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PFSmith

PFSmith

Birmingham, AL | Member Since 2003

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Priestly Sins

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Andrew M. Greeley
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Priestly Sins tells the story of Father Herman Hoffman, a gifted and innocent young man, who becomes swept up in "the Crisis" after witnessing child abuse in his first parish appointment. Soon, he is vilified for denouncing a priest who has been "cleared." He suffers the harsh fate of a whistle-blower when his Archdiocese has him committed to a mental health center.

    Jimmy says: "An Insider's View"
    "Priestly Sins is a Winner"
    Overall

    I had ready only one of Father Greeley's previous books (The Bishop in the West Wing) when I selected this title as a travel companion for a business trip. At each stop, I would sit in the car and listen to the book until I absolutely had to leave the car to conduct business. Father Hoffman is a breath of fresh air and his relationship with his child-hood and adolescent sweetheart will stir memories of your own earlier loves. The narrator does a fine job with the Germanic and Irish accents in the text. This book is well worth a listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (423)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "From a souther state lawyer - outstanding!"
    Overall

    As a lawyer from a southern state very near Mississippi, "The Appeal" is a dead on literary description of what has been happening in states across the south for years. It brings to light the plight and feelings of people caught in the crosshairs of conservative judicial activists and meddlers. "Trial Lawyers" are often portrayed as greedy opportunists, but this book does a great job of describing the good (and bad) that plaintiff's attorneys do, while at the same time focusing attention on the massive amounts of money and influence that are put to use to counter the efforts of trial lawyers. A tremendous return to the legal/courtroom novel for John Grisham. More please!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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