This book has to go on my all time greats list. It is long, but not once did I lose interest even slightly. I would have loved to have another 40 hours after it was finished. It is virtually impossible to believe the stories are fiction. The author pulls you in and never releases his hold. The main characters are absolutely fully developed and weaved effortlessly into each strand.
I picked up this book because of the ratings. It has too many bad words to be a children's book. Possibly it could be a soap opera. It is not a bad book, but it doesn't quite seem that it was written for adults except for the bad language. The only thing that I can suppose on the ratings is that the author has a cult following. If you want something that could be the sound track from the 8pm time slot on NBC Friday night, this is it.
I enjoyed the book. It started with a more hectic pace than it ended. While a somewhat predictable plot, the characters were full and interesting. I was engrossed with the devastating effect of greed on the main character. Grisham tied it in well with the past and the future. If you're looking for your teacher's literature, then pass. Otherwise, just enjoy it.
The Arraignment has a good story line that kept me interested. The characters were moderately complex. There are some twists and turns that prevent seeing completely down the hall. This a good book, but not great. While I do not regret reading (listening to) this book, I was left wanting. The addition of a few more twists would have increased my enjoyment. I would have been favorable to increased development of the main character. The story takes place outside the courtroom. If some of your favorite characters are lawyers, this book should provide a reasonable fix.
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