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.
Queen of UTEE
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!
Oh my God! This was the most condescending, ridiculous and drawn-out analysis of a legal case that I have ever read. I would prefer to read actual court briefs prepared by high paid corporate lawyers. By the time I was half way through this I was ready to confess to the crime myself just to make the droning stop! Stick to the non-fiction Grisham - there is a reason he is an author and no longer practicing law!
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.
Most low ratings claim the book is dry and drawn out with too much detail. That is because it is unabridged. If you want short and concise, chose the abridged version.
I find the book ties in with Grisham's fictions, A time to Kill and the Chamber. I tied this in with the book by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood. It has given me fuel for an internal debate of the death penalty.
So, if you are looking for a book that can make you rethink the death penalty, choose these books. If you want to keep it short and not be drawn out, opt for the abridged version.
I am a huge Grisham fan buying his audiobooks as soon as released and have listened to most of them twice. This one is dead, like reading a casefile. Finishing this book is taking some willpower.
This is probably the least favorite of the many Grisham audio books I've listened to. It's quite regrettable the miscarriage of justice, as depicted in this book occurred. But it's tough to connect with people whose main purpose in life seems to be self gratification. This poor connection is due in no small part to the fact that there's very little dialogue at all to help us care about them. It's about like listening to 12 hours of court transcripts. The reader tries mightily to create some interest, but it just goes on and on and on. This is a very disappointing offering from Mr. Grisham, perhaps he should just stick to fictional stories which he's so good at.
I am a Grisham fan but this work is agonizingly dry and boring. The story is a compelling one but would have been better served with a 2-3 hour novella, not the 12 hour treatise that Grisham has given us.