©1994 John Grisham; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
Virtuoso narration of Grisham's best dialogue. The conversations carry the story. If ever a man earned the death sentence it is this man; the story shows how the sins of the father are visited on the generations. Yet, Grisham shows the value of confession, forgiveness and mercy.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I hesitated to purchase this because of the reviews that called it depressing. I liked much of Grisham's earlier works and this is one that I had yet to read. I'm glad I took a chance. The Chamber is a compelling story with excellent character development and just enough detail to make you familiar with its settings. And Michael Beck is just superb. I can't imagine the story being read any better. Grisham's expertise is best illustrated by the fact that Sam is a totally unlikable character who, by book's end, will capture the reader's empathy. The premise of the novel is somewhat of a stretch as are some of the events that take place. But all that's trumped by the masterful way that Grisham told this story. I haven't changed my opinion on capital punishment, but the novel made me think without detracting from its entertainment value. That is rare. I think this book will appeal to liberals, conservatives, capital punishment supporters and capital punishment opponents alike. It's good. Download and enjoy.
The Chamber brings into question and beckon for the ultimate denouement of the death penalty.
A book with depth and innate worth, Mr. Grisham tells a riveting and poignant story in which Sam Cayhall, the main character, demonstrates the fatal result of the combination of family nurture and one's environment. Donnie, Sam's youngest brother, coming from the same ill-fated environment as Sam shows that by engaging with humanity, one can avoid the pains of alienation from society. If John Grisham tells us anything it is that albeit we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself and where moral ambiguity surpasses moral verities, we are still accountable for the choices we make.
Michael Beck is an outstanding narrator. For me, this book was an emotional roller coaster that tested my compassion... a book that merits a place on the bookshelf.
I like any book that can help us to see into another person. Even a fictional person. Racism and hate and understanding and forgiveness and tolerance. There are some very harsh elements, there would have to be for the story to take place primarily on death row. I felt for the characters. I like a book that may help me see the other side of an argument in a new light.
The narrator was very good. I enjoyed his voice. I only once or twice thought his intonation was off and that is really nitpicking because he was good.
This was one of the first books that I got on my Audible acct. way back in 2002. It is now 2012. Ten years of listening and I thought I would listen to all of them over and write a quick review (finally) for each one. At the time that I got this book, I was also listening to Jonathan Kerlerman and Robert Ludlum. My tastes have changed, I do not like horrible killings and rapes that have a lot of details. I would rather have a light heart warming story. I have kids now and life is complicated enough. When I read I want to escape to a simple story with conflict that may be resolved. Though this book does not have a simple conflict, and the subject matter is hard, the story is still heart warming. There are harsh words and it is impossible to tell a story that includes racism with out using dialog that I would rather not hear but I'm glad I read the book 10 years ago, and I'm glad I read the book today.
I covered many miles while listening and don't remember most of them. Mr. Grisham is very good at discribing the surroundings, so much so I felt like I was there. Well worth the time.
No. I enjoyed it and glad I listened to it. But it'll stay with me a long time. I don't need a second time around. I don't believe in the death penalty in all cases, some I do. In this case I did not. I knew which way I was rooting and I felt I knew Sam by the time I was finished. He was a changed man and now I'm forever changed.
Yes it did. There were so many appeals and trials and the hope was for a stay of execution or clemency. Also, another character was involved, not mentioned much and the hope was that he would somehow be fleshed out.
Mmmm. He sounds just like Kevin Costner, if he read a book!! I've never seen a picture of Michael. But he does a wonderful job in pulling out all the characters in the story. The Chamber had a large number of characters.
Yes. Sam gave a very solemn confession to the preacher, I think his name was Randy. It was so heartfelt. Another was when he walked into the Chamber.....he was so very brave. He had disavowed his membership to the KKK and many other things. His main concern was that God would allow him into heaven.
Grisham rarely makes mistakes in my opinion. I loved this. It was a tad long but I still enjoyed it and it really didn't take much longer to read because I really needed to see Sam to the end.
Michael Beck is simply the perfect narrator for Southern Grisham. It is a real pleasure to listen to his various accents. Bravo!
Michael Beck is the best narrator I've heard in a long time. Very enjoyable.
J. Grisham, once again, seems to have run out of enthusiasm for his story towards the end. I enjoyed the first part.
Listening to all things Kristen Ashley
The irony about this book, I was so waiting for the predictable ending about a last minute call to save Sam Cayhall life even ten minutes to Sam's death, but was hit with the cold reality like everyone else in the story that Sam Cayhall was gonna died. This book is touching, emotional, and too realistic but maybe Sam really did deserve to died in the end BUT isn't the state a murderer now? After all, in the face of God, no sin is greater, but who are we to determine such. I was disappointed that the man in the shadows was not revealed to the world but I understand that Mr. Grisham wanted this to be more than an audio-book, he wanted real....
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