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
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Other than the subject line above, Sycamore Row was well thought out with a plausible story line. I love reading/listening to a book that does not cause you to stretch your imagination beyond reality in order to connect with the people, places and things - that has both historical and present-day context to which we can (or at least I could) quickly relate.
To share my most memorable moment would be to walk right up against a spoiler and I will not do that. Suffice it to say, the author provides a lot of detail throughout the earlier chapters and by the end, every detail is accounted for and makes sense as a relevant part of the story.
I do not like reading/listening to books about history but I do like to reading/listening to books that use the history as a setting for a larger story (I hope that makes sense). These are the moments that moved me. I was most impressed by the way the author made us feel every emotion he wanted us to feel about the main characters. You were never really sure if Seth was to be hated or adored - if he was a fool or a genius. You were never really sure if Letty was to be trusted and suspected - if she was a con-artist or an innocent. If Seth's children were victims or flat-out greedy (I made this decision early:-)
This is a great listen. I would recommend it to anyone looking to listen to a story about real characters, living out what could have been our past and our presence.
Yes, you felt that you were part of the story
I had a hard time stopping my listening. I chuckled often and it really made me think
Michael Beck, the narrator, is masterful. One of the very best. Combine him with a seasoned storyteller like Grisham, and you've got a winner. Grisham's characters in Sycamore Row are well-developed, his narrative style perfectly pitched, and his portrayal of litigation grounded in fact. Terrific story. And please use Michael Beck again and again. And again.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I haven’t read John Grisham in years, but loved his early writing. When I heard “Sycamore Row” was a sequel to “A Time to Kill”, I used my Audible credit immediately to get it. You don’t have to worry about knowing the previous story, as Grisham wrote this follow-up without reference to the “previous case” – except a few times in passing. Still it was wonderful to read about the main character, attorney Jake Brigance again. I had forgotten what an excellent story-teller Grisham can be.
Still, a 20+ hour book is daunting, especially with the subject of a dispute with a Will. The trial preparation and trial was absolutely riveting. I admit that the audio-book could have been shorter and felt redundant at times, but overall, I loved the story and never wanted to stop listening. I laughed, cried, got angry and had every emotion in between throughout the book. One thing that Grisham does better than any other author I read is describing life and racism in the South -- the good, the bad, and the ugly and cruel. He isn’t preachy, but tells the story as honestly as possible. You will have several cringe-worthy moments, but it feels accurate for the timeframe in the story.
The narrator, Michael Beck, was wonderful. It was a great performance with lots of different voices and dialects. I felt I was there in the story.
Sycamore Row was a very slow listen. It made me want to fall asleep instead of keep me entertained during my commute. I kept waiting for something more interesting to happen and it never did. Even the ending that was supposed to be "shocking" wasn't all that great and not nearly enough to make the story an overall enjoyable listen. I'm very surprised that this keeps getting such good reviews for both the print and audiobook versions. 20+ hours to listen to a repetitive, dull, predictable story was not worth it.
Definitely one of the best books I've heard!
John Grisham's old (and, in my opinion, much superior to his recent) books!
The obvious - Ansel's testimony
I stopped listening to/reading John Grisham books a few years ago. He seemed to lose his edge and I felt like he'd become bored writing them, because that is how I felt listening to them. If he keeps writing this way, I will quickly become a fan again!
This is a great listen. The narrator is one of the best. I can't believe it is one person. This is a great book for anyone. Grisham always has a moral to his novels
About the same
A case of redemption. Miracle cure. Because I couldn't figure out the reason for the crime
The voices makes each character more visible
Remember the past
I always enjoy books by John Grisham
I rarely hear someone who can do authentic southern accents. His interpretation of the characters was flawless.
Very good story and performance. The racial divide in the south is still alive and well in southern United States.
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