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Gray Mountain Audiobook

Gray Mountain: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Andy 11-03-14
    Andy 11-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very sub-par for John Grisham"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Catherine Taber?

    Yes, I love Grisham's earlier works


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lackluster and unfulfilling


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Taber?

    Perhaps


    Was Gray Mountain worth the listening time?

    I'm very glad I did not purchase the unabridged version. The abridgement was painful enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing compared to the Grisham classics.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Donald L. Davis Los Angeles, CA 02-17-15
    Donald L. Davis Los Angeles, CA 02-17-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Struggled to finish"

    Plodding plot, shallow charectetixation, horrible dialog, copout nonending. Avoid this one. Grisham at his worse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Isabel R Fort Bragg, CA. U.S.A. 02-16-15
    Isabel R Fort Bragg, CA. U.S.A. 02-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What happened to Grisham?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The whole story was pretty poor by Grishan
    M standards.


    Would you recommend Gray Mountain to your friends? Why or why not?

    No it was boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Catherine Taber’s performances?

    Definitely not.


    Was Gray Mountain worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It literally put me to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William 01-24-15
    William 01-24-15 Member Since 2003

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    "Weak to poor story, very poor narration"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorie Hines Quebec 01-20-15
    Dorie Hines Quebec 01-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "LACKING"

    Really did not meet my expectations; lack of good ending... It was the disappointing John Grisham book that I ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MCM 12-04-14
    MCM 12-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Grisham is great!"
    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    I will read anything John Grisham writes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte M Ricks 09-10-16
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    "not my kind of story line"

    the storyline was not good for me- struggled to finish- narrator was good-

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.C.D. 05-31-16
    J.C.D. 05-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A DISAPPOINTING STORY"
    Would you listen to Gray Mountain again? Why?

    No. It was flat and tedious, no reason to repeat it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gray Mountain?

    When Samantha first learns of the health consequences of people working in the mines


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    No, it wasn't that good. It was predictable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Webb 03-12-16
    Nancy Webb 03-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Left you hanging!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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????


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tell how it ends. What happened with the lawsuits. Who killed Donovan?


    Which character – as performed by Catherine Taber – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was Gray Mountain worth the listening time?

    Sort of. It was a great storyline until the end. I have read several of John Grisham's book and loved them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 07-05-15
    Scott 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "No dull moments."

    No wasted words that don't add to the story. Non- stop action. Descriptive and succinct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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