A perfect murder...a faceless witness...a lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth....and he’s only 13 years old.
Meet Theodore Boone. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only 13, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.
But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.
Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number-one international best-seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep listeners guessing.
©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 Penguin
Theodore Boone is a young teen from a family of lawyers who would much rather be in the court house than in Spanish class. Due to the 'family business', and his tendency to spend his spare time watching trials, Theo is the go-to legal advisor for kids (and even teachers) in his school.
This role is what brings him information from someone who knows someone who saw something that is pivotal to the most important murder trial the small city of Strattenburg has seen in decades.
This is a fun book for the pre-teen set, and Theo as an aspiring lawyer/judge is a fun and different twist in the genre.
Sadly, Richard Thomas does only a mediocre job of narrating this book. The story carries along quite well in spite of him, but one can only imagine how much better it would have been in the hands of a more capable narrator.
Ultimately, the Theo Boone books are enjoyable despite the poor narration and I recommend both this book and the second book in the series for kids 7-12.
This is a great new venture for John Grisham. I am glad he has gone back to his lawyer stories and the viewpoint from a teenage mind is wonderful. The characters are true and the narration well done. It is a quick and easy listen, great beach fare.
Pacing and plot are tedious. Written like a textbook.
Voice. Sounds like a 13-year old wrote it.
Boredom. The first few chapters are peppered with definitions of legal terms that are wooden and artificial.
As always, John Grisham wrote another great book. I wasn't thrilled with Richard Thomas as the narrator. His voice lacked the usual enthusiam of previous narrators and he was not expert in moderating his voice for different characters.
I realized the main character was a young teen when I downloaded this book, but I did not realize it had been written for a children's audience. The 13 yr old came off sounding more like a ten yr old. Worse, it was read by Thomas as if he were sitting in a library reading to little kids. If Grisham wants to write stories for kids ala the Hardy Boys mysteries, that's fine, and this would have been an excellent one for that genre, but Audible should let you know that.
Grisham continuously slipped in definitions as if he were teaching Law 101 to fifth graders. Very annoying. Theodore Boone was a caricature of a young teen pretending to be a lawyer. The assistant principal asking him for advice for her drunken brother in law? Oh, c'mon! The whole thing was like watching an after-school special written for 10 yr olds.
In all, if it's a children's book, I give it 4 stars. I think kids would enjoy it. Without that caveat, as an adult I'd then give it 2 stars. So I'll settle at three.
This is a mystery that leaves you wondering when the mystery will come in. There is not even the pretense of mystery. No plot twists. No intrigue. It feels like it has been so dumbed down for kids that there is no substance there. Come on, John. Where's the beef?
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content