- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (February 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553471392
- ISBN-13: 978-0553471397
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 571 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,397,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Client Audio, Cassette – Abridged, February 1, 1993
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With her sparkling voice and superb acting ability, Blair Brown gives an impressive reading of this John Grisham blockbuster. The story hinges on a young boy who gets an unwanted earful of murder, politics--and dangerous secrets about both--from a conscience-stricken mob lawyer bent on suicide. "I can tell you where the body is... the most notorious undiscovered corpse of our time." Just the kind of information most children don't need, especially when the snakeskin-wearing hit man finds out what he knows. Aside from musical cues scattered as superfluously as laugh tracks on a sitcom, the production quality is stellar, preserving the crispness of Blair's voice and the nuances of her excellent interpretation. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of the bestselling Grisham will be pleased to note that he is once more on Firm ground: his latest legal thriller offers a clever, compelling plot coupled with two singular protagonists sure to elicit readers' empathy. Eleven-year-old Mark Sway, taking his kid brother for a smoke behind their Memphis trailer park, witnesses the suicide of a lawyer "driven crazy" by a lethal secret. Before he dies, the man confides to Mark where the body of a recently murdered U.S. senator lies buried, and the game's afoot. Trailed by the police, the FBI and assorted Mafia types (the deceased politico was the victim of "a successful New Orleans street thug"), Mark retains--for one dollar--the services of Reggie Love, a 50ish female lawyer. This uncommon attorney-client relationship adds an affecting, unusually humanistic layer to the novel's tension-filled events. Mark, raised by a divorced mother and wise beyond his years, thinks chiefly in terms of movies and TV; Reggie, a street-smart survivor of an acrimonious divorce, is often unsure whether to hug or slug her precocious client. True to form, Grisham employs just enough foreshadowing to keep the suspense rolling ("Neither of them could know that . . . "), and propels his action at the requisite breakneck pace. Occasional plot improbabilities and stylistic quibbles--a few fuzzy characterizations; overstatement of already obvious points; Mark's sporadic adult phraseology--will not deter readers from enjoying a rousing read. 950,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; Reader's Digest Condensed Book selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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That said, there is a clanger in The Client and I'm surprised that his editors or Random House did not pick it up. Early in the book there is a passage that goes, "suddenly the large heavy man with the red face was running through the weeds." Then later in the book after the man is dead, we have, "Where was the chubby little body with the bald head?" Now, the obvious question is how can the man (Romey) be a large heavy man with a chubby little body?
I have read the book twice and watched the movie on numerous occasions. The Client is not of the same quality or depth as The Firm or A Time to Kill, but it is still a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I bought the Kindle edition from Amazon for my new tablet (after installing the Kindle reader app) and it downloaded and installed perfectly even though it was my first try at this sort of thing.