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The Whistler

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: The Whistler, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (239 ratings)

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The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller.

Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's 1,000 judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name who has an extraordinary tale to tell.

Myers is representing a whistle-blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates, this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead.

Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, she hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels. No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now.

Under Florida law those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle-blower friend could make millions. But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?

©2016 Random House Audio; 2016 John Grisham

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Gripping

An exciting plot and consistent story line. Very believable characters that hold the listeners attention from A to Z. The research done to give credence to the plot is extraordinary to say the least. Well balanced too considering the number of directions the storyline takes. Absolutely superb

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Great read

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Great read

This is another terrific read from JG. Kept me well and truely engaged. On to the next read.

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Wonderful read

Excellent well thought out story. Builds suspense slowly and then moves into action. Also informative.

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Another triumph

Wonderful storyline . Once I began reading I could not stop. Another triumph for John Grisham.

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A little Mills and Boon

Allow me to start by saying what a great writer.
Perhaps he has fallen in love or rekindled a love, because it seemed to me that it was reflected in this work, with whole chapters dealing with feelings (I dead with enough of that stuff at home) I moved through the hospital recuperation chapters ... snore.. having said this I enjoyed the other 90% of the book.
thanks :-)

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Grisham Classic

As with all other John Grisham books, The Whistler keeps the reader captivated, hanging on every words. I highly recommend this novel to any fans of John Grisham.

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  • 08-05-2018

Didn’t enjoy this book

Two many crooks in this book. Narrator was same as Molly’s Game which I had just listened to and put me off the story

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decent book

the whistler was ok, reasonable predicable sorry line, but very well read. Another good book for Sunday afternoon

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Not one of Grisham's best

A rather convoluted story., confusing at times and less gripping than his earlier and later books

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  • Carmel
  • 30-09-2017

Nerve wracking Narration

I would have enjoyed the novel so much more if I hadn't had to listen to the worst narration I have ever been subject to. For me, the performance of the Narrator is tantamount to the success of the story. Cassandra needs to buy a florist shop or take many more voice lessons

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  • Nea Costello
  • 20-08-2017

A Most Enjoyable Enthralling Book

Great story and excellent narration!!!
I have highly recommended this book to family and friends.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2018

The worst narration ever!

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Cassandra Campbell?

John Grisham yes.... Cassandra never ever ever

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

Not listening to the story because of the narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded like she was trying to seduce you from the first word!

Any additional comments?

The narrator is the most important part of an audible book, it is the deciding factor to purchase or not, or to continue listening or not. It also adds to the experience of the story overall. Unfortunately this was a very disappointing choice for a John Grisham novel.

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  • Catherine
  • 08-11-2016

Another Gresham stunner

Like his other novels Whistler is geographically accurate with legal intertwining and fun relationships. The audio reader was smooth with only a few lapses in accent

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  • Venn
  • 31-10-2016

What a boring book

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Cassandra Campbell?

I have read all John Grisham's books, but this one just did not intrigue me one little bit.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

I would think twice

What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

Not bad but quite monotonous, however the content was so boring and predictable I don't blame her.

Was The Whistler worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Mr. Grisham shouldn't release books of this quality

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  • M
  • 31-12-2016

This is

This book has been the straw that broke the camels back for me. I have bought Grisham books for years and loved them. The past few have been so awful I am convinced either he has lost his mojo or someone else is writing them. I won't be buying any more.

The narrator does their best with a really dull,piece of work.

His earlier work is brilliant, buy it - buy it but I would steer clear of his last half dozen books.

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  • john
  • 06-11-2016

Not his finest work

I've read everything j Grisham has written and I'm sorry to say he's getting weaker with every book,tired plot lines and shallow characters that are hard to like,still better than a lot of books out there,

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  • sami
  • 07-11-2016

promising to start

It was moderately engaging, tailed off with a narrative towards the end.

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  • Philip
  • 28-12-2016

Always a good read, but...

I download a new JG as soon as it arrives in the site. Both this and his last effort have, however, been well below his best standard. A rather obscure arm of government hunting down corrupt judges gives a different angle from his usual struggling lawyers, and the story and characters grip. Then, in the last act, he runs out of steam, the unravelling of the plot happens at second hand and far too fast. Maybe even Grisham has problems with deadlines.

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  • ZedBooks
  • 10-01-2017

GRISHAM ALWAYS RELIABLE

While perhaps not as eloquent as Scott Turow, John Grisham can always be relied on to produce accomplished legal thrillers -- he's been doing it for more than 30 years.
The balance between tension and believability is carefully maintained, and he neatly avoids making superheroes out of his main characters.
And, in addition Grisham can also always be relied on to educate his readers about the Law and its endless complexities.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2017

Good overcoming evil

A bit too detailed in the beginning but, I couldn't put it down a good read.

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  • Pamela Meggitt
  • 30-12-2016

EXCELLENT

A return to John Grisham's earlier form. A tight plot with several strands cleverly woven together.

The narration maintained the tension well.

An excellent read - highly recommended.

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  • Margaret MacFarlane
  • 25-12-2016

first time trialing audio

I loved this book. was very wary at first as first time with audio but narrator was excellent.

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  • Moonzer
  • 25-11-2016

Good story, badly let down by poor narration.

This story is certainly worth reading. But, the quality of the narrator makes a pretty poor audio-book.

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  • june gibson
  • 12-01-2017

WOW

I found that I lister end for hours at a time, good job my doctor wants me to rest. Enjoyed every mln"

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