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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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    Joyce E Calloway Suwanee, Georgia, US 04-09-14
    Joyce E Calloway Suwanee, Georgia, US 04-09-14
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    "VERY ENJOYABLE"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Hide to Listen.


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

    Good twists and turns in this book and lots of secrets to uncover.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Beck does a great job with both male and female voices, without sounding like a male doing a cartoon female's voice.


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

    The description of what occurred when people were forced out. I don't want to give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    Always look forward to John Grisham, and this is one that is most enjoyable.

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    Maggie Q 04-08-14
    Maggie Q 04-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Engrossing"

    Enjoyed this book very much. Likeable characters, excellent narration. Loved the ending. Can't wait for more from Grisham.

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    M.W. 04-08-14
    M.W. 04-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Good Grisham Novel"

    I've enjoyed most of John Grisham's novels. This one has especially strong narration for the southern characters. As usual, Grisham builds his characters and shapes the events skillfully and succinctly enough to keep me interested.

    While this may not rank up there with some of his strongest novels, it isn't far off and is certainly worth the credit.

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    Christina Carpenter 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic John Grisham!"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one I would recommend for sure! It's classic style John Grisham and I was pleasantly surprised by that. His earlier books are more to my liking and this one felt like a throwback to that style for him.


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

    Realizing this was the same attorney from a previous book. Not sure others will catch that, my husband didn't, but if you do it will bring the story to life even more for you.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I enjoyed his narration of this book so much I will search his other works.


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

    I could have....


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked "A Time To Kill" by John Grisham, you will like this book as well.

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    SunnySideUpFlorida 04-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I couldn't listen to this and asked for a return-d"
    What disappointed you about Sycamore Row?

    I couldn't listen to this and asked for a return-don't know if I was ever credited for the book. I LOVE Grisham…ANYTHING by GRISHAM, but this actor…for me…he took away from the value of the book...


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    I could not listen to enough of the GRISHAM book to know what to compare it to.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Beck’s performance?

    Have you ever heard an actor act out a book and he sounds exactly like someone you know? That is the case for me with Michael Beck--he sounds exactly like a pastor in my church. I can't place the actor in any role other than that of my pastor…I could not let myself be absorbed in the story because I could not imagine my pastor experiencing the character's experiences. Silly, isn't it? Maybe so, but cognitive processing and subjective reactions cannot always be rationalized. We feel what we feel.


    What character would you cut from Sycamore Row?

    Uhmmm….Michael Beck.


    Any additional comments?

    The actor is equally as important as the book for the reader experience.

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    dennis St Simons Island, Georgia, United States 04-05-14
    dennis St Simons Island, Georgia, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Was Grisham paid accordingto the length of the boo"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would cut out everything repetitive and everything that was irrelevant.


    Would you recommend Sycamore Row to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, this book lacked excitement and dragged on.


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

    Jake came across as being realistic.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    It proviided a possible insight into race re;ations in Mississippi in the 80's that might be worth exploring further


    Any additional comments?

    Grisham took a plausible story and ran it out with superfluous detail and repetition so thta the reader begins to liose interest.
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    Kimberly 04-03-14
    Kimberly 04-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a book lover!

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    "Kept Me Hooked"

    This was a wonderful novel. The sub stories that flowed thru the main were well thought out. (Especially if you have previously read 'A Time To Kill', it all makes more sense.) I had somewhat figured out what was going on about three quarters into the book, but let it play out. I thought the ending was a bit mediocre and to 'easy' for a lack of a better word. But overall, was a good listen and enjoyed it. The narration by Michael Beck was superb. The character voices were very well done.

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    E. LEWISBURG, TN, United States 04-03-14
    E. LEWISBURG, TN, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Oncore! The Will to Renounce!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    The author's development of the character's in the beginning made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row most enjoyable. The author took the time to truly give life to the characters, so while following the story, the reader is not attempting to remember.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carl Lee Hailey, because he held true to his personal justice in completing the circle of history, as racially unequal as it was - he made it right.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michael Beck's, mode of narration, is consistent throughout the book. His tone is changes accordingly, with each character, as the plot thickens. That's what makes the book - the best!


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

    I feel the need to admit, I was really excited when Ancil was found and gave the drunkerdly, former lawyer provided to the court - a winning deposition.


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    Amazon Customer 04-02-14
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    "I needed this to end...and it took forever"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was an interesting mystery that had a decent sense of place and time. It did feel like it should have been set at least two decades deeper into the past, but for those from the south who like Grisham's stories, this might resonate.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Yes, I would try again with more tried-and-true books. This one just wasn't for me. It felt disjointed. The narrator was omniscient, but didn't seem to have adequate insight into anyone, so I never did connect with any of the characters. I wanted to get deep inside the main character, Jake's, head, but as soon as I felt like I had a handle on what he was going through, another character would be featured, similarly superficially.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the narrator, although the way he pronounced "lawyer" kind of drove me out of my mind. Not sure if it was a southern thing or not, but it was maddening.


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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 04-02-14
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Grisham nailed this one. Excellent story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I found the story very captivating and had a hard time turning it off. I listened while driving, walking my dogs and cleaning. If I could have gotten away with it, I would have listened at work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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