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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Robert Sunset, UT, United States 02-07-15
    Robert Sunset, UT, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2011

    I love using Audible to listen to my eBooks while I read. I have the app for the iPhone. I wish that there was an iPad version.

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    "Great listening"

    Enjoyed every minute. The story was great, a good mix of characters and backgrounds. Frank Muller was a awesome narrator. I recommend this book.

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    M.Shannon 02-04-15
    M.Shannon 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting"

    My husband & I listened to The Rainmaker on our last trip. Loved it, had to finish listening once we arrived home.

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    Joy 01-03-15
    Joy 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good but not great"

    A good read but not top notch for John Grisham. It follows his theme of victims wins over big business.

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    Angela 11-13-14
    Angela 11-13-14
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    "Obviously dubbed from CD to Audible!!!!"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Frank Muller?

    John Grisham: Absolutely!!! Frank Muller: Not so much!!! Voice grates on my nerves!


    What didn’t you like about Frank Muller’s performance?

    Frank Muller always seems to be adding to much extra emphasis on the end of words and sentences like he might always be asking a question.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed that several times lines were repeated. It took me a little while to realize that this book was obviously dubbed from a CD. When I heard "This book continues on disc 8" I realized why so many times before and after certain lines were repeated. It makes it hard to keep track sometimes, kind of like Ground Hog Day: it plays over and over again! Would be nice if they could get that fixed so that the next person doesn't deal with it. That was a bigger deal to me than Frank Muller's voice.

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    Constance A. Pope Hephzibah, GA, United States 11-09-14
    Constance A. Pope Hephzibah, GA, United States 11-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read, but it puts me to sleep when I'm still. Audible books gives me the opportunity to still hear books while working. Thanks.

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    "Another wonderful book..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Rainmaker the most enjoyable?

    The narrator Frank Muller...he always brings the characters to life really well. Great story line too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting an inside look into the legal system....glad I didn't go to law school.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well defined characters...I wasn't confused about anything in the story line. Frank was very good at this. Never gets anywhere near being mono leveled or boring when doing the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User Danville, IN, United States 09-22-14
    A User Danville, IN, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really great story!"

    Five stars all around. I really enjoyed this one and had no idea Grisham could be so funny! Just a minor complaint with the technical aspect: there is an annoying repetition periodically of a full sentence, maybe a carry-over from moving from one disc or tape to the other. But not enough of a problem to take away the fun

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    Paul 08-09-14
    Paul 08-09-14
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    "Very uplifting book."
    Where does The Rainmaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was easy to follow. One thing that I have issue with sometimes is a book the opens with more than 10 characters and it is difficult get started with the story. This was not like that and it was a great listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it makes you feel.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed several times.


    0 of 0 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 2014
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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.

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    Chris New York, NY, United States 06-24-14
    Chris New York, NY, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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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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    M.W. SW USA 06-15-14
    M.W. SW USA 06-15-14 Member Since 2009
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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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