©1992 John Grisham; (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
After listening to Grisham's unabridged titles on Audible, this one is a little disappointing. The book is comparatively hard to follow, with characters easily confused or not developed - presumably due to the abridged nature of the text. I'd recommend this only for Grisham fans who've run through everything else.
Capably narrated, though by a different narrator than any of the other Grisham books.
An excellent yarn. Better than the movie, and the reason I purchased the audio book was because of the movie. Its the type of story that leaves you wishing that it hadn't come to the end yet. I'm a Science Fiction, Tolkien, Mystery and Classic addict. This is one story that will have me returning to hear it again, whereas, most Science Fiction listining is enough to hear once.
I haven't read the book.
Darby as she was the main character and the brains.
Anthony did OK, but I do not like the playing of music while he is talking or at any point in the book. I find it very annoying.
Anger whenever they played music while the narrator was talking. It was even worse in the audio book The Client
I love the Pelican Brief - have read it a few times and wanted to enjoy the audio while driving.
To be fair, I didn't notice it was abridged when I bought it. But why would anyone abridge the Pelican Brief? There are no boring parts or wasted pages in the original - all the abridgement does is take away from the essence of the book. As if it could get worse, it is very obvious where they randomly cut parts out.
The narrating is mediocre at best - punctuation appears to be optional, and at times he will suddenly start talking very fast and the voices used for different characters are inconsistent and annoying. There is music suddenly played during exciting parts of the story but this is not done well.
If you have never read the book and can get past the poor narration, no one can say this is not a great story in its essence. If you are a fan of the book, skip this one.
My favorite Grisham. Still in love after around 20 years. The slight accents and voice changes and scene-setting music were great adds. (Anyone else catch the House of Cards sounding chapter intro in there??!) Just wished it was a touch better quality, but hey, not much to complain about. Give it a listen.
I enjoyed the reading. The narrarator was very enthusiastic and creative in his reading of the Pelican Brief. He read fast, which I enjoy and put an accent on each individual to distinguish dialogue
There are a few places that seem "dated", but nothing to distracting. The story is solid and very entertaining. Grisham does an excellent job of ramping up the tension throughout. If I had to be critical I would say that this isn't Grisham's best character development. Darby and Gray seem a little flat and could be fleshed out some.
In my opinion, this is still one of Grisham's best books ever. And the narrator does a terrific job.
Though I felt like this book was a bit predictable it was exciting to listen to. The characters were vividly portrayed. The narrator performed different voices for all characters which I enjoyed!
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