I am only finishing it, because I am feel I need to know how it all turns out and how I will feel about the death penalty when I'm done...hopefully quickly!
I am a retired physician born and raised in Dallas, Texas where I still live. I retired from practice two years ago.
I have read or listened to every Grisham book. This book is a poor copy of "In
Cold Blood." I think he needs to stick with fiction. It is like reading a court transcript and about as entertaining.
Although definitely dry & written like a casefile, the book is still interesting & makes me want to keep listening. When i first started this book, i was a bit shocked at the style of writing & had expected to hear a little more emotion in the story. Even though i'm not drawn to these 'characters', i'm still interested to hear how this turns out - and am shocked at the legal system in OK.