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The Street Lawyer | [John Grisham]

The Street Lawyer

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Also available abridged.
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Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this man? Michael did some digging, and learned that he was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for many years. Then Michael dug a little deeper, and found a dirty secret, and the secret involved Drake & Sweeney. The fast track derailed; the ladder collapsed. Michael bolted from the firm and took a top-secret file with him. He landed in the streets, an advocate for the homeless, a street-lawyer. And a thief.

©1998 John Grisham; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1998, Fiction

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    Nelson Lower Gwynedd, PA, USA 07-26-07
    Nelson Lower Gwynedd, PA, USA 07-26-07 Member Since 2003
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    "A Gem"

    Let me first preface my comments on The Street Lawyer by John Grisham by saying that discovering John Grisham is one of the unique pleasures of being alive. One of the "wonders of the world", I would have missed out on something really inspiring had I not discovered his writing. No faint praise you say, but I thought I should state my bias before commenting further. Having read practically all of his books and loved almost all of them, they are easy to read, clearly written, have humor, insight, and inspiration. In this particular case, it is the story of a lawyer from a huge, money-driven law firm whose life goes through a series of events that transform his life. A common thread in most of Grisham's books - the transformation, through life's events and conscious choices, of an individual who happens to be a lawyer. Naturally, lawyers in general have a very bad rap so hearing about their transformations, individual by individual, book by book, is very appealing even before you start reading. The characters he draws are interesting, the events fascinating, and the stories compelling. You can't put the book down - you can't stop listening. You want to hear more as quickly as possible and as the book draws to an end, you are satisfied, he doesn't just leave you in the air, but yes, definitely, you always want more. Though in the category of Legal Thrillers, it crosses numerous genres. If I were a teacher in today's school system, it would be required reading. Not only an example of excellent writing, its story would generate discussion and encourage, dare I saw, conscious thinking - a human interest book - a story to be remembered, a "Classic". The reader, Frank Mueller, awarded for his work and for this book in particular, is terrific. See his recording of The Testament, another favorite Grisham novel. So there you have it, Audible listeners: a gem, a perfect package - great book, great reader. Enjoy! Rating: A+ (as good as it gets)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Saint James, MO, USA 04-02-03
    Tom Saint James, MO, USA 04-02-03
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    "A Good Read"

    Grisham writes so well about lawyers and their cases, and this one is no different. A rich and accurate portrayal of life on the street, the main character actually tries to help. I would highly recommend this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    James Mayfield, KY, United States 08-11-03
    James Mayfield, KY, United States 08-11-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Vision Expanding"

    A well written tale of the big city and the problems that lie within, A look into the mind of driven man with a concious that changes his life and may yours as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David southgate, KY, USA 01-26-03
    David southgate, KY, USA 01-26-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Street Lawyer"

    Riviting, Spellbinding. Affects your social concience.
    John at his best

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-14-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-14-14 Member Since 2013

    retired writer

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    "A Life Changing Moment"

    This is a good Grisham novel. It has substance. It primarily deals with the subject of homelessness and how the poor are viewed by the society at large, particularly how big business holds money as more important than the lives of homeless women and children. Grisham handles the subject in a sensitive yet entertaining way.

    As a result of a life threatening trauma, Michael makes a life changing decision. However, it is my opinion that because of his personality and character, he could have made the life changing decision without the intervening trauma. This is the kind of Grisham that I like, an easy listen. Well narrated by Frank Muller who uses the right amount of skills and performance to bring you right into the story. Recommend....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Troy, MT, United States 03-12-12
    Judy Troy, MT, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A True Grisham masterpiece1"
    Where does The Street Lawyer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In true Grisham fashion, it kept you guessing until the end. I had an idea how it would end, but there was an extra little twist!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy McGregor, TX, United States 11-13-11
    Sandy McGregor, TX, United States 11-13-11
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    "Wish it was Real"

    I loved it. I only wish it was real and firms had this type of conscience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Warren Coram Ellicott City, Maryland, US 08-03-12
    Deborah Warren Coram Ellicott City, Maryland, US 08-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "It makes you think!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book because it is paced properly for relaxed consumption. Good vacation book.


    What other book might you compare The Street Lawyer to and why?

    It compares favorably. I listen to a lot of books, and this one opened my eyes to the plight of the homeless.


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

    I loved Mordecai...smart, brash, yet kind-hearted with the ability to judge character.


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

    It made me sad at times about the human soul-our greed and selfishness. Yet some people care enough to devote their life's work to others...that made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    The next time a homeless person asks you for the dollar that you can afford to spare, don't judge, don't second guess, just give it up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    04-26-12
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    "Great book with great narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was the first audiobook I bought with my first credit and I loved it. Grisham could develop characters when he wrote this book. I don't like his more recent work as much. I think this book and The Testement are his best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You really got to know the characters in this book like Michael Brock, Mordicai Green, and even Mister. Grisham also put you right into a winter in D.C. And Frank Muller was masterful!


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

    Frank Muller is one of my very favorites. A lot of people say he's "breathy" but that's him and it makes it good.


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

    I usually listen to it every winter. It listens better in the cold.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Easton, PA, United States 10-24-11
    Jeremy Easton, PA, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful as always!"

    I think I have loved everything that Grisham has ever written and Frank Muller is one of my favorite narrators. The two came together to tell a wonderful, moving story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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