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Sycamore Row Audiobook

Sycamore Row

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Publisher's Summary

For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

©2013 John Grisham (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Rob Harpur Auckland, New Zealand 02/12/2016
    Rob Harpur Auckland, New Zealand 02/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "gripping"

    good story with satisfying outcomes

    and kept ones interest till the end.would suggest it to others to read

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    Melanie 11/11/2016
    Melanie 11/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Ingenious premise, but long winded"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For me it definitely was because I have a delivery job in which I can let audiobooks roll on all day while I work, so the epic length of this book wasn't a waste of my time. If it were a shelf book I probably would have put it down many times as I would get disinterested, but the premise is so strong that I would still really want to finish it.

    There were repetitions and segments that just went into way too much detail or scenes that were just not needed - Things like explorations of the minor character's lives - but at the same time Grisham builds up a whole-world picture that adds some value in some cases (not all).
    - I liked that he was very good at adapting perspectives and being objective with his characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did enjoy the way he constructed and communicated the family dynamics in this story. It was tragic but raw and tangible. You can see the effects of dodgy parenting on some of the characters (and then outright horrific parenting) but the reader is left to make the connections themselves which I believe is always important.

    The original Grisham characters are always entertaining and he creates the community atmosphere too so the story is living inside it's own world.

    Lastly, the premise of the story is intriguing and was what kept me listening all the way through despite the long winded parts. I listened non stop needing to know how it would be explained in the end, and the payoff was worth it.


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think Grisham writes with pretty simple language and the use of cliches would irritate me more if it weren't for the decent narration. I don't know if I would be able enjoy 'reading' Grisham as often but I love listening to him with this narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 22/09/2016
    Julie 22/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listening"

    Was captured by this story and look forward to getting the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 04/09/2016
    Gary 04/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Entranced"

    What a great story and well told.
    Mr Grisham has delivered another riveting tale.
    Mr G I will be back for another real soon.
    And, I invite you all to not miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Woodford-Robinson 20/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A good story but too long"

    In my opinion this could have been a good story had it been half as long.
    But it went into unnecessary and uninteresting detail
    The narrator however did a good job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BigEars Goulburn 20/12/2015
    BigEars Goulburn 20/12/2015 Member Since 2014

    Travel to and from work and enjoy listening to stories as opposed to the radio all the time. I have a lot of music but prefer a story line

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    "Enthralling"

    New to this author but thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well done and the performances where great. I enjoyed the accents and variations in characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    catherine 23/05/2015
    catherine 23/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was so compelling, I loved hearing about the racial tensions that where still happening in the eighties in the USA. I found the characters interesting and the story line absorbing. Jack is a like-able hero, realistic, flawed yet still doing his best to represent his client and battle the bigger co-operation. The narration is well down with each character having their own distinctive voice. Can not recommend this novel enough and look forward to listening to more John Grisham novels in the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeevithj CA, Australia 18/11/2013
    jeevithj CA, Australia 18/11/2013
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    "Awesome story line"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Of course !!! I would recommend this book to my friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were Awesome.


    What three words best describe Michael Beck’s performance?

    The Up's Down in his tone makes the book even more lively


    Could you see Sycamore Row being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes.any star.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Madeleine
    London, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "Grisham is all about the craft"

    People often dismiss Grisham as lightweight airplane novel material, but after years of listening to some pretty dismal storytelling, my return to Grisham reminded me of what an incredibly skilled writer he is. Admittedly, Jake's wife is a bit of a prop to show he's a family man, but on the whole, his characters are meaty and challenging. The plot is solid and well-constructed and gripping and his pacing is absolutely immaculate.

    At no point did I do what I usually do these days, which is groan and wish the writing had been better edited. There's no fat on this story. It's all lean, page-turning (pod-listening?) goodness.

    In an era of a lot of self-published, unedited, badly finished fiction, John Grisham is a long, tall drink of cool water.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • BookLady
    St. Cloud USA
    10/11/13
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    "The Grisham you fell in love with"

    Sycamore Row is more like Grisham's earlier novels than the later ones. The courtroom drama, the inevitable battle and of course ..... the twist!

    LOVE IT!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    CANBERRA CITY, Australia
    6/02/14
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    "Hot Damn! Welcome Back Mr Grisham!"
    Any additional comments?

    Years ago I used to love reading Grisham books then I fell out with him as they began to appear more 'churned out'. With some reticence I chose this one from Audible. Hot damn! What a great legal thriller! Beautifully paced, great characterization, plot, scene depiction etc. - simply hard to put down! And all perfectly narrated by Michael Beck who gave a simply wonderful performance! And people wonder why I love audiobooks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vira
    Pretoria, South Africa
    7/12/13
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    "Thrilling courtroom drama"

    A well written and interesting court drama, with transparent narration. Themes include racism, testamentary legalities, humility, justice, compensation and forgiveness.

    I love the way the story comes full circle, the end meets the beginning, and the loose ends are all neatly tied up. Very satisfactory, especially after staying awake through the night, unable to turn it off!

    This is my first Grisham book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cant seem to find the (unabridged) prequel, "A Time to Kill", on Audible but maybe that's only due to where I live. I would've liked to have listened to that as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faith
    Durban, South Africa
    18/04/16
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    "Excellent read"

    I have listened to this book twice now and I am sure I will do so again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bill
    21/03/15
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    "Good Grishan"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all good characters


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he differentiates the characters perfectly


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

    could


    Any additional comments?

    great story with interesting characters very well recorded

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nerida
    melbourne, Australia
    3/02/15
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    "started promising... dull middle... dramatic end"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    When I pay money for a book I hope that I will find a gem that will keep drawing me back to the story..if not...minimally I hope for a story engaging enough for me to listen to while I get the house work done. If I hadn't paid money for this one, I would have left it go way before the end. The first chapter or so was very promising but after that it was hours and hours and hours of a slow story line that just didn't take off. Finally , just as it became interesting it was over. Was this time well spent? ........my house is cleaner............


    Has Sycamore Row turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Almost...will be a while before I dip my toe in that water again.....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to say because it is a spoiler


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    clean the house so I could get my money's worth and move onto the next book


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's just me..looking back I don't know how the writer filled up so much time with words that didn't seem to say too much except the end.Perhaps I missed the point- if the book is boring it makes the dramatic ending more dramatic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    10/12/14
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    "John Grisham's yarn has always been my favourite"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. Cool headed Lawyer..


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

    love Beck's narratives and looking for books that were narrated by him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Constance
    8/11/14
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    "Brilliant..John Grisham is back!!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good humour and the play on characters…almost everyone had a 'bag of tricks'. It was about 20hours but didn't feel like it. I've listened to some books that were just 6hours but absolutely exhausting


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Harry Rex!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    5/09/14
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    "A towering epic. Grisham at the top of his game."

    Wow! This story and the fabulous characters provide some insights we can only hope are purely fictious - yet the gnawing knot in our gut tells us that this is how the law can be used or abused - to dispense or deny justice. Absolute edge-of-the-seat stuff! Magnificently narrated (I'm tempted to say 'acted').

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    21/11/13
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    "Vintage Grisham"

    I tried to ration my listening but was so gripped by the story I finished the book very quickly. It's the author at his best. Grisham's usual laconic and cynical opinion of lawyers is given full rein. Two sets of protagonists to an eventual court case are carefully set up so that the reader/listener is partisan and wants the underdog to win. Race relations in the Deep South add to the uncertainty over the eventual verdict over whether a last minute hand-written Will is valid. Pre-trial discovery and jury selection all add to the tensions that builds up to an edge-of-your-seat court battle with surprises and set-backs.
    The narrator does a grand job bringing the various characters to life in this highly recommended book.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    RETFORD, United Kingdom
    10/12/13
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    "Grisham back at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Beautiful characterisation, an unusual yet gripping plot, set in the stunning surroundings of the deep south. Grisham returns to what he does best in this novel. A steady paced, character driven story with twists and turns to maintain interest.
    The reader has a beautiful tone very fitting for the southern "drawl" of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake - a true Grisham hero


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    He brought to life the characters with perfect intonation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The "video" scene in the courtroom brought a lump to my throat


    Any additional comments?

    A must buy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    stotfold, United Kingdom
    8/12/13
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    "A return to form"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes its well written well read and entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The centar Character is well rounded but not perfect. He first appeared in A Time to Kill this book references back to that book but this stands alone.If you try this book and enjoy it defiantly get A Time to Kill which has the edge in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all the unabridged Grisham on audible and enjoyed them all but I especially like the earlier grittier stories. I also prefer the earlier longer books that really take the time to build critter and tension.
    Look out for William Dufris as the narrater of the early books he is my favourite reader and does a great job.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    huddersfield, United Kingdom
    31/01/14
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    "Excellent read"
    What did you like most about Sycamore Row?

    This is an interesting and unusual mystery that grips you right from the beginning. It has twists and turns that are unexpected and is set up with the main theme NOT around a murder, which is intriguing.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to, and why?

    I cannot compare this to another book as from the start it is a unique storyline and the uniqueness runs through the book.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    A very expressive performance with each character clearly given his or her own voice and read in a way that kept you listening and enthralled.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moving moments in this book and it left me with a story I will not forget.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Easyman
    UK
    19/12/13
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    "20 Hours Isn't Long Enough!"

    I really didn't want the story to end. If you liked A Time To Kill, you will love this book. The only negative that it wasn't long enough.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    10/12/13
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    "Good Grisham fare, brilliantly read."

    Grisham always tells a great tale, however this was brought to life by the fantastic narration of Michael Beck. Enjoyed every moment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    19/12/13
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    "Intricate"
    What did you like most about Sycamore Row?

    It reminded me of a modern justification of to kill a mocking bird


    What did you like best about this story?

    Law is not my strong point, but Grisham saled me through it leaving no confusion


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

    I loved Becks slant on the characters


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me a sense of satisfaction and hope for the human race


    Any additional comments?

    Grishams not everyone's cup of tea but he's certainly good at what he does

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
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    "Really enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    A typical Grisham - set in the 1980s around a contested will. This brings in to play money, racial relations and family dynamics with a not entirely unexpected plot twist. Very enjoyable.


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

    Yes- I could have easily listened to it all at once - the plot was good and the characters engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it. A good listen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary
    Stainland, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "A battle of wills"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, courtroom ,drama


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to, and why?

    If I was being very generous the obvious comparison would be to Bleak House due to it being a will dispute but it's much more approachable than Dickens with characters being rather less complicated and the story more starightforward


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

    Michael Beck's performance is good. His characterisation works well and is mostly clear. I did find that, as the author only uses "said" to indicate speech rather than "muttered" or "shouted" etc, it was a little jarring at times.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a good listen and kept me entertained for many hours on the M62. I would say that it is very long and does have interest peaks and troughs. Stick with it though it's worth a listen and is a good folow up to A Time to Kill


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dermot J. Cole
    London
    29/01/14
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    "Padded Short"
    What did you like best about Sycamore Row? What did you like least?

    I like a procedural legal thriller, and being neither American or a lawyer I generally learn something from books like this. The voice narration was good, although slow.. Seems like actor and author combined to make this thin story stretch.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There are whole swathes of the book that simply summarise the story to that point. For example chapter 17 recounts an overheard conversation in a cafe, people effectively summarising the key points. It's full if 'so you're telling me that....' and 'so what you're saying is...' You could start the book at chapter 18 and not have missed out. The whole book is a story - with a twist - one of two twists I considered and was right on one, and I'm no genius. Full of stock characters, some more engaging than others but in truth Jake as protagonist is worthy but dull. Not terrible, but of all Grishams creations this was a strange one to follow up. The main points if the story are covered very two or three chapters.


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoyed the narration, although at time it was a bit slow. This could have been a reflection of the story however.


    Could you see Sycamore Row being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I think the casting of A time to kill was pretty good, and it was this actors I had in mind whilst reading. Stock characters aplenty through.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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