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3.00003774222623 out of 53.00003774222623 out of 53.00003774222623 out of 53.00003774222623 out of 53.00003774222623 out of 5 3.00 (17,752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: John Grisham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9780739310175
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High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach – and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • As taut and twisting as a well-thrown spiral. People
  • A sure-footed storyteller with an undeniable mastery of plotting, pacing, and tone. The New York Times Book Review
  • [Grisham] makes this football game so real that the reader can almost see and hear it. The New York Times
     
  • Some of the best writing from Grisham . . . [He] makes Bleachers sing. Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/18/2014

    " This book is unlike most that I've read and certainly not the traditional Grisham novel. It is essential the memories of small town football players that have come home to await the passing of their terminally ill football coach. It has a good message and is a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 2/5/2014

    " Should be read by anyone who thought they were a big deal in high school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 nate | 1/28/2014

    " Decent. This might have been a bit better had I played or had a passionate love for high school football. It also made me glad that I didn't play high school football. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Cline | 1/26/2014

    " I like Grisham's football tales. He does a good job capturing the truth in small town atmospheres. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 1/23/2014

    " I didn't even give it one star. It just reminded me how much I dislike football, and I never did finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judie Dooley | 1/22/2014

    " not the usual Grisham book, but I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kev D'Olivo | 1/20/2014

    " If you have played a down of football in your life, whether it be 1st grade Pee-wee league or the NFL, you will love this book. If you haven't dont bother picking it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 1/18/2014

    " Not Grisham's usual. A little disappointing. I couldn't finish it, not because it was that good, but I wanted to get to the end and start a different book. Names were a little weird too: Silo, Hindu, Neely..who names their sons that? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/18/2014

    " growing up - everyone had their equivalent of "eddie rake" - thought this book was wonderfully nostalgic and did a nice job of capturing the impact that certain people have had and continue to have on our lives... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 11/26/2013

    " A great quick read that gives a look at some interesting characters. After reading the book, I feel like I was one of the boys playing football on that field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debebete Hotmailcom | 10/13/2013

    " Very good story line about coming home again. A big change from his courtroom thrillers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/30/2013

    " Grisham has done better work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 9/27/2013

    " I usually love John Grisham books, but I couldn't really get into this book. An ex all american quarterback goes back to his hometown when he hears his coach is dying and talks to old players. Thats about all that happens. It was a quick read, but overall boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 9/25/2013

    " I had to fight my way thru this book. I guess I was expecting more excitement but I didn't ever find it. Sort of a reminiscence story looking back on the old High School days "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aletha | 9/13/2013

    " Very un-John Grisham like! It was a great football story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 9/9/2013

    " *** definitely a 'GUY' book, women probably won't get it. Nice look at the 'glory days' of youth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 8/15/2013

    " Grisham kept me reading even-though it isn't my genre. I do live in a small town and my son was an athlete and so it took me back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Collett | 7/27/2013

    " I'm a fan of everything John Grisham writes. This is one of the few books out of all books that I've read, that brought tears to my eyes. I'll read it every 5 years or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Thompson | 4/14/2013

    " Fun diversion from Grisham's great novels. Short and sweet. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pawan Kumar | 1/20/2013

    " I believe this book will be liked by the guys who had passed a great amount of time in the field rather than class. A good book to cherish missing moments of a game played in school days:) I liked it:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Carroll | 10/17/2012

    " One of my favorite books of all time -- this book defines my town to a tee. John Grisham makes the reader feel good at the end. Excellent job by Grisham. One of the best books he has written - if not the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Wind | 9/4/2012

    " My all time favorite Grisham "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 8/28/2012

    " This is a great book for guys, especially football players. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2012

    " Reminds me of the old glory days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 7/21/2012

    " completely opposite of what you'd expect from him...but still great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 4/14/2012

    " I read this book in High School my senior year and loved it. I remember thinking my teacher did an awesome job finding a full class reading that all the students would enjoy. The story draws you in, and you find yourself as conflicted as the main character over many of the same events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/24/2012

    " I usually don't read Grisham, but this was very different from his usual books. I enjoyed it, though after reading, I read a lot of reviews that said I wasn't supposed to have liked it. I guess I've always been a contrarian! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/9/2011

    " All of my John Grisham reviews, no matter what the genre of the book, will be the same. Well-researched and well-written they make a fantastic read, no matter if it's law based or not. Don't worry about the jargon, you'll soon get used to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora Covrett | 5/26/2011

    " It took me a while to get interested in this book - and I LIKE football. I persevered though and it ended up being a very emotional ride. Grisham is really good at making you care about his characters that way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kierstin | 5/20/2011

    " Not too bad, but it was kind of slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 4/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Neely, was well constructed. It was one of those books where I am left wanting it to be a series so I can read more about the lives of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham | 4/25/2011

    " An interesting book. Not much plot depth, but interesting characters. A good, short read. Not your typical Grisham novel (this coming from someone who has now read to Grisham novels). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/19/2011

    " Not one of his better books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirei | 4/19/2011

    " This is about a tough football coach. I am not into football so it didn't interest me much, but people who are into football might enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 4/19/2011

    " different than most Grisham books, but was still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 4/4/2011

    " An extremely quick & easy read. A good simple story that reminds me of one of those old after-school specials that I used to get sucked into. The ending could have been developed much better than it was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 4/2/2011

    " Story was very predictable but as always, well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 4/1/2011

    " It is a short read, in somewhat of Grisham's story telling fashion. I enjoyed this book and though
    not the page burner some of his are, it is pleasant, has a little intrigue, and faces/challenges the main characters personal demons he is dealing with on a personal basis. Ok Read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raul | 3/13/2011

    " This novel is a quick read.. God, I did not like it at all! I thought that it was good, and that it may even be compared to Grisham's other novel involving football, "Playing for Pizza," which I like very much. I just finished it because I already started reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 3/12/2011

    " This book was a quick read, and it was not a bad read. It was about football, which I'm not really into, but it was also about life, which I am really into. If half stars were allowed i would give it 2 1/2 stars...half way between "it was okay" and "I liked it." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 3/5/2011

    " I'm a fan of everything John Grisham writes. This is one of the few books out of all books that I've read, that brought tears to my eyes. I'll read it every 5 years or so.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/5/2011

    " If I didn't know better, I'd say John Grisham played football at Warner Robins High School! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 2/28/2011

    " Audio more like a short story about a high school football coach and the players. maybe Saturday Nights Lights was a spin off of this book. "

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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.