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Two from the master of the legal thriller:

A Time to Kill:
The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For 10 days, with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spreading through the streets of Clanton, Mississippi, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jack Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own.

The King of Torts:
When Clay Carter of the public defender's office reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week. But as he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts.

A Time to Kill ©1992 John Grisham; (P)1992 Random House, Inc.
The King of Torts ©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Lively voices tell gripping plot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended for the reading by Michael Beck, who applies a seemingly endless variety of voices to characters in these intentionally-shocking tales of cold-blooded acts and even more frigidly sanguine lawyers. Grisham has a keen eye for what people do; and chooses not to often describe how they feel or what they themselves believe motivates them. "Irrelevant!" his storytelling seems to shout. If you can't parse it out from actions, you're not ready for Grisham. Most of us are ready.

What did you like best about this story?

Shocking events told in a style that's matter-of-fact, making them somehow more shocking.

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

I don't have as many "voices" in my head as Beck has in this throat. Great fun.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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John Grisham's greatest work plus another great!

If you could sum up A Time to Kill & The King of Torts in three words, what would they be?

Essential legal thrillers.

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

Yes. The plots of the stories unfolded in such a way that you just had to keep going, impatiently waiting for what would come next. The way Grisham writes his characters makes you genuinely care what happens to them.

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

Michael Beck is an amazing narrator. Beck sounds less like he is reading, and more like he is telling you a story. He seems to have an unlimited number of character voices, which really adds to the experience.

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

There were moments in both books that moved me, but it wouldn't make sense to share them here, in a review, as that would lessen their impact for anyone that reads this and then listens to the books afterwards.

Any additional comments?

A Time to Kill is John Grisham's finest work, and one of the best novels of our time. I would very highly recommend it to anyone in audio format or in text form. It is an essential read.The King of Torts is another great compelling legal thriller from Grisham which I also highly recommend.You can get either of these titles individually in print or audio, but you can't beat this deal of getting them both in one place at the same time for one price.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Woody
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 02-04-13

The Best ... And the Not So Much

A Time to Kill is REAL Grisham. It's a good story that makes one think about his position on important issues ... and then re-think it. I don't always arrive at the same conclusions the author leads his readers to, but I do appreciate the exercise. Michael Beck did a masterful job of bringing this tale to life.
The King of Torts is such a letdown that it's hard to believe Grisham actually wrote it. Please tell me he didn't! The dialogue is blah, blah, blah. The characters are just blah. The only redeeming quality is Beck's narration.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom
  • BLACK DIAMOND, WA, United States
  • 11-04-12

Great books

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm a Grisham fan and have read all his books. Listening to them makes for a pleasant commute. Anyway, anyone that enjoys legal novels will enjoy these.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Time to Kill & The King of Torts?

No one single moment jumps to mind. I enjoy the novels in their entirety.

What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

Very good narrator. Enjoyed his tempo and the way he creates the voices of the characters. Makes keeping track of whos saying what.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Dont have enough time in a day to do so.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Meghan
  • De Beque, CO, United States
  • 08-12-10

Two great books!

The narrator does an excellent job, I wish all of Grisham's books were narrated by him, his characters are very clear and unique which makes it easy to follow. A Time to Kill is of course one of Grisham's best. The King of Torts was also well narrated, however the story isn't quit as good as A Time to Kill but still not a bad book. It was well worth the money and I found them both enjoyable and entertaining.

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 10-02-13

The Undisputed King of Legal Stories

Would you consider the audio edition of A Time to Kill & The King of Torts to be better than the print version?

Yes and No. Yes, because it allows me to hear it anywhere - anytime and I love the talented voice of Michael Beck. No, because books allow my vivid imagination to roam. :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

A Time to King: Jake, Carl-Lee, Ozzie and the Judge (hahah!) - they all held my interest from start to finish; King of Torts: J. Clay Carter was the King of Torts. I like his character because he was young, inexperienced but learned fast among the big boys.

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

Time to Kill: Same as above, I loved the Judge. Beck really work all of the characters. Must have been a mammouth task. Torts: Max Pace... lol!

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

Time to Kill: Of course! The raping and brutalizing of a 10 year old. Ugh! <br/>The King of Torts: A powerful ending...though he lost much, he gained more.

Any additional comments?

Way before Audio Books: I've racked up about 15 books. Love me some John Grisham. Can somebody add me to his guest or visitor's list. I desire to meet him - shake his hand for helping so many of us to understand more about the legal world. What a writer!!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Dennis
  • Roanoke, VA, United States
  • 03-11-13

Excellent storey line and voice over

Would you consider the audio edition of A Time to Kill & The King of Torts to be better than the print version?

YES

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

YES, however, it had a few slow parts that did not have to exist.

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

Excitement, one of the best Voice over

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

Verdict

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no

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Time to Kill

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After finishing Sycamore Row I went back to A Time to Kill. Having read nearly all of Grisham's novels, this one is still at the very top of the list. Brilliant and timeless.

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  • Scott
  • Arroyo Grande, Ca
  • 11-06-13

Time to Kill= 4 stars/ King of Torts= 1 star

A Time to Kill is a well written story with excellent characters and an interesting plot (solid 4 stars). I was engaged and interested throughout. King of Torts on the other hand, for me, would be a one star novel at best. It started off interesting (Tequila Watson case), and then turns 180 degrees into the doldrums and never looks back. The rest of the book which is about 90% of the story goes absolutely nowhere. A HUGE disappointment. One of the most unavailing books I have ever read or listened to. I still have no idea what was the point of the story. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting until the very end, but BAZINGA, there is none!! What about the characters? To quote Shakespeare's Henry VI ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.'' Would have greatly improved my rating, and cut my misery short.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Kill is a classic, but Torts, not so much

"A Time to Kill" is, for me, a more explosive "To Kill a Mockingbird". As a Memphis girl, I know these people well, and Grisham, from just down the road, across the state line into Mississippi about an hour, knows them inside and out. Every personality is real, whether we like it or not. The vocabulary is genuine, and Michael Beck's spectacular narration hits every note dead on. In an imperfectly perfect world, A Tine to Kill" would be required reading in every American high school. Unfortunately, and for clear reasons, that won't and can't happen.

Beck did everything he could for and with The King of Torts, but even he couldn't make me like or care about the primary character, whose trajectory was completely predictable by the third chapter, and thefe wete no surprises. No plot twist to provide a surprise ending. It plodded along that path with no relief, and endex tight where yky expect it will. The only reason I stuck with the book was to see if Beck could magically turn it around himself, but nope. He gave it a valiant shot, but there just wasn't material for even him to work with.

5 stars for "A Time to Kill"
5 stars for Michael Beck's narration
2 stars for "The King of Torts"