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Publisher's Summary

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.

America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief.

Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia.

Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm. If she is going to survive in coal country, she needs to start learning fast.

Because as Donovan knows only too well, the mountains have their own laws. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line....

©2014 Belfry Holdings Inc (P)2014 Random House Audio Inc

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  • Betina
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 11-08-17

Got very bored

I love John Grisham's books but I got so bored with the story line and characters.

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Enjoyable.

great characters and a story that tugs at the heart. Humanity versus big business and profit.

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Not bad...

I really like most of John Grisham's stuff except for maybe a couple of heavily ball sport ones. No complaints about Gray Mountain I don't think. Terrible thing that strip mining.

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One the most most boring books ever

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

From beginning to end there was no real story. It ended like it started. I don't believe this book was written by John Grisham.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing

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    1 out of 5 stars

Worst Grisham legal novel ever.

Spent whole book developing characters, plot went nowhere. sequel? would have potential. terrible and sluggish.

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  • Stine
  • 10-27-14

Oh dear!

What would have made Gray Mountain better?

I love John Grisham's novels. I have read them all so the instant I knew his latest one was out on Audible, I bought it. However, this was not exactly the usual Grisham literary gold!

The story is predictable, trite and - I never thought I would write this about a Grisham novel - boring! The protagonist is female and sometimes the narrative feels more like a bad chick-lit novel, particularly when the dialog is between two women. No, dear John G., women do not talk about their sexual adventures minutes after meeting each other. The romantic encounters told through his protagonist are toe-curling and hackneyed and I couldn't help thinking that all it would have taken him to make the female lead credible (and less annoying!) would just have been to give her the voice that as he normally gives his male leads. Instead this woman is whinging, indecisive and not very likeable.

What didn’t you like about Catherine Taber’s performance?

The narration was wooden; monotone, abrupt and with so little tonal variation that it almost lulled me to sleep on several occasions.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I can highly recommend this book if you are suffering from insomnia, have a soft spot for Barbara Cartland morphed with Marian Keys and only need a light sprinkle of excitement.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jonathon
  • 11-10-14

Why was this ever published?

What disappointed you about Gray Mountain?

This book starts depressing, gets out a pick axe and digs itself deeper.

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

The story lacks any depth in narrative, plot or characters.
Examples of basic lack of research or even in touch with reality and practicality:-
Reference is continually made to 51mm calibre sniper rifles. That's 2 inches in US speak. That size would be a Cannon on wheels! What he meant was a 50 calibre which is 0.5 inches. Don't get excited, there's no gripping storyline attached.
There is some wandering around mountain areas described as 100 acres but to tie in with the narrative would be ten times that size.

Would you be willing to try another one of Catherine Taber’s performances?

Not having listened to any other narrations by Catherine it might be unfair to judge her with this one. I hope she thought it best to deepen and enhance the story's depths of depression.
She was successful.
One imagines her going in to therapy after completing the book.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Redeeming qualities? One hopes Grisham gets such a lashing with this book that he understands his followers expect better of him.

One redeeming line, obviously by accident, the heroine, in a light aircraft, puts on a headset and the pilot says "Say something". She says "Something".

Any additional comments?

I have no idea why Grisham's publisher didn't turn the manuscript down for the good of his reputation.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • 10-28-14

This moved along at a plodding pace,

What would have made Gray Mountain better?

It had the potential of having a good end but it just did not deliver.

What will your next listen be?

I was going to go for another Grisham but not so sure. Probably Frost at Christmas

What didn’t you like about Catherine Taber’s performance?

She fitted the character but not outstanding

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I felt let down by the end of the book. It had an end yes but just not that inspiring

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • John Murray
  • 10-30-14

Terrible

What would have made Gray Mountain better?

I love Grisham novels and have every one in either book or audio. Really looked forward to downloading this new one. What a disappointment. The plot is the old one of nasty business polluting the ground and the water. The story rambles along taking hours, literally, to get anywhere. The main character is the usual young female lawyer so they chose a woman to narrate it. No problem except she has only one voice and one pace of delivery. Everyone speaks the same! Men or women. Often you have no idea who is speaking - but you don't really care.
The narration is soporific - I fell asleep three times before I gave up after 5 1/2 hours. If this is really Grisham writing he should quit now. And, Audible, pension off the narrator before she bores anyone else to death.

Has Gray Mountain put you off other books in this genre?

No, love legal thrillers. But this is the worst yet.

What didn’t you like about Catherine Taber’s performance?

See above. Boring, monotonic, one paced, no ability to give different voices to characters . Listening to rough male characters talking like a girl just ruins enjoyment.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointed. Angry to be ripped off for such garbage. Sad for Grisham if he needs to stoop to this to augment his pension.

Any additional comments?

Don't download - even if you get it for free!!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 04-16-15

Disappointing. Not one of grishams best

The ending didn't tie up any cases & thus it was a disappointing read. An avid fan but not happy onez

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • 12-10-14

Dull

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

none

What will your next listen be?

not sure, always looking for a good story

How could the performance have been better?

add some action, some thrill anything! The story was dull from start to end no follow thru

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well the description of the coal country was educational and the exposure to the greedy destruction of the nature.

Any additional comments?

Not the best book from John Grisham

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bluebottle
  • 11-27-14

Is it just me?

Would you try another book written by John Grisham or narrated by Catherine Taber?

I've been a fan of John Grisham for many years, but, apart from the main lawyer being female, there's just nothing new in Gray Mountain. I'm afraid I found it boring and struggled through to chapter 14 - but I'm off in search of a bit more excitement. Sorry John!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • mollyeyre
  • 11-06-14

Tedious

Half way through part one I started checking to see how much time was left as I was getting bored with the non-story, I thought 'Ah well- only another couple of hours', then to my horror I realised that there was ANOTHER part to plough through. It was at this point that I gave up as I decided that my time could be better spent.
There really was nothing happening, and the characters were not worth caring about.
John Grisham seems to go to extremes and will either write a stonking good book or one that is absolutely turgid and leaves you wondering what was the point of it all. Sadly this novel (for me) falls into the latter category.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie Wilson
  • 12-02-15

Disappointed

Good story overall but main character was a "weak woman" unlike all of the macho men lawyers in previous books. Wanted to tell her to get a grip and get on with it. Not my favourite book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carôle
  • 06-28-15

Not your usual Grisham

I don't normally like to pan a novel, especially one written by a highly respected author but, if this had been his first novel instead of A Time To Kill, I doubt that anyone would have read any of the others.

This book is boring. Not from the first page, but not long after it. I don't know if it's helped or hindered by the narration - hindered I think - because the pace is too slow, makes you want to sleep. It would have been cleverer if the pace was faster in New York & Washington then slower in The Boonies, perhaps.

But the whole point of the book is wasted, took too long to make, was too pedestrian and, quite frankly, could have sufficed a novella.

John Grisham has done this a few times in his literary career. I now feel that I cannot freely invest in one of his novels, it's too much of a financial risk. I have to say that, I was warned about it from the other reviews. I didn't take them seriously. I won't make that mistake again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Grahame Davis
  • 05-24-17

great story, ordinary narrative

shame that narrator never put an effort into varying her voice, always sounds like the same character

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  • David
  • 02-13-17

Oh Dear!!!!

Where does Gray Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there with other good books I have read but it is not great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gray Mountain?

The end!!!!!!!!!

What does Catherine Taber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't it has such a dreadful ending with no hint of a sequel.

Any additional comments?

This had all the makings of a great novel but to end it on such a way was the last straw for me. Is there a sequel coming out???

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  • Kevin
  • 10-20-15

Expected more

Felt the story hadn't reached its end, left hanging on what happens to the court cases.

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  • C Anderson
  • 05-31-15

What a painful lead character

This story dragged itself along like a three legged dog and was repetitious and slow.

The lead character, Samantha, was a completely unsympathetic, detached, cynical and uninteresting woman who failed to improve in the telling.

The subject, coal mining and its dreadful human and environmental impacts, had the makings of a ripping narrative which Grisham absolutely failed to deliver.

Don't waste your money. It's writing by numbers.

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  • Linda Walker
  • 05-02-15

Very entertaining

This book has a bit of everything in it. Romance, suspense, relationship issues and has highs and lows. The pros & cons of mining and job loss is a very current issue.

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  • Joanne
  • 04-03-15

Not the best of John Grisham

I kept listening, thinking it'll get better and it didn't. I didn't like the accent either.