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Publisher's Summary

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began... 

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial - a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history. 

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. 

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row? 

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly 25 years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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Critic Reviews

"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got in the United States these days." (,i>The New York Times Book Review)
"John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does - indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better." (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post)
"A legal literary legend." ( USA Today)

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  • ALLEN
  • Tulsa, OK, United States
  • 01-20-14

Grisham Continues to Excel

What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

I have listened to all of Grisham's books and they are all good with some being better than others. I felt this was one of his best books and many plot twists and turns.

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

Michael Beck couldn't have read this any better - just brilliant.

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

Not particularly. I like to enjoy the suspense and look forward to the next listen when I walk my dog.

Any additional comments?

You will not be disappointed.

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Michael Beck

One of the best narrators I've heard. Michael Beck makes the story come alive and exciting.

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Grisham? Really??

Well written but very weak story. Certainly not vintage Grisham, I'm afraid! Nothing new here.

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Fantastic

Truly great storytelling and wonderful reading. This presentation of one of Grisham’s best is everything a well-read story should be. Cannot recommend more completely.

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Plot twist pulls at readers heartstrings

With Grisham cunning pen, he leads listeners down an Old South road that is sure to bring tears.

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John Grisham Does It Again!

I have been reading John Grisham's books for years. My favorite is "A Time to Kill." With this thought in mind, I enjoyed listening to "Sycamore Row" because I was again introduced to some of my favorite characters. The story and the plot held my interest throughout,
and had I been reading I would have to say this book was a page turner. I was able to listen and envision every setting from the many coffee tables to the court room. There were no gaps in my mind about how characters looked, thought, and behaved. The narrator was superb, and was able to read the story and hold my interest as I infused myself into every setting g as an onlooker born and raised in the south. I would indeed recommend this book to fellow followers of John Grisham. You were on point throughout the entire book. Never a dull moment for me. Good Job!

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  • 07-07-16

Sycamore Row review. outstanding

Great listening. We enjoyed it during our drive fom Michigan through Pennsylvania and New York very much.

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Race, Greed, Atonement, and Equality

Mississippi produces some of the best writers. I read The Pelican Brief as required reading for a Mississippi Writers class and have not read another Grisham novel since. It was entertaining, and the reader did a great job.

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not bad, not exceptional

I love Grisham but this is not one of my favorites. there's a classic Grisham twist but its in the last couple chapters. its unfortunately a bit dull until that point. Voice performance is a bit dry as well.

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amazing book highly highly recommend

this book will transform you into rural Mississippi a highly recommended it's one of the best books I've ever read and if you've dealt with any kind of probate ever in your life you will understand it completely and thoroughly