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The Chamber | [John Grisham]

The Chamber

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. 09-16-14
    J. 09-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprised me"

    I picked this as a filler while waiting for some new releases. This was well done and had plenty of twists and turns that I did not foresee. The characters were strong Adam the grandson and Sam the death row inmate grandfather. Forgiveness for some horrible crimes was the center of this story for me. I especially appreciate the pastoral consultations the inmate received. It was very candid and biblically realistic. The performance was good - I had recently listed to Sycamore Row by the same author and narrator.

    I will have to say the ending left me unfulfilled. Maybe I wanted him to do more -- and will leave at that so no spoiler.

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    "Disappointed"

    Love John Grisham - but this book was subpar for him. It didn't grab me like most of his books do and I forced my way through the book.

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    Cathi chula vista, ca, United States 02-20-14
    Cathi chula vista, ca, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"
    Where does The Chamber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    I loved the performance it kept me on the edge of my seat!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Unsure


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    SonjCos Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 12-04-13
    SonjCos Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Challenged My Personal Beliefs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chamber to be better than the print version?

    I would not consider it better, simply more convenient.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject matter (the death penalty) evokes strong opinions from most people. Going in, I had my beliefs on the matter, however, the skillful rendering of the story challenged my beliefs at various points. I believe a good story should challenge your preconceived notions on a topic.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michael Beck's characterizations were done so well, I often forgot there was just one narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but other obligations prevented listening to it all at once.


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    Where does The Chamber rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    one of the best books I have listened to, I enjoyed it alot. A very good performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    very realistic and good research


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

    Sam


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    much better than the movie

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    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 06-21-12
    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2012

    David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna

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    "It was okay"

    I thought that the story had the potential to create more suspense & drama, but it fell flat. I spent the majority of the story expecting something more to happen, and then it wouldn't. Don't get me wrong, it's still an interesting story with good character development. But don't expect suspense or twist & turns. It's not that kind of story.

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    Kathi jacksonville, TX, United States 10-21-11
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    "Another hit from Grisham."
    What made the experience of listening to The Chamber the most enjoyable?

    I only wish the audible presentation came across a little louder over the speakers in the pickup. My husband and I enjoy listening to audible books while we are traveling for his job.


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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "excellent!!!"

    I am such a big fan of John Grisham. This novel makes me feel the unfairness of the death penalty even for a killer

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    Jim High Springs, FL, USA 07-15-10
    Jim High Springs, FL, USA 07-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Listen!"

    A great combination of psychology, law and southern culture. This one is Grisham at his best.

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    Betsy Spicewood, TX, United States 07-03-10
    Betsy Spicewood, TX, United States 07-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "One of Grisham's best!"

    I have listened to many Grisham novels. This and the Last Juror are my favorites. This is gripping, heart felt and emotionally very complex. As usual John Grisham does a masterful job of exploring his characters, the south, and racism.

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