John Grisham, with his Theo Boone series, has proven again that he's a master of the legal genre, and that he can even make it fun for younger readers.
Richard Thomas does a good job of reading, without trying to fake a bunch of character voices.
Artist & Journeyman Composter
In the first of the series "Kid Lawyer", used to the many twists, turns, false trails of the adult mysteries I so love, the ending was too easy to see. Now I'm more used to Grisham's writing style, am okay with the way he handles the denouement, and trust his clues. It is clear and straightforward plotting; you don't have to worry or get tense. In this, the second of the series, the author picks up with Theo's best friend, whom we metalbeit a bit too briefly, in "Kid Lawyer", April in Paris, as she likes to call herself, an artist in a very dysfunctional family situation. They talk or text nearly everyday. Theo is a good listener, and believes in her, and trusts in the importance of friendship even when he would like to help her, but can't. Suddenly, she turns up missing, and no one, even hersomewhat scatty mother can find where she might be. Watch Theo's black sheep uncle;he has moments of real brilliance, and though he's made mistakes that took him from astellar career into a present come-down job of tax preparation, he is a figure now of practical wisdom, and self- acceptance,who accepts the consequences of his actions and lives pretty comfortably with them. He is also deeply committed to his family, and willing to go far out of his way to help Theo solve the crime. Oh, one feature that is becoming a hallmark, and an hilarious one, is Theo's volunteer lawyerly work in Animal Court. The first one was a nice touch, and colorfully amusing, but this one is hilarious, and I'm looking forward to this appearance in every story! I do recommend starting at the beginning with the series for best familiarity with the characters, plot continuities, andfuller enjoyment. I shall continue myself!
I am not sure who would enjoy this. I was waiting for a twist, a plot, some excitment and it was so dissapointing.
Yes, but I'd have to really read other readers comments. I rely heavily on them
The narration was fine with what he had to work with.
A real dud for a mystery novel.
This is an interesting book, and I would listen to it again. I often listen the second time while traveling in my car; and even if some of the story is missed because of distractions, it isn't necessary to back it up to follow the continued action.
Theodore Boone is the star of this series and is my favorite character because of his attention to detail and procedural knowledge of the law.
Richard Thomas does a good job narrating the story and placing emphasis where needed. He has a well modulated voice and a steady reading/telling pace. I listen to all audio books at 1.5 speed - and don't miss a word of his messages - he doesn't sound like Donald Duck at that speed. I would listen to him again - he is an asset to your organization.
Theodore is an in-charge character, and some of his sound judgments are indeed amusing.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
Yes. It is a good story without being to graphic, so younger listeners can enjoy it.
I think the most suspenseful moment is when they found... wait. I'm not spoiling it for you. Listen to the book.
Yes, and I did.
Theodore, of course. He's such a smart kid.
He's easy to listen to.
No, I was fine with stretching it out.
We listened to book 1 last summer on a car trip, and my son (who normally tolerates the car trip audio book) has been asking about more Theo on a regular basis. With another long trip planned, I downloaded book 2, and he was thrilled. Theo remains a solidly good kid - a loyal friend, respectful son, and budding lawyer. The secondary characters add interest and humor, since Theo and his parents are pretty straight-laced. We have book 3 ready for listening on the ride back home. Definitely worth the credit (or just purchase) as a family listen (upper elementary/middle school).
the latest Boone book
not one of my favorite readers
Just was kind of boring. The first one was 5 starts, but this just didn't really go anywhere.
Say something about yourself!
Grisham style but more like a short story. Theodore Boone continues his love of the court system.