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The King of Torts Audiobook

The King of Torts

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Publisher's Summary

The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long, and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.

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    KristinaH Columbia, SC USA 03-17-03
    KristinaH Columbia, SC USA 03-17-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Enough already!"

    I was hoping Grisham was back to his former glory, but alas...it is not to be. J. Clay Carter is a flat, predictable character. This is the last Grisham book I will invest my money in.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JR 03-03-03
    JR 03-03-03 Member Since 2006
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    "The Great American Novel"

    When I pick up a Grisham novel I don't expect it to be the "Great American Novel". Like all of his books this one has a good story line, moves fast and is a good diversion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacques Nebo, NC, USA 03-07-03
    Jacques Nebo, NC, USA 03-07-03
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    "review"

    Shallow and relaying on past plots. Everthing a "best seller" is hyped by the publisher and past success.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine cheshire, CT, USA 11-22-04
    Katherine cheshire, CT, USA 11-22-04
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    "Not worth the time"

    I could barely stand to listen to this book. At least when reading I can skip all the monotonous detail about expensive purchases.
    Unbelievable characters and an all too predictable plot make this book simply not worth time.

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    D. Polidori Rancho Santa Fe, CA 05-02-03
    D. Polidori Rancho Santa Fe, CA 05-02-03 Member Since 2017

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    "Typical Grisham book. Good narrator."

    This is a pretty typical Grisham book. I liked it and particularly liked the narrator. If you like the legal thrillers, this is a very enjoyable listen.

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    Paula Kansas City, MO, USA 03-26-03
    Paula Kansas City, MO, USA 03-26-03
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    "Wow! What a ride!"

    Grisham is a master storyteller. Michael Beck is a master narrator. Beck's performance is flawless. As he effortlessly shunts from one personae to the next, you're convinced there must be a host of narrators recounting this tale. The many interesting characters in this work come to life and draw you deep into this Grisham novel right from the start. Clay Carter is an amicable hero with his all-too-human reactions to temptations too hard to resist. Welcome to this fast and furious ride of twists and turns into the underbelly of mass tort litigation. Don't forget your Dramamine!

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    Tim Rocklin, CA, United States 03-23-03
    Tim Rocklin, CA, United States 03-23-03 Member Since 2015
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    "King of Torts"

    Interesting premis, you will never look at tort reform the same again.

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    Shari-Lynn Flatts, Bermuda 03-13-03
    Shari-Lynn Flatts, Bermuda 03-13-03 Member Since 2011
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    "More JCC!"

    Thank you John Grisham and Audible! I couldn't put this one down. I loved the character J. Clay Carter. The world of torts, class actions lawsuits, etc. was so very interesting. Please don't let this be the last we hear of JCC.

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    Brian 03-11-03
    Brian 03-11-03
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    "The King of Torts"

    A master piece of our legal system today

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    Sam Bagwell Alpharetta, Georgia USA 03-08-03
    Sam Bagwell Alpharetta, Georgia USA 03-08-03 Member Since 2017

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    "Simply entertainment"

    I enjoyed the book. It started with a more hectic pace than it ended. While a somewhat predictable plot, the characters were full and interesting. I was engrossed with the devastating effect of greed on the main character. Grisham tied it in well with the past and the future. If you're looking for your teacher's literature, then pass. Otherwise, just enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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