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The Guardians

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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He was framed for murder.

Now he needs someone on the outside to save him.

For 22 years Quincy Miller has sat on Death Row without friends, family or legal representation. He was accused of killing Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no witnesses and no motive. Just the fact that Quincy was black in an all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of his car. A torch he swore was planted. A torch that conveniently disappeared from evidence just before his trial. 

It made no difference. The police photographs of the torch were enough. In the eyes of the law Quincy is guilty and, no matter how often he protests his innocence, his punishment will be death. 

Finally, after 22 years, an innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends Quincy will become number nine.

But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo's murder. They prefer that an innocent man goes to his death than one of them. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they'll kill another one without a second thought. 

©2019 John Grisham (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Excellent

Interesting from begin to the end. Narration was also very good. Characters brought to life.

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One of Grisham’s best novels!

This is one of Grisham’s best stories. Listened from beginning to end in one long session. Couldn’t stop listening. Learned a lot about the deplorable incarceration statistics in the US and the good work of the innocence project lawyers. Well put together in a dramatic story that kept me absorbed from beginning to end. So sad to realise there may be so many innocent people in prison! Looking forward to Grisham’s next novel.

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Great Novel

A great novel, with a good storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it the "audible" way.

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The importance of a narrator who has wide public appeal.

This sounds like another great Grisham.
But I couldn’t get past the narrator’s slow pace and southern drawl.

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This story moved me!

One of John Grisham's novels that brought me to tears. So moving, so achingly real and the narrator's ability to change voices for the characters was very well done! Did not want this one to end!

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Too many subplots detracting from the main focus.

Whilst enjoyable was a little bit confusing at times in relation to witnesses and cases

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Outstanding

I enjoy all Grisham's work and this has to be one of the best, if not the best.

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Grisham at his absolute best

Sensational in every way. Great story and narration. Would make a great series Thank you

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  • Simon
  • 22-10-2019

Grisham Hits a Home Run!

This is precisely where I have always liked John Grisham to spend his time. Cases mired in the American legal system, rank injustices, dodgy judges, shady dealings. Of course if I can see one criticism it's that some might feel that Grisham has done this all before but into all this hem thrusts Cullen Post, a man, a lawyer, a minister with a mission. Post works for Guardian Ministries, a non-profit Innocence law firm set up to try and exonerate victims of the greatest injustices.

It really is this author at his finest as he cleverly takes us through the absolute morass that is the US legal system with rulings and judgements and clever twists along the way. Constantly in the background is the spectre of dark forces at work. The book pretty much states its intentions from the opening scenes as we meet one of those they are trying to save on the brink of execution. It's stirring stuff and it's clear from those early moments that Grisham has found a new lead in Post who could really have some miles in him if the author so chooses.

I really enjoyed Michael Beck's narration. He fitted the key characters like a glove and kept the story moving at just the right pace.

All in all I'm really happy to see Grisham back to doing what he does best after what for me has felt like quite varied output in recent years. It's always a great sign when you finish a book and start to hope that you'll see these characters again and in Cullen Post and his associates at Guardian Ministries I think there are extremely strong foundations for more stories to come. Come on John . . . how about it?

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  • Michael Stadler
  • 24-10-2019

Almost True

This is a fabulous yarn showing how justice can be manipulated in Small town America

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-2019

Remarkable

I have never written a review before despite reading at least 2 books a week, so Don’t feel qualified to go into detail however I will say this is my first John Grisham book and I was enthralled and moved especially listening to the writer explaining his inspiration for the plot at the end. Most definitely will not be my last Grisham book

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  • Carôle
  • 22-10-2019

What a Fabulous Story!

Intriguing and engrossing, John Grisham at his best! This is a story that you could listen to for hours, hearing more of their adventures and obstacles to getting to the truth!

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  • jelly bean
  • 15-11-2019

Generally good all round

Loved the narrator. Good story, with a balance between in court and outside adventures. satisfactory ending too.

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  • Wayne L. Goodman
  • 04-11-2019

One of the best

This is based (Loosley) on a true story and is riveting to the end
I have most Grisham books and they never fail to deliver on great story telling, brilliant plot and a superb insight into the legal world

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  • Street
  • 03-11-2019

Top marks

Another brilliant story from the master of legal drama, addictive to the extent that I found it hard to put down. The performance of Michael Beck served only to enhance the whole experience.

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  • Kirstine
  • 02-11-2019

Classic Grisham

I've enjoyed many of the author's books and this one is among the best: engrossing stories of injustice that are all too believable with dispiriting delays in the legal system, indifference to the plights of the innocent incarcerated for decade, despite evidence to the contrary, and outright corruption of police officers and prison warders. At the end of the book the author relates the true-life case that inspired this book. The narrator is excellent. A fine book that left one feeling depressed by the judicial system that lets down people on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • peter young
  • 02-11-2019

A Grisham Classic beautifully read

Nothing to add to the headline. The carefully measured pace just adds atmosphere and tension.

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  • Trixie
  • 02-11-2019

Very very S L O W

This book was a bit of a chore to get through and I almost gave up half way through. I generally enjoy all Grisham’s stories so kept waiting for it to improve, but no,it rambled on and on with endless names and very little momentum.

The main character is rather dull and spends most of the story driving from one prison to another with court stops in between. Grisham should take a leaf out of Michael Connelly’s court room scenes which have drama and suspense rather than plodding procedure.

I won’t spoil the story by revealing the ending. I just gave a sigh of relief that it was over.