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John Grisham Value Collection: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Client Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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The Firm- When Mitch McDeere, an ambitious law student from Harvard chooses the Memphis tax firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, he finds himself caught between the FBI, who wants an informant inside the firm, and the firm itself, which will make him a very rich man-or a very dead one.
The Client- This is the story of eleven-year-old Mark Sway, who witnessed the bizarre suicide of a New Orleans attorney. Just before he dies, the lawyer tells Mark a deadly secret concerning the recent murder of a Louisiana senator whose accused killer, Mafia thug Barry Muldanno, is about to go to trial. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"A Time to Kill" is John Grisham's first novel. His fluid, detailed storytelling is unlike the choppy first attempts of many modern authors.In a small town in the Deep South, two redneck hooligans rape and maim a ten-year-old black girl. Enraged, the girl's father, Carl Lee Hailey, takes justice into his own hands, killing the two rapists in a courthouse shooting. He seeks the help of defense lawyer Jake Brigance to save him from the gas chamber.
Brigance, a young but sharp lawyer, has to find a way to win an impossible case: a black man is on trial for killing two white men, and his case is being heard by an all-white jury. Adding to the mix are violence between the Ku Klux Klan and the black community, and the fact that, during the shooting, Carl Lee had injured a sheriff's deputy.
When I first read this novel, I was angered and irritated by the depth of hatred that exists within racism. I was angered that had Carl Lee been a white man bent on avenging his daughter's suffering, he would never have had to face trial. The rape of ten year old Tanya, Carl Lee's daughter, by Billy Ray and Pete, A Time to Kill is a disturbing novel, aside from the raping and killing that opens the tale. It is not possible to look at our justice system the same way, especially from the viewpoint of the black community in the South.
I listened to the first 3 CD's "A Time to Kill". It seemed really, really short so I looked into the next 3 CD's, "The Firm". The complete book, The Firm, is on 17 CD's. The "Value Collection" version is on 3 CD's. WHAT KIND OF VALUE IS CUTTING OUT 82% OF THE BOOK! I don't even know how they could tell the story in that little time. They should call it the "Horribly, mutilated slightly longer than a summary version." I bought the longer version of The Firm to enjoy and now the "Value Collection" is a paperweight.
I am enjoying the stories and the narration very much, but there are only 3 CD's for each title. Other similar books, including some from John Grisham have been on more disks and also seemed to have more details. I got suspicious and checked the product description carefully. It says "Abridged edition." They don't specify what was abridged, by how much or why. It just makes the very compelling stories (All made into major motion pictures right?) seem short and have less depth. I thought I was getting a deal getting 3 different books for one "low" price, but maybe not.
AND ESPECIALLY THE READERS WITH THEIR INFLECTIONS! THEY SOUNDED
ALMOST LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN THE MOVIES. ANYTHING GRISHAM
HAS IN AUDIO I WILL CERTAINLY OBTAIN. THANKS TO AMAZON FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WEB SITE TO PURCHASE SUCH GREAT PRODUCTS.
Grisham's main character engages in some classic self-destructive behavior, right up front. The portrayal of these life-changing events nudge the reader's sympathy for the man, without actually elbowing it off the table entirely.
I will not reveal more of the story or action at this point, but the character lands on his feet and follows his curiosity early on. While that seems like a losing proposition at first, Grisham leads the reader farther and farther along the character's path, while he, the actor, begins to wander into some of the most interesting, intruguing and possibly fertile fields in the country.
Grisham's inside knowledge of the world of lawyers, courtrooms and judges cradles the reader in a nest with an incomparable vantage point. One can almost see oneself in the scenario. Co-experience that of the characters as they adventure themselves into the (to them) new, dangerous, exciting and possibly lucrative world of tort law and the trial lawyers' eye-opening courtroom methodology for winning.
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While these are early works they were just right to listen to in our car as we drove across the country. We couldn't wait to get back in the car each day to continue the story.Published 8 months ago by Gordon M. Connell
All of these stories have been films and are captivating. Great narration help make a car trip just whiz by.Published 10 months ago by James P Blaakman
All 3 stories are really good. The speaker does a great job of keeping you interested in what's going on.Published 12 months ago by Michelle Heath
Good stories but again it was abridged. Wish unabridged was available. The people who decide what to delete in books, really don't follow the plotline very good.Published 13 months ago by Wodn