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 job 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 Random House, LLC
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"Favourite Grisham Book"
I love this book. Lots of plots within plots with the prevailing story being the inexperienced lawyer facing the massive firm. A true Favid and Goliath story. I prefer Grishams early books and think this is his best. Very good legal drama well read by the narrator.
"utterly brilliant couldn't stop listening"
narrator and story were totally as one. I loved it every chapter
couldn't recommend it more highly. Another Great Grisham.
Good story. Weak ending. Three interwoven narratives. One of the weakest provides the conclusion.
I normally adore John Grisham books, written or spoken medium. But the reader of this one just killed any enjoyment. I've started it several times to no avail. I don't object to straight forward reading of the narrative rather than the more usual character driven accents and persona but in this case why the irritating sing song voice with an overlay of ...don't think I even know what it is, an air of exasperation that he has to read it all-perhaps?
"Superb book with a very dull beginning"
At first I was bored senseless by this audiobook, perhaps because of the content perhaps because of the monotonous tones of the narrator. However persevere with it.
Half way through the book finally gets into its stride and is very gripping! I listened to the last half of the book within a couple of days as I couldn't put it down!
Beautifully written, exciting.
Rudy Bayler. Well drawn, believable and likeable character.
No, but he was excellent!
The only thing I don't like about this book is the total (aside from a very brief peripheral appearance toward the end) lack of any strong, successful women. It did if course team with strong, successful men. Did Rudy's love interest have to be a vulnerable, passive woman? However, it was so good that it still merits a 5* review. I would have loved to find a series of books featuring Rudy. Sadly, it seems it's not to be.
I found this book absolutely gripping and couldn't put it down. The story line was amazing and the narrator was excellent. I would like to find some more Grisham books with the same narrator.
"Just when I started to get tired of John Grisham books"
Rainmaker is kinda different, I think, from the rest of JG's books.
I started getting used to his pattern and formula of writing books but I like this one. It has a different feel to it , I love the dry, sarcastic tones it started with , a little bit mean but funny (not in the Hahahaha sense) . He didn't keep it up though and I wished he did , the character became a bit soft later on .
Good read altogether
"Very enjoyable, compulsive listening."
I really enjoyed this book. I think John Grisham is a first class author and the narrator perfect for the story. I could believe him as the main character and the voices of the other characters was not overdone. Highly recommended.i
"Enjoyable but there's no real substance"
The voice acting was excellent and the gripping writing style meant I always wanted to keep going, so it was an enjoyable book. But it's very linear, unfolds fairly predictably and isn't a classic story. There are multiple story threads, but they are all mostly independent and don't even come together in a satisfying way in the end.
Worth a listen for any Grisham fan, but his other books are better.
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