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A Time to Kill & The King of Torts | [John Grisham]

A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
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Publisher's Summary

Two from the master of the legal thriller:

A Time to Kill:
The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle 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, Mississippi, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jack Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own.

The King of Torts:
When Clay Carter of the public defender's office reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week. But as he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts.

A Time to Kill ©1992 John Grisham; (P)1992 Random House, Inc.
The King of Torts ©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    DawnsinPa 07-10-14
    DawnsinPa 07-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Oldie but Goodie!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, another great performance by Michael Beck!!


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    The fact that he can read every character in different voices and keep you on edge of your seat. Michael Beck is the reason I started reading Grisham books. I've read every book and love Beck!!


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    newbie 05-07-14
    newbie 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Clever writing, had me involved from the beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very interesting and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Always enjoy a Grisham novel, good travel 'food.' These were both excellent.

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    Randi Lebanon, NH, United States 03-29-14
    Randi Lebanon, NH, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    These two novels were vastly different. A Time to Kill was gripping and superbly written. I felt almost let down with King of Torts as a follow up. Having previously listened to Sycamore Row, A Time to Kill had familiar characters and ties to stories that I was curious about. I found it compelling and classically written.
    King of Torts was difficult for me to wrap my head around, powering forward months at a stretch. Many of the characters were difficult to like or even relate to.
    Overall, very entertaining, despite the unsatisfying ending in King of Torts.
    A great deal if you are looking for at least ONE good book and another to at least pass the time during long commutes.

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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-28-14
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "ATTK - awesome story - TKOT - unexpectedly great"

    ATTK - as most have detailed - this is a great book. The narrator is fabulous and gives a good variety of voices. The story flows well and the ending is classic Grisham.

    TKOT - cool story. I actually found myself drawn into this one a bit more because of the allure of fast money.

    Overall -well worth 1 credit!!

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    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 02-25-14
    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 02-25-14
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    "Great Duo"

    Great Buy of two great books. I read both of these years ago and enjoyed both. These are classics, however, I enjoyed hearing them read by Mr. Beck more. Even being familiar with these works I still considered these a great buy.

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    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "So disappointing."

    I thought this was a good pick based on all the amazing reviews. I found myself powering through the bordem thinking it was going to get better. Boring characters, disappointing ending. Although, I suppose this is the reality of getting involved in these types of legal issues. Maybe I was hoping for something a little unrealistic. But even with that said, BORING!

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-29-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "2 Great books by one of the best!"

    First of all, let me just say that I am a Grisham fan. I think there is a very good reason that he is one of the best selling authors around. He writes characters that readers can both relate to, as well as root for. His courtroom thrillers are among my favorite to read and re-read.

    A Time To Kill was the first of Grishams books to enter the scene. It is packed with so much racial tension and heavy storylines that a writer of lesser talent would have folded under the pressure. Grisham, rather than folding, shines in this space. This book really made me think about how I felt in regards to the subjects discussed. Every man would defend his family, especially his daughters, but HOW far would you go to protect them and honor their name? How would I react if I were put into the awful situation that Carl Lee Hailey was put into. It's one thing to give a knee jerk answer, but quite another to be immersed into this story, and marinate in the "what-if's". The character of Jake Brigance is immediately one that I was drawn to. The upstart attorney that stumbles into the case of the century. How he deals with the attention, both for better and for worse, is one of the central themes of this story. There are a lot of dynamics at play here, and the outcome of both the trial as well as the parties to it are beyond fascinating.

    The King of Torts is another amazing story about an average attorney...mired in the rut of the public defender's office and then thrust into a life of the highest energy, money, and fame. Again, Grisham deals with the subject of how far do you stretch you ethics and moral compass in order to get ahead in life. What are you willing to do, and to overlook, in order to achieve the adoration of your peers, potential in-laws, and the girl you love. The love story in this book was a little dry and benign for me in the beginning, but ends up being quite central to the story and very nice. Excellent book, and a quick favorite.

    Michael Beck is a very good narrator. His voicing and pacing was consistant (which is very important to me), and he made the stories come alive and very interesting. TWO EXCELLENT STORIES!!

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-22-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2010

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    "One of the all time great legal thrillers!!!"

    I bought this to hear A Time To Kill, and opted for this version (paired with The King of Torts) because of the reader. I may or may not read The King of Torts. Regarding the reader, I made the right decision. The reading of this by Michael Beck is as good as any reading I can recall. Beck does voices so well that I cannot believe there was not a cast of actors narrating in for various characters. As to the story, this is Grisham's very best, by far. I had read A Time to Kill many years ago, and loved it. It's a great legal thriller that I could not put down! Issues of racism and justice are part of a compelling plot along with Grisham's best characters. The audio book is as great as the written version.

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    Amazon Customer Dallas, Texas 01-07-14
    Amazon Customer Dallas, Texas 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVED THEM!"

    BOTH BOOKS WERE EXCELLENT IN BOTH STORY AND NARRATION!
    WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE SELECTIONS COMBINED LIKE THESE WERE.

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    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 08-08-13
    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 08-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Duo of Legal Tales"
    What made the experience of listening to A Time to Kill & The King of Torts the most enjoyable?

    Fun books that really bring you along for the ride and make you want to finish, but at the same time sad the story is over.


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