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.
Recommended for the reading by Michael Beck, who applies a seemingly endless variety of voices to characters in these intentionally-shocking tales of cold-blooded acts and even more frigidly sanguine lawyers. Grisham has a keen eye for what people do; and chooses not to often describe how they feel or what they themselves believe motivates them. "Irrelevant!" his storytelling seems to shout. If you can't parse it out from actions, you're not ready for Grisham. Most of us are ready.
Shocking events told in a style that's matter-of-fact, making them somehow more shocking.
I don't have as many "voices" in my head as Beck has in this throat. Great fun.
Words spoken in season is like a fresh rain.
Yes and No. Yes, because it allows me to hear it anywhere - anytime and I love the talented voice of Michael Beck. No, because books allow my vivid imagination to roam. :)
A Time to King: Jake, Carl-Lee, Ozzie and the Judge (hahah!) - they all held my interest from start to finish; King of Torts: J. Clay Carter was the King of Torts. I like his character because he was young, inexperienced but learned fast among the big boys.
Time to Kill: Same as above, I loved the Judge. Beck really work all of the characters. Must have been a mammouth task. Torts: Max Pace... lol!
Time to Kill: Of course! The raping and brutalizing of a 10 year old. Ugh!
The King of Torts: A powerful ending...though he lost much, he gained more.
Way before Audio Books: I've racked up about 15 books. Love me some John Grisham. Can somebody add me to his guest or visitor's list. I desire to meet him - shake his hand for helping so many of us to understand more about the legal world. What a writer!!!
Essential legal thrillers.
Yes. The plots of the stories unfolded in such a way that you just had to keep going, impatiently waiting for what would come next. The way Grisham writes his characters makes you genuinely care what happens to them.
Michael Beck is an amazing narrator. Beck sounds less like he is reading, and more like he is telling you a story. He seems to have an unlimited number of character voices, which really adds to the experience.
There were moments in both books that moved me, but it wouldn't make sense to share them here, in a review, as that would lessen their impact for anyone that reads this and then listens to the books afterwards.
A Time to Kill is John Grisham's finest work, and one of the best novels of our time. I would very highly recommend it to anyone in audio format or in text form. It is an essential read.The King of Torts is another great compelling legal thriller from Grisham which I also highly recommend.You can get either of these titles individually in print or audio, but you can't beat this deal of getting them both in one place at the same time for one price.
A Time to Kill is REAL Grisham. It's a good story that makes one think about his position on important issues ... and then re-think it. I don't always arrive at the same conclusions the author leads his readers to, but I do appreciate the exercise. Michael Beck did a masterful job of bringing this tale to life.
The King of Torts is such a letdown that it's hard to believe Grisham actually wrote it. Please tell me he didn't! The dialogue is blah, blah, blah. The characters are just blah. The only redeeming quality is Beck's narration.
The narrator does an excellent job, I wish all of Grisham's books were narrated by him, his characters are very clear and unique which makes it easy to follow. A Time to Kill is of course one of Grisham's best. The King of Torts was also well narrated, however the story isn't quit as good as A Time to Kill but still not a bad book. It was well worth the money and I found them both enjoyable and entertaining.
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I love John Grisham, but I think I am more on the courtroom drama side of the fence. I tried, really tried for 4 days to listen to both books, but they did not catch my interest. Once I find myself fast-forwarding through a book, it's a wrap. I will say Micheal Beck is a really good narrator. Sycamore Row and A TIme to Kill were very well read. ALthough the voice for Ray from The SUmmons was similar to someone's voice in Sycamore Row, so that was jarring for me. But anyway, story was just not interesting to me. Love that you can return books you don't like. Happily Returned.
A Time to Kill is a well written story with excellent characters and an interesting plot (solid 4 stars). I was engaged and interested throughout. King of Torts on the other hand, for me, would be a one star novel at best. It started off interesting (Tequila Watson case), and then turns 180 degrees into the doldrums and never looks back. The rest of the book which is about 90% of the story goes absolutely nowhere. A HUGE disappointment. One of the most unavailing books I have ever read or listened to. I still have no idea what was the point of the story. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting until the very end, but BAZINGA, there is none!! What about the characters? To quote Shakespeare's Henry VI ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.'' Would have greatly improved my rating, and cut my misery short.
I'm a Grisham fan and have read all his books. Listening to them makes for a pleasant commute. Anyway, anyone that enjoys legal novels will enjoy these.
No one single moment jumps to mind. I enjoy the novels in their entirety.
Very good narrator. Enjoyed his tempo and the way he creates the voices of the characters. Makes keeping track of whos saying what.
Dont have enough time in a day to do so.
YES, however, it had a few slow parts that did not have to exist.
Excitement, one of the best Voice over
After finishing Sycamore Row I went back to A Time to Kill. Having read nearly all of Grisham's novels, this one is still at the very top of the list. Brilliant and timeless.
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