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The Firm | [John Grisham]

The Firm

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."
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Publisher's Summary

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray - doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail - already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 12-26-09
    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 12-26-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Very different from the movie"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlynn Simmons 07-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish I could give this book 10 stars...."
    Where does The Firm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio book that I have purchased. I could not put this book down!!Brilliant story and wonderful narration.., Definitely will recommend to others.


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    Judy 04-25-14
    Judy 04-25-14
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    "The best of Grisham"

    To me, this is the ultimate Grisham novel. Not high literature, but a fun, suspenseful listen. I've read almost all the Grisham books, and this is my favorite. If you haven't read Grisham, this is where you should start. I think it's his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles San Diego, CA, United States 04-10-14
    Charles San Diego, CA, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite books by my favorite narrator!!"

    I read this book in one weekend in high school. It was great revisiting it. It is very suspenseful (although I think many have seen the movie). Scott does a great job with all of the voices. If you liked the movie then it is definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Absalonson Spokane, WA USA 01-03-14
    Dan Absalonson Spokane, WA USA 01-03-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Narration, Good Story"

    This book was pretty good. I really enjoyed it, but it never thrilled me. I think that sums it up. I liked the characters. I liked the writing style, I just wish it hadn't been so easy for the good guys to win. Now they had to do a lot of hard stressful work to achieve their goals, and they could have been in very dire danger many times, but they just didn't quite have the all is lost moment. It felt like it was coming for a long time, and then the book was over. Okay, before I get to things that bothered me about the book let me list things I liked because this was a fun book to read and there's a lot to like.

    The slow build of this book was pretty great. You learn about the firm and why it's a creepy bad place to be employed in little pieces bit by bit throughout the book. This was well executed. Also the characters came across as real people. They were fleshed out just enough.

    The firm as a setting was a character all it's own. Much like a character should grow and change the firm changes for you as a reader. Now it doesn't actually change, but your perception of it does as you work your way through the story. You know from page one that it's not a great place to work, but you experience the lure of it through the eyes of the protagonist and so it seems like a great and exciting place to work at first. A place of tremendous opportunity. Then as you fly through the chapters and its secrets are revealed you discover what kind of a place it really is.

    Although I do remember a few beautiful sentences here and there describing movements of the weather and other things - John Grisham's writing style was refreshingly plain but in a good way. It didn't get in the way of the story. The words just fly by as the story unfolds. This is no small task to write in this way. His writing has an easy way about it. I will definitely be reading more of his books in the future because if he could write this well early in his career, I can't wait to see how well he can write with dozens of titles under his belt.

    One funny thing that surprised me while reading this book is that it inspired me to work harder on everything in life. You read about the main character putting in insane hours at the office and you think, if he can do this I can work extremely hard too. I always try and work hard at everything I do, but reading this novel seemed to give me a little boost in that department. It also made me thankful for my nine to five job and that I'm not a lawyer. I like seeing my family.

    The main character was too confident. I think this may be a part of what made it seem like everything was always okay and that no danger would befall the characters. Now Grisham sets up a fantastically scary atmosphere for the characters to live in. It would be terrifying. But the protagonist was so confident the whole way through that I just figured he would be fine since he wasn't really too worried about it. Maybe this was due to the fact that he kept having to convince his wife that everything would be alright. It kind of got to me the way that he spoke unabashedly to the F.B.I. agents like he was in charge. I guess it could be argued that this is what makes him such an awesome hero.

    This book could not have been narrated any better than the way Scott Brick brought it to my ears. This is a book and author I've been wanting to read for a while but one of the reasons I used my Audible credit this month on this title was the fact that Scott Brick narrated it. He is my favorite. A master storyteller. His delivery was flawless and made the book even better than if I would have read it with my eyeballs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orange, Australia 01-01-14
    Todd Orange, Australia 01-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Today's word is "Affluent"."

    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.

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    Jay 09-11-13
    Jay 09-11-13
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    "Made my work commute fly by!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very engaging narrator and story line. Well written characters that grab your attention, and in my case, made my long work commute pass by quicker since the story drew me in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did feel disappointed when I had to stop listening once I arrived at work, and again when I got home, since I wanted to keep listening but had to save hours for the next day!


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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 08-23-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 08-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "BLOWS THE MOVIE OUT OF THE WATER!"

    I have seen the movie The Firm several times, and it is hands down, no comparison to the book. Grisham goes into so much more detail. I did find myself wondering on some things (e.g. does his wife find out about this? does he ever encounter that?) which were left unanswered in the book, but still, if you entertained by the movie, even to the slightest degree, you will be hooked on the audiobook. The one drawback was that I felt as if they narrator mispronounced a few names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MattM USA 08-11-13
    MattM USA 08-11-13

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    "Rainmaker Better"

    Not my favorite. The performance was pretty good for what it was. Rainmaker was much better in every sense. This one was way too predictable.

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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 08-03-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 08-03-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Mediocre narration drags down otherwise good novel"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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