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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. Until a violent encounter with a homeless man stops him cold.
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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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    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-28-10
    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good for Abridged..."

    I really enjoyed this book, and the narrator did a good job. However, you lose so much in terms of getting to know the secondary characters with abridged books, so the subplots were rather un-satisfying. This book was also a bit predictable, but enjoyable none-the-less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Lithonia, GA, United States 03-08-09
    Jackie Lithonia, GA, United States 03-08-09
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    "Enjoyed to the fullest"

    John Grisham did it again...this kept me wanting more...listening for what will come next...can he get out of this situation. The narrator is also one of my favorites, even if the story is not good I could listen to him and still enjoy the audio-book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 10-20-13
    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2013

    The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!

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    "Street Lawyer"
    Where does The Street Lawyer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


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

    Yes. I just knew Michael Brock would end up in a ditch somewhere after lifting the file.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Malachi Green. Awesome!


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

    Street Lawyer


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book years ago, but purchased it through audible because I simply wanted to hear how Michael Beck would perform the characters. My thoughts? Brilliant! Can't wait to order Sycamore Row. Whoo! Hoo!

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    Andres glendale, CA, United States 01-30-13
    Andres glendale, CA, United States 01-30-13
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    "Well narrated"
    What did you love best about The Street Lawyer?

    The performance of the street lawywer


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

    yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the lawyer found out about the mother and the 4 kids were dead


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

    When the street lawyer gave up everything just to help


    Any additional comments?

    John Grisham is one of the best writers

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    ianfriswell Melbourne, Australia 08-27-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I urge anyone to try this book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters, couldn't get enough.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    A great narration, it was a memorable performance!


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

    It felt as if the characters really existed.


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