©1994 John Grisham; (P)1995 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.
I'll definitely listen to this book again because I enjoyed it so much and found it to be one of the few books that I had an extremely hard time to stop listening to it. Another 15 minutes became another hour or more which kept me up at night.
The suspense of not knowing what was going to happen next. Just when you think you've got it worked out, the author puts in a twist that is totally unexpected. This is not a book to listen to if you want to fall asleep while listening to an audio book - if you're anything like me, it will do the exact opposite and keep you up instead.
The performance obviously. He changes his voice depending on the character that's speaking. To me, that enhances an audio book than someone just reading the words of a novel.
Why the Klu Klux Klan are cowards and stupid!
I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book and stayed up way past bed time on work nights because I just couldn't stop listening to it. Can't speak highly enough of this novel and the great job done by the narrator. Can't recommend it highly enough. 5 Stars all round!
This story was wonderful to the very end. It is the first Grisham novel that I have read and gave it a go to decide whether I'd "read" any others. Great story and hours of enjoyment.
"Brilliant - hard to stop listening to go to work!"
One of the best books I've listened to. The reader is superb and very dry, which is just right for this book. I found myself completely absorbed in the story and felt as though it was really happening. The tension built so realistically, especially near the end when the days then the hours were counted down. Worth 3 month's subscription price! Wish I could read it again not knowing the ending.
Sticking my neck out and going against the great John Grisham, but this book just didn't do it for me.
My mind was wandering constantly as the narrator waded through reams of irrelevant (to me anyway) background information and sub-plots. Maybe it was his voice(s). A few chapters set the scene and context nicely and the ending is ok, but phew the middle 15 hours is a marathon.
I fell asleep 3 times during the book and the audio book also changes volume and pitch suddenly in several places. It is as if the author is reading with a handkerchief over the microphone and then sudfdenly removes it. Has someone pasted 2 readings together after a rewrite? The best quality download available, so it shouldn't be that.
I have never listened to an abridged book where the unabridged is available. In this case I sincerely believe that culling 60% of this book would genuinely make it better. I am a Grisham fan, managed 8 of his books now and enjoyed every one. Lets hope it is an isolated mismatch
"A challenging and thought provoking read"
I was not sure if I could listen to the whole thing to begin with as I really struggled to 'like' the main charactor, but after a couple of chapters the narrator had brought them all to life so well, that I found myself hooked. The plot took me through all sorts of personal value judgements making me question my attitudes and even change some (a little).
In the end I would say that this is probebly the best book I have listened to this year.
"Excellent and informative red."
Before listening audiobooks I had never read John Grisham but he is now a sound (...ha, ha !!) favourite and I'm rapidly working my way, haphazardly, through his back catalogue. He has never let me down and this book is a cracker. I thought it may not be one of his best as it was in a sale but it is a great and enthralling listen which I didn't want to put down. It give a great insight into KKK and death row amongst other issues and, as always, is highly educational as well as thoroughly engrossing.
I was told that this book maybe worth a read as tend to read mainly sci fi, fiction and action books. However I found the chamber to be very long winded and much longer then it needed to be. I did not enjoy it at all but continued with the read just in case it surprised me in the end. It did not.
"Excellent book, but..."
I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping legal story up to the usual high standard of John Grisham, however it was absolutely let down by the dreadful recording quality.
I downlowded this listen in enhanced format because I like to enjoy these books in as high a quality as possible, but my oh my, this particular recording was all over the place. The levels jumped from chapter to chapter, most of it sounded like muffled mono, then out of nowhere the level would jump with the muffling gone and narration would be reasonably clear (but only compared to what was previously there..). Most of it sounded as though it was recorded with budget equipment in a budget studio - and those were the 'quality sections'..... Other parts sounded like they were recorded with a karaoke microphone and an old fashioned mono tape recorder, (remember those ones that had the 'piano' keys and the red 'record' key, you pressed 'play' and 'record' together to record something..)
I have to say that recordings like this should not be on sale, if this book had been my first purchase from Audible, it also would have been my last.
An excellent book, but badly let down by listening quality.
"Shame about the quality"
This is the first John Grisham book I have listened to, an author recommended to me. I wasn't keen on the narrator, he sounded like a 40 a day smoker. The actual story was okay but at the very end it felt as though there should have been another chaper or a follow on book as the crime was not solved.
"Another great Grisham Story"
Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. You are never really sure what the end will be as it goes back and forth. The characters are believable and you feel a real empathy with them especially the aunt as her own story is revealed along side her fathers. The narrator does it justice. Well done all round. Give it a go you will not be disappointed.
"The cruelty of the death penalty"
I've enjoyed a number of John Grisham's novels, including this one. The story is a vehicle for exposing the barbarism of judicial killing by execution and the tortuous appeals process perverted by political considerations. The story certainly kept me listening as the the date for executing the prisoner (Cahill) on death row drew ever closer. It is an interesting twist that the prisoner is guilty of murder(s) and is not a sympathetic character. I thought the reader was very good, but, like other reviewers, I found the sound levels of the recording varied a lot.
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