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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
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.
Henry Austin Dobson
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.
I just love the tension of Mitch's dream job turning into a nightmare. You can feel for those who got sucked into the evil of The Firm and couldn't get out, you can feel horror and disgust for the top henchmen in The Firm. And the many characters that populate this book are real, dynamic, unpredictable and just very, very real and human. You can read this, get totally enmeshed in the books plot and characters and wonder just what you would do if in that situation. It is simply a well crafted story with plot developments that keep you from falling asleep or turning it off to get work done!
He is excellent in this narration.
I love to read. So, Audible has given me a chance to "read" when I normally couldn't. I really enjoy it.
This was a really good book. It kept you on the edge of your seat, worried about how it was going to end
He read it and kept it interesting and exciting
No. It was just really good
I've now started to read this author.
The character development and suspense were superb!
Abby, the main character's wife, who was actually more of a minor character, was my favorite because she was effective and not overly emotional, especially for being kept in the dark for so long...
Tammy, who had various other names was really colorful and outstanding.
I kept waiting for Abby to find out but to say more would be a spoiler.Grisham always adds enough corruption to make his books have that gritty taste of reality. Nobody is squeaky clean and all his characters are multi-faceted.
Read this years ago, but went ahead and downloaded it anyway. No regrets. Still a great story. Funny how some of the things seem dated now, such as lack of cell phones, and security at airports, but still a very good story.
I love books!
I read the hard copy of this book years ago when it came out and was curious if I would like it as much in the Audible format. The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me. I did not care about the characters so much but I think some of that was due to the narration. The other thing I find funny is in some of these older books one doesn't see cell phones or computers like you would see in more contemporary books and there is a heck of a lot more cigarette smoking It is not a big deal at all but makes me think about the time of the book . By the time I got to part 2 I could not put it down. Part 2 is very fast and good. The main character Mitch is brilliant Lots of twists and turns.
I listened to Scott Brick narrate Atlas Shrugged and enjoyed his narration. Not so much with the Firm. I think he took away from the Audible version. I did not find enough distinction between characters.I also thought at times it was a little too dramatic.
It was made into a movie and I liked it but maybe liked the book more
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