This is the best legal "listen" to date. I have been doing audio books as well as my regular reading for a number of years. The performance was as good or better than the story which I liked as well. I adore the main character whose droll hunor and love of poetry conflict with tough advocate he is.
The cresendo builds up to the finale in the court room I felt that a little hokey. I enjoyed his inner struggles with his past and future as well as his thoiughts during the legal proceedings. I have been a criminal defense lawyer for well over 50 years and really comisserated with the feelings so beautifully expressed.I have had many trials that had great emotion and some with much press but I could never tell the story as well as the author. I am a big fan of Grisham, Turow as well as Rumpole. I don't know how I missed Mr Deverell til now.
Noi, but he's wonderful
I actually laughed out loud while listening to the book. The wit of the Barrister turned farmer and his island adventures was most entertaining.The drama of the trial cannt be ignored.Handling trancript and courtroom colloquoys is an art. He has it.He weaves in his own feelins ,introspection and fears very well.
I intend to listen to Mr Morgan as often as I can and Mr Deverell has an 82 year old trial lawyer as a new fan
Good beginning but gets so unbelievable that I wished I hadn't started. I love his main character who is the same New Jersey lawyer in most of his books, and can't believe he put him through this. The ending is absurd.
Life or death, by the Australian writer
I love the smart quips of the main character but that was it.
The whole second half.
It seems to me an avid reader and former big time criminal lawyer that he sold a great idea for a story and didn't know how to finish without getting really wierd.
As usual Archer moves at a good pace with fun characters, either really good or totally evil
Provided a real ending not a come back next week repeat
No question but that the author in redoing the Uncle Joe story by memory (little hard to believe)
If Iles kills any more people Natchez will be empty. In a town of 13k 10 a book seems high
Does all voices well
Iles has great talent but a wired imagination. How many more murder trials are left in this tiny town?
The narration is great, the story builds up and is exciting. I listened til 3AM.
If he had some idea how one of these cases is tried. There were glaring legal errors and the idea of a Judge permitting a tyro lawyer to try a death case is impossble. But..the story carries it well and a few more corrections he could have made. eg the Jury would have to be death qualified, the prosecution cannot put on psychiatrists until the defendant goes forward.. Any criiminal lawyer would know this was never a "death case"
Lawyers opening statement. His closing was limp.
No just enjoyed flaws and all.
The writer knows how to keep you into the story. He should have had legal advice to avoid the major flaws. We know its not a death case and the offer is impossible to accept.
The humourous responses to the seriousness of a news magazine. In particular the alcohol, drugged antics of the foreign correspondent.
Any of the people would be most intersting. The high power people of the press make good dinner dates.
The trip to NY in first class is hilareous.
I liked the way the author wove the two young lovers into a pattern of separate life times. The lost wife lived through the most unimaginal horrors but was able to survive through her art. The story of what happened to Jewish Art during the holocaust is not often told.
Sarah s Key
I thought she was really special. He came across best when he described himself before his grandsons wedding
I did .
Don't read this if you don't expect to cry.
Near the top for suspense, action and excellent writing. I can't wait for his next book.
Pilgrim, the master intelligence agent who is a combiation of sophistication and intellectual analysis.
It kept me up til 3 AM
Bonfire of the Vanities
The acting by the reader was far better than reading the book. I
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