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Publisher's Summary

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.

Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.

Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.

Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer.

The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love.

Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated.

Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

©2009 John Grisham; (P)2009 Random House

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  • Michael
  • Alhambra, CA, United States
  • 12-01-09

The content is good

Ok the narration by the author was not the best, but the content of the stories was good. A few of the stories really stood out as original. The stories are strong on character development and they are well researched.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant Stories - Terrible naration

The stories are brilliant and deserve 5 stars, however, Grisham needs to leave the reading to the professionals - a lot of the listening was blurred by his narration. Sorry John, you can't do everything well!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Shorts from Grisham

A series of short stories that are as well written as his books. Another great work by Grisham!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • Stratford, PE, Canada
  • 05-20-10

if you like southern and short...

I enjoyed the local color and character development.
To me the narration was honest certainly not the worst I've heard.
Even found them a bit thought provoking

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Stories, Questionable Performance

I love John Grisham. I have listened to every one of his books. The stories were typical JG and I found them very entertaining. The reader, (JG) was NOT what I have come to expect. Stephen King once said that books are best expressed when read by the author. JG should ignore this, stick to writing, and allow the professionals to read. His efforts detracted from and otherwise good book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow! Grisham is really lousy at narration

When I read the other reviews I thought, How bad can the narration be?
Wow, he is terrible. It is distracting from the stories. The stories are disappointing too.
They aren't as bad as the narration, though. Did I mention the narration is really bad?
Don't buy the book just to find out how bad.
Fans of Grisham are going to buy the book, anyway. That's the only reason I did.
I've read a couple of books by Grisham that I didn't think were as good as other books by Grisham.
This is the first time I have regretted spending the money to buy a Grisham book and wished I had purchased something different.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • Westerville, OH, USA
  • 03-17-10

Disappointing Narration!

After listening to a third of the book, I was shocked to learn that the author is the narrator because he sounds like a ninth-grader reading it for the first time. Fill of awkward pauses and almost no inflection. Interesting stories, but Mr Grisham should stick to writing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring

This is well written, i guess. I am only 1/2 way through, not sure I'll finish it. The stories build up fine but are unbelievably anti-climactic. I have no expaination as Girsham is obviously a great writer, but these stories end, oddly, abruptly after a long winded, pointless conclusion. If this was a single book I would hope it got better, but as it is short stories and the 1st 4hours and 54 minutes has been less than inspiring, I can't see myself making it to the end. Sorry John, not your best work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peggie
  • Lansing, KS, United States
  • 02-06-10

Ford County: Unfinished Short Stories

Like some other reviewers, I felt cheated. I felt like I was hearing some good story ideas Grisham developed over time, but they somehow petered out and so he never wrote the book. The stories themselves leave you wanting to ask questions or have more development of the characters.

I also strongly suggest that Grisham stick to writing the stories and pay his normally great readers. Grisham's voice is fine, it's just the weird pausing that he uses which is distracting and detracting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Albert
  • OeneNetherlands
  • 01-30-10

Boring

I liked the other books i bought so far from John Grisham, but this book with short stories couldnt keep me focused on the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful