©1993 John Grisham; (P)1993 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
The story line was good and the characters were well described and fun to get to know.
The characters and the fact that it was based on a child (Mark) as the main character.
clear, pleasant, appropriate for the story
It made me smile often due to the character traits of Mark. He's a cool kid.
I listen to quite a few audio books and the only thing I did not like about this one was the music that continued to play over the narration. It was distracting and did not add to the story. I would not have minded hearing some music between chapters or before a turn in the story line for emphasis, but music should never be playing while the narrator is speaking. It was annoying and almost made me stop listening to this book.
This is one of the worst Grisham books I've listened to. Very thin storyline, little action, no suspense. Maybe it's because I listened to the abridged version, which is something I never do. Still, I was grateful when it was over. I don't know if I could have listened to the entirety of the unabridged version.
The characters were tired caricatures, especially the cranky judge. No substance to any of them.
This reading also had some loud, obnoxious musical interludes sprinkled in. The music didn't fit the story and was quite annoying.
I'm not a big fan of Blair Brown but she was okay in this instance.
For once, a decently abridged book. While there are still bits of the story not perfectly explained, and a few characters missing some background, the story almost flows like a regular book - far better than any other book I've heard. The narrator is easy to understand.
On the down side, it's not Grisham's most exciting book. A little slow based and unusually predictable. And the annoying music between chapters and occasionally in the background doesn't help.
This book could obviously be made into a movie. A ton of pointless details, a ton. Although the best courtroom scenes in this book were somehow the ones that they left out of the movie.
Tense but relaxing. Somewhat predictable. Nice change from the usual. Short story. Smart little boy. Lawyer was abrasive and effective but not so street start. Was pretty much led by the little boy.
In the middle! The story itself is out of my expectation. I can't ignore the fact that the boy could easily end its suspension by telling the FBI about the place of the body and went to the Witness Protection Program. I can't sympathize with that lucky boy who found a very helpful lawyer who supported him and his mother with only one dollar and followed him until finding the body. I think the story lacks many real details.
The thing that made me enjoy is the performance of the narrator "Blair Brown". I like her voice and the background music so much!
Blair Brown is a great narrator!
No, there is too much loud background music. It was so loud at times that I could not hear the narrator.
Speaking of the narrator, this is the first time I've listened to a female narrator. It didn't work. A man can use his falsetto to sound like a female character, but woman can't lower her voice. The main character was an 11 year old boy, so her voice worked for him, but it didn't work for any of the male characters. I often times could not tell who was talking or what sex they were.
It was a good suspense story. Reading the book would have been better than listening to this recording.
With a female voice, I could never understand if a man was talking or a woman was talking.
I'd redo the book. Get rid of that annoying background music, and use a male narrator.
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