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The Last Juror

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Series: Lucien Wilbanks, Book 2, Harry Rex Vonner, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim, until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family.

Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn’t necessarily mean "life", and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

©2004 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2004 Random House, LLC

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"Wholly engrossing - Grisham's story-telling knack has not deserted him; and the hint that something more serious is at stake than the solution of a crime gives the narrative an extra depth" ( Evening Standard)

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-31-15

Masterful

John Grisham - the lat juror is compelling, enthralling & compulsive listening. Brought to life by Michael Beck a wonderful performer.

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  • K. B.
  • 04-27-15

5stars all the way

Grisham is a terrific storyteller. Story offers amazing insight to a world of yesterday's struggles. Very useful time spent listening to the last Juror.

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  • Ginny
  • 02-24-15

Fantastic story,

I was gripped all the way through and near to tears at the end. fantastic

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  • stephen pickering
  • 05-10-19

well read as usual by Michael beck.

the ending was a little cheesy and quick. but a good book overall . enjoyed it.

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  • Ian Maclean
  • 01-15-19

John Grisham gives us literature

A beautiful literary portrait of a time and place, rather than just a murder mystery... but you get the gripping murder mystery with its unputdownable finale too. Yet another amazing book from this wonderful author.

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  • Harrycat
  • 01-09-19

Disappointed

I generally enjoy John Grisham's novels but this one just did not seem to have the depth and interest of most of his others, it was a story but I would not listen to it again and would not recommend it. The narrator did a very good job with a mediocre subject matter.

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  • Samantha
  • 12-01-18

as ever, enjoyable.

full of detail, a bit long winded sometimes, but overall I really enjoyed listening to this one.

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  • Ross Mochrie-Smith
  • 11-20-18

not worth it

very poor attempt. more about how to run a newspaper than the typical political or legal thriller we are used to from the author. feel very let down.

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  • Mrs. T
  • 11-14-18

Very good

Great Grisham.....just figured out the ending early on but loved it anyway! He's always a great read.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 11-10-18

Very enjoyable

Grisham does either write superb stories that really draw one in, or stories that are totally boring. Thankfully this was one of the former sort.
I really enjoyed the story, it also helps to like the characters, which I did. This was an interesting tale that showed the intolerance towards Black people at the time when segregation was being overturned, albeit with plenty of animosity, but there was so much more to it than that. An interesting story of a young man making something of himself when he takes over the small town newspaper, and the friendship that he forged with a lovely Black lady. This has left me thinking long after I have finished the book.

I was taken in by the twist at the end.

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  • Shorty
  • 06-13-16

Thrilling and filled with suspense

The book was really interesting, filled with suspense and very thrilling. However the last 3 hours just seemed to drag.

I really liked the narrator's voice. His voice easily slipped into one character from another. I am guessing Baggy is a white man, however from the voice when playing him, he sounded like a black man.


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  • Matthew Worrall
  • 01-14-16

not a patch on Grisham's other books....

Unfortunately found this story uninteresting. Which, I'm surprised at, considering I have really liked every other story he has written...

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