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The Rainmaker Audiobook

The Rainmaker

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It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he's in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence - a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land....

©1995 John Grisham; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-27-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-27-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Not Totally Disappointed"

    I decided to give Grisham another try, and truthfully it was the tone of the narrator's voice on the sample that helped me to make the decision. I became fully bored after about 4 or 5 hours of listening -- too much fluff. I was tempted to give up listening, but plodded on. Yes, I like a story to have texture and believability but too many extraneous characters and too many subplots makes me frustrated when I have not been given good reasons to care about them. Nevertheless, the story wrapped up well. Honestly, I struggled to finish because the main story did not start to grab my attention until about 8 to 10 hours of listening. However, I did like the main character almost from the beginning (I tend to cheer for the underdog!) My next favorite character is Dex, an interesting and resourceful person. I am not sure how the title of the story fits except in a vague kind of way, the word rainmaker was only mentioned once (unless I missed it), it could be in reference to the old adage, "when it rains it pours" because the main character struggled for the first 4/5 hours of listening just to find a job and like another old adage says, "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all." I have heard that rainmaker refers to the lawyer who brings "big bucks" into a law firm. I don't want to give anything away so I will stop writing. But I still think the story could have been tightened up a good bit.

    The narrator's voice was nice and soothing. He has good acting abilities. Muller's performance exceeded enjoyable. Another criticism is that 10 to 12 times during the 16 hour listen, sentences are repeated which was a distraction but didn't take away from the narration or story in any way.

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    Catlyn Feral Santa Barbara CA 09-13-16
    Catlyn Feral Santa Barbara CA 09-13-16 Member Since 2014

    Dogs have owners. Cats have staff

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    "great storyline"

    such good characters and great story lines. I really liked the reader. he did good voices. I highly recommend this book.

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    Peter Behn 09-11-16
    Peter Behn 09-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific book"

    Muller is a great reader and Grisham is a wonderful writer. The story is well crafted and the book is suspenseful. I highly recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderfully varied and filled with excitement"

    This is one of the most exciting legal dramas I have ever read. It is filled with varied stories, all told from the perspective of a new, young lawyer. There's drama, both personal and legal, and lots of interesting characters. It's a great story for anyone, regardless of whether their law enthusiasts or not.

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    Gregory J Lawler 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I loved this book. The story is still relevant. It has intrigue, mystery, excitement and throughly captures the listener. The court room scenes are tremendous. I believe narration is award winning, making the book a success.

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    07-24-16
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    "Best Grisham I've read/heard so far!"

    This was a near perfect novel for me! It had mystery, intrigue and most of all, a good narrator. Frank Muller has the perfect cadence, timing and tone! He reads with a wry wit and has great inflection that a John Grishom novel needs. It is a " feel good" David and Goliath story! It does sound a bit dated in a few places, but that didn't bother me at all , after all it was written over 10 years ago. If you love a good courtroom tale, then you need to get this book! It has renewed my interest in them, and also leaves me to want to download another by this author. Luckily, I think Mr. Muller does most, if not all his books, though I've never felt the need to publish a review. It has minor swearing, which I'm sensitive too, so that didn't bother either. Ii I would make one criticism, it would be for Audible, someone needs to edit this book! It has many places that repeat, and one time it even mentions to change the c.d. ! Still minor imperfections when it comes to how I feel about this book! Go get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Baker 06-14-16
    Baker 06-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Book!!"

    I was hooked from the beginning! Enjoyed it all the way to the end! It is a have to read.

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    Dione 05-02-16
    Dione 05-02-16 Member Since 2011

    I love reading but love listening even more. I listen while riding in my car, going to sleep at night, working on the computer, or just having a cup of tea.

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    I love John Grisham but i chose this book because of the length of it and the voice of the narrator. I will look for more books that Frank Muller narrates.

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    Alexandra 03-01-16
    Alexandra 03-01-16
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    "Great performance but weak ending to story"

    Frank Muller did a wonderful job bringing this story to life! And the story was great all the way until the near end - without giving anything away the ending felt like a cop-out. But worth a credit to get to enjoy 95% of this book.

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    Max 09-24-15
    Max 09-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Stops and repeats"

    I loved the book but it kept reaping same sentences and stopping randomly
    Recommend audible to re-do book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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