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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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    Franklin A. Edwards CA, USA 10-29-12
    Franklin A. Edwards CA, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Rainmaker in three words, what would they be?

    Determination, willingness and principled


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

    Somewhat


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He was very good. Engendered intrigue through modulation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ambulance Chasing with scruples


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good works John.

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    A. Janze Sacramento 10-27-12
    A. Janze Sacramento 10-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Mr. Garrison"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rainmaker to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What three words best describe Frank Muller’s voice?

    Two words - Mr. Garrison. If you watch South Park you'll know what I mean anytime the narrator tries to do an elderly voice. Hilarious at first but kind of detracts from the story after a while.


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    Tom SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 10-17-12
    Tom SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2009

    A long time reading junky that has moved to audiobooks to continue the addiction despite the busy work and family life.

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    "A good story by the BEST narrator."
    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to almost all of Frank Muller's other performances. I specifically looked up some old books that he did just for the joy of hearing his voice again. He was one of the greats and his story makes me sad. Enjoy a great book read by the GREAT Frank Muller.


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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 08-24-12
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A strong Grisham offering"
    Where does The Rainmaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    upper half (over 200 books)


    What did you like best about this story?

    A strong presentation of the young underdog lawyer against corporate greed, I know, thats pretty much Grishams thinbg.. but well done


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    well paced and nicely performed, pleasant voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The Audio editing is embarassingly bad. This was obviously edited from a book on tape or CD and there were at least 6 occassions where entire paragraphs were repeated. didnt ruin the story but was distracting

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    mel BALTIMORE, MD, United States 08-15-12
    mel BALTIMORE, MD, United States 08-15-12
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    This was the first John Grisham book I read/listened to, and I must say, The Rainmaker is my personal favorite Grisham novel. Frank Muller was an excellent narrator- I actually found my heart thudding in my chest during some of the trial scenes!

    There were a few a few sub-plots throughout the book, which is why I liked it so much, but others my find this distracting. Also, some may find the ending a bit anticlimactic. I was a little dissatisfied with the ending at first, but the more time I spend away from it, the more satisfying it became.

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    lalawson 08-06-12
    lalawson 08-06-12
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    "One of my favorites!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorites to listen to on a road trip. I moves fast and makes the trip enjoyable.

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    Amazon Customer littleton, CO, United States 06-07-12
    Amazon Customer littleton, CO, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Listen at 1.5 speed, other wise a little slow"

    Must read before you watch the movie, multiple story lines that are not writen into the movie. great for a road trip

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    Thiago Gomes Calmon Brasilia, DF Brazil 06-04-12
    Thiago Gomes Calmon Brasilia, DF Brazil 06-04-12 Member Since 2015

    A Legal English teacher in love with audiobooks.

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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rainmaker to be better than the print version?

    Yep for sure.


    What other book might you compare The Rainmaker to and why?

    The Street Lawyer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trial.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was great. Hope I can hear some others soon. Great Legal Novel.

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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 01-21-12
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Storyteller"

    News flash: John Grisham is a great storyteller.

    There's probably more that have seen the movie than read the book, but even if you've seen the movie the book is worth reading, and still fun.

    Grisham's pattern of demented greedy, right-wing law machines versus saintly, noble lawyers with no interests but the well being of the community hadn't quite developed yet in this book so the reader is spared his more obvious political messages.

    All in all a very good book, clean language, no ugly scenes and just an enjoyable read (listen).

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    Laura TEMPLE CITY, CA, United States 01-10-12
    Laura TEMPLE CITY, CA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining and Informational"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rainmaker to be better than the print version?

    It's more personal; you realize more humor, characterization, and pleasure.


    What other book might you compare The Rainmaker to and why?

    Can't get enough of Grisham stories. His books are unique and hard to compare to other authors. I only have time for the best of each genre.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    The opposing counsel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I smiled at the ending. Actually throughout the writing there are many smart juxtapositions of words that take the readers back to earth that are particularly prevalent in this book which produces humor and smiles. But I was pleasantly surprised by the ending when the Hero decides never to have anything to do with the law, perhaps parallels to the author's personal experience. He can afford to drive into a glorious sunset with romance and freedom, away from the tedious, futile, and sometimes vicious world of the law.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as intricate a story as The Litigator, but a great listening experience.

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