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Bleachers | [John Grisham]

Bleachers

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was the best quarterback to play for the Messina Spartans. 15 years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into a football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him.
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Publisher's Summary

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach - and himself - before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.

©2003 John Grisham; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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"[Grisham]'s a sure-footed story-teller with an undeniable mastery of plotting, pacing and tone." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 09-14-03
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 09-14-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Great listen!"

    I didn't want to stop whatever I was doing while listening to this story! John Grisham turns his talents to a football coach and his players rather than lawyers. It was a marvelous tale and will be appreciated by all, but especially those who have involvement in high school psorts.

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-07-03
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-07-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Engrossing story"

    I don't like sports. I don't like football, especially. I think people who are "stuck" in their high school or college years are silly and immature. BUT......it doesn't matter here. The story isn't just about football or sports or guys revisiting their youth. It's much more than that and the story of how one single man could influence the lives of so many was mesmerizing. Another wonderful story from John Grisham. The only negative was the narrator....John himself. He should leave the reading of the story up to a professional reader...one who can act, more or less. John reads in a very monotone like style and it made telling who was "speaking" in the story very difficult to figure out and it tended to tone down the emotion of the story too much. But a good story inspite of the reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Woodbury, MN 09-28-03
    Amazon Customer Woodbury, MN 09-28-03 Member Since 2003

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    "Where is the Lawyer?"

    I loved it!! I loved it, not because the lawyer was missing but because it is such a great story and because the author read it so well. My son hopes to be a high school history teach and coach soccer. What a noble ambition. I called him up and told him he needs to read this book. I think I?ll read it again. I rarely read books twice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John safety harbor, FL, USA 11-27-03
    John safety harbor, FL, USA 11-27-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Ex-High School football players MUST READ!"

    If you ended your high school football career in a town that cared more about the football coach than the mayor....this is a story is a must. This story gives you the double enjoyment of a great story and a stroll down memory lane. I loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 11-03-03
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 11-03-03
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    "Grisham excels!"

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much. I enjoy football, but this was so much more than just a sports story. I ended the book in tears. John Grisham is a wonderful writer of court room drama and suspense, but he is so much more and he has proved it by his Painted House and Bleachers!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Bosque Farms, NM, United States 02-25-09
    J Bosque Farms, NM, United States 02-25-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Bleachers by John Grisham"

    This audio/book has no beginning and no end. It does not have a significant plot. I just wonder what Mr. Grisham had in mind when he wrote this book. Very very badly written book. I am very disappointed. I also think that Mr. Grisham should not read his own books. This may have been a problem with the audio itself. It is very hard for me to keep my review in the guidelines because I did, to my chagrin, spend the dollars to hear/read this book. In the future I will be more careful when selecting one of his novels. The hate love with the coach was never developed in the book. He should have spent a good deal more time in defining his hero/antihero approach. I can only give this book a one star for the effort of writing it. I can only support my claims by the total number of books I have purchased in the past several years. This is the worst of all of them.

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    JustMe Rochester, nh 03-06-05
    JustMe Rochester, nh 03-06-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Save your book credit."

    If you are a John Grisham fan you will be sadly disappointed ... unless perhaps you are a football fan. It is rare that I come across a book that I don't finish but getting through this one has been a real challenge. Boring ramblings of aging college jocks about sums it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 08-14-04
    Amazon Customer USA 08-14-04 Listener Since 2000
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    "Not Much Of A Story"

    This really didn't have much 'meat' to it... I guess from the length (4hours) I should have guessed. Not his best work. I'd pass on it if I knew then what I know now.

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    Fred C. Mcclanahan Shreveport, LA United States 08-01-04
    Fred C. Mcclanahan Shreveport, LA United States 08-01-04 Member Since 2003

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    "Deep with something I couldn't find"

    Bleachers was enjoyable and I could relate to some of the small-town ramblings but overall, it left me not wanting to hear it again. It's worth the time - but not twice.

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    Ivan 11-11-03
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    "disappointment"

    an unfortunately boring work, made less enjoyable by the author's naration which made all characters indistinguishable.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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