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Sycamore Row | [John Grisham]

Sycamore Row

For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.
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For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

©2013 John Grisham (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 12-04-13
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 12-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Grisham is all about the craft"

    People often dismiss Grisham as lightweight airplane novel material, but after years of listening to some pretty dismal storytelling, my return to Grisham reminded me of what an incredibly skilled writer he is. Admittedly, Jake's wife is a bit of a prop to show he's a family man, but on the whole, his characters are meaty and challenging. The plot is solid and well-constructed and gripping and his pacing is absolutely immaculate.

    At no point did I do what I usually do these days, which is groan and wish the writing had been better edited. There's no fat on this story. It's all lean, page-turning (pod-listening?) goodness.

    In an era of a lot of self-published, unedited, badly finished fiction, John Grisham is a long, tall drink of cool water.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 11-10-13
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 11-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The Grisham you fell in love with"

    Sycamore Row is more like Grisham's earlier novels than the later ones. The courtroom drama, the inevitable battle and of course ..... the twist!

    LOVE IT!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael CANBERRA CITY, Australia 02-06-14
    Michael CANBERRA CITY, Australia 02-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hot Damn! Welcome Back Mr Grisham!"
    Any additional comments?

    Years ago I used to love reading Grisham books then I fell out with him as they began to appear more 'churned out'. With some reticence I chose this one from Audible. Hot damn! What a great legal thriller! Beautifully paced, great characterization, plot, scene depiction etc. - simply hard to put down! And all perfectly narrated by Michael Beck who gave a simply wonderful performance! And people wonder why I love audiobooks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 12-07-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 12-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thrilling courtroom drama"

    A well written and interesting court drama, with transparent narration. Themes include racism, testamentary legalities, humility, justice, compensation and forgiveness.

    I love the way the story comes full circle, the end meets the beginning, and the loose ends are all neatly tied up. Very satisfactory, especially after staying awake through the night, unable to turn it off!

    This is my first Grisham book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cant seem to find the (unabridged) prequel, "A Time to Kill", on Audible but maybe that's only due to where I live. I would've liked to have listened to that as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 12-10-14
    Simon 12-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "John Grisham's yarn has always been my favourite"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. Cool headed Lawyer..


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

    love Beck's narratives and looking for books that were narrated by him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Constance 11-08-14
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    "Brilliant..John Grisham is back!!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good humour and the play on characters…almost everyone had a 'bag of tricks'. It was about 20hours but didn't feel like it. I've listened to some books that were just 6hours but absolutely exhausting


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

    Harry Rex!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    09-05-14
    09-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A towering epic. Grisham at the top of his game."

    Wow! This story and the fabulous characters provide some insights we can only hope are purely fictious - yet the gnawing knot in our gut tells us that this is how the law can be used or abused - to dispense or deny justice. Absolute edge-of-the-seat stuff! Magnificently narrated (I'm tempted to say 'acted').

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book lover 08-11-14
    Book lover 08-11-14
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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    A brilliant ending.


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

    John Grisham's masterful writing style.


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clear diction, easy to understand every word.


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

    No, I happily enjoyed it over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I am ready for another John Grisham, he never disappoints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Weston, Australia 06-04-14
    Cheryl Weston, Australia 06-04-14
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    "Lived Up to Expectation"

    John Grisham has done it again. When Jake Brigance receives a letter from a dead man he has to decide whether to pretend it doesn't exist or take on a legal battle that will threaten Ford County's fragile race relations and, ultimately, uncover a forgotten past injustice. As always, the surprising twists in the plot make this book a page turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pu koh 05-24-14
    pu koh 05-24-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "ok for effort"
    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A decent job. Not a big range of voices, but you could tell it was different people. I guess there's only so many southern accents.


    Was Sycamore Row worth the listening time?

    bit too long for the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Been a while since i Grishamed. Not as good as i remembered him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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