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A bit of a snoozefest
on November 19, 2011
"Theodore Boone: The Abduction" by John Grisham is his follow-up to his 2010 foray to YA fiction "Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer". The first book left readers hanging with an unresolved murder trial, but that isn't covered in book #2 (although it's indicated at the end of The Abduction that Book #3 would pick-up with the murder trial again). Instead, book #2 is more of a stand-alone story dealing with the possible abduction of Theo's best friend April.
I listened to the audiobook of The Abduction (as read by Richard Thomas) in the gym. I thought that a nice thriller would be a good pick-me-up, but no, I found it really sleepy and dull. Richard Thomas did his best with the boring material, but seriously, this is one long zzzzz. I'm not exactly sure how Grisham managed to make a story dealing with the possible abduction of a child so unexciting and oddly lacking in tension (including a really lame conclusion which was stretched out for far too long)
The best part of The Abduction had nothing to do with the main plot at all - it's a little interlude where Theo shows up at Animal Court and defends a feisty old parrot in danger of having its wings clipped. I found myself laughing out loud and enjoying myself for the first time in the book (Richard Thomas did the voices really well for the Animal court scenes), and wished for more scenes like that. I think I'd actually be happier if Grisham came out with a "Theodore Boone: Animal Court" anthology instead!