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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 Belfry Holdings, Inc (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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    Constance 07-16-14
    Constance 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Grisham weaves another deeply moving tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Characters from Grisham's "A Time to Kill" continue to captivate and touch in this new chapter in Ford County Mississippi's story.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michael Beck does a wonderful job of creating very distinct characters.


    Any additional comments?

    In this story Grisham again raises questions that force the reader to examine themselves and perhaps help us to become better people in the process.

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    Amazon Customer Perry, MI, United States 07-11-14
    Amazon Customer Perry, MI, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "this was a well read all around great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. It is very well written with a good story line that helps you realize the way things once were.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the twist and turns things took as the book progressed.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    great accents and voices.


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

    yes


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    Jimmie Hughes Snow Hill, NC USA 07-09-14
    Jimmie Hughes Snow Hill, NC USA 07-09-14
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    "A fitting follow-up to A Time to Kill"
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    As usual, I loved Grisham's characters,


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

    Without giving too much away, the main question in this book is basically "Why would a wealthy white businessman write a last-minute will leaving his black housekeeper approximately $20 million while cutting out his entire family?" The manner in which the answer comes out in court is a very memorable moment.


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

    The great thing about Michael Beck is that he seems to have a voice for every single character. The book is loaded with interesting characters. If I had to choose one, I would probably go with Harry Rex Vonner. He amuses me.


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

    I found the ending to be very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great book by John Grisham, with his incredible storytelling and character development. Michael Beck is the best narrator I have ever heard, and adds a lot to the performance of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 07-06-14
    Nancy 07-06-14
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    "Matlock Lives..."
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    the narrator's ability to toggle between characters and make both male and female voices believable


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

    expected


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

    the tone and flavor of the south and its mindset


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

    not necessarily


    Any additional comments?

    While I don't recall reading any of Grisham's works prior to Sycamore Row, the narrator, Michael Beck, was able to deliver me to the end. One character in particular caught my fancy because he actually sounded like Andy Griffith in his Matlock persona. Well done Michael.

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    Harry Krentz 07-05-14
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    "Rather slow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very average entertainment; this story is rather slow and not a top read


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

    no


    Did Michael Beck do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Michael Beck was average.


    Do you think Sycamore Row needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story is not strong enough to merit a follow up book


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    Audrey Mccormick 07-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent story"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far one of the best I've heard. I love all of Grisham's books though.


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

    Yes, it was mesmerizing because of the setting and twists that this author is famous for.


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

    Judge Atley


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

    no, Ilike to pace this type of book out so I can make it last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish that Grisham would put a new book out more quickly, also glad he is back to what he does best. I was not a fan of Bleachers and Painted House.

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    Jonathan Truckee, US, Canada 06-29-14
    Jonathan Truckee, US, Canada 06-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding narration"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Super compelling!


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

    Probably THE best audio book I've ever listened to, solely based on the excellent performance. I will now try to find other books he's performed.


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    Lupo Atlanta, GA 06-28-14
    Lupo Atlanta, GA 06-28-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Would have been better if half in size"

    I'm a longtime Grisham fan and have read most of his books. I'm surprised at the number of highly positive reviews for this book. While the story was good, it lumbered along at a snail's pace. Literally, half of it could have been left out and the book would have been much better. It was just too long. I felt like it took me the year-plus it took to get to trial to get through the book. I also felt that the characters were haphazardly developed - some too much and others like Lettie, the focus of the story, not enough. I never felt like I really knew her.

    Michael Beck did a great job as usual.

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    Charlene 06-28-14
    Charlene 06-28-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


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

    The ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they played Ansel's deposition in court.


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

    There were several parts that made me giggle, conversations and comments. It had it's sad moments too, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Beck is an awesome narrator. The best.

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    Michelle Surrey, BC, Canada 06-26-14
    Michelle Surrey, BC, Canada 06-26-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Wow - What a great Read!"
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    This book was so well narrated and had such a great story that I just couldn't stop listening!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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