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Publisher's Summary

John Grisham has a new hero...and she's full of surprises.

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town's legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to "help real people with real problems". For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren't so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

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

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Struggled to finish

Plodding plot, shallow charectetixation, horrible dialog, copout nonending. Avoid this one. Grisham at his worse.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very sub-par for John Grisham

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Catherine Taber?

Yes, I love Grisham's earlier works

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Lackluster and unfulfilling

Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Taber?

Perhaps

Was Gray Mountain worth the listening time?

I'm very glad I did not purchase the unabridged version. The abridgement was painful enough.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing compared to the Grisham classics.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Isabel R
  • Fort Bragg, CA. U.S.A.
  • 02-16-15

What happened to Grisham?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The whole story was pretty poor by Grishan
M standards.

Would you recommend Gray Mountain to your friends? Why or why not?

No it was boring.

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

Definitely not.

Was Gray Mountain worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

It literally put me to sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Weak to poor story, very poor narration

I bought the abridged version by mistake, and I'm glad I did. The narration was pretty poor and many times I wanted to quit listening; if it had been the unabridged version, I would have. The narrator sound like she's reading (which she is, of course), sentence by sentence, same rhythm, same inflection. Each sentence disconnected from the previous one. No emotion, poor distinct voices. I should have rated it a one star, but I think I have heard poorer narrations.
As for the story, not hard to anticipate most developments, although they did not necessarily occur in the way anticipated. Learn a lot about strip mining, but nothing new about big corporations and law firms doing what they are hired to do, like it or not.
Oh well, Grisham's worst. Hope the next one is better --- but that shouldn't be hard to do.

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LACKING

Really did not meet my expectations; lack of good ending... It was the disappointing John Grisham book that I ever read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Grisham is great!

Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

I will read anything John Grisham writes.

Any additional comments?

this may not be Grisham's best, but it is still better entertainment than most books on the market. Clean language, gripping story, reliable author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lost interest and didn't finish!

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

More action would be helpful to this story. It became very boring, droned on, and lost interest.

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

Weak story line. Not what I expect from Grisham and I have read many books by him.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Taber?

Yes.

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

Get on with it already

Any additional comments?

Wouldn't recommend. Story needed to move along a LOT faster, or have more meat/bite to it.

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not my kind of story line

the storyline was not good for me- struggled to finish- narrator was good-

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A DISAPPOINTING STORY

Would you listen to Gray Mountain again? Why?

No. It was flat and tedious, no reason to repeat it.

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

When Samantha first learns of the health consequences of people working in the mines

Which scene was your favorite?

The big city girl, Samantha, coming to the hills. Roles are reversed, she doesn't have clue what she's doing. The ignorant, uneducated people know more than she does.

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

No, it wasn't that good. It was predictable.

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No dull moments.

No wasted words that don't add to the story. Non- stop action. Descriptive and succinct.