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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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Good story, hard to listen to

Although the story was a good one, I found the narration poor. I was excited when I read Grisham would be narrating his own book, but pauses and inflections in the storyline made it tedious to sit through. The individual(s) editing the audio could have helped in this regard by cutting out the ill-timed pauses.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Sad But True

I have read almost all of Grisham's books and rarely have I been disappointed. The stories of Ford County were most enjoyable. The problem was the reading! I am sorry to say this, but the editor who let Grisham read his own book, should be demoted. He/she should have been strong enough to say "John, I love your writing, but fella, you can't read to save your life!!! If you want to sell this work, let someone else do the reading.
I have been an Audible listener for many years. This was the most difficult listen I can remember.
My strong recommendation is that you buy the book or download it to your Kindle and read it the old fashioned way.
I have never been so moved to write a review, but I felt compelled to save the listener the agony of the start and stop, naration that sounds as though it is the first time Grisham is reading an unfamiliar work, not one he wrote himself.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Grisham not a narrator...

I have been a huge fan of Grisham's writing over the years and was anxious to read (listen to) his new book, Ford County. I was very disappointed in the story and could not listen to Grisham's narration. The monotone almost put me to sleep.
I did not finish the book, which is very rare for me.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Apparently one of the great things about being a famous author is that after writing several good books you can throw a bunch of odds and ends together that would never get published if you were a new author, and foist it on the public as short stories. That's what Grisham did here. I'm disappointed in him. As far as the narration goes, it was self-authenticating because it's the worst narration I've heard on an audiobook.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good stories - terrible narration

Some authors should NEVER be allowed to record their own audiobooks. John Grisham is one of those. The narration is stilted, full of inappropriate pauses and generally painful to listen to. Buy a hard copy if you want any real sense of the worth of these stories.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Never again

I have read or listened to every Grisham book and enjoyed most all of them. I knew when I decided to order this on Audible that it was his first short story collection. After listening to Stephen Kings latest short story collection and enjoying it very much, I thought I should give Grisham a shot. I thought a couple of the stories were VERY good, and a couple left me cold. But the BIGGEST problem was the narration. I can guarentee that if he decides to do his own narration in any of his future works, I will pass it by. As many of the others have said in these reviews, the narration made it very hard to even listen to at times. Its very hard to get lost in the production as I constantly felt as if someone was reading to me, very badly.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • California
  • 11-13-09

Ford County

I can't begin to tell you how disappointed my wife and I were with this book. We are huge Grisham fans and we have every single Grisham book. However, I listened to three of the stories and wasn't interested in another "root canal". My wife listened to every story and told me not to waste my time listening to the rest of the book. If the stories weren't bad enough, the reading by Grisham was like listening to someone who was just learning to read! His expression and cadence were so poor that I could hardly even tell when a story had ended. Please, John, don't embarrass yourself by recording another one of your books. You might have made some extra money by not paying someone else to read it, but your reputation took a huge hit. I realize this review is pretty brutal, but then again, the book was a major letdown.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Alicia
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 11-10-09

Ford County Stories

This is the first time I have ever been able to say I was disappointed with a Grisham novel. Both the book and the candence of his narration were both awful!! I kept waiting for the connection between the stories, none ever came. If I thought I could get my money back I would!! I will defentily think twice about just going out and buying one of his books!!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Moseley, VA, USA
  • 04-30-10

Write, John.....don't read

I have always enjoyed the humor in John Grisham's books, and this one didn't disappoint. His wry wit just brings a smile even in the middle of a not-so-amusing paragraph. In this book, however, I was EXTREMELY annoyed by John's lack of any inflection, emphasis or performance. His monotone drone simply killed the stories for me. I would recommend the stories, depicting life in the fabulous South as John, undoubtedly, intimately knows it, very highly.....if read by someone other than John Grisham.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A disappointment

We have loved so many of John Grisham books. When we saw this one, we automatically bought it. Sadly, with regards to this book, I really wish I could return it! The story line is depressing (take some prozac in advance of listen to the book) and Grisham's oration skills are greatly lacking. Sadly, Grisham's reading of his book was insult to injury. I blame the publisher for not standing up to Grisham and telling him, "DON'T DO IT, REALLY!!!" A dentist drill sounds better than this book reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful