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The Rainmaker | [John Grisham]

The Rainmaker

It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.
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It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he's in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence - a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land....

©1995 John Grisham; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-27-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-27-14 Member Since 2013

    retired writer

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    "Not Totally Disappointed"

    I decided to give Grisham another try, and truthfully it was the tone of the narrator's voice on the sample that helped me to make the decision. I became fully bored after about 4 or 5 hours of listening -- too much fluff. I was tempted to give up listening, but plodded on. Yes, I like a story to have texture and believability but too many extraneous characters and too many subplots makes me frustrated when I have not been given good reasons to care about them. Nevertheless, the story wrapped up well. Honestly, I struggled to finish because the main story did not start to grab my attention until about 8 to 10 hours of listening. However, I did like the main character almost from the beginning (I tend to cheer for the underdog!) My next favorite character is Dex, an interesting and resourceful person. I am not sure how the title of the story fits except in a vague kind of way, the word rainmaker was only mentioned once (unless I missed it), it could be in reference to the old adage, "when it rains it pours" because the main character struggled for the first 4/5 hours of listening just to find a job and like another old adage says, "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all." I have heard that rainmaker refers to the lawyer who brings "big bucks" into a law firm. I don't want to give anything away so I will stop writing. But I still think the story could have been tightened up a good bit.

    The narrator's voice was nice and soothing. He has good acting abilities. Muller's performance exceeded enjoyable. Another criticism is that 10 to 12 times during the 16 hour listen, sentences are repeated which was a distraction but didn't take away from the narration or story in any way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judi BAYSIDE, NY, United States 12-27-11
    Judi BAYSIDE, NY, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2013

    JL

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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to The Rainmaker again? Why?

    Yes, I would but perhaps in a year or so.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well, not necessarily on the edge of my seat because it wasn't that type of story but it was extremely interesting and realistic. I appreciated all of the legal technical details — it made it more like a biography than a story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How Rudy took advantage of his phone having been tapped to mislead the other attorney.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is much better than the film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 09-29-10
    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 09-29-10 Member Since 2010

    I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

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    "Grisham at his very best!"

    By far and away my favorite Grisham Book! Has both tears and laughter. A good lesson about what is wrong with the Health Care / Insurance mess in the states.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric B. MO, USA 11-25-09
    Eric B. MO, USA 11-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good not Great"

    Good Grisham book, but not his best. Worth the listen. As usual Frank Muller does a wonderful job as the Narrator, its as shame he is no longer with us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Swad Los Angeles 02-05-09
    Swad Los Angeles 02-05-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Very Good"

    For me, nothing comes close to "A Time to Kill," but this one is really good. I recommend it to Grisham fans.

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    Donna Marysville, WA, United States 02-26-08
    Donna Marysville, WA, United States 02-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "the best so far"

    i have only read a few of his books and this by far is the best. I love books that take you where you are not expecting. Narrator is great too. I definetly didnt want this book to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Dargan Pelham Manor, NY United States 07-15-14
    Thomas Dargan Pelham Manor, NY United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth the time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better author, maybe a classic, or a more compelling subject


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frank Muller?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rainmaker?

    the spontaneous combustion of the law offices.


    Any additional comments?

    Thin, contrived, smarty-pants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris New York, NY, United States 06-24-14
    Chris New York, NY, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor Production, Still A Good Listen"

    Another review mentions the poor production quality and I have to agree. Clearly no quality control on this--there is a strange reference to "continued on disk 8" and several sentences repeat. To Audible's credit, this is the only experience I've had with subpar production.

    Still an entertaining listen for fans of courtroom dramas, though Frank Muller seems like an odd choice to voice the young lawyer. I recommend it, but wish it had been edited better.

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    Margo New Mexico 06-15-14
    Margo New Mexico 06-15-14 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Another Good Grisham Book"

    Grisham has long been one of my favorites. This book wasn't gripping, but the characters were fun, some of Grisham's dry wit came thru, and the premise was good.

    Good courtroom drama, and well worth the credit.

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    Suzanne Long Beach, CA, United States 01-28-14
    Suzanne Long Beach, CA, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Liked the movie but not the book"
    What disappointed you about The Rainmaker?

    I liked the movie so much that I assumed I would like this but the characters were not nearly so nice and entertaining. Probably just me.


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