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The Chamber Audiobook

The Chamber

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In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case. Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances - except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather and the TV cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, minutes, to save his client. For between the 2 men is a chasm of shame, family lies and secrets - including one secret that could save Sam Cayhall's life...or cost Adam his.

©1994 John Grisham; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Robert H Alexander Corona, CA, US 06-04-12
    Robert H Alexander Corona, CA, US 06-04-12 Member Since 2010

    A retired businessman and widower (it's just me and the cat), I keep active with many diverse projects at which I can almost always be found with my earbuds in, listening to an audio book.

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    "A disappointment"
    What disappointed you about The Chamber?

    As a rabid Grisham fan I am very sorry to say that this book is not up to Mr Grisham's usual standards. Predictable plot. That the only mistery in the story is left unresolved is the only surprise furnished in this book. I waited the entire book for something exciting or engrossing. This is just a sermon against the death penalty which is always expected from this author. What is not expected is that in this book he gives us very little else. If you have read many of his books you will find the characters, dialog, and plot all very familiar. I suggest you try another title. Almost everything else he has written is excellent. This is the first time I have ever been disappointed by John Grisham.


    Has The Chamber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Sam Cahill, the murderer.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    steve Woodbury, MN, United States 05-26-11
    steve Woodbury, MN, United States 05-26-11
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    "Snoozer"

    This book was way too long and really drags on...might be better abriged version as the story was solid but never really developed.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beware the book has an agenda"

    Paints the murderer as sympathetic victim. Rails against the death penalty. Hard to enjoy the story with the ultra liberal slant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ibrahim Dubai, United Arab Emirates 08-31-16
    Ibrahim Dubai, United Arab Emirates 08-31-16 Member Since 2016

    Listens to whatever keeps me thrilled, and then surprise the living life out of me :)

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    "Not really sure .."

    I enjoyed it .. but it left a lot to be desired.. not the ending that fits such a book.. the narrator was fantastic though ..

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    Lisa B. 08-12-16
    Lisa B. 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it, start to finish!"

    Narration was perfect! You wanted to hate the main character but you couldn't. This definitely made you really think about the death penalty and how many lives it really affects.

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    leigh 07-26-16
    leigh 07-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Stories are a journey and a destination worth while.

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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    I would try another book read by Michael Beck, I think he did a good job with the characters most of the time.
    I will read more from John Grisham because I have liked a few of his other books. This book is not an excellent example of his writing skill.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    John Grisham has written some excellent books that I have read, and I will continue to read books by Grisham. However, this book is the worst of his that I have read. I completely disagreed with the entire plot and could not connect with the characters. It was also a very repetitive book. He seemed to be trying to make me feel sorry for one of the main characters by continuously telling me how bad his life is and badly he is treated, but I just didn't feel it.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    I was not to fond of any of the characters in this book. I think this is why I could not really get into it. I disagreed with the character's views and opinions for the most part and could not connect with any of the main people.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I probably would not be to interested in seeing it.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim L. Ramsey Elkins Lake, Huntsville, Tx, US 06-14-16
    Jim L. Ramsey Elkins Lake, Huntsville, Tx, US 06-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Makes You Think"

    This book grabbed my interest from the first chapter. The characters seemed as though I have known them before. I wanted to help Adam through his torment as more about his family's history was revealed. This book made me think differently about the death penalty. I would recommend this book.

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    Kedrick Hulett 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Grisham has done it again!"

    most likely my favorite Grisham novel yet. And b Beck is my favorite Grisham reader. All the the way around from start to finish a great listen.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-25-16
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-25-16 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "DEEP SOUTH!!!"

    Another great book by John Grisham!!! This story is set in the hard times of the 60's in Mississippi with the KKK running wild and everyone else protecting them at every corner. After 25 years old secrets come to light and haunt two families from Clanton...

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    shortrap 03-22-16
    shortrap 03-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "not usual grisham legal thriller."

    good story but not a gripping thriller. interesting exploration of death row/penalty. it wasn't a bad story, but we were expecting a more engaging story with some plot twists. didn't happen

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