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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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    psychodr1 03-05-16
    psychodr1 03-05-16

    I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.

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    "Against the death penalty"

    I think this book was well written by John Grisham and well performed by Michael Beck. But clearly, John Grisham took a stance against the death penalty. I was conflicted because I had a brother who was murdered and his murderer received the death penalty but it was later commuted to life in prison without parole. I was for the death penalty in my brother's case because there was no doubt that he killed my brother and my brother's partner and wanted to kill two other people. However, John Grisham did get me to consider whether or not the death penalty is appropriate. He goes into detail about what it is to live in death row with only one hour out of the cell, what it is like to anticipate your own upcoming death, and how killing another human being affects those that have to participate in the death who work in the prison. It has made me think. I liked the book as I have liked all Grisham's novels. The story line flows well, it doesn't get boring, and the plots are intriguing.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-01-16
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-01-16 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Simply amazing..."

    I love John Grisham books. I know that he is either loved or hated by most readers, but everyone seems to have an opinion on his writing. That is because he basically owns an entire genre of literature. His books have pervaded the entire populous of readers everywhere. I happen to fall into the category of Fans of Grisham. I also think that his books lend very well to this Audible format. They make very good listening material for commutes as well as cold winter days when all I need is a story to listen to while I putter around the house.

    The Chamber deals with some fairly heavy subject matter, but Grisham finds a way to handle it in such an interesting and manageable way. The lawyers that he writes are usually quite predictable and quite similar throughout his many books. He loves to write stories about the underdogs, and the new, young lawyers taking on huge firms and governments. My opinion? If it works, keep it going. Love these books, and have read and listened to most of them more than once.

    Michael Beck is, without question, not only the best Grisham narrator, but I firmly believe that there is not a narrator out there who is more supremely suited to a specific author's style than Beck is to Grisham's. Perfection.

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    K.T. Gibson 01-23-16
    K.T. Gibson 01-23-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Gut wrenching and a Hard Look at the Death Penalty"

    This story kept my attention from start to finish. I always love Grisham's interweaving of the same small town Clanton, Mississippi into his tales, and this was no exception.

    What I did find difficult to stomach was the reality behind the story, that many people are executed by the government while onlookers celebrate gleefully. While I feel there is a place for capital punishment in the law, it is something that should never be a celebration, and this story captured that essence well.

    Human life is either inherently valuable or it isn't. This story provides heartbreaking history of one family, while also exploring the deeper issues of racism, capital punishment, and political manipulation. It was difficult to listen at times, but only because of the emotions it stirs.

    The narrator was excellent as Michael Beck always is, and the storyline was well-paced and thought out. Feels like a real story.

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    Da Network Janitor 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book and very well narrated."

    I really enjoyed this one. The narrator and the story were great. I enjoyed this book.

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    DANISE SANTIAGO 12-31-15
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    "Persuasive"

    Grisham gave me another wonderful adventure facilitated be a splendid reader. My eyes were gently opened to see an different viewpoint and I was edified by the new perspective.

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    Jan Bailie Crestview, Florida United States 10-09-15
    Jan Bailie Crestview, Florida United States 10-09-15
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    "Not a book, a social message"
    What disappointed you about The Chamber?

    Great disappointment! To buy a book from a great author only to get a poor story, a bad plot and thousand of words repeating the same message over and over again was a great disappointment.
    The whole book is a message, not a story


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take out social messages.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book was well read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None!


    Any additional comments?

    My last Grisham book.

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    Daniel 10-07-15
    Daniel 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "chapters dont match"

    chapters dont match the ones in the book. good story and performance. long book but really intereating

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    Dr. A.C. 09-28-15
    Dr. A.C. 09-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable narration and story!"

    The nattatoro is awesome.. the best I've heard thus far. of cours I love the book. John Grisham is my favorite author. He never ceases to amaze me!

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    David 09-13-15
    David 09-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen!"

    Great story, great performance, I intend to listen to it again in the future. Outstanding in every way. Don't miss this one!

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    Tim Norrell 09-09-15
    Tim Norrell 09-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    The ending made me sad. You really fall in love with John Grisham's characters.

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