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The Activist: Theodore Boone | [John Grisham]

The Activist: Theodore Boone

Though he's only 13, Theodore Boone has spent more time in the courtroom than almost anywhere else, and there's always a new adventure waiting. After being falsely accused of vandalism and theft, Theo is happy to finally be out of the hot seat, once more dispensing legal advice to friends and community members, when an exciting new case demands his urgent attention.
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Though he's only 13, Theodore Boone has spent more time in the courtroom than almost anywhere else, and there's always a new adventure waiting. After being falsely accused of vandalism and theft, Theo is happy to finally be out of the hot seat, once more dispensing legal advice to friends and community members, when an exciting new case demands his urgent attention.

©2013 John Grisham (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Amazon Customer United States 12-05-13
    Amazon Customer United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "enjoyable for young and old."
    What made the experience of listening to The Activist the most enjoyable?

    My 9 year old loves this series. No sexual undertones or needs for parental worry. I can listen to it with her and find it enjoyable also. The dialogue about legal process is educating and appropriately written for children to understand. I recommend this series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lanna S. Seuret Sacramento, California 11-19-13
    Lanna S. Seuret Sacramento, California 11-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Best in the Series So Far"
    Any additional comments?

    Theo Boone is a 13 year old kid of two lawyers who wants also to be a lawyer. He is disciplined, a good friend, smart, in pretty good communication with his parents who usually share their feelings and reasons with him, who often listen to his side of issues - but not always, so he has additionally learned discretion. As an early teen, he is learning his own code of ethics. In "Activist", Grisham nicely prepares the stage, and does not suddenly create a monster out of Theo,but gets his protagonist involved through very personal events: a friend's plight, and a painful incident involving his beloved mutt of mixed parentage, Judge. The story is very well developed, allowing Theo to develop his own viewpoint, through his exposure and experiences, and through talks with his renegade uncle, and friends. You can see his growing process, and because of this, and his innate
    values of friendship, loyalty, and doing his own research, this book was my favorite. However, I still recommend beginning at the beginning; it's much more rich.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RTyler Olive Branch, MS 05-04-15
    RTyler Olive Branch, MS 05-04-15 Listener Since 2002

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    "True to Life Government and political issues"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Activist to be better than the print version?

    A wonderful insight for those who wish to simply sit back and allow your legislatures work on your behalf. Know what, when and how your local government works, who they are and where the money goes. Or you too may loose the "family farm"!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Practical arguments regarding how things are viewed by seemingly intelligent people. The issue is, and always will be that for most, your decisions are made EMOTIONALLY. And your heart will always want and see what it wants....


    What about Richard Thomas’s performance did you like?

    I don't think that at this juncture, I could listen to Theodore Boone read by ANYONE ELSE... WONDERFUL as always!


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

    When the judge informed the litigants of the consequences and severity of perjury on the stand.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read, hear and hopefully see....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wookie's mom 04-13-15 Member Since 2012

    Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!

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    "JOHN GIRSHAM"

    These books are by John Grisham and really not much more needs to be said. I love Theo and his care for others. Uncle Ike is just an all around great fellow. Theo's parents are cool and is Judge. These are a quick listen, involved, books. I truly wish there were more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Esad 04-11-15
    Esad 04-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent light listening with young adults"
    What did you love best about The Activist?

    This is redundant but my review is the same for all four of the series Theodore Boone books.


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    Lynn Dunlap 02-11-15
    Lynn Dunlap 02-11-15
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    "Great book even for an adult."

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Even though it is a children's book, it had the right amount of suspense, intrigue, and mystery to keep an adult interested. John Grisham is great as usual!!!!

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    LuAnn 01-23-15
    LuAnn 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story."

    Nice to listen to a good wholesome story. It's also somewhat educational; kids could listen to it and be entertained while they learn something about our legal system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-14
    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)

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    "Another winner from John Grisham!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Activist the most enjoyable?

    I was able to listen with my Granddaughter. It held both our attention


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The uncle was interesting. Of course Theo


    What does Richard Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked his voice


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

    It was a good family portrait. The parents were a bit different in the way they raised their only child. It was funny how they repeated the same instructions daily.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all things John Grisham. The only ones I haven't read is the ones with subjects that make me uncomfortable And I know one day I will eventually read them all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 03-16-14
    Marian 03-16-14
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    "love Grisham's Theo Boone series!"
    Would you listen to The Activist again? Why?

    Sure it is a great feel good story about the good things of a small town.


    What other book might you compare The Activist to and why?

    Any of his other novels - it might be for kids but adults can enjoy the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I dont like Richard Thomas as a narrator but bit the bullet and went with it because I love Grisham. Thomas just doesnt sound like a kid or even a good narrator.


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

    No it isnt that kind of book but I really like Grisham's technique of writing where the reader is the hero or fly on the wall in the story. I am always laughing at his depictions of Theo's mom and dad, his dog Judge and the court room scene where he writes the thugs were sworn to the tell the truth and immediately started lying! Loved it! Grisham takes these moments that readers can relate to in an everyday way that are hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    I dont like Grisham's non legal novels but I like how he captures the good things of small town living, serious hardworking people and idealism. He also captures modern day living of two income couples, wise beyond their years kids and adds well meaning adults who you see in your everyday life. Homey, comfortable and reminds me a baby boomer of some fond memories as a kid back in the day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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