I am a huge fan of Grisham and have read or listened to every book he has written. I have to say I was disappointed in this one. It was very simple and seems to be written for a very young audience. It also ended quickly without wrapping everything up. I kept thinking it would get better. Sorry, I was just disappointed. Not the John Grisham of old.
All Grisham's recorded books are great. Some are better than others but all are fun and informative. Seldom does he talk about attorneys like sitcoms on television and he give real incite. This book is a bit tamer than most of his because it is aimed at young adults. However all one loves from a Grisham novel is still there. Don't miss it. Don't miss any of his.
Older, retired, love the mysteries. Live in Texas.
This was a childish and immature book obviously with pre teens as the target customer. The book ends abruptly with too few resolutions and too many basic questions unanswered. His weakest book by far.
I imagine I would have absolutely loved this as a 13 year old. It's interesting, realistic, and explains a lot about the judicial system that is not easily picked up otherwise. So, many, many years ago I would have given this 5 stars, but as it doesn't quite pick up on the promise of the blurp, I think I could have spent my credit rather better.
My son and I listened daily on the way to school. He loved it, every day he would say, "awe, mom you always stop it at the best part!" He was so excited to listen daily and he was always left in suspense!
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John Grisham seems to know a lot about law and courtrooms; in that respect it was positive to learn something of a new subject, but the story, though it progressed well, lost counterpoint or
strength from little adversity. One character, kind of slimy, Omar Cheap (sp), the legal hanger -on
who purportedly accompanied trouble, only created a very few moments of tension or fear, whose appearance at the end was only a grimace when it could have been a growl. Thus the story lost
My preference was for more empathic interaction, or maybe lovingness or authenticity within the
family, as the communication between them seemed superficial a lot of the time, yet did have
good energy and a lot of faith in each other and forward motion. They also lived their values, which were those of wanting to support and aid those in need; this had a good feeling.
Theo's desire to help his friends and schoolmates is laudable, as well as famous in the school, which is how he acquires this problem, and he is humble enough to know when the situation is over his head. His seeking help ends up bringing a black sheep uncle back into the family fold, also very satisfying.
In conclusion, it was interesting, proceeding smoothly,and the protagonist is an attractive, poised and likable young character, but I was expecting, from the blurb, a bit more excitement.
The narration was average to my ear. Mr. Thomas, though possessing a pleasant voice, had speech mannerisms of emphasizing certain words which were not appropriate to the text, thus
making it less smooth and interesting. He did differentiate some characters, but very subtly.
A real fault though, were these highly questionable, badly placed musical interludes, relating to no textual change, or chapter, or climax. I was dumbfounded. Thankfully there were few of them.
My kids were on the edge of their seats listening the entire time.
We liked the courtroom drama parts the best...that and kitty court.
My 10 year old son read this book and I think it was worth the read because he loved the first book "the accused" and can't wait to read "the abduction".
He says the beginning was really slow and hard to follow but became more interesting towards the middle of the story.
He thinks the narrator did a good job.