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Author: John Grisham Narrator: David Lansbury Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553753578

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The hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day. It was a Wednesday, early in September 1952. The Cardinals were five games behind the Dodgers with three weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist-high to my father, over my head, and he and my grandfather could be heard before supper whispering words that were seldom heard. It could be a "good crop." Thus begins the new novel from John Grisham, a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm eighty acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it. For six weeks they pick cotton, battling the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and, sometimes, each other. As the weeks pass Luke sees and hears things no seven-year-old could possibly be prepared for, and finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever. A Painted House is a moving story of one boy's journey from innocence to experience.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Totally not the usual Grisham. "

    - Al, 2/18/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A book completely different from other John Grisham novels. A moving story about the troubles and trials of a rural family who are cotton farmers from the eyes of a young boy. Based slightly on Grisham's own childhood experiences is what I've heard. "

    - Joseph, 2/12/2014
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    " Knowing John's style I hoped for something different all the way to the end. "

    - Christian, 2/1/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really liked this book. "

    - Charlene, 1/28/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Did not like this one.........rare for him because he's one of my favorite authors. "

    - Bj, 1/22/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Different than anything else I have read from him. Solid story "

    - Bill, 1/14/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book truly is a master piece and one of Grisham's best novels! Full of suspense and mystery amazing "

    - Rawan, 1/1/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A painted house reads like it is possibly a memior about Grisham's childhood. A good read. It has a Tom Sawyer quality. "

    - Sharon, 1/1/2014
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    " Although seven years old is a bit young to be this astute a narrator, Luke tells a good story in this wonderful book. "

    - Katherine, 12/31/2013
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    " I was surprised at how good this book was. I thought Grisham could only write pulp fiction with stereotypical characters, but this was really well-written. "

    - Elizabeth, 12/10/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " It was an OK story. Not the best, luckily not the worst either "

    - Driekie, 12/9/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " never read books from John Grisham. i decide to try it. what's your comment about this book? "

    - Smiley, 11/25/2013
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    " A fun book to read. "

    - Ronald, 9/16/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " What a wonderful book! The story has a sweet sadness about it that may stir some of your own memories of childhood. "

    - Penny, 8/3/2013
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    " The story was slow in telling the story of a depression era family. No excitement to the story. "

    - Doris, 6/23/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love this book, one of Grisham's best!! "

    - Danny, 2/23/2013
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    " a huge departure from his usual fare, this sealed Griffin's place among the best story tellers of our time. "

    - Doug, 2/20/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Grisham should stick to law thrillers. "

    - Yu-Ching, 1/13/2013
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    " Listened to the book on audio while driving and it was a good distraction. Nicely drawn characters but their actions were largely predictable. We're I a baseball fan, I suspect I would have loved it. "

    - Deb, 5/20/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the best books I have ever read. "

    - Peggy, 5/1/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It's a good book but a little disappointing since it was written by John Grisham. A little tame compared to some of his I read. I did finish the book. "

    - Carol, 4/25/2012
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    " This isn't my normal genre, however, I just really like this book. I read it years ago. Grisham steps out of his "legal" world and wrote a really nice book. "

    - Traci, 2/13/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The only John Grisham I was able to get through. It was a sweet story, and an enjoyable read "

    - Becky, 1/12/2012
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    " I found it interesting, how a child's life can be altered by a senseless act. "

    - Mary, 5/23/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I was sad when it ended, so what happens to them now? Sequel please. "

    - Jessica, 5/14/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Surprisingly good for being outside the realm of his legal bailywick. I don't know what possessed him to write this, unless he was getting his childhood out of his system, but it's good. The story is sensitive without being sentimental and the writing is better than a lot of his other books. "

    - Geoffrey, 5/13/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I am not a huge John Grisham book, but this book I think was amazing. "

    - Yuri, 5/9/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyable despite the fact it wasn't one of his thrillers. It had soul and showed a side of Grisham I admire even though it wasn't the best literary novel ever. I liked it better than the lesser of his thrillers. "

    - Richard, 5/7/2011
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " If I wasn't strong in the spirit, I would have hurled myself out a window after reading this-which by the way was one of the most difficult books ever for me to finish. Supremely boring and lacklustre. "

    - Dee, 5/5/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Excellent read. I didn't want the book to end. Charming Little Luke Chandler kept me entertained throughout his challenging little boy fears and hopes and all the secrets. "

    - Kathleen, 4/29/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It's been a while since I read this book but I remember liking it. "

    - Janice, 4/24/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was an easy and entertaining read as with all Grisham books. A Painted House was a nice detour from his usual court house drama. I enjoyed it very much. "

    - Emily, 4/22/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this one. It reminds me of the stories older members of the churches I've visited have told me. "

    - Churchill19, 4/17/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved it! Totally recommend. "

    - Andrea, 4/16/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very different from his legal thrillers. Enjoyed it very much. "

    - Laurie, 4/14/2011
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    " Great story. Unlike anything that John Grisham has written before. "

    - Karentokmakoff, 4/10/2011

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers. Thirty-three of his crime thrillers have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list