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The Appeal | [John Grisham]

The Appeal

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.
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In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

©2008 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Anthony Loiselle 02-07-08 Member Since 2011
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    "My Last Grisham Book"

    I love to listen to audiobooks and this was my most disappointing book ever.

    This book does have some great potential, but the ending was horrible. The world is a horrible place sometimes and no one wants to see bad people succeed. This book is all about how bad people do bad things and get away with it. If I want to read or hear about these things, I can turn on the news.

    I will never buy another book of his.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mitchell 02-29-08
    M. Mitchell 02-29-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Thought provoking but not entertaining"

    I like Grisham because his storys are usually thought provoking AND entertaining. This one was only thought provoking. I very nearly stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, but I stuck it out figuring he would end it with a flourish. It did begin a slight recovery towards the end, but then fell flat. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but thats not an option, so I only gave it 2 stars because I really don't think it was worth 3.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Voorhees, NJ, United States 02-29-08
    David Voorhees, NJ, United States 02-29-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"

    I enjoyed "The Appeal" but the ending left me a little disappointed. I understand that in life there are no garuntees of happy endings but one of the reasons I read fiction is to escape real life. If this were a movie I would be looking for the DVD alternate ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 02-27-08
    Stuart 02-27-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Bad"

    It certainly was not his best work, but was interesting how it was all put together. I found myself sitting in the car in the driveway listening for more. I was pleased.

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    Jacqueline 02-19-08
    Jacqueline 02-19-08
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    "Not His Best"

    This was an interesting story, but clearly did not have the drama and human interest as his prior works. I couldn't become involved with the people enough to care about the outcome of the appeal.

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    L. Kirkman 02-16-08
    L. Kirkman 02-16-08
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    "Not the best audio book"

    The story is okay but the narrator is exceedingly annoying. His rendition of female and children's voices is just awful, I cringe every time a woman or child is talking. It would have been MUCH more enjoyable if it had two voices, one for the men and one for the women and children instead of the single one it has. I wouldn't recommend any book by this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 02-12-08
    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 02-12-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable but way liberal!"

    Thankfully John Grisham has returned to the Mississippi-oriented legal thriller. The story is captivating and I always waiting for what would happen next. My biggest complaint with the book is liberal tone the book takes. To read this book, conservative businessmen are sleazy and money-grubbing, conservative politicians do nothing but play dirty tricks on the poor victimized moderates/liberals, businesses are not entitled to any representation of their interest in our system, and trial lawyers are selfless heroes only looking to do the right thing for their clients. Grisham conveniently creates cases where the 'right position' is clear cut, thus not allowing a legitimate exploration of the realities of political campaigns, tort law and big business. If you can get past the liberal-promoting tone, it is an enjoyable book.

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    James Vinton, VA, USA 02-11-08
    James Vinton, VA, USA 02-11-08
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    "Maybe it is time to put down the pencil"

    I have been a Grisham fan for years, but sadly his latest novels are a great disappointment and this is certainly no exception. This seems more like a novel meant to bash conservatives than to be entertaining. I honestly feel like I waisted 12 hours of my life over the past few weeks reading this novel and will sadly never get that time back. I hope Grisham does better next time, back to the days of The Brethern and The King of Torts.

    There sadly is no ending to this novel that could leave you satisfied, that is unless you enjoy stories with no ending. I truly think that, based on Grisham's last couple of novels, it is time to put down the pencil.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret North Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-14-08
    Margaret North Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-14-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Reality"

    I just finished this book. After reading most of the reviews so far, I am amazed that no one "gets it". There is no ending. The events in this story go on repeating themselves over and over. The rich get richer. The back room plotting and fixing that determine the candidate, his platform, and to whom he will appeal go on, bolstered by the 24 hour news cycle. Good people are harmed, some are compensated, all must cope. It is called life. This is the first review I have submitted.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl clemons wichita falls, texas United States 02-19-08
    cheryl clemons wichita falls, texas United States 02-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Appeal"

    Not his best book. Pretty boring

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