Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice - if he wants to live.
©2007 John Grisham; (P)2009 Random House
"Keeps the reader hooked... From the creepy first chapters... to the vise-tightening midsection and on to the take-the money-and-run finale." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Irresistable...seizes the reader on the opening page and propels him through 400 more." (Newsweek)
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
So,so,so much better than the movie!!! I can't say enough about the way John Grisham writes his books easy to read,suspenseful and drama drama drama and u still don't know what's next. This book goes so far into the corrupt world and the place lawyers and mobsters have in it. Mitch and Abby only have one way out!!! And u need to read this book to see how they got out with or with out the FBI's help
If you'll excuse the sarcastic headline, I'll get to the review in a moment. It's just that the word "affluent/affluence" is used so much in this book, it became a bit of a running joke to me. But I digress.
"The Firm" was apparently Grisham's first breakout bestseller and it also happens to be the first time I've read/listened to one of his books. I was impressed. The story, whilst not groundbreaking is nevertheless engaging and full of fleshed-out characters. The pace is nicely set, starting with McDeere's recruitment, subsequent instant affluence (see what I did there?), and the eventual realisation that maybe things are too good to be true. His race against the firm is gripping and a cause for staying in my work car long after I have arrived at my destination.
Scott Brick's narration is fantastic. He manages to have the cockiness of McDeere, the menace of Locke, and even the slobbish nature of Devasher down perfectly. I think I'll be looking at a few more Grisham novels to add to my list after this one. Very well done indeed.
I saw the film many years ago having not read the book. Picked this one up recently and loved it, but couldn't remember anything from the film. So I re-watched the film after I finished this and realized why. They changed many, many key points (as often happens). This is a long way to say that if you saw the movie and haven't read/heard the book, the movie is a faint shadow and Grisham fans will love it.
Obviously the story is dated, especially from a technological point of view, but it's still worth it.
I heard a lot of books narrated by Scott Brick and this is by far one of his finest performances.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
I've read the paper version of dozens of Grisham novels, but this story disappoints mainly because the narration is so sluggish and colorless. The narrator fails to differentiate voices - except for several characters who are given vague southern or New York accents, but what really hurts is a pace that is almost agonizingly slow.
Another drawback for the audiobook is that the Tom Cruise film (1993) featured a screenplay that was so nicely crafted and tightly paced that the original story seems clunky and unsatisfying by comparison.
All and all, Grisham makes it a worth while read, but I was more than a little disappointed by the lackluster narration, especially for a title that demands a premium price.
no first one
great read kept me interested the whole time looking forward to more fro this author
I kept thinking, "Oh no, watch out for that guy you can't trust him"..."It's no good, Mitch, you're smarter than that...no, no!" I was with him all the way!
I loved Mitchs' creativity! No wonder he was 5th in his graduating class! I loved how he handled Them. And he was cool in every sense of the word.
That was the only part I didn't care for about the story. He tried to be so slick and he came off sounding "smarmey". His accents were all off. Sorry, couldn't do it in '3 words'.
When Abbey confronted the Fibbie on the bus and relayed to him so much info about the operation.....he was confounded that she knew so much and wasn't even aware of who she was. And then when she told him just how many files they had copied ...... Wow! He was amazed. He knew he wasn't dealing with just any lawyer.
Once I knew this Bendino Law Firm had thier hooks into Mitch, I couldn't put my mp3 down. I had watched the Firm on tv last year, so I had him in my mind.......mmmmm.
I have long wanted to listen to the audiobook of The Firm but Audible only had an abridged version. When I saw that they had added an unabridged version, read by my favorite narrator Scott Brick, nonetheless, I jumped on it. The book is very good but winds up deviated significantly from the book. The story is definitely entertaining, but I have to admit, this is one of those rare cases where I think I preferred the film. That being said, it is an excellent audiobook that was engrossing and kept me engaged. As such, I am happy to give it four stars.
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
I guess if you are John Grisham you could care less about what reviewers think, as you can pretty much laugh all the way to the bank. And that's ok when Grisham is good, but like anyone, we all have our bad days.
Went back thru my Library recently to re-visit some Grishams, and after totally relishing 'The Runaway Jury', decided to re-experience 'The Firm'. I never saw the movie, as I can't stand Tom Cruise, but had faith in listening to the book again.
Painful mistake. I kept cringing, and kept asking myself why? Was is the narrator? No, I've enjoyed Scott Brick with other authors, even tho he can sound a bit over dramatic at times.
Was it the story? No. I could not fault the 'what if?' scenario, and so much more could have been done with it.
So, what was it, that ticked me off so monumentally?
One: occasionally, crime writers forget they are writing a book, and not a screen play. This means instead of taking the trouble to create a succinct word picture, they resort to lots of dialogue, and lots of superfluous and downright boring description of actions by characters. Maybe this was why it did get turned into a movie, the screen play was already written?
Second: In this case, the dialogue itself, which becomes turgid: repetitive, uninspiring, smartass, unpointed; until you feel you like you are wading through quicksand in a deep diver's suit. Maybe the author believes he is creating action, but in the end, I had to grit my teeth to get through it, and I still wanted to know where the story was going, as I did not remember from the previous read.
Third: I hate it when crime writers feel the need to 'put down' law enforcement agencies such as the police, the CIA, or in this case, the FBI, painting them as stupid in order to make their invented heroes seem that much smarter. It really undermines credibility of the character. In this case we are expected to believe that this 20 something, inexperienced lawyer totally runs rings around an experienced FBI agent, who probably also is a law graduate, as is McDeere. The way McDeere constantly sasses Terence in the tawdry dialogue makes me want to slap him (McDeere), and the dumb, repetitive questions that Grisham attributes to Terence, make me want to slap Grisham!
I am prepared to suspend disbelief for the purposes of fiction, but even this crosses my generous boundaries!
Grisham can do SO much better!
Twenty five years after publication, The Firm continues to be a " page turner". With Scott Brick as narrator, I couldn't stop listening... I " consumed" The Firm in a day and a half. Thank you John Grisham for my second go round with The Firm and thank you Audible for a great rendition.
Good story, better than the movie and different enough to make it unpredictable and exciting. The characters were a little bland compared to some of John Grishams other books but that is a pretty high bar. The narrator only does one voice and it is a bit over dramatic. Reminds me of Calculon from Futurama.
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