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Ford County Audiobook

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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    Jdb 01-28-10
    Jdb 01-28-10
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    "Classic Grisham"

    Classic Grisham - There is no closure in any of the stories although i did enjoy each them. Most were strange but I suspect each one may have had a degree of truth and/or reality. Some of the short stories were boring but for some reason I wanted to keep listening; possibly it was because I knew there would be no closure and I wanted to see just how he was going to just end then.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 01-26-10
    Thomas 01-26-10
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    "A wonderful book"

    This book is one of Grisham's best works. It puts lives to the people in many of his books. There are tales of how the characters lives affected their families. The tales made me laugh and cry and all of those emotions made all of the tales so real.
    The best part was hear Mr. Grisham narrate.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mc14850 01-18-10
    mc14850 01-18-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Characters - Engaging Stories"

    With all the mixed reviews I wasn't sure what to expect from this collection. It turns out it is just what I expect and enjoy from Grisham, just in short form. Fun, colorful characters and interesting Southern small town stories.
    If you are looking for a high suspense legal thriller, this isn't it. If your looking for a funny, charming set of stories it's a winner.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Alhambra, CA, United States 12-01-09
    Michael Alhambra, CA, United States 12-01-09 Member Since 2005
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    "The content is good"

    Ok the narration by the author was not the best, but the content of the stories was good. A few of the stories really stood out as original. The stories are strong on character development and they are well researched.

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    J Young Harper 11-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Brilliant Stories - Terrible naration"

    The stories are brilliant and deserve 5 stars, however, Grisham needs to leave the reading to the professionals - a lot of the listening was blurred by his narration. Sorry John, you can't do everything well!

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    Christopher ALMO, KY, United States 01-02-12
    Christopher ALMO, KY, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Shorts from Grisham"

    A series of short stories that are as well written as his books. Another great work by Grisham!

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    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 05-20-10
    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 05-20-10 Member Since 2002

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    "if you like southern and short..."

    I enjoyed the local color and character development.
    To me the narration was honest certainly not the worst I've heard.
    Even found them a bit thought provoking

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    James 04-06-10
    James 04-06-10
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    "Great Stories, Questionable Performance"

    I love John Grisham. I have listened to every one of his books. The stories were typical JG and I found them very entertaining. The reader, (JG) was NOT what I have come to expect. Stephen King once said that books are best expressed when read by the author. JG should ignore this, stick to writing, and allow the professionals to read. His efforts detracted from and otherwise good book.

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    Franklin Easley, SC, USA 03-29-10
    Franklin Easley, SC, USA 03-29-10
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    "Wow! Grisham is really lousy at narration"

    When I read the other reviews I thought, How bad can the narration be?
    Wow, he is terrible. It is distracting from the stories. The stories are disappointing too.
    They aren't as bad as the narration, though. Did I mention the narration is really bad?
    Don't buy the book just to find out how bad.
    Fans of Grisham are going to buy the book, anyway. That's the only reason I did.
    I've read a couple of books by Grisham that I didn't think were as good as other books by Grisham.
    This is the first time I have regretted spending the money to buy a Grisham book and wished I had purchased something different.

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    Dave Westerville, OH, USA 03-17-10
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    "Disappointing Narration!"

    After listening to a third of the book, I was shocked to learn that the author is the narrator because he sounds like a ninth-grader reading it for the first time. Fill of awkward pauses and almost no inflection. Interesting stories, but Mr Grisham should stick to writing!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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