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"Grisham admirers know that this author's writing has evolved with nearly every book, from the simple mechanics that made The Firm click to the manifestations of grace that made The Testament such a fine novel of spiritual reckoning. The mechanics are still visible here...but so, too, are characters that no reader will forget, prose as clean and strong as any Grisham has yet laid down, and a drop-dead evocation of a time and place that mark this novel as a classic slice of Americana." (Publishers Weekly)
I love the way the author described everything in just the right amount of detail without becoming tirelessly "flowery". I lost myself in the setting and in the story. I could not wait till the next time I could listen to more (I listen to my audio books as I walk in the mornings).
Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.
This is a moving and powerful novel of life in the cottonfields of Arkansas during the time of the Korean War.I'm Australian but easily became immersed in the life and unfolding dramas. All the action is seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy and although at times he seems to understand more than is usual for a boy that age, he is a superbly drawn character. I think this is a fictionalised memoir - if so, John Grisham's done himself and his family proud. I loved it. It's one of those books you miss when it's over. I want the sequel and I want it now! I must give a special mention to the narrator, he did a magnificent job. HIghly recommended.
The book began slowly, but draws you in as the characters are developed.You will be dissapointed that the books ends. The narrator was ideal for the book.
I like to listen to good books
There is nothing like listening to the story of deep south 50 years ago, while it is cold and rainy outside. You can fully drift into the Missouri atmosphere, and enjoy pleasant description of people, places and actions. On the other story the flow is smooth and quick.
Highly recommended to listen while driving in the rain and dark of late fall and winter.
Retired lady in my 60s. Have the time to read now so I seem to be "devouring " books. Love my Kindle.
Yes. The characters were rich, unique and memorable.
Any of the John Steinbeck novels, eg Cannery row. Life during the depression in USA
The uniqueness of his accents for each character
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I really like John Grisham's mystery series. This is completely different and I wouldn't let it influence future reading of John Grisham. I bought this on sale without realising how unique it was. I didn't mind it but found it slow in places. I'd bought it for my husband to listen to but didn't suggest it to him in the end.
Both the narration and the story were slow paced. But the plot and characters were interesting so it wasn't hard to stay with it to the end. And then I definitely wondered how life panned out for the characters after i left them.
Wonderfully written. A fascinating story of the deep south in the era of the Korean War, the trials of a family of cotton farmers in Arkansas, with several themes told from the point of view of a young boy, all woven together into a thrilling read! LOVED IT!
Grisham's description of the plight of a cotton-growing family in second-world-war Arkansas is really enthralling and Marinker's narration just makes travel back in time, with the sounds and smells of the south. Really enjoyed it.
A great story, six weeks in the life of a seven year old - not the likely scene to hold a reader entranced but it does that very wel... Ably assisted by an excellent narrator. I will be looking for more of his readings.
The story failed to impress me as a legal thriller, but more of an extended story of lives on cotton farms in deep struggle through a seven-year-old boy.
Still quite a pleasant listening providing I got it on special.
"My favourite Grisham?"
Beautifully written - if you didn't know, at times you'd think it was Steinbeck (if he'd ever got to the South). It doesn't really need the crime story, but I guess it does need a plot to hold together the atmosphere and characters. The passion and didactic fire in Grisham is still there, but camouflaged smoothly. A truly fine novel.
"Paints a picture of the US fifty years ago"
An excellent story told through the eyes of a young boy. Recounting tells of the hardships and different view of life in the USA during the 1950's. Good bits of humour, help the story to be enjoyed even during the very dark moments. A tangent away from Grisham's normal lawyer stories and I certainly enjoyed it!. The narrator relays the story well, and makes listening a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Well worth downloading!
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