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The Appeal Audiobook

The Appeal

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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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    Damon Inglewood, CA, USA 02-09-08
    Damon Inglewood, CA, USA 02-09-08 Member Since 2014
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    "A Total Waste of 12 Hours"

    I kept waiting for this book to get interesting but it got weaker and weaker as it went on. With 15 minutes left in the book, I kept wondering how the author was going to pull it all together. Now I know! He couldn't pull it all together. What a cowardly and non creative way to end a story.

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    Howard Ray Folsom, CA, USA 02-07-08
    Howard Ray Folsom, CA, USA 02-07-08
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    "A great story"

    Grisham can tell a story with the best of them and this one is no exception. The story was relevant, current and well paced. The narrartor was as good as anyone I have heard (54 audible books and counting). The characters were well developed. Although, if I have one criticism it is that one of the main character's change of heart was a bit forced and rapid--as if Grisham felt he was running out of pages. Otherwise, an excellent listen.

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    Nestor Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-21-08
    Nestor Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-21-08 Member Since 2009
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    "I Enjoyed Every Aspect of This Book"

    I enjoyed every aspect of this book: content and narrator. I'm comfortable in dealing with the ambiguities in the plot, characters and ending. This is the existentialist me. I can see how some folks get uncomfortable with the zero-sum approach and the pitting of convervative-liberal hyperboles. I recommend this book and would recommend that you try it for pure entertainment. It seems that some reviews are so prescriptive wanting to steer the ending or characters this way or another. I'm not convinced by such critical reviews. My experience is that I got my money's worth (at $9.99) and look forward to the sequel and the movie. Just buy the book and judge for yourself.

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    Judy San Francisco, CA, United States 02-13-08
    Judy San Francisco, CA, United States 02-13-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"

    I thought this was a bargain, but I was wrong. When I got bogged down in the postulating and depressing content, I skipped to the end only to be let down supremely. What a waste of money and time.

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    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 02-23-08
    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 02-23-08
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    "Loved It!"

    Great Listen! long awaited...and richly enjoyed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PFSmith Birmingham, AL 02-23-08
    PFSmith Birmingham, AL 02-23-08 Member Since 2003

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    "From a souther state lawyer - outstanding!"

    As a lawyer from a southern state very near Mississippi, "The Appeal" is a dead on literary description of what has been happening in states across the south for years. It brings to light the plight and feelings of people caught in the crosshairs of conservative judicial activists and meddlers. "Trial Lawyers" are often portrayed as greedy opportunists, but this book does a great job of describing the good (and bad) that plaintiff's attorneys do, while at the same time focusing attention on the massive amounts of money and influence that are put to use to counter the efforts of trial lawyers. A tremendous return to the legal/courtroom novel for John Grisham. More please!

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    David P. McGivern Vancouver, BC Canada 02-12-08
    David P. McGivern Vancouver, BC Canada 02-12-08 Member Since 2016

    retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so

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    "Waste of time and money"

    I don't like to give up on books, audio or otherwise. But I did so on this, with 5 hours to go.

    Same old hackneyed Grisham polemic against trial lawyers ( which is fine, that is his clearly defined agenda) but with villans and heroes drawn with as much sophistication ( actually, less) as I used to see on "Rocky and Bowinkle". The lawyers are all "shyters", in it solely for "the money"; the oh so evil senators "sprinkle" bribes "like candy", buying and selling people and votes; only the Bob Cratchet country bumpkin lawyer stands a chance.

    I clearly do not understand the appeal of Grisham, other than, like Stephen King, he generates sales based on a name, not on good writing

    Yuck. I bought this because I enjoyed " Playing for Pizza".

    I was not so lucky again. Save your money

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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.

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    Mitch 02-29-08
    Mitch 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.

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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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