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Sycamore Row | [John Grisham]

Sycamore Row

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2014

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began...

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial - a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly 25 years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, a note from the author will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2013 John Grisham (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Praise for the novels of John Grisham  

"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got in the United States these days." —The New York Times Book Review

"John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better." —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"John Grisham owns the legal thriller." —The Denver Post

"John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots." —Seattle Times

"A legal literary legend." —USA Today

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    uli naples, FL, United States 12-21-13
    uli naples, FL, United States 12-21-13
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    "20 hrs of riviting suspense..loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Might be one of John Grisham's best books....just great entertainment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    they where all good


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of them


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    eli Dallas, Texas, United States 12-20-13
    eli Dallas, Texas, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "My First Audiobook and what an excellent choice"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first and I simply loved it. I just hated to turn the story off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense on what would happen next.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    jake was my favorite


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

    No I prefer to space it out and listen to while doing my daily walking but once the end was near I could not stop listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlton 12-20-13
    Carlton 12-20-13

    Putting together words in sequence to convey the intended meeting is art...and when the narrator hits the pauses and inflections, science!

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    "It will not disappoint."
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    It is a great story that is enhanced by the narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are sensitivities in this story that are treated with respect and an appropriate knowledge base. Mr. Grisham's content advisors were spot on.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    At the risk of understating his performance, Michael Beck's performance was at the level of a genius.


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

    In every slice of life, one can find a circle. There is a place where the circle starts, at one point in time, and the same place where the circle closes, at a different point in time. Sometimes the circle is made for us, but at other times, we make the circle, whether for the good or for evil. Sometimes what we view as the starting point on the circle is actually the ending point, and vice versa; the confusion occurs often because the points are one and the same.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the book is long, Grisham is to be commended for a continual stream of intrigue that keeps the desire going. He is a "professional" writer. He is not the professionally trained writer who has delved in lifelong study of literature, classical and otherwise. However, he is skilled at keeping the reader engaged, intrigued and suspended, and ultimately that is what we readers crave. He writes in an everyday language with an ordinary eloquence that fits like well worn jeans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel A. Mayer baltimore 12-20-13
    Daniel A. Mayer baltimore 12-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Jester

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    "A more than worthy follow-up to A Time to Kill"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. If you are a Grisham fan, you will love this book. If you are a fan of a really good story, then you will like this too. Although it is a "legal drama", and many scenes do take place in the court room or a judge's chamber, it really deals with the relationships and family and life in a small Southern county in Mississippi.If you have read A Time to KIll (and I recommend you read that FIRST if you have not), you will know many of the characters names and have familiarity with Grisham's Ford County. In some way, reading this was like visiting old friends you haven't seen in a while. There is a memory of time spent together in the past, a fondness for the characters, so that when you reacquaint yourself with them, you can't help but be captivated by the story they are all a part of.When I first heard he was finally writing a follow up--and that is what this is...a follow up, not a sequel to a Time to Kill, I was a little concerned. How does one follow that? What story would you tell?That's not an issue here, as it turns out. This is actually a better book, and more developed, in my opinion, than a Time to Kill. And that makes sense. A Time to Kill was one of Grisham's first books. Now, 20 years later, he has clearly honed his writing style and become much more adept at telling a compelling story. Don't get me wrong, A Time to Kill WAS a compelling and gripping story. This is better. The reason it is not a "sequel" is it doesn't pick up right after A Time to Kill ends. It has Jake Brigance and his family again, it has Sheriff Ozzie and it has Lucien Wilbanks and Harry Rex Vonner and it even has Willie Traynor (who's story is told in The Last Juror). Instead, as I said above, some time has passed since we last visited with all these characters. The fall-out from the end of the Haley trial is dicussed and you see it's impact on Jake and his family, but this is a different story than A Time to Kill, with different people along side the old familiars.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    In some small way, and I mean not to denigrate this titan of American literature, but in some way, this book reminds me a bit of To Kill a Mockingbird and the story of Atticus Finch and his children as he handles a huge trial.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Beck?

    No. This is the one part of the audio-book I did not enjoy, was the narration by Michael Beck. Thankfully, Grisham spins such a well-written tale that you are able to tolerate Beck's narration and get past his inadequacies narrating this particular novel. He is a great narrator generally, he has narrated most (if not all) Grisham's other novels. I've listened to him before and not had an issue. On this particular novel, though, I found that he is very limited in narrating the voices used for the various characters. Normally this would not be an issue, but there are times where he narrates the voice of a male character and the narrates the voice of a female character and attempts to do different voices, but doesn't do a very good job. It almost would have been better had he tried less hard at doing the various voices and just told the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. But I am not saying what it is. You will have to read to find it, or the passage that moves you. :)


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    Silvia TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-20-13
    Silvia TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Grisham"
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    I am a true fan of Grisham, read all of them, but this one took me back to the beginning and why I love his story telling. A must listen or read.


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

    Luagh, Cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Letta Mego 12-20-13
    Letta Mego 12-20-13

    Letta Mego .. fighting electric utility companies & their military-like tactics forcing wireless transmitter "smart" meters into US homes

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    "Grisham is, after all Grisham."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, even though it's not the Grisham's greatest, it was still good. Anything he writes, I'd read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    When the witness was caught telling a lie... and you thought is was all over...


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Great voice... read the book well... I felt like I was listening to a lawyer tell a story.


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

    Who would leave $24 million to the maid.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 12-19-13
    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved verything about it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    John Grisham never fails me. I love all of his books and this one is right up there with the best in every category..


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    Shanna VENETA, OR, United States 12-19-13
    Shanna VENETA, OR, United States 12-19-13
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    "One of Grisham's Best!"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story & performance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters and plot.


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    Candie TX 12-19-13
    Candie TX 12-19-13

    Busy single mom going on adventures through books.

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    "Absolutely Brilliant"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    brilliant, brilliant, brilliant


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    This book had me trying to squeeze as much "me time" to keep finding out what happens next. It wasn't coated in sugar and spice. It delved into the ugly of human nature & also displayed its beauty. Thank you John Grisham. I am sad that the adventure is over because I've grown so attached to all the characters. It was definitely an eye-opening ride.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen elgin, TX, United States 12-19-13
    Karen elgin, TX, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "1980's Mississippi"

    I liked the main character, just as I did in A Time to Kill, and I still think that first book was the author's best. While I generally like this book, I think it tried too hard to make a story and it was tiresome to stay in the late 1980's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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