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Ford County: Stories | [John Grisham]

Ford County: Stories

John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.
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Publisher's Summary

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.

Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.

Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.

Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer.

The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love.

Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated.

Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

©2009 John Grisham; (P)2009 Random House

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    "Great listen!"

    Although I've not finished the book,I had to review this wonderful work. I love Mr. Grisham's reading of his work combined with his Mississippi accent lends a southern realism to the audiobook. Maybe it would be done differently with a professional reader, but I'm impressed that the author would even attempt to read his own work. Two thumbs UP!

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Bloomington, MN, United States 04-26-13
    Steven Bloomington, MN, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A solid effort, it shows a different side of JG."
    What made the experience of listening to Ford County the most enjoyable?

    What I liked most was even though there was a legal element to most of the stories, it was more of a collection of small town snapshots. He's had much stronger work, but this emotionally driven tales that all could happen in one area. I like Harry Rex made an appearance. The novel is what Grisham is best at, but I believe it was nice to see this genre of his work also.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the brothers arguing in the car, I liked the young man who was blew away by the trashy strippers, and I liked the nursing home con.


    What about John Grisham’s performance did you like?

    The variety of the stories and the raw emotions that each one brought out.


    If you could rename Ford County, what would you call it?

    I think the title fits perfectly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Mexico 03-06-13
    Alan Mexico 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "several good short stories"
    Would you listen to Ford County again? Why?

    No, there is not much dept in the stories, but is a good way to spend a few hours in the car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    jhon grishams, writing


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-14-12
    William Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2001
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    "I felt the stories were fun and enjoyable."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, If people like short stories I think they would enjoy the stories found in this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ford County?

    Since the book is made up of a number of short stories, there were fun endings plus one of the books had an ending which should be a meaningful message to some of us as we make our livings. Making it very clear that even though we may be good at what we do, we had better look at the moral and ethical things we do and how it could hurt the lives of others.


    What about John Grisham’s performance did you like?

    I thought John Grisham did a good job as an narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I am sure there are a number of these stories that could be made into a movie. I think the story about Lawyer Wade would be the first one I would suggest. The tag line could be,

    "An extremely talented and successful Attorney learns how he has devastated the lives of an innocent family."


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint was that I thought several of the stories ended rather abruptly. Unlike a book that usually ends with all the questions being answered, these were more likely to leave us with the opportunity to wonder where the stories went after the end.But I did enjoy all of the stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RD Knoxville, TN, United States 08-08-12
    RD Knoxville, TN, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I Happened to like it"
    What did you like best about Ford County? What did you like least?

    Well guys - I read all the reviews and I too am a huge Grisham fan - going back to The Firm. I listened to Bleachers and even though Grisham is certainly no narrator, I still liked his portrayal of the story generally- though I will admit that another narrator could have probably done it better. Nevertheless, I have listened to it a couple of times and enjoyed the storyline each time. Hence fast forwading to Ford County Stories. I listened to this one while driving from Knoxville to Atlanta and back. The short stories were enjoyable and I've listened to the book 2 times so far. While I agree that a more professional narrator could've done a smoother job, I still enjoy the southern authenticity and imaging that Grisham's voice conjures.


    What other book might you compare Ford County to and why?

    Bleachers


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes - but it could've been done better


    Do you think Ford County needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. It's pretty good the way it is.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Cowen Los Angeles 01-25-11
    Peter Cowen Los Angeles 01-25-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Better than I expected"

    Was surprised that I liked these short stories even more than most of his novels. The first one started off slow--I think intentionally--and each story seemed to get better. I loved the variety of the tales and was sad when the final story was over. Gives a good feel for the rural south and was light and entertaining, though I confess a couple of the stories--particularly the two about the lawyers and the one about the male nurse have stayed with me for quite awhile. The book is a treat.

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    RSH 08-29-10
    RSH 08-29-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Song of the South"

    John Grisham gives voice to a collection of stories. The tone of the pieces and the timbre of his words reflect a rural Mississippi that's redneck and refined all at once. Like listening to Rick Bragg narrate, there is an authenticity to John Grisham reading. His unique vocal patterns add a layer to his tales that convey his area of the country like humidity infuses deep southern heat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Moseley, VA, USA 04-30-10
    Jane Moseley, VA, USA 04-30-10
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    "Write, John.....don't read"

    I have always enjoyed the humor in John Grisham's books, and this one didn't disappoint. His wry wit just brings a smile even in the middle of a not-so-amusing paragraph. In this book, however, I was EXTREMELY annoyed by John's lack of any inflection, emphasis or performance. His monotone drone simply killed the stories for me. I would recommend the stories, depicting life in the fabulous South as John, undoubtedly, intimately knows it, very highly.....if read by someone other than John Grisham.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Gulf Shores, AL, USA 01-05-10
    Larry Gulf Shores, AL, USA 01-05-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Worth Reading"

    I really liked the short story approach. I just found some of the stories more interesting than others. Personal Preference, still, worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce 11-16-09
    Bruce 11-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A disappointment"

    We have loved so many of John Grisham books. When we saw this one, we automatically bought it. Sadly, with regards to this book, I really wish I could return it! The story line is depressing (take some prozac in advance of listen to the book) and Grisham's oration skills are greatly lacking. Sadly, Grisham's reading of his book was insult to injury. I blame the publisher for not standing up to Grisham and telling him, "DON'T DO IT, REALLY!!!" A dentist drill sounds better than this book reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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