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The King of Torts

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life—that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession’s newest king of torts…

©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2003 Random House, LLC

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"Grisham reigns supreme... another tremendous tour de force" - Sunday Express

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A long but believable story, enough to hold ones interested along the way.

The reader was good, soothing in fact, considering the story wasn't that dynamic.
What is interesting is these pharmaceutical company cases are very similar to real life settlements that actually have occurred and been reported in reputable newspapers. Meaning this story probably is linked to actual cases with only name, illness and symptom differences.
I do like it when a story doesn't have to make things unbelievable to fit the plot.



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  • Marj
  • 24-09-2015

Predicable.

the narrator Michael Beck is brilliant but the story was mediocre in comparison to the writers usual captivating and gasp out loud, works of art.

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  • Nina Couser
  • 23-06-2020

Great listen, something different

Great listen in every way. Grisham is fine form here, although it's a very different tale. Great narration, great writing, some good scenes. I was engaged in the story throughout. On the story side, I kept waiting in vain for certain scenes to arrive. The story doesn't really suffer on account of it, but it just wasn't the story I was expecting. I thought it was a rise of the underdog story, however it was quite different. Now that it's finished I'll miss it, and wouldn't mind another listen through right away! I hope you give it a go. It's a good one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2020

Good, except for the ending

Usual Grisham, so a good book overall. Narration was okay too, but for the narrator not knowing what a Georgian accent sounds like. I do however have a problem with the ending. It sounded to me like the most tacked on, it'll-do ending I've ever heard. It was like a sum up and conclusion to the story in 1 short paragraph, accompanied by some weird music that hadn't been in the rest of the book. Even the narration sounded odd. Apart from that, it was okay

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  • Wayne L. Goodman
  • 25-11-2019

Brilliant as always

Love this story The twists and turns are great and told with perfection This is in my top 3 books ever

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  • Trekkie Monster
  • 18-07-2019

My favourite Grisham book just got better

King of Torts has always been my favourite JG book. Partly due to the fact is not one of the most popular books and wasn't run through the movie mill, partly due to the structure of the tale as it has a clearly defined "beginning, middle and end" and partly because it shows not all his books have the typical Hollywood-esque happy ever after endings. There's a definite current running through the book about the morality of both tort campaigns and greed. The audiobook is brilliantly read by Michael Beck who is by far the best of the JG readers in my opinion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-2018

great bbook

a fantastic gripping listen that shows the true price of the greed for money how it corrupts and changes people

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  • SusanMcC
  • 24-10-2017

I'll think twice about reading Grisham again.

This should be called the rise and fall of Clay Carter. It isn't really anything other than a series of events in the life of a greedy lawyer. I had hoped that Grisham would expose the way pharmaceutical companies rush through research in the race to make a profit by putting lives at risk. No, that was just a throw away part of the journey. The character wasn't developed enough to carry emotional weight to the journey. I didn't feel for him. Grisham has written some brilliant novels but this was just a lazy journey from rags to riches and nearly back again. It reminded me of why I'd stopped reading Grisham.

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  • Bob
  • 19-06-2016

AWFUL

John Grisham you should be ashamed
no story no plot no interest
worst JG ive ever read

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  • urbansumo
  • 25-02-2016

great story for long drives

This thrilling high stakes story really kept me entertained on the long car journeys to London ;)

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  • Mandy Tout
  • 23-02-2015

Disappointing

An interesting explanation of how class actions can go wrong, but a bit tedious and the characters were flat. Have read far better Grishams.