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 read The Firm in the 90's. it's always stuck with me, even the the movie wasn't very good. I decided to listen to the book that I read in 2 days 15 years ago, and I was hooked. I would sit in my car listening, take my Zune around and listen, it's just fantastic.
After reading this addictive mystery-thriller many years ago, I decided to revisit this story through the audiobook. This audiobook was amazing. Great reading. Riveting plot. Mitch McDeere, a Harvard law School star, takes a too-good-to-be-true job with a law firm in Memphis. Questions arise as the body count builds, and Mitch and his wife need to figure out what's going on and how to stay alive. Unlike so many thrillers these days, there is one plot, and it is strong enough to keep me glued to this story from start to end. I've read or listened to hundreds of books of this genre, and this is in a small handful of the most fun and very best. It is up there with Finder's "Paranoia" and Baldacci's" Absolute Power." If you are looking for the best escape-reading thriller, listen to or read "The Firm." I won't say more. I don't want to be a spoiler. If you haven't read or listened to "The Firm," do it!
As most fans know, John Grisham writes about 3 or 4 stock stories over and over again with only slight variants. If you like them (and I do) this is OK. I don't know how Grisham does it, but even though you know exactly what's going to happen as soon as you finish the first chapter, you still hang on as if you didn't to the very end. The Firm is 100% vintage Grisham and a real page-turner. Scott Brick is one of the best readers in the business IMHO.
I listen to every book Grisham wrote over and over again. At my age, I can safely hide my own Easter eggs, so my favorite books become new again in 7 or 8 months. Every Grisham book except this one. Scott Brick's narration style just does not sit well with me. His voice lilts like a Sunday School teacher's in a class of 6 year olds. Is he singing or narrating? However, other Grisham narrators like Michael Beck and Frank Muller are without peer, so I am jaded. Not about the talent, rather the story, you might say? Not so in audio books. Narration makes ALL the difference. I guess Ed Herrmann can't read 'em all, and John Boutsikakis, perhaps the best ever, left us way too early. Brick had the deck stacked against him before I hit play button. I am forever spoiled by favorite talent that I have come to enjoy immensely.
The movie was very good, and departs from the novel more than most scripts do. I liked the book just fine, but not better in this case. When I read, or the one time I listened, I saw in my mind Cruise & Brimley and the others. The story transports the reader very well, and the addition of side trips like McDeere's brother Ray, and the PI Eddie Lomax really enrich the plot. The reader FEELS the gradual swing of the pendulum as Mitch McDeere goes from exuberant new hire at the Firm, to a realization that all is not as it was represented to him, to fugitive from both the law and the mob. The action never ebbs, the story never bogs down, and the reader finds himself hanging on for dear life and loving every minute of it. The one somewhat less than believable character is Mitch's wife Abby. Her inner resolve and strength seemed to evolve from out of nowhere.
It is a good read, and the movie is very good, which is a rare thing in the inevitable "translation" give and take, but in audio it is not up to par. Still, I must recommend the book rather than the audio. Grisham’s “The Testament” is my all time favorite and listened to often.
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!
Realistic, Suspense and Scary. This book has all three and is highly enjoyable.
Comparable to "The Chamber" also by John Grisham. Fast becoming one of my favorite authors!
The main character.. brilliant stuff
Absolutely. Extremely hard to put down and stop listening to. Many a night I would be up until 2 or 3 in the morning listening to this book because I found it so interesting it didn't help me get to sleep - quite the opposite in fact.
Grisham is a brilliant author and I love his books. Highly recommended!
Out of a couple of dozen I've listened to on Audible and as an avid reader all my 83 years it is a 8
Remember that I was not a Grisham fan. I chose to listen because Scott Brick is an exceptional narrator and I have chosen other novels because he has been the narrator.I never saw the movie but remember that it was a great hit at the time of its release.
The plot did keep me wanting to listen and not put the book down but near the denoument it started to weaken and become more implausible. I found the ending trite after all the excitement and excellent building of suspense. But as we all know reading is very subjective and another reader/listener may feel entirely different about my last statement. Mr Brick made it sound almost plausible with his excellent reading but I felt that the writer was struggling to please his audience.
As I have said earlier I have chosen to read an authour who is new to me or who I have not been to excited about simply because Scott Brick was the narrator. Sufficeth to say he is superb as always and I rate him #1 amongst his field.
Not particularly but as said before it held my attention while I was listening.
My favourite authours are David Baldacci, Stuart Woods, and Jeffrey Deavers Lincoln Rhimes series.
I had not seen the film The Firm and will not spoil my enjoyment of the book by seeking it out now. The only book I ever read and the movie industry didn't foul it up in some way was The Hunt for Red October!
The story comes to life under the fantastic narration of Scott Brick. Much better than the movie. The details are amazing. One of my Grisham favorites and well worth the money. Enjoy.
Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.
I would recommend it if you have a lot of time and patience to listen to the whole thing.
Yes. Excellent writing.
It was a little too predictable. About halfway through the book, I had it all figured out and was ready for it to be over. But... it's a million times better than the movie.
The never ending southern drawl. I understand that they want you to get the feel for the place (Memphis), but it was just too much. In addition, I could not get past the 5th chapter. There was very little suspense or imagination.
More suspense, more imagination?
...The never ending southern drawl.
no, not really
"Shocking but terrific story"
I've enjoyed a number of John Grisham books, but this has to be the best. It's a riveting story that kept me listening and returning to the recording as I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. The corruption described is shocking but, sadly, is believable. I was kept in suspense throughout by this juggernaut of a story.
The reader does a grand job.
"Different to the screenplay"
I was unsure whether or not to listen to this book as I love the film and didn't want to spoil that. However the plot is different enough that while you can recognise elements from the film it still has plenty of unexpected plot lines to keep you enthralled. I'm know happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both the film AND the book. Highly recommended.
This book is great if you want an easy listen which holds your interest. An exceptional law graduate unwittingly does a deal with the devil in the guise of a controlling, corrupt law firm. To add to his woes, the FBI are investigating them and try to threaten/bully him into becoming a mole/whistleblower. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, with his life and the life of his wife at stake, he has to play a clever game to extricate himself.
I bought the book because I enjoyed the film and had not read any Grisham before. Despite there being many differences between the plot of the book and film, I enjoyed the book greatly and will be reading more of the author's work. A well-narrated, enjoyable listen.
"Good interesting story"
Enjoyed the characters and the stamina portrayed by the characters
Good beats evil
Enjoyed it all
Enjoyed the relationship between Mitch and his brother
"a really enjoyable experience"
a really enjoyable experience great film and amazing lying in the sun listening to a good book and not even having to turn the page. The story teller Scott Brick has a great tone to his voice.
Tom Cruise played a good part in the film and the same in the story sometimes we want more, then realise we dont need it all.
He makes the story work.
looking forward to my next book but which one should i choose :))
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