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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!"
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    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!


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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').

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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.

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    pu koh 05-24-14
    pu koh 05-24-14
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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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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/21/13
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    "Vintage Grisham"

    I tried to ration my listening but was so gripped by the story I finished the book very quickly. It's the author at his best. Grisham's usual laconic and cynical opinion of lawyers is given full rein. Two sets of protagonists to an eventual court case are carefully set up so that the reader/listener is partisan and wants the underdog to win. Race relations in the Deep South add to the uncertainty over the eventual verdict over whether a last minute hand-written Will is valid. Pre-trial discovery and jury selection all add to the tensions that builds up to an edge-of-your-seat court battle with surprises and set-backs.
    The narrator does a grand job bringing the various characters to life in this highly recommended book.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    RETFORD, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Grisham back at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Beautiful characterisation, an unusual yet gripping plot, set in the stunning surroundings of the deep south. Grisham returns to what he does best in this novel. A steady paced, character driven story with twists and turns to maintain interest.
    The reader has a beautiful tone very fitting for the southern "drawl" of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake - a true Grisham hero


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    He brought to life the characters with perfect intonation.


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

    The "video" scene in the courtroom brought a lump to my throat


    Any additional comments?

    A must buy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary
    Stainland, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "A battle of wills"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, courtroom ,drama


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

    If I was being very generous the obvious comparison would be to Bleak House due to it being a will dispute but it's much more approachable than Dickens with characters being rather less complicated and the story more starightforward


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

    Michael Beck's performance is good. His characterisation works well and is mostly clear. I did find that, as the author only uses "said" to indicate speech rather than "muttered" or "shouted" etc, it was a little jarring at times.


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

    It was a good listen and kept me entertained for many hours on the M62. I would say that it is very long and does have interest peaks and troughs. Stick with it though it's worth a listen and is a good folow up to A Time to Kill


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/10/13
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    "Good Grisham fare, brilliantly read."

    Grisham always tells a great tale, however this was brought to life by the fantastic narration of Michael Beck. Enjoyed every moment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    huddersfield, United Kingdom
    1/31/14
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    "Excellent read"
    What did you like most about Sycamore Row?

    This is an interesting and unusual mystery that grips you right from the beginning. It has twists and turns that are unexpected and is set up with the main theme NOT around a murder, which is intriguing.


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

    I cannot compare this to another book as from the start it is a unique storyline and the uniqueness runs through the book.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    A very expressive performance with each character clearly given his or her own voice and read in a way that kept you listening and enthralled.


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

    There were many moving moments in this book and it left me with a story I will not forget.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    12/19/13
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    "Intricate"
    What did you like most about Sycamore Row?

    It reminded me of a modern justification of to kill a mocking bird


    What did you like best about this story?

    Law is not my strong point, but Grisham saled me through it leaving no confusion


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

    I loved Becks slant on the characters


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

    It gave me a sense of satisfaction and hope for the human race


    Any additional comments?

    Grishams not everyone's cup of tea but he's certainly good at what he does

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Burton on the Wolds, United Kingdom
    12/19/13
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    "20 Hours Isn't Long Enough!"

    I really didn't want the story to end. If you liked A Time To Kill, you will love this book. The only negative that it wasn't long enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "Very enjoyable entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    The fun of hearing about nice people fight nasty people in court. The cleverness of some of the moves made.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the most interesting was the manouvres made by the characters.

    Didn't find a 'least interesting'


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Several, some of the courtroom scenes and the family arriving at the home of the deceased.


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

    Too long for that but very entertaining to listen to whilst drawing pictures.


    Any additional comments?

    This is light entertainment, you know that in the end things will come right, despite apparent major hitches en route

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    stotfold, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A return to form"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes its well written well read and entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The centar Character is well rounded but not perfect. He first appeared in A Time to Kill this book references back to that book but this stands alone.If you try this book and enjoy it defiantly get A Time to Kill which has the edge in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all the unabridged Grisham on audible and enjoyed them all but I especially like the earlier grittier stories. I also prefer the earlier longer books that really take the time to build critter and tension.
    Look out for William Dufris as the narrater of the early books he is my favourite reader and does a great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Really enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    A typical Grisham - set in the 1980s around a contested will. This brings in to play money, racial relations and family dynamics with a not entirely unexpected plot twist. Very enjoyable.


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

    Yes- I could have easily listened to it all at once - the plot was good and the characters engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it. A good listen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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