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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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Stories are a journey and a destination worth while.
I would not highly recommend this book, but maybe to the right person I would suggest it.
I feel that this book lacked suspense and excitement. There were a few parts that stepped it up a notch or two, but for the most part, to me, the story was a bit of a flat line.
I did like that the story tried to bring in social awareness of homelessness in America, but I do not think John Grisham brought as much light as he could have to the situation.
I think that Grisham partially tried to write an entertaining book and partially tried to bring awareness and recognition to the homeless, and he only made it half way on both fronts. Maybe he should have tried for one or the other and he would have been more successful.
The narration was very interesting.... It took me a while to get used to Frank Mueller's reading style, but by the end I did enjoy it. He has a way of reading that makes most of his sentences sound like questions when they are not supposed to be. It was not a bad reading and Mueller is easy to understand, but toward the end I couldn't help but picture him reading a Dr. Suess tongue twister book....
No, the story came to enough of an end and I would not be interested in a follow up.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
Excellent book! This is a quick, super easy read. The story plows ahead with authority and excitement! Not as intricate and complex of a plot as a lot of Grisham's stories, but that made it really refreshing and light. Frank Muller is one of the 3 best narrators in the history of narration. You will not be disappointed!
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