©1993 John Grisham; (P)1993 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
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 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.
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 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.
Story would have been better read by a man since most of the characters were men. I found myself wishing I had just read it in print. But good plot. Not a waste of time for sure.
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