Count me in as one of the millions of worldwide fans of John Grisham. Like my fellow readers, I wait with great anticipation for his next book. I love his conversational writing. I can picture every scene as he describes them. He may be the best legal thriller writer of our day.
When I heard of "The Innocent Man", I was delighted. When I downloaded and listened, I was very, very disappointed. The book turns out to be a rehash of a previous book by another author and the subject of a PBS "Frontline' piece in 2002 about a wrongly convicted man..
The book is a narration of transcripts and court testimony from the trial. There is little to no dialog. There is no character development or interaction. There is no plot.
John's author notes at the end of the audio address some of these issues. The problem is that we should have been able to have read these notes before purchase.
"Frontline" told the story in one hour while Grisham chose to stretch it out over several hours. It is simply boring testimony.
But, fear not, I will still wait in anticipation for John's next book. I just hope he stays away from real crime and court testimony and goes back to his "paint a portrait" fiction.
How does he do it? The characters, the drama, technology, today's headlines all wrapped up in a concise package and Lou Diamond Phillips is the best narrator I've heard in my many years of audiobooks.
Love...Love ...Love James Lee Burke's writing and his characterizations. The narration on this particular book, though, was brutal. Very slow and slurry readings and very hard to understand. I had to keep backing it up to understand pivitol messages.
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