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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of 11-year-old Mark Sway, who witnessed the bizarre suicide of a New Orleans attorney. Just before he dies, the lawyer tells Mark a deadly secret concerning the recent murder of a Louisiana senator whose accused killer, Mafia thug Barry Muldanno, is about to go to trial. The police, the federal prosecutor, and the FBI pressure Mark to tell them the attorney's last words, but Mark knows that with the mob watching his every move, revealing his secret will almost surely get him killed. So Mark, streetwise and old beyond his years, hires a lawyer: Reggie Love, a 52-year-old divorcee who's been through more than anyone could imagine and survived, basically because she's tough. And feisty. And loves helping kids overlooked or abused by the system. When Mark's life is threatened, and Reggie discovers her office has been bugged, and even the juvenile court judge says Mark has no choice but to talk, she realizes that this time she's in way over her head. But then Mark comes up with a plan...a crazy plan, in Reggie's opinion, but it's their only hope. And it just might work.
©1993 John Grisham (P)1993 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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  • Twila
  • San marcos, TX, United States
  • 01-02-13

Great story but..............

What did you love best about The Client?

The story line was good and the characters were well described and fun to get to know.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the fact that it was based on a child (Mark) as the main character.

What three words best describe Blair Brown’s voice?

clear, pleasant, appropriate for the story

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile often due to the character traits of Mark. He's a cool kid.

Any additional comments?

I listen to quite a few audio books and the only thing I did not like about this one was the music that continued to play over the narration. It was distracting and did not add to the story. I would not have minded hearing some music between chapters or before a turn in the story line for emphasis, but music should never be playing while the narrator is speaking. It was annoying and almost made me stop listening to this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Scotia, NY, USA
  • 04-04-14

Thin storyline, jarring music

This is one of the worst Grisham books I've listened to. Very thin storyline, little action, no suspense. Maybe it's because I listened to the abridged version, which is something I never do. Still, I was grateful when it was over. I don't know if I could have listened to the entirety of the unabridged version.

The characters were tired caricatures, especially the cranky judge. No substance to any of them.

This reading also had some loud, obnoxious musical interludes sprinkled in. The music didn't fit the story and was quite annoying.

I'm not a big fan of Blair Brown but she was okay in this instance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Decently abridged, but not Grisham's most exciting

For once, a decently abridged book. While there are still bits of the story not perfectly explained, and a few characters missing some background, the story almost flows like a regular book - far better than any other book I've heard. The narrator is easy to understand.
On the down side, it's not Grisham's most exciting book. A little slow based and unusually predictable. And the annoying music between chapters and occasionally in the background doesn't help.

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  • Marcus
  • Columbus, NE, United States
  • 09-12-12

Easily Made Into a Movie

Any additional comments?

This book could obviously be made into a movie. A ton of pointless details, a ton. Although the best courtroom scenes in this book were somehow the ones that they left out of the movie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Henry
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 11-20-09

The Client

I was not satisfied with the book, it was to unbelievable, it did not hold my interest like other Grisham Novels.

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Really enjoyable book

We chose this audiobook because of the author. We love the option of previewing so we can hear the narrator. This was a very enjoyable book and the narrator is great. The main characters are well developed and so believable - we could visualize every detail. The story gets deeper and deeper the further into the book you get. My husband and I both wanted to know how the book was going to end so we finish the last hour and a half in our hotel room after our long drive. I love John Grisham for his depth of writing and ease of understanding if you don't understand the legal system completely. If you like the author and his type of books, this book will not disappoint you.

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Needs to be redone

The recording quality is poor. And the music is unnecessary, disjointed, horrible midi, and should never have passed the quality control of an editor, even in the 80’s. Often you can’t hear the narrator because the music is too loud.

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Great storyline. Awesome characters..

Great personalities. Very good narrator. Interesting content. Love it. Definitely is a must recommend book.

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remove the Music

the musical accompaniment is Terrible. It destroys the overall great story. Bad idea definitely
Bab ban Bad remove 15 words needed ....

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Abridged version was a surprise

I did not realize this was the abridged version when I made the purchase. Doesn’t seem to be an unabridged version available. This does not seem well done compared to other Grisham audiobooks. Very weirdly placed music throughout. I’m