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It was entertaining
John Grisham's books are always easy to listen to and he weaves a good tale. This one seemed a bit dated in light of events of the twenty-first century.
Good book, not great
Starting 2/14 (for love of family and time-benefit of readers), I'll limit reviews to 100 words or less with exceptions for the exceptional
I'm familiar with the prison pen pal scams in LA and MS. Maybe that's why this novel seemed like Grisham picked the plot from his list of "maybe's," yet then when writing it his heart just wasn't there. I'm a fan of much of Grisham's work, but this one seemed neither real nor true, and it lacked a shred of suspense, which is normally Grisham's strongest suit. Written as if Grisham just phoned it in.
I was very disappointed.
Yes, Just to discuss issues the story provokes
It makes you think that there are a lot behind politicians we don't see
Could not get over the irritation of the narration, as a result was unable to get to the end if the book. I have tried to listen and press on three times now, but cannot.
High mono tone ran throughout. Very irritating.
I will, because I think the story is good I was just put off by the narrator.
The book might be worth listening to with another narrator.
I would read The Brethren again. If I ran out of other books on audible and if I'd read all of Grisham's others, I suppose I'd pick this one off again.
This one is quick spirited and witty like The Street Lawyer. Fast paced.
Everything! Whether he's speeding up or slowing down the sentences or words themselves it helps in getting the images in my head. I can almost see the people in the story just by the narrative tone.
Nothing particular, I was just amused actually by the "inmates" of the story....what a hoot!
The only other comment I have about this book is that I was glad I got it. It was a fast read, as all Grisham's are for me. I've read about 7 now and going back for more.
Awesome, compelling and page TURNER (if it had pages)
The plot was awesome. The charters are wonderful and the story makes you want to keep listening to the book. The nice thing about this could actual actually happen.
His book was great. It added to the excitement of the plot of the book.
Slow, plodding and completely predictable. And if that wasn't bad enough Grisham presented only unlikable, morally despicable characters, not an admirable protagonist in the bunch.
This novel was a waste of my time and left me feeling blah. Muller's droning narration seemed to mimic my overall take on the story. I'll think twice before investing in another Grisham offering
Problem 1: There was no one to root for, no one to like. I don’t mind a story about a bunch of bad guys, as long as I can enjoy watching one or more of them. But no one was fun to watch. In the beginning I thought Lake might be a good guy, but later I didn’t care for him. And he did some stupid things. The CIA did some smart things but also some incompetent things.
Problem 2: Whenever I was reading about Teddy and the Lake campaign, I was depressed. I didn’t enjoy seeing how easy it was to get tons of money from special interests. I didn’t like reading about the power of the CIA to orchestrate bombings and kill people just for the campaign. And I did not enjoy some of the other things the CIA did.
Problem 3: I don’t want to spoil things and say how often and to whom this happened, but I really did NOT like the idea of giving into blackmail and paying it.
Problem 4: I did not like the ending. Good things happened to bad guys. It was unpleasant, distasteful. It did not feel good.
There were a few times I chuckled over some things, but they were minor and not often enough. One scene I liked was when some CIA guys met with Quince, one of the extortion victims. Quince was horrified that they knew about his correspondence with Ricky, and then he was shocked that they wanted to help him. It was funny.
NARRATOR & PRODUCTION:
The narrator Frank Muller was excellent as usual. The editing/production had a problem. About a dozen times one sentence was erroneously repeated.
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