I have read almost all of Grisham's books and rarely have I been disappointed. The stories of Ford County were most enjoyable. The problem was the reading! I am sorry to say this, but the editor who let Grisham read his own book, should be demoted. He/she should have been strong enough to say "John, I love your writing, but fella, you can't read to save your life!!! If you want to sell this work, let someone else do the reading.
I have been an Audible listener for many years. This was the most difficult listen I can remember.
My strong recommendation is that you buy the book or download it to your Kindle and read it the old fashioned way.
I have never been so moved to write a review, but I felt compelled to save the listener the agony of the start and stop, naration that sounds as though it is the first time Grisham is reading an unfamiliar work, not one he wrote himself.
The premise of the book is an attention grabber. When we think of those who are talented we immediately think of people who have an innate gift that skyrocketed them to fame and fortune. Not so says the author, in a very well reasoned, well documented and well written way. It is the ability and/or the drive that allowed them, or compelled them to practice, practice, practice. What we see as drudge, they either don't, or are so determined to succeed at what they have chosen that they develop the expertise and train their body and even mold their body through that early practice.
The book kept me interested as did the reader.
I recommend it highly.
After reading all of the works of Clavell, Shogun, Taipan, etc, I have developed a liking for the development of the Asian hero. In Across the Nightingale Floor I found myself engrossed by the development of the plot and the characters to the same level as with Clavell. A well written thriller that was also well read. I recommend it highly.
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