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.
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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
The Characters from Grisham's "A Time to Kill" continue to captivate and touch in this new chapter in Ford County Mississippi's story.
Michael Beck does a wonderful job of creating very distinct characters.
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.
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.
All the twist and turns things took as the book progressed.
great accents and voices.
As usual, I loved Grisham's characters,
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.
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.
I found the ending to be very moving.
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.
the narrator's ability to toggle between characters and make both male and female voices believable
the tone and flavor of the south and its mindset
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.
Very average entertainment; this story is rather slow and not a top read
Michael Beck was average.
No, the story is not strong enough to merit a follow up book
This is by far one of the best I've heard. I love all of Grisham's books though.
Yes, it was mesmerizing because of the setting and twists that this author is famous for.
no, Ilike to pace this type of book out so I can make it last longer.
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.
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.
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.
When they played Ansel's deposition in court.
There were several parts that made me giggle, conversations and comments. It had it's sad moments too, of course.
Michael Beck is an awesome narrator. The best.
Say something about yourself!
This book was so well narrated and had such a great story that I just couldn't stop listening!!
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