Personal Injuries

Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Series: Kindle County, Book 5
Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
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To Robbie Feaver the law is all about making a play - to a client, a jury, or a judge. But when the flashy, womanizing, multimillion-dollar personal injury lawyer is caught offering bribes, he's forced to wear a wire. Even as the besieged attorney looks after his ailing wife, Feaver must also make tapes that will hurl his friends, his enemies, his city, and a particular FBI undercover agent into a crisis of conscience and law. Now Robbie Feaver is making the play of his life.

©1999 Scott Turow (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Do not buy IF..

Do not buy if the “Mystery Thriller” books you listen to must be plot driven and contain action cliff-hangers.

Read this for the characters and their development.

Publishers Weekly says it better than I can.

“Turow has always been more interested in character than plot, and in Robbie Feaver, a lawyer on the make who ends up fighting for his life, he has created his richest and most compelling figure yet.
….for Feaver is a character of almost Shakespearean contradictions. A charming, brash womanizer who nevertheless shows superhuman reserves of love and patience to his dying wife at home, he is always several jumps ahead of the prosecutors, the FBI and the reader, winning sympathy, even admiration, where there should be none.”

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Not a great Turow book

The characters are boring and wooden, the plot drags, and I couldn't wait for it to be over. It is OK if you have absolutely no other book to read.

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Even more tilted toward character than most of his books

I love the author's style, and this is a good book. But be prepared for a level of character development and backstory that will get tedious at times.

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A big disappointment

I consider myself a Scott Turow fan. I have read all his books available on Audible and several in hard copy, never with less than overall appreciation for his ability to draw the reader into his narrative and his skill as a writer. Until now. I feel both puzzled and disappointed by Personal Injuries. Several reviewers have described the plot as boring, presumably because it moves along very slowly, frequently punctuated by digressive descriptions of minor characters and descriptive details of settings, clothing etc. It is, in short, more "literary" than the typical crime procedural mystery. My criticisms are more specific and do not take the author to task for writing a book that departs from my general expectations. I would argue that the books fails in ways that transcend genre. For example, the tensions between Robbie, the protagonist anti-hero sleazeball lawyer, and Evon, the constipated FBI agent assigned to undercover duty in Robbie's office, are artificial, tortured, and ultimately the stuff of television soap opera. Throwing in Robbie's wife dying a slow, painful death from ALS over the span of the story only reinforces this unfortunate impression. The cast of corrupt cops and judges comes across as more caricature than credible. Even poor Sandy Stern, the stately Argentine-American attorney from earlier Turow novels, is dragged in toward the end for a cameo appearance. In desperation perhaps, to lend some credibility? Finally one point that some might regard as nitpicking: the story is told in the person by George. George wafts in and out of the storyline, sometimes omniscient (or nearly so) and other times a relatively uninteresting and incurious observer of events. Turow attempts some unconvincing justification of how George could be cognizant of virtually all the things that are going on in the lives and thoughts of the other characters but it just doesn't fly. Creative writing technique aside, it is never a good thing when the reader is distracted by wondering who is narrating and why. Note: After I wrote this review I did a little research and learned that Time magazine named Personal Injuries as the Best Fiction Novel of 1999. I am left wondering who was on the jury and if they actually read the book.

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Over Kill?

The length of descriptions of how one suffers with ALS were far too long. Although a necessary part of the story, such descriptions seem to be Turow's focus point to the detriment of the story line. A good listen if one is not bothered by such things.

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It is difficult to explain how confusing...

Personal Injuries is. It is supposedly the 5th book in the Kindle County series and I had not read the prior 4. In any case, I was lost from the beginning and still lost at the end. My rating is that it is the worst book I have ever read.

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Riveting

The characters are written with detail and make you feel for the characters- all their triumphs, defeats, strengths and flaws. Great listen

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Really really good

There’s so much more to this novel than the plot, you’ll be moved in many ways while meeting the characters.

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Captivating storyline!

I honestly lost sleep to continue listening to this book, the writing truly pulls you into the story and you cant wait to see what happens next. I love all of Scott Turow books....excellence!

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if you are a lawyer or a judge, Read This Book!

What made the experience of listening to Personal Injuries the most enjoyable?

First, the story was excellent. It was involved but easy to follow and very enrapturing.

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

I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the book.

What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

The performance was the best ever heard by this reader. I felt like a very experienced lawyer or judge was actually narrating the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is not a new book, but I had never read it before. I loved it. The tag line should be "a court system where corruption is so rampant, you can't tell the good guys from the bad!"