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The Appeal Audiobook

The Appeal

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In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

©2008 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-13-08
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-13-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Grisham's best work"

    It's hard to talk about this book without giving something away. I thought I had the ending pegged about halfway through but I was wrong on one major detail. Can't talk about it though because it would be a spoiler. This novel did have a decidedly anti-conservative slant. Perhaps Grisham was using hyperbole to make a point. But he overdid it. The political maneuvering in this story was very interesting and a lot more believable than the legal and judicial scenarios. Everyone leans towards one end (or the middle) of the political spectrum. At the same time, most of us will allow that those who think differently than us are not inherently evil in the way we might think a child molester is evil. This book painted many folks along the spectrum as inherently evil and the plot development and story suffered as a result. Michael Beck did his usual great job of narration, but even he wasn't able to rescue the tale. I'm often tempted to relisten to Grisham novels as I did with The Broker. It was just as good the second time around. I may listen to The Rainmaker again, because that was a great story with some similarity to this most recent novel. Sadly though, not even a rainmaker could broker The Appeal into a repeat listen. (Sorry about that.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 02-12-08
    Rebecca 02-12-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Cardboard Characters"

    I expected more. The main characters are flat and unrealistic--either 100% selfless and good, or 100% evil. Obviously Grisham had an axe to grind, and he makes his points very well, but the people in the story are just paper dolls to advance the agenda.

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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 02-12-08
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 02-12-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    Reworked Grisham formula. The legal and political issues were of interest, but mostly old.
    The characters never developed.

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    Lorenrw 02-11-08
    Lorenrw 02-11-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth 9.95"

    After listening to this book, I am sure the author John Grisham is the type of man that would offer a child a ice cream cone, then he would smash it on the ground, laughing when the child started to cry. I thought I was getting a good deal at $9.95. What a waste of money and time. Grisham paints a picture of the american public as mindless,worthless,clueless dolts, controled by the rich. This book is my last John Grisham book. Do yourself a favor and pass this one up!

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    Benchracer 02-10-08
    Benchracer 02-10-08
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    "A dead end dud"

    I’ve enjoyed everything Grisham has written, until now. I might have enjoyed this, but for the fact that I felt abandoned by the author. It truly is a book with an end, but not an ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 02-10-08
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 02-10-08
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    "Oklahoma City"

    At first I couldn't believe the ending, always hoping for something good to happen. If fact, at first I was angry that John Grisham ended the book so harshly. But the more I thought about it, I think Grisham really wanted us to think about Tort reform....is it really all that its meant to be?
    I agreed with the other reviewers, Michael Beck was an absolutely great narrator. I felt the story and characters were well developed and held my attention. Just a note to Grisham; its a brushog, not bushog.

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    Bill Middle Island, NY, United States 02-09-08
    Bill Middle Island, NY, United States 02-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "not his best"

    I've listened to just about all of John Grisham's audio books and was looking foward to this one but was a bit disappointed. The story was OK but probably could have been half the length. What is usally great character development in Grisham's books, in this book I felt was just filler.

    The naration I felt was uninspired as well. If you have never listened to a John Grisham book start with The Pelican Brief or The Firm.

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    William L. Washington, DC, USA 02-09-08
    William L. Washington, DC, USA 02-09-08
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    "Well read"

    Michael Beck has done a commendable job reading The Appeal: what makes or breaks an audiobook is the clarity and enthusiasm of the reader and this audiobook has both. Well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Damon Inglewood, CA, USA 02-09-08
    Damon Inglewood, CA, USA 02-09-08 Member Since 2014
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    "A Total Waste of 12 Hours"

    I kept waiting for this book to get interesting but it got weaker and weaker as it went on. With 15 minutes left in the book, I kept wondering how the author was going to pull it all together. Now I know! He couldn't pull it all together. What a cowardly and non creative way to end a story.

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    Howard Ray Folsom, CA, USA 02-07-08
    Howard Ray Folsom, CA, USA 02-07-08
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    "A great story"

    Grisham can tell a story with the best of them and this one is no exception. The story was relevant, current and well paced. The narrartor was as good as anyone I have heard (54 audible books and counting). The characters were well developed. Although, if I have one criticism it is that one of the main character's change of heart was a bit forced and rapid--as if Grisham felt he was running out of pages. Otherwise, an excellent listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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