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
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Nice story, excellent narrator! Looking forward to another adventure of this little guy!
I like the narrator, he makes the listening enjoyable!
It’s show and tell for kids about types of lawyers and how things work. I was disappointed. Grisham is a great entertainer with his suspense books for grownups. This is his first book for kids. He changed his style. He’s talking down to kids. I was hoping for entertainment like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, but this is not even close. It feels like show and tell for middle school. What this does NOT do is give us an entertaining story with characters, plot, action, and suspense. Nothing causes the reader to feel fear or worry. There’s no bad guy creeping up on a good guy. Instead Theo’s clients say to him “I’m worried” or “I’m really scared.”
A variety of problems are described. I each case Theo explains what kind of law applies, what kind of lawyer can do it, and where to go. The main case in the book is a criminal trial. Pete Duffy is accused of killing his wife. Theo is in the audience for part of the trial. Theo learns about a witness who does not want to testify but knows things. I was disappointed that the Duffy trial was not finished. Theo did something which had a good result, but that was just one piece in the story. Wikipedia authors believe that the Duffy trial will continue in book 3. Book 2 is called “The Abduction” and is about Theo’s best friend April being abducted.
The narrator Richard Thomas was fine.
The ending was unsatisfied, to be continued.
I know these were written for teens - but I loved them! I was very intrigued by young Theodore Boone and hope there are more to follow!
The story is interesting, but written in simple fashion for teens or younger. I was glad I could safely listen to it in the car with my kids, no foul language or offensive material. It was a little too simplistic to enjoy on my own as much as other Grisham novels. Overall worth the time, enjoyable.
Under-whelming. Good pre-teen listen. The kid lawyer concept was good, but the student body getting his legal counsel was a little bit of a stretch--at least as it was portrayed in this novel.
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.
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