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Charles

Franklin, TN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7883)
    Performance
    (7108)
    Story
    (7106)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Exceptional. Best of Grisham in a LONG time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not completely "on edge," but does make you keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Foreshadowing gave away the ending, but as usual, Grisham had just enough details to keep it very interesting (even if you know what's coming). Much better than most of Grisham's more recent books. If you liked Grisham's first few books, this is a MUST read (or listen).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "Just not up to standards"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Henry Leyva?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all of Turow's other books. While a number of them are a bit slow, this one unbearably slow. Very predictable and he goes completely off on a tangent to try to build characters. You could skip significant portions of the book and not really miss anything because he doesn't stay on course with the story. I stopped just over half way through and only after forcing myself to listen for at least an additional hour.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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