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Sycamore Row Audiobook

Sycamore Row [Audiobook]

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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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    John Barstow, CA, United States 03-23-14
    John Barstow, CA, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2004
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    "This will be one of John Grisham signature books."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Not sure since I listen to all my books these day.


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

    Yes, from the start to the finish.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Only Michael Beck can do the story the justice it requires. To listen to any other reader would be an injustice to the story.


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

    I tried, but I can only get in two to three hours a day.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an awesome story. I hope to see it on film on day?

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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 03-22-14
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

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    "Great Story"
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    I generally listen to romance, but I had to read this for my book club. It has been a great change. At times, Jake seemed weak to me, but the overall story was really good. I liked the overall ending but felt like it could have been stronger. The judge had a lot of power and at times. I thought this book was from 1968 instead of 1988. I guess 30 years in MS time doesn't mean much. As a southern, I hope we aren't so slow to change.

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    An. Norvell 03-21-14
    An. Norvell 03-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    What did you like best about Sycamore Row? What did you like least?

    TBH, this is a snooze fest. I grew up reading JG and this was a serious disappointment. How long does it really take to paint the mental picture?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Beck?

    No. His voice gave me suicidal ideations.


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    Ailbhe Seattle, WA, United States 03-20-14
    Ailbhe Seattle, WA, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "First Audible Book - has me hooked"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    Yes - Grisham is a talented storyteller and Michael Beck's narration was great


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucien! Always good to have a "scoundrel" to balance the do-gooders


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am amazed at the range of voices he can switch between seamlessly. I find myself identifying the characters simply by his impression of them.


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

    The recounting of the video disposition towards the end. I was gardening outside last weekend and found myself completely frozen listening as Beck recounted it.


    Any additional comments?

    Slower story I felt than usual with Grisham - but he always pulls out a wonderful story. Felt the Portia character had more potential than she ended up being developed with

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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 03-17-14
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Good Ole Grisham"
    Any additional comments?

    I just love his books. This was one that I zoomed through and absolutely loved Michael Beck's narration. It is nice to revisit characters from "A Time To Kill" and watch a new story unfold there. I really liked this book although to some, it may a lighter "read" than some of his other books. Don't try to keep up with all the lawyers. You'll eventually know the important ones. Bravo to Beck for keeping them straight.

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    Tyan West Linn, OR, United States 03-16-14
    Tyan West Linn, OR, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I kept waiting for something spectacular to happen but what I assumed was going to happen from the beginning was how it ended. Down to the final deciding on the will. The reader does a great job but I found myself zoning out constantly as it was not material to keep my attention.


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

    Have a twist. The only twist was that the brother told the story but I knew the story would come out like it did from the beginning.


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Southern drawl


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-16-14
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    "I enjoyed it, but it was very predictable."
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Great storytelling. I had a hard time taking a break, but I guessed early on how it would end, and sure enough, I was right. Nonetheless, a very good book.


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    Sherri Barrett 03-14-14

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    "Too long"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book needs to pick up the pace. I was not able to finish it despite two attempts. There is just too much extraneous information for me to stay interested.


    Has Sycamore Row turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Michael Beck’s performance?

    Average, realistic accent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James RIVERHEAD, NY, United States 03-14-14
    James RIVERHEAD, NY, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Get your rope and pay attention."

    Great story from a master. No hesitation recommending this book. Nice twist to this one.

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    Rob United States 03-13-14
    Rob United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyable.. Grisham never lets you down."

    I've been reading Grisham since the days of "The Firm" and this is one of his best. If you like court room thrillers this is a must to read. Lots of twist and turns that keeps you guessing until the end.

    The narrator did a great job as well. His southern accent was a good fit for this story.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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