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 narrator did a great job using a variety of Southern accents (it was amusing that one sounded like an Andy Griffith immitation and another Bill Clinton, though I must say he came up with alot of different character voices) but the story was very dull throughout. I kept thinking, when is this thing going to be over? How can John Grisham write so much about so little? The big shocker ending was anything but and easily figured out about half way through the novel. I would not recommend this limited, though lengthy, book.
Truelongmont on Facebook. I like listening while exercising and cleaning. I just want entertainment!
No, don't like to listen to things more than once!
Good southern accents
I suspect I liked this because it was set in the south and was a great depiction of the culture I grew up in, rather than because it was such an awesome gripping tale. It was good, and I enjoyed the whole thing - but it wasn't exceptional.
English teacher nerd, love books with character depth and a good plot, and enjoy almost any genre.
It was believable and showed the true character of families and people.
When Letty realizes why the money was left to her...
He reads well and doesn't sound like he is reading or over acting the read. Pleasant tone and very good at the pauses.
Is redemption possible?
Grisham does his best books with Mississippi as the backdrop. Rich in character development, humorous in many places with a bit of a surprise ending and always a good story. Micheal Beck always reads Grisham books with character voices the lend to the character development and humor.
In this case, a crotchety old man dying of lung cancer commits a very deliberate suicide indicating in a handwritten will that his black part time housekeeper should be his sole heir. Everyone wants to know why, no one more than a son and daughter left with nothing. Does that handwritten will trump one made by lawyers years previous? Did pain medications make him vulnerable to an unscrupulous housekeeper.
In a continuation of the Street Lawyer, Jake, who has never met the dead man, receives a letter from him asking him to defend his intentions with every fiber of his being. With millions at stake there is a contingent of lawyers out to fight both Jake and the handwritten will.
Grisham seems to be dumbing down his writing as if readers are not educated enough to keep up. His stories have dwindled since his first five books. It's as if he is running out of ideas.
I am done with Grisham. I held out hope that he would submit another page turner. But not only have his books seem to have gotten progressively worse...this is terrible.
The performance was fine considering what he had to work with. The southern accents were a bit over the top. I have lived in the south the last 50 years. If someone talked like that I would give them a double take to see if they were pulling my leg.
The repetitiveness. It's not a scene per se but the story was dragggggged out with repetition.
Author kept using people's names. So if you have short term memory loss I guess it will work for you. Otherwise you grow weary.
This book was my first full audio book listen. Every time I wrapped up a listening session, I found myself waiting for the next one. Michael Beck's narration was very nice. He managed to modulate his voice for the various characters, women and men and it was easy to identify which character was talking just as the narration began. The story was typical Grisham style, so if you like Grisham, you will like this one. I enjoyed it and yes am hooked onto audio books now.
The best thing about this book is the performance of Michael Beck. He was amazing. If I had been reading the text version, I doubt if I would have finished it. Grisham underestimates the intelligence of his readers and his characters. All the clues necessary to solve whatever mystery there is are given in the very beginning of the book. There is no suspense!
The characters seem to have totally forgotten the history of race relations the deep South. This is even more puzzling given the fact that the main character in the 1988 setting is under threat from the KKK. The book is also ridiculously politically correct. The N word is never used, not even by the racists.
I could hardly quit listening to the book. I was totally spellbound and wanted to know what was happening next.
I recommend this book to everyone. I loved Michael Beck's narration of the book.
I would recommend this book to someone who likes character development. The action was a bit slow, but you felt like you knew the people.
After downloading this audiobook I was tempted to return it and go back to reading. It's difficult to understand how a fine writer like Grisham could allow someone like Michael Beck to ruin his books. Poor reading, terrible timing, and inability to read ahead in order to drop his voice where the sentence or thought ends. His narrative is so distracting I don't know if I'll be able to get through the whole book.
It inspired me to return the audiobook in favor of reading it the story myself.
A good reader can elevate a good story to an even better one. A poor performance can ruin a story, no matter how good. As a long-time user of Audible books, I've heard good and bad, and this is one of the poorest. In addition to having poor timing and poor understanding of the content, this man uses a grating, simpering voice to suggest female parts, which is not only insulting but hard to listen to. His southern accent is poor, and his ability to sustain each voice non-existent.
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