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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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    Meredith FORT SMITH, AR, United States 01-05-14
    Meredith FORT SMITH, AR, United States 01-05-14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutey


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, this book is full of twists and turns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wonderful ending


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

    yes, I wish I'd had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Grisham novel. Wonderful read. My first audible to listen to and was surprised this narrator did an excellent job.

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    Frances 01-05-14
    Frances 01-05-14

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    "Sigh… love me some John Grisham"

    I grew up in the South, so when a Narrator tries and fails to portray the subtle melody of a deep southern accent, it is really unbearable for me. Not so with Michael Beck's performances of the many different characters in John Grisham's latest. After just one of two exposures to the characters, I could immediately tell who was speaking by Mr. Beck's faithful renditions. Makes me sort of wish for a series with these characters, for whom I am now homesick.

    Now, saying that I grew up in the South also means that I listened to this story dreading what I knew was coming… more racial ugliness. The whole story kept me stuck to it through the bitter end, though, and I wish someone would convince Mr. Grishom to start a series with Jake, Lucien, Harry Rex and the whole gang, because even though law practices in little towns seem full of mundane cases, I'm sure Mr. Grishom could spin a few more tales to keep us from missing these wonderful characters too much.

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    Jeffrey Oxford, CT, United States 01-05-14
    Jeffrey Oxford, CT, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice to catch up with the Brigances."

    I thought John Grisham did an exceptional job with this "sequel" to "A Time to Kill". I listened to both books back to back because I had not read the first book in a few years and wanted to reacquaint myself with the characters. I might have been better served to re-read all the Ford County novels because Grisham brought nearly everyone back in some capacity except Carl Lee Hailey (though we do get an update on the family). This was a great story from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns and an emotionally gripping ending. Michael Beck had another stellar performance. He really has become the voice of Ford County for me. He captures many of the nuances of the Southern dialect and does an exceptional job of bringing each character their own unique qualities especially Harry Rex. I would highly recommend "Sycamore Row" to Grisham fans and newcomers alike and hope we can catch up with Jake and the gang circa 1990 soon!

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    Travis nToni St Louis, MO, United States 01-04-14
    Travis nToni St Louis, MO, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A great snuggle in and have a listen.."
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 5 so far


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

    The characters will stay with me for some time. I don't have one particular moment.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was very good! Great pace, wonderful voice!


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

    If I could have I'm sure I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    I had forgotten how much I enjoyed John Grisham. This was a wonderful story ..though yes slightly predictable as to where the story is going, it's told so well that you don't mind. I did tear up at bit towards the end even though I knew what was coming. It is a fictional work, but even so - it's close enough to humankind's actual history that it hurts to remember and be faced with what we are capable of doing to one another.

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    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14
    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Easily entertained and amused.

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    "Standard Work for Grisham"

    A good story, much like his other legal works. Lots of legal wrangling by characters with strong, well developed and individual personalities. The reader does a remarkable job of defining and personifying each character.

    The only thing I didn't care much for was the racial profiling that was really the foundation of this story. I realize that this is typical for southern history and don't mean to imply that it's not important to be mindful that atrocities happened because of racial discrimination, but this story seemed to be a convoluted approach to making a statement about it.

    All in all, I enjoyed this book and would (and have) recommended it to my friends. If you like Grisham, you will like this one and not be disappointed. Even though the standard story line is 'the protagonist always prevails' you will never be sure about this one 'til the very end.

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    Linda ETNA, CA, United States 01-03-14
    Linda ETNA, CA, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I was entertained during every minute of this book"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wanted Jake to win this trial so badly and was waiting with baited breath all the way through the story to see if he did.


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    Ryan Saratoga Springs, UT, United States 01-03-14
    Ryan Saratoga Springs, UT, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Some slow parts, but very compelling."
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not my favorite Grisham book, but it is still very good. I would rank this in the top 10 books that I've listened to.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Beck?

    Michael Beck is excellent at portraying different characters, but I found his narration to be slightly monotonous when he was not in character. He;s one of the best when it comes to playing different characters, however.


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

    Definitely. This is a fairly lengthy book and I flew through it, listening whenever I had a spare moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Anybody in the legal profession will find that John Grisham does not shed a very favorable light on their line of work. However, he does a great job of creating compelling stories inside the legal framework that tug you in different, thought provoking directions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    raul villa carlos paz, Argentina 01-03-14
    raul villa carlos paz, Argentina 01-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "you will enjoy this book"

    Its great to meet the young lawyer from time to kill. Great plot, great turns, like grisham always does. You will enjoy this book.

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    just me Orange County, CA USA 01-02-14
    just me Orange County, CA USA 01-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narration. Pretty Good Grisham"

    I loved Time to Kill, and thought it was one of the author's best works. This book was not as enjoyable maybe for a couple of reasons. The lawyering by the protagonist was not great in this book and the ending was predictable, but as Grisham endings go, this was far less choppy. Michael Beck's narration was brilliant.

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    Nick T San Diego, CA 01-02-14
    Nick T San Diego, CA 01-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Nick

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    "Slow, slow burn"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's not that the book was bad, it was just too slow and too linear. So much back story and character development ends up being basically irrelevant. I think the book could have been half the length with the same impact.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Increase the pace and develop more of the side stories to keep things interesting while waiting for the ultimate conclusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finally telling Ansel's story.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    Probably avoid future John Grisham books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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