©1998 John Grisham; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
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.
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....
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)
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.
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!
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.
I usually listen to it every winter. It listens better in the cold.
One of the best I've listened to.
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!
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.
I would recommend the book because it is paced properly for relaxed consumption. Good vacation book.
It compares favorably. I listen to a lot of books, and this one opened my eyes to the plight of the homeless.
I loved Mordecai...smart, brash, yet kind-hearted with the ability to judge character.
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.
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!
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