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
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.
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Great story, characters written so vividly and i was so very entertained.
The pre court where the judge interact with the lawyers. Loved the narrator throughout!
I'm a big fan of Grisham and M Beck is my ultimate narrator.
No, and it was hard to put down
I'm ready for another (new) Grisham-Beck audible. Ive listen to them all.
Enjoy mostly non fiction and the occasional thriller.
This story moved so slow (and I play these at 1 1/2 times speed) that I never finished it. I just never got to the point where I cared about the characters and found myself wishing it would end so I could move on to my next book.
I keep trying Grisham because he wrote my favorite book of all-time in "The Firm" but this one may have ended my loyalty.
The lawyer Jack and the judge (because of this self interest and perseverance of this legacy)
I have 2 ninety minute drives daily to work/home. I could not wait to get back into my car to listen to Michael Beck. His narration really help to make it real as I enjoyed this Grisham book.
I felt a piece of history and I felt myself becoming sorry (again) for all ‘awful’ things that were done during the post slavery days.
Gin X. Zingh - WPB, FL
I loved this and was so sad to hear it end! It is difficult to describe, there were times when I felt like I had a handle on where the story line was going, but oh no...Mr. Grisham put a different spin and I found myself in a totally different train of thought! My favorite characters turned out to be the lawyer for Lettie, Judge Atley, Lucian (even though he was a drunk) and Ansel. I can't say much about the actual story without being a spoiler. It's safe to say that I found myself transported to the era when the story took place, feeling empathy for the characters and most importantly being pleasantly surprised with the ending and feeling like I was there!
I can't say enough good about this! Kudo's to John Grisham and the narrator.
Michael Beck's performance was awesome. Loved all the voices he did & it was like listening to a movie, I even forgot it was a man at times when he did the women's voices.
This book was decent, it dragged on at some points & the reason the man left his money to the maid didn't come as a shock to me, overall though the story was entertaining enough. Also liked the fact the town I live in got a little shout out in the book.
This was one of my favorite Grisham novels. Over the years, as I have read his books, some of course, better than others, but I liked this one quite a bit. There was suspense, great characters, and a good story to tell. It was interesting, also, to be a "sort of" sequel to A Time To Kill. I enjoyed meeting some familiar characters for another journey. Authors who are prolific writers sometimes lose quality in their novels, but this one was one of the good ones. I would highly recommend it for fans and those new to the legal novels.
Narration was also great, which makes a difference for me in buying a book in print or as an audiobook. This was a great story as an audiobook.
This book is just not up to Grisham's standards. It's a slow book. I kept slogging through the book but it never picked up its pace. At about the 2/3 point I gave up. My borther and wife (both avid Grisham fans) also gave up on the book.
I'm not sure how others find this book a 4 or 5 star. Its the worst Grisham book I have read and I have read all of them. Do yourself a favor and pass this one up and reread an old Grisham book like "Testament" or any of his other great books.
Outstanding book! Great to hear of all the characters from previous novel. Grisham should series his other successful novels.
All the characters from A Time To Kill we're equally interesting in this novel.
Narrator was very good.
No. Used all open time to listen to this novel.
The story is OK: good but not great. However, this is one of the best read audiobooks I have listened to.
Any trial story is suspensful and this is a trial story with a twist.
The reading is just superb. He richly portrays all of the books different characters.
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