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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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    Kelli 01-27-10
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    "worst grisham book"

    I am a grisham fan, but this book was disappointing. It was like reading a newspaper. I kept getting into a storyline. . . then it would change and you'd never hear anything about that part again.

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    Ida charlotte, NC, USA 12-20-09
    Ida charlotte, NC, USA 12-20-09
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    "disappointed"

    I was very disappointed in this book I have read all John Grisham book and this one was very disappointing to me. No plot jump from one thing to another.

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    Penelope H Salisbury Center, NY, USA 11-26-09
    Penelope H Salisbury Center, NY, USA 11-26-09
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    Not up to his talant

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    Elf6111 Efland, NC USA 11-16-09
    Elf6111 Efland, NC USA 11-16-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great stories, Poor narration"

    Ford County is a series of well written and provocative stories from the heart of impoverished rural America. The stories are remiscent of "A Painted House" rather than his legal thrillers and that is a real positive as I think is his best genre.

    I would recommend that you buy the book though. John Grisham's reading is monotonous and distracting, no, make that soporific.

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    92 Tarheel Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 03-28-10
    92 Tarheel Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2001

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    "Great book"

    Having grown up in a very small town in the south, I can relate to the characters John Grisham has created and throughly enjoy the short story format. Some people complain about the "abrupt" endings to the stories, but that is what a short story does...once you get to the climax...the story is over, no use (in my opinion) on dealing with the small details. I also enjoyed having the author read the book, his accent really lends to the "character" of the stories...I feel like I am listening to one of my uncles telling some of their stories about Robeson County, NC.

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