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The Firm Audiobook

The Firm

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Publisher's Summary

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray - doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail - already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice - if he wants to live.

©2007 John Grisham; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Keeps the reader hooked... From the creepy first chapters... to the vise-tightening midsection and on to the take-the money-and-run finale." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Irresistable...seizes the reader on the opening page and propels him through 400 more." (Newsweek)

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 06-02-15
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "It's hard to put this book down!!!"

    So,so,so much better than the movie!!! I can't say enough about the way John Grisham writes his books easy to read,suspenseful and drama drama drama and u still don't know what's next. This book goes so far into the corrupt world and the place lawyers and mobsters have in it. Mitch and Abby only have one way out!!! And u need to read this book to see how they got out with or with out the FBI's help

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    Todd Orange, Australia 01-01-14
    Todd Orange, Australia 01-01-14
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    "Today's word is "Affluent"."

    If you'll excuse the sarcastic headline, I'll get to the review in a moment. It's just that the word "affluent/affluence" is used so much in this book, it became a bit of a running joke to me. But I digress.

    "The Firm" was apparently Grisham's first breakout bestseller and it also happens to be the first time I've read/listened to one of his books. I was impressed. The story, whilst not groundbreaking is nevertheless engaging and full of fleshed-out characters. The pace is nicely set, starting with McDeere's recruitment, subsequent instant affluence (see what I did there?), and the eventual realisation that maybe things are too good to be true. His race against the firm is gripping and a cause for staying in my work car long after I have arrived at my destination.

    Scott Brick's narration is fantastic. He manages to have the cockiness of McDeere, the menace of Locke, and even the slobbish nature of Devasher down perfectly. I think I'll be looking at a few more Grisham novels to add to my list after this one. Very well done indeed.

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    Bill S. 08-29-13
    Bill S. 08-29-13

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    "Vintage Grisham"
    Any additional comments?

    I saw the film many years ago having not read the book. Picked this one up recently and loved it, but couldn't remember anything from the film. So I re-watched the film after I finished this and realized why. They changed many, many key points (as often happens). This is a long way to say that if you saw the movie and haven't read/heard the book, the movie is a faint shadow and Grisham fans will love it.

    Obviously the story is dated, especially from a technological point of view, but it's still worth it.

    I heard a lot of books narrated by Scott Brick and this is by far one of his finest performances.

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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 08-03-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 08-03-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Mediocre narration drags down otherwise good novel"

    I've read the paper version of dozens of Grisham novels, but this story disappoints mainly because the narration is so sluggish and colorless. The narrator fails to differentiate voices - except for several characters who are given vague southern or New York accents, but what really hurts is a pace that is almost agonizingly slow.

    Another drawback for the audiobook is that the Tom Cruise film (1993) featured a screenplay that was so nicely crafted and tightly paced that the original story seems clunky and unsatisfying by comparison.

    All and all, Grisham makes it a worth while read, but I was more than a little disappointed by the lackluster narration, especially for a title that demands a premium price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rayleen Morayfield, Australia 12-18-12
    Rayleen Morayfield, Australia 12-18-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "great read"
    Where does The Firm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


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

    no first one


    Any additional comments?

    great read kept me interested the whole time looking forward to more fro this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Clio, MI, United States 09-24-12
    Diane Clio, MI, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Grisham page-turner!"
    What did you love best about The Firm?

    I kept thinking, "Oh no, watch out for that guy you can't trust him"..."It's no good, Mitch, you're smarter than that...no, no!" I was with him all the way!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Mitchs' creativity! No wonder he was 5th in his graduating class! I loved how he handled Them. And he was cool in every sense of the word.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    That was the only part I didn't care for about the story. He tried to be so slick and he came off sounding "smarmey". His accents were all off. Sorry, couldn't do it in '3 words'.


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

    When Abbey confronted the Fibbie on the bus and relayed to him so much info about the operation.....he was confounded that she knew so much and wasn't even aware of who she was. And then when she told him just how many files they had copied ...... Wow! He was amazed. He knew he wasn't dealing with just any lawyer.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I knew this Bendino Law Firm had thier hooks into Mitch, I couldn't put my mp3 down. I had watched the Firm on tv last year, so I had him in my mind.......mmmmm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 12-26-09
    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 12-26-09 Member Since 2015

    FinanceBuzz

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    "Very different from the movie"

    I have long wanted to listen to the audiobook of The Firm but Audible only had an abridged version. When I saw that they had added an unabridged version, read by my favorite narrator Scott Brick, nonetheless, I jumped on it. The book is very good but winds up deviated significantly from the book. The story is definitely entertaining, but I have to admit, this is one of those rare cases where I think I preferred the film. That being said, it is an excellent audiobook that was engrossing and kept me engaged. As such, I am happy to give it four stars.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Mildura, Australia 12-11-15
    Dianne Mildura, Australia 12-11-15 Member Since 2011

    So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.

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    "Not all that glitters is Grisham"

    I guess if you are John Grisham you could care less about what reviewers think, as you can pretty much laugh all the way to the bank. And that's ok when Grisham is good, but like anyone, we all have our bad days.
    Went back thru my Library recently to re-visit some Grishams, and after totally relishing 'The Runaway Jury', decided to re-experience 'The Firm'. I never saw the movie, as I can't stand Tom Cruise, but had faith in listening to the book again.
    Painful mistake. I kept cringing, and kept asking myself why? Was is the narrator? No, I've enjoyed Scott Brick with other authors, even tho he can sound a bit over dramatic at times.
    Was it the story? No. I could not fault the 'what if?' scenario, and so much more could have been done with it.
    So, what was it, that ticked me off so monumentally?
    Three things.
    One: occasionally, crime writers forget they are writing a book, and not a screen play. This means instead of taking the trouble to create a succinct word picture, they resort to lots of dialogue, and lots of superfluous and downright boring description of actions by characters. Maybe this was why it did get turned into a movie, the screen play was already written?
    Second: In this case, the dialogue itself, which becomes turgid: repetitive, uninspiring, smartass, unpointed; until you feel you like you are wading through quicksand in a deep diver's suit. Maybe the author believes he is creating action, but in the end, I had to grit my teeth to get through it, and I still wanted to know where the story was going, as I did not remember from the previous read.
    Third: I hate it when crime writers feel the need to 'put down' law enforcement agencies such as the police, the CIA, or in this case, the FBI, painting them as stupid in order to make their invented heroes seem that much smarter. It really undermines credibility of the character. In this case we are expected to believe that this 20 something, inexperienced lawyer totally runs rings around an experienced FBI agent, who probably also is a law graduate, as is McDeere. The way McDeere constantly sasses Terence in the tawdry dialogue makes me want to slap him (McDeere), and the dumb, repetitive questions that Grisham attributes to Terence, make me want to slap Grisham!
    I am prepared to suspend disbelief for the purposes of fiction, but even this crosses my generous boundaries!

    Grisham can do SO much better!



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    dev penumaka 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    The suspense stays till the very last word. Throughly enjoyable book. I would recommend all the 20 somethings to definitely read this book.

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    Jo Lafitte 04-20-17
    Jo Lafitte 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great book from Grisham!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Firm to be better than the print version?

    No, they're equally good.


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

    YES!! Up till the very end you didn't know how it was going to turn out.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Drama


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

    I would if I could, but I mostly listen while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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