©1994 John Grisham; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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.
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
Take out social messages.
The book was well read.
My last Grisham book.
Michael Beck is simply the perfect narrator for Southern Grisham. It is a real pleasure to listen to his various accents. Bravo!
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