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Sycamore Row Audiobook

Sycamore Row [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2014

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began...

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial - a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly 25 years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, a note from the author will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Praise for the novels of John Grisham  

"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got in the United States these days." —The New York Times Book Review

"John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better." —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"John Grisham owns the legal thriller." —The Denver Post

"John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots." —Seattle Times

"A legal literary legend." —USA Today

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    RunsInTrees 12-31-14
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. It was long, tedious, and predictable. At times I wish I could have fast forwarded it just to get to the point. It was almost written as a movie script, not a book. The reader was good, but couldnt save the story. I dont recommend.


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    Alphonso 12-31-14
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    Another Grisham masterpiece! Hung on to every word. I thought I knew what to happen at the end but was still surprised.

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    Shaney S Cornell 12-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too long for the story being told"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    Sycamore Row had a good conceptual framework; however the story line was really dragged down by the substantial amount of time that Grisham spent going into back-story detail on characters who were of little to no consequence. It made the reader keep expecting these characters to return, when in the end they were irrelevant and could have been easily skipped or briefly covered. It made me feel like Grisham had a certain number of pages he was required to fill for this novel, and he abundantly used character based filler to get there.


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    Jim Levings Silver Spring, MD, USA 12-19-14
    Jim Levings Silver Spring, MD, USA 12-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"

    So glad to see the old John Grisham back. A must read for those who enjoyed his books when he first came on the scene.

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    Amazon Customer 12-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    I love John Grisham. this was not bad but I have read better by him.

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    Ben Anderson 12-16-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Another Hit!"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sycamore Row ranks near the top! As always, Grisham delivers an entertaining and thrilling book! I very much enjoyed it! I hope that John continues to write his own books and does not take up the common practice of successful authors; selling their names to the books written by others under the idea of "collaboration." Keep up the great work Mr Grisham!


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    Lachelle Koester 12-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    This is a great story with all the great characters from A Time to Kill! Three years after Carllee Hailey's trial, Jake Brigance finds himself again in the court! If you loved A Time to Kill by John Grisham, you'll love this story! Well worth the 20 hours of listening!

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    Panda824 12-09-14
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    "Is this really Fiction??? Seems so real!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it keeps you captivated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that you feel like you are a part of the story.


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

    Actually, he did great on all of them. Amazing how he just made it flow. Playing the little girl was so adorable.


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

    When the young boys died and the father went to the young lawyers office to say he didn't have any animosity towards the family. It made me cry...I wish more people were like him.


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    Julie Moore Galena, Illinois USA 12-09-14
    Julie Moore Galena, Illinois USA 12-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story Teller"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    A suspenseful well told story.


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

    Grisham develops characters,plots, places and subject matter with equal excellence.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first listen with Michael Beck. I'll look forward to hearing him again.


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

    The trial itself.


    Any additional comments?

    My first review.I liked the book that much!

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    Simone 11-26-14
    Simone 11-26-14 Member Since 2016

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    "so-so"

    I generally like courtroom drama.

    The stories are usually very compelling, and there’s an edge-of-your-seat element to them that I always enjoy.

    I didn’t devour this book as much as I thought I would because I have little interest in “The South”. The atmosphere doesn’t evoke anything for me and so I find the overall setting uninspiring and almost depressing.

    The courtroom face-off didn’t start until three quarters of the way in; most of the story centred around the groundwork and various machinations involved in preparing to go to court which although I found interesting and even educational, started to feel too drawn-out after a while.

    In the end, I felt a little deflated. I am not sure how the story could have wrapped up any better but as it is it was almost boring.

    John Grisham however is a great story teller… and reading through his bibliography and I am sure I’ve read more of his books than the 3 I have marked as read… or did I just see the movies?

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