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Publisher's Summary

The multi-million copy best-selling thriller that introduced Jake Brigance to Clanton and inspired a sequel, Sycamore Row.

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer. But in the maelstrom of Clanton, it is also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed.

©1992 John Grisham (P)1992 Random House, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Grisham is an absolute master!" ( The Washington Post)

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Thrilling and completely captivating. I loved it

Loved it. completely captivating and i didnt want the story to end. brilliant audio book.

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Brilliant

Would you listen to A Time to Kill again? Why?

Totally entranced from the start.
Articulately detailed and keeps you guessing all the way

What did you like best about this story?

Storyline and narratpr

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

Na

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

Yes

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Typical Grisham.

In typical John Grisham style, he tells a story you simply can't stop listening to.
The narrator is one of the best yet and really helps bring you into the world that Grisham creates. Loved it from beginning to end.

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Excellent!

Having read the book and seen the movie, I wasn't too sure how the audiobook would go, but was seriously surprised!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Great listen...

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A solid court drama

Having seen the film years ago I thought I'd give the book a go. It's an easy listening court drama, kept me entertained for a few days. Although this may be one of the rare occasions where the film is better than the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2017

Loved it. Excellent narrator. Highly recommended.

A brilliant narrator and a wonderful story well written and I really enjoyed it !

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  • AndrewLen
  • 19-11-2016

You'll love this if you hate bigotry..

What did you love best about A Time to Kill?

The attempted justice of Carl Lee Hailey by the lawyer defending him and the hypocrisy of the people that were claiming to try and help him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Time to Kill?

Without a doubt, the story itself, from start to finish.

What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

He explains the plot of the story in a way that compels you to keep listening to the story.

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

Absolutely nothing. The narrator was brilliant.

Any additional comments?

If you despise racism and bigotry, you will love this book and without giving too much away, you will LOVE the way the story ends. This has to be one of John Grisham's best. Highly recommended read!

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  • John Glasgow
  • 02-04-2015

A fantastic listen

Would you listen to A Time to Kill again? Why?

This audiobook is of the highest quality, both in terms of story and performance. Michael Beck's excellent performance brings this book to life and at no point in the 16+ hours did I feel the story lose my attention.

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

I don't have a favourite because of how good Michael Beck was. Without spoiling anything I think his adaptation of Ellen Roark was brilliant as well as Lucian and Jake.

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

The whole book is totally engrossing, leaving you wondering what is going to happen next at all times. I have never read a John Grisham book before but I fully intend to listen to the next one, hopefully read by Michael Beck again.

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A 5 star listen. A fantastic book, read by a fantastic narrator. For anyone who enjoys drama of any kind, put this on your wish list.

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  • chillyt
  • 31-05-2015

Brilliant book

it was well worth listening to although upsetting at times .

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  • Newhaven Stud
  • 28-03-2015

Ended too abruptly!

I did thoroughly enjoy listening to this audio book; I really did but was shocked by jts really abrupt ending.

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  • Ann D
  • 07-05-2018

Excellent!

Compelling novel. Beautifully written, with richly drawn characters. The narration is perfect for the story.

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  • RMG Rugby
  • 03-10-2016

A thought provoking story brilliantly told.

There's a reason John's a best seller and this is another of them. A thought provoking story told brilliantly. Worth every penny.

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  • C. J. Burn
  • 20-07-2015

Another Gripping tale impeccably told

What did you like most about A Time to Kill?

The story unfolds slowly and steadily with occasional twists and turns to keep your attention. Michael Beck is the consummate Grisham narrator, changing pace when necessary and making each character come alive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake Braganza the hero of the story always seems to have the right intentions and although ambitious also has a moral core.

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

The description of the rape of a ten year old girl was graphic and horrific but even more moving is the ongoing trauma she experiences as a result and which shows the huge psychological as well as physical damage caused by the perpetrators.

Any additional comments?

Not my first Grisham audio book - and I'm sure it wont be the last. Great for long car journeys.

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  • amanda
  • 12-07-2015

Fantastic

Had me crippled from the first line. Did not want it to end. Fantastic read.

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  • Mr
  • 26-06-2015

Favourite book

I love this book and as Grishams first novel - it's actually a lot more raw

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  • Joe
  • 18-12-2014

A time to kill

Court room dramas are not my usual thing but i was recommended Sycamore row. I thought i would start with this book as its a prequel and where we first meet Jake Brigance and the people of Ford county. I vaguely remembered seeing this film many years ago but couldn't remember the end anyway.

Its a compelling tale, and an emotional one at that. It raises questions about right and wrong, justice and Equality. A really great story, badly told.

As i said, I'm not a Grisham reader or a Court room enthusiast. I seemed to me that the story was told rather matter of factly. A list of events rather than a characters journey. "Jake did this" "The judge said this"etc, etc. Not much character building at all. As a result i wasn't emotionally invested in any of the characters and this made the ending feel somewhat anti climactic.

Maybe this is typical of the genera or Grishams writing style but I'm not that eager to pick up the sequel now. Almost all of his best work is made into films anyway, i think I'll just stick to the films.

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  • G3org3
  • 22-05-2018

Good listen with excellent narration by Michael

I really enjoyed the story with quite a lot of suspense and emotion. I definitely recommend it.