An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him.
Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in a small East Texas city, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row: his fate had been decided. Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliver the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right....
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This Audio Book contains some explicit scenes/language.
©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I loved the story right from the start. It is only the story that kept me listening. It is like the narrator was doing a bad Shatner impression for the entire reading. I have heard Scott Sowers before and liked him. I had to wonder from the staggered speech if he had recently suffered from a stroke or some other serious medical problem. Still the story is amazing, I would say... just read the book instead of listening. I think that may be how I finish it!
While the content was good, the one thing that completely ruins this audiobook is the narrator; he sounds like a six year old reading a bedtime story.
I read this because was favourably reviewed on a radio show. It was a L-O-N-G 22 hours and I it seemed very obvious that the author had an axe to grind against the death penalty. Not a book I'll be recommending to friends.
This storyline for this book begins with a story that has been told many times before but has an excellent twist, that kept me riveted. I was however left feeling flat at the finish as I felt that the end of the book meandered for too long.
"Good story, but overly drawn-out"
I am a Grisham fan, but I didn't find this one of his best. It did grip me enough to listen to the end, but I did find myself getting very impatient ... the suspense was a bit too drawn out sometimes, and padded with elaborate and long-winded descriptions. I found the narration rather on the slow side, but it didn't really disturb me, the narrator's voice was quite pleasant.
"cut out the second half of the book and it is OK"
The first half is mostly gripping, though the author does waffle in places, clearly preaching an anti-death penalty message. The second half is tedious and unnecessary - once you find out what happens to Dante, just skip to the last 15 minutes (cutting out severeal wasted hours of tedious waffle)to get the conclusion. No surprises, too predictable, but nevertheless captivating in places. There is an attempt at a twist in the story, but it's a very feeble one and not worth the extra listening hours.
"A shocking and exciting book"
I was engrossed by this shocking account of how a justice system can go wrong and it certainly reinforces the case against the use of the death penalty. It lays bare the prejudices in the US legal system, at least the Texas, against poor black defendants and the simmering under-current of racial tensions in the Southern States. John Grisham skillfully combines what could be called a political polemic with an exciting thriller full of heart-stopping moments of brinkmanship that kept me returning for more. This book does a hatchet job on the US legal system that reminded me of Lionel Shriver's expos? of the health system in her superb book So Much for That (another audio book I'd highly recommend).
There are a lot of characters to keep track of but the reader helps by using different accents and even if one does forget who is whom the context soon puts you right as the differences in attitudes and behaviours between the goodies and baddies are very clearly drawn.
It's a long listen but I was hooked early on wanting to know what happened next as one cliff-hanger followed another.
"Should be read by another....."
The story was all Grisham, however the guy reading sounds like he is either trying to read for the elderly or he really does have trouble reading at any normal speed .... I would avoid this narrator again at all costs!
"Good story badly read"
I found this book moving and thought-provoking and would have given it 4 stars had it not been for the narrator. I actually had to listen to this at a higher speed on my iPod as he was so slow, I'm concerned the guy was slipping into a coma during recording. Maybe it's a problem at recording but it takes him forever to say anything and it interrupts the flow not only of the story but of the characters dialouge too. That aside, a great book and one of Grisham's better ones for some time in my opinion.
"One Of The Best"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its narration. I felt Vincent Marzello did an excellent job with character voices, helping to bring them to life and read at a pace that built up the story-line tension. I personally didn’t feel the book was too long, the length helped to create and develop a tension. The characters were totally realistic and it seemed to me that the story could easily have been a report of real events rather than a work of fiction. Totally engrossing.
"Disappointing story, horrendous narration"
This was only my third ever audiobook so I haven't heard that many different narrators yet but oh boy was this one BAD! He reads sooo slowly, very often even pausing for a whole second after one syllable, only then uttering the rest of the word. It made me feel like a retard, as if I needed to be spoken to.....very....slow...ly. As if I wouldn't understand otherwise. I cannot imagine publishers listening to this and thinking 'Hmm, this sounds great, why don't you narrate ALL of Grisham's books?' But apparently they did think that.
After listening to this dreadfully slow pace for two hours, I was terribly inclined to stop listening to it and just delete the audiobook, but I thought that was such a waste I decided to continue listening. It took me five hours or so before I was somewhat used to the slow pace, however.
It didn't help that this is one of the more boring books by Grisham in my opinion. As another listener put it, this story could have been told in a quarter of its length, and in that case, it would have been a quite entertaining story. As it is, Grisham seems to repeat himself many times through his characters, as if he was trying to think of ways to get more pages in without adding any story whatsoever, due to pressure from his publisher or something. All this is great if you listen to this book in bed, as it will make you fall asleep, but it is not so great if you are looking for a thrilling story like The Firm or The Pelican Brief.
So in closing, I think this was a quite tedious story, dragging on and on while being fairly predictable throughout the entire book and, moreover, one read by probably one of the worst narrators ever. So don't buy this. Buy the paper version of The Firm or the Pelican brief instead, if you're looking for a great book by Grisham.
"I wasn't a Grisham Fan........."
I was thoroughly entertained by this book, loosing myself into 'Southern' life very quickly. Well worth the length due to the many twists and turns. I will not say more for fear of spoiling it, - so there!
"More than I bargained for..."
A John Grisham is a John Grisham... at least that's what I thought. You rather think you know what you're going to get. You know, a bit of a page turner, good holiday stuff etc etc but not, and I mean no offense, anything that's going to particularly stay with you, make you think etc. But The Confession proved me wrong and I'm still slightly amazed that it actually had me in tears at one point (not telling which point for obvious reasons)and left me thinking hard on the whole subject of Death Row, Execution, the rights and the wrongs for several days afterwards. Got a lot more out of this book than a quick holiday read. :-)
"One of the best books i have read."
The most gripping compelling read i have had. I could not stop listenening. Would recommend it. I have never read John Grisham before but am now an avid fan. Brilliant writer. Recommended.
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