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.
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.
Yes, I would but perhaps in a year or so.
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.
How Rudy took advantage of his phone having been tapped to mislead the other attorney.
This book is much better than the film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only problem for me is that the audio engineer messed up a lot. No less than 15 segments were repeated, including a "please continue listening on disc 8". Otherwise 5 stars.
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