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3.00000867917432 out of 53.00000867917432 out of 53.00000867917432 out of 53.00000867917432 out of 53.00000867917432 out of 5 3.00 (345,655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754506
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In this searing courtroom drama, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence … as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town.

Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime … until  her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of  sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life … and then his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grisham enraptures us.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Grisham excels!”

    Dallas Times Herald

  • “Grisham is an absolute master.”

    Washington Post

  • “[An] addictive tale.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Grisham’s pleasure in relating the Byzantine complexities of Clanton, Mississippi politics is contagious and he tells a good story…An enjoyable book.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Dunne | 2/19/2014

    " well written. author outlines a complicated case, but only the most hard hearted of readers would not be rooting for protagonist Carl Lee Haley. involving and emotionally charged, this is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Meeks | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent! A MUST-READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent best closing argument ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 2/5/2014

    " I read this a long time ago and loved it. This book got me hooked on Grisham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F H | 2/2/2014

    " Really, really liked it, thought he did an excellent job of portraying characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/26/2014

    " A heart-wrenching situation, corrupt politics, legal drama, justice and injustice - it's all there in this hard-to-put-down novel. This book causes one to ponder the virtues of vigilante justice and would make a great discussion because there are many social, personal and legal issues presented. The characters are well developed and the writing style is fast-paced and highly readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taelar | 1/18/2014

    " This book was amazing. I read it many years afte rthe movie came out, and was actually hesistant to read it because of the movie. So glad I didn't listen to my own thoughts because this book was much better than the movie, and I read it in less than a day. Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Mitchell | 1/15/2014

    " A good read, but in my opinion should be followed by The Chamber. Whilst there is a time to kill so to speak, The Chamber changed my view on capital punishment altogether. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy Kris | 11/29/2013

    " the best john grisham novel for me.. ! :) What would you do if a love one or your daughter was raped and brutalized? How can a father seek justice to what happened to his daughter when most of the people discriminate them just from the color of their skin? :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Mccoy | 10/15/2013

    " It was really hard to get past that first chapter. I put that book down for a couple a years before I tried again. It was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Wedgeworth | 10/15/2013

    " Why is everyone always sweating? The narrative was exciting but the concluding moral was terribly weak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly Broussard | 10/14/2013

    " I gave it a three because it was a good book and there were several parts I enjoyed, but I have to admit that it just wasn't my kind of story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 9/28/2013

    " One of Grishams best! Griping and gut wrenching while tender and just! All the struggles of the south in one well written story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Miller | 8/26/2013

    " I think this is Grisham's best book, with the possible exception of A Painted House "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli Dunn | 7/26/2013

    " Never judge a Grisham by its movie. The book was engaging and disturbing but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley Hansen | 3/8/2013

    " It was hard to get into, but once you get a little over halfway finished, the pace really picks up. I enjoyed it! I can't wait to see the movie!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 2/5/2013

    " Another author I burned myself out on. Grisham writes good books. I just need to intermingle them with other books. Hmm... I'm seeing a pattern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda882 | 11/14/2012

    " Terrific courtroom thriller. One of grisham's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 7/26/2012

    " Probably my favorite Grisham book out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DeAnne Hall | 6/20/2012

    " When I say that I couldn't put this book down, OMG I was in the courtroom! I love how Grisham told this story. I experienced a range of emotions that took me on a true journey. Love this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Foster | 5/26/2012

    " One of the best books I ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaya Kumar | 4/18/2012

    " a classic story told true to the style of john grisham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 3/28/2012

    " Interesting, with different points of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Welsh Davis | 3/26/2012

    " Great read..love all of Grisham's books!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 12/8/2011

    " This is the only John Grisham I have ever read. I didn't hate it but it was kind of a potboiler. I was never very compelled to read anything by him again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 9/20/2011

    " The only Grisham book worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/21/2011

    " The only Grisham book I liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 5/19/2011

    " OK. Not his best. The movie was much, much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 5/18/2011

    " I liked this, seemed pirate like to me:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/15/2011

    " The very best of Grisham. Have read it more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 5/10/2011

    " This is such a great story, but I might actually have to say I liked the movie better. It was so well cast and expertly told the main themes of the story very concisely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diedre | 5/9/2011

    " I have read everyone of grisham's books and this is still the best one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 5/2/2011

    " I really loved this book when I read it back in the 90's. I remember thinking that it would make an awesome movie, but it would be too controversial. I guess I was wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/23/2011

    " Great read as usual. Always one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/22/2011

    " It was a really good book and far better than the movie. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.