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A Time to Kill | [John Grisham]

A Time to Kill

Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by 2 drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father acquires an assault riffle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
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Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by 2 drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father acquires an assault riffle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For 10 days, with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spreading through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own...

©1992 John Grisham; (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    Larry FRANKLIN, TN, United States 01-21-12
    Larry FRANKLIN, TN, United States 01-21-12

    I'm a nurse practitioner that loves to let my imagination run when listening to books. Takes me forever to read, so I love listening!

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    "I'm now hooked on Grisham"
    What did you love best about A Time to Kill?

    The story is real, or so it seemed. Nothing really seemed far-fetched, although there were some extraordinary happenings. But it was an extraordinary story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Small town. The showing that different races can, and do, get along and go to bat for one another.


    Have you listened to any of Alexander Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard this reader. But I really enjoyed the way he changed his voice for so many characters. His voices for the judge and for Harry Rex were most interesting, and actually funny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A time to kill? You decide. (emphasise on


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. I thought it was my first Grisham, but I was reminded that I had read A Painted House and The Litigators. I guess I've joined the Grisham Lovers Club.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharlene Fort Smith, AR, United States 01-10-12
    Sharlene Fort Smith, AR, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A time to kill"

    I was disappointed with the reading of this book. Sentences repeated several times. The reader was not as good as most. All in all, the reader made it worse for the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    carol Jackson, NJ, United States 03-27-12
    carol Jackson, NJ, United States 03-27-12
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    "Excellent Narrator!"

    A great book becomes even greater when Alexander Adams is the narrator. Bringing to each character a distinct voice and dialect, Adams makes you want to replay every chapter. I love audiobooks and first heard this particular version when I borrowed it from the library years ago. At that time they were on cassettes. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled when I saw Audible.com had the same audiobook on its website ready to download. I could listen to the book over and over again; it's that good!

    I highly recommend "A Time to Kill" narrated by Alexander Adams. You are sure to love it!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Godwin 05-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not narrated by Micheal Beck"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I bought this book because I so enjoyed Michael Beck's narration on Sycamore Row and the cover lists him as the narrator. I guess I didn't read the book description well enough because it turns out that this is narrated by Alexander Adams and, after the rich southern accents of Sycamore Row, this narration just isn't up to par.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm moving on to The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood.


    What didn’t you like about Alexander Adams’s performance?

    He talks to fast for my liking and his southern accent was not believable. One of the characters sounds like Barney Fife! I've tried to get past it but listening has become a chore. I'm returning this book with after listening to only 27% of it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wanted to love it as I did Sycamore Row but it was very disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    I encourage listeners to buy Sycamore Row instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margo 04-20-14
    Margo 04-20-14 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "One of Grisham's Best"

    I'm a major Grisham fan. This is one of my favorites because his dry sarcastic wit comes through in several places. I was literally laughing out loud in places.

    What can I say…one of my favorites.

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    sydny VALDOSTA, GA, United States 09-06-12
    sydny VALDOSTA, GA, United States 09-06-12
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    "First Audio Book, Pleased"
    Would you listen to A Time to Kill again? Why?

    I don't listen or read the same books twice, but if I did- sure!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does a great job of animating the characters!!


    Which character – as performed by Alexander Adams – was your favorite?

    Judge Noose! :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I noticed some of the lines repeated and wondered why this was!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Billy Hemet, California, United States 02-29-12
    Billy Hemet, California, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great naration, story drags a bit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, while I felt the story kind of dragged a bit tha naration made up for that


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    yes,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    how the jury reached it's verdict


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, not cry but understand the delima the fater was in


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy 10-30-13
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    "I love the book if only the audio worked!"
    What disappointed you about A Time to Kill?

    The audio doesn't download so I couldn't listen to what I paid for


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is wonderful. I wish I could have listened to the audio


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Idaho Falls, ID, United States 08-28-11
    Roger Idaho Falls, ID, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story but ..."

    This is John Grisham's first novel and the storyline is good. But the book is from a different era. The use of the "n" word is pervasive. In fairness, the word is not used to defame. It is used casually, like the color red would be used. For me, that took a 4 star book down to a 2.

    The setting is unfamiliar to me so I liked learning about a different geographic area of the country. Presentations of regular people, the KKK, the ACLU lawyer and the civil rights groups were very interesting.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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