This book is a waste of time. Especially in audio format where it is difficult to go back and try to untangle a confused, confusing, and fundamentally pointless tale. I know that Stephen King is highly regarded and this is the first book I have "read" by him but he writes here like he learned his writing by reading the National Enquirer and watching Entertainment Tonight. His characters are not well developed, the story is implausible, and there is no surprise factor to any of it - almost predictable.
Don't waste your time.
I suppose that, like any other purchase the burden is on the buyer but it seems that after making so much money from his books and movies that Grisham would have some respect for the people who have bought his books over the years and refrain from releasing something that is a waste of time and money. Maybe there is something in the water in Mississippi that makes lawyers greedy - his buddy Dickie Scruggs couldn't resist bribing a judge even though he had successfully ripped off tobacco companies for billions of dollars but didn't want to share the proceeds with the other sharks. When is enough money enough? This book should have stayed on his hard drive until he could find a way to end it with something interesting. But then the characters and plot were pretty unbelievable from the beginning. This isn't the blatant paean to ambulance chasers that he perpetrated in The Appeal it's just poor craftsmanship.
This book started out with promise. An interesting and appealing story about people wronged by a greedy corporate titan. But by about 1/3 through the book it started to slow down and really drag. The story about the dimwit promoted for the supreme court wasn't believable and it just went on and on. Grisham is usually clever but in this book all the alleys he built had predictable, anticlimactic endings and the book itself was predictable throughout. I love a book where I think "I know where this guy is leading me" and then find out he has thrown me a curve. There are no curves here, all the characters go just where you think they will. The ending is also extremely unsatisfying. The book is a poor attempt at a polemic about the poor underappreciated trial lawyers (read 'ambulance chasers') in this country. Since Grisham's buddy Dicky Scruggs, Bill Lerach, and others are now guilty of felonies it is a little harder to appreciate this point of view but Grisham has been a trial lawyer (a.c) himself so it is understandable -just boring. Don't waste your money.
Satire should be based on characters and situations that are exaggerations of plausible situations. This book isn't satire, it is childish fantasy. As I listened that was the main impression - the writing and situations are juvenile. One of the worst books I have purchase, if not the worst. Total waste of time.
This book seems like it would be worthwhile if it were one fourth the length. I like long books but they need to be long for a reason. This book seems to wander around among the characters and to have no real purpose. Other Scott Turow books have had some dramatic twist that made them worth the read but this one contains no surprises. When the secrets of the characters are revealed my response was 'ok, what was interesting about that?'. This book is a very large commitment of time without a commensurate return. Not recommended at all. A shame from such a talented and well educated writer.
I get the sense that the book would be fun to read but the narrator gives one the sense that he is doing a camp imitation of a British valet playing Flashman. I almost feel guilty criticizing the reading because he sounds like he may have some speech pathology. If that is the case I apologize. I find that it is so hard to understand that I can't concentrate and drive at the same time so I miss large sections and am not inspired to rewind so I am just getting an overall impression of the book rather than really delving into it.
Having been to Paris many times, and knowing that the St. Germain des Pres area is charming with a lot of possibilities for unique insider knowledge, I thought maybe I would find it here. Alas, the tour is mundane, and the point of the whole episode completely escaped me. The narrator seems to be trying to achieve a mellow mood and instead sounds like she is drugged. I was very disappointed and didn't find it helpful on my last trip to Paris. Don't waste your time or money.
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