John Grisham has a new hero...and she's full of surprises.
The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back.
In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town's legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to "help real people with real problems". For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren't so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.
Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.
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Yes, I love Grisham's earlier works
Lackluster and unfulfilling
I'm very glad I did not purchase the unabridged version. The abridgement was painful enough.
Very disappointing compared to the Grisham classics.
Plodding plot, shallow charectetixation, horrible dialog, copout nonending. Avoid this one. Grisham at his worse.
The whole story was pretty poor by Grishan
No it was boring.
It literally put me to sleep.
I bought the abridged version by mistake, and I'm glad I did. The narration was pretty poor and many times I wanted to quit listening; if it had been the unabridged version, I would have. The narrator sound like she's reading (which she is, of course), sentence by sentence, same rhythm, same inflection. Each sentence disconnected from the previous one. No emotion, poor distinct voices. I should have rated it a one star, but I think I have heard poorer narrations.
As for the story, not hard to anticipate most developments, although they did not necessarily occur in the way anticipated. Learn a lot about strip mining, but nothing new about big corporations and law firms doing what they are hired to do, like it or not.
Oh well, Grisham's worst. Hope the next one is better --- but that shouldn't be hard to do.
I will read anything John Grisham writes.
this may not be Grisham's best, but it is still better entertainment than most books on the market. Clean language, gripping story, reliable author.
No. It was flat and tedious, no reason to repeat it.
When Samantha first learns of the health consequences of people working in the mines
The big city girl, Samantha, coming to the hills. Roles are reversed, she doesn't have clue what she's doing. The ignorant, uneducated people know more than she does.
No, it wasn't that good. It was predictable.
I love listening to Audible books. I have listened to approximately 30 books. Only a few have let me down. This is one of them. The book was going so well and then it just ends and leaves you hanging. REALLY, John Grisham????
Tell how it ends. What happened with the lawsuits. Who killed Donovan?
Samantha. Catherine Taber is a FABULOUS narrator. I actually listened to this book because she was reading it. Listen to UNBECOMING and THE HOMECOMING OF SAMUEL LAKE both read by Catherine Taber.
Sort of. It was a great storyline until the end. I have read several of John Grisham's book and loved them.
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